Product Review – Litter One

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you had a pawsome week last week.

We recently got the opportunity to test a couple of different litters. This week we’re going to tell you about a self-contained system called The Litter One Litter System. From the Litter One website:

The Litter One Difference.

Pine vs. Clay

The harmful effect of clay litter on cat health has always been a controversial subject.  Traditional clay cat litters basically come in two forms, non-clumping and clumping.  Non-clumping cat litter is often made of zeolite, diatomite and sepiolite.  Clumping clay litter is mostly made from granulated bentonite clay  which clumps together when wet and forms a solid mass separate from the other litter in the box.  To help control the smell of urine, in most clay litter, chemical freshening agents are added.

However, clay litter can be unsafe for cats’ respiratory systems and the mining required to dig up the clay contributes to mass losses of vegetation.  Litter One’s Pine Pellet cat litter absorbs urine leaving a fresh pine scent and is 100% Safe for kitty.  Unlike traditional clay litters, the Litter One pine alternative is better for the environment and for cats.  Litter One is made from 100% Natural Pine and has no chemical additives.  Litter One’s entire product line is manufactured from materials and produced through vendors who support key global initiatives in proper forest management and harvesting.  These members belong to FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and SFI (Sustainable Forest Initiative).

There is only “ONE” choice for all Natural 100% Biodegradable cat litter care and that choice is Litter One.

Traditional Clay Litter

  • Clay is ingested by cats when they lick themselves after using the litter box
  • Ingested clay can absorb a cat’s nutrients or fluids
  • Dust from clay litters can coat a cat’s lungs and lead to respiratory problems
  • Quartz silica (sand), a common ingredient in clumping litter, is a known carcinogen for cats and humans
  • Clay litter tracks through the house
  • Clay is mined from deep in the ground and leaves depressions that must be filled
  • Clay mining contributes to mass vegetation losses
  • Clay litter stays in landfills for infinite years

Litter One’s Pine Pellet Litter

  • Pine is natural and poses no threats to cat health and safety
  • Pine pellets absorb waste odors naturally leaving a pine scent
  • Pine pellets absorb 3X more urine and immediately neutralize ammonia
  • Litter One only buys from sources that properly manage natural resources
  • Litter One’s pine pellets, disposable litter box and accessories are from Forest Stewardship Council (FCS) and SFI (Sustainable Forest Initiative) approved sources
  • Pine pellets break down in less than two years leaving no environmental impact
  • Litter One products decompose and do not contribute to landfill waste
  • Our product is 100% eco-friendly and 100% safe for cats”

Sounded pretty good to us, so we were happy to give it a try. The pictures show you how it arrives and how easy it was to put together. Mom put it in the bathroom we use the most and the test was on!

I’m sorry to say it wasn’t much of a test. Only EK used it and he only used it to pee in. No one would poop in it. Maybe if all the litter boxes had been replaced instead of just one we would have given it a fairer chance, but we did all our pooping in the upstairs litter boxes where our old litter was.

The box comes with 18 bags, but it’s supposed to last 4 to 6 weeks. I don’t know if they mean for each bag to be used for a few days before you throw it away or if you just use your own bags after that. The box also came with toothpicks. We never did figure out what those were for. And it came with it’s own scoop. Mom found the scoop getting a little soft after a few weeks of use, and that was only using it to stir up the litter and let the used litter fall through the holes to the bottom layer. She couldn’t imagine it lasting for 4 to 6 weeks of having to scoop poop, too. We don’t really know how long the box would have lasted. Mom only gave the test three weeks since we weren’t really using it.

So that was the cons. Now the pros. It was really easy to set up and to close up and throw away. We didn’t track the pine all over the house. Mom never smelled the pee, so it was good at odor control. Mom loved not having to scrub the litter box. We’re diggers, so mom thought the litter would get kicked everywhere because the sides looked short, but we didn’t. It was a good size to fit just about anywhere, but the size didn’t mean that we’d wind up with a mess.

So that’s how things went at our house. Mom was really hoping we’d take to this litter because she loved how easy it was for her to deal with. But we all know every kitty is different and the only way to really know how a litter will work out in your house is to try it yourself. So if you’ve ever wanted to give this litter a try, now’s a purrfect time to do so. Why? Because the Litter One people were nice enough to give me a link to let my readers order Litter One at a 20% discount! Keep track of the link and the code because it’s going to be good right through the end of the year!

Here’s the link: http://www.litterone.com/shop/default.aspx?affillink=CS12361. It’s gonna ask for a code at checkout. That code is CS12361.

That’s it for today everyone! Have a great week.

Disclaimer: We received the Litter One system free from Litter One to test. We did not get paid for this review. And as always, our opinions are our own. No one tells THIS little kitty what to say!

Something new from World’s Best Cat Litter™

DSCN4434Happy Sunday everyone. It’s been pretty quiet time around here. So I was pretty excited when a box showed up addressed to me! Did it have toys in it? No. Noms? No. So what was in it? Litter. But it wasn’t just any litter. It was the newest litter from World’s Best Cat Litter™ – it’s from their Advanced Natural Series! It’s not even in the stores yet and we get to try it out!

 

Here’s what World’s Best Cat Litter™ has to say about they’re new product:

“World’s Best Cat Litter™ Introduces Advanced Natural Series New Series Takes Aim at  Offering Customers The World’s Best Clumping Litter Muscatine, IA – July 1, 2013 — World’s Best Cat Litter™ has responded to rising consumer demand for fast and easy cleanup by creating an Advanced Natural Series that offers two new all-natural cat litters specifically  formulated for high performance clumping.

The newest addition to the World’s Best Cat Litter™ product family isn’t just an addition to their whole-kernel corn line-up. It’s an entirely new litter that uses a blend of naturally  absorbent plant fibers to meet customer demand for high performance clumping. Available in early July, Advanced Natural will be offered exclusively at independent pet stores and PETCO®. Advanced Natural will be offered in Original and Pine Blend formulas in 6, 12, and 24 pound bags.

World’s Best Cat Litter™ researched customer expectations and found overwhelming  demand for a litter that delivers better clumping for fast and easy cleanup. The brand’s litter development team tested countless ingredients before arriving at an Advanced Natural
formulation that harnesses the natural absorbency of a special plant fiber blend.

The Advanced Natural Series joins the Original Series in drawing on a patented process that allows World’s Best Cat Litter™ ingredients to be compressed into tight granules that deliver concentrated power.

“We are excited to unveil a new Advanced Natural Series that challenges people’s expectations of a clumping litter. Pet parents are looking for natural and safe products that simplify cleanup. Advanced Natural delivers by producing small, tight clumps that eliminate the need to scrape the bottom of the litter box,” said Jean Broders, Brand Manager of World’s Best Cat Litter™.

In addition to enhanced clumping, Advanced Natural also offers powerful odor control and long performance. And because it contains 100% natural and renewable ingredients and no airborne silica dust, it’s safe for pets, people and the planet. The Advanced Natural Series joins the Original Series in drawing on a patented process that allows World’s Best Cat Litter™ to deliver Concentrated Power for a Cleaner Litter Box.

World’s Best Cat Litter™ leaders say the Advanced Natural Series fulfills the brand’s goal of offering a complete line-up of natural litters that meet the most sought-after consumer preferences.

“We now have six different formulas to meet the needs of different cat-owning households. Our pet specialty retailers can take confidence in knowing they have options for all their customers,” Broders explained.

World’s Best Cat Litter™ will now consist of an Original Series made up of Clumping, Multiple Cat Clumping, Lavender Scented Multiple Cat Clumping and Forest Scented Clumping formulas and the new Advanced Natural Series, which is made up of the
Original and Pine Blend formulas.

About World’s Best Cat Litter™: World’s Best Cat Litter™ is a family of clumping cat litters that offer concentrated power for a cleaner litter box. Our patented process harnesses the concentrated power of naturally absorbent ingredients to create formulas that guarantee outstanding odor control and high performance clumping. It’s the pet, people and planet friendly litter that truly works.

Offered in a variety of clumping formulas and sizes, Original Series is available in PetSmart® and PETCO®, most Target® stores, and other leading pet and grocery stores nationwide. Advanced Natural Series is available at leading independent pet stores and PETCO®.”

DSCN4438Here’s what we have to say about it. EK was in the box and using it 30 seconds after mom put it down. He’s already scattered litter all over the place. But he is using it. Mom just put it down last night, so not much to report yet. I’ll follow up in a couple of weeks and let you know how we like it. We got the unscented variety because mom doesn’t like anything scented in the house because of her allergies.

That’s it for today. Have a great week everyone!

Disclaimer – we received the litter for free from the World’s Best Cat Litter™. We received no compensation for reviewing this product and as always, our opinions are our own.

Simple Solution Cat Box Products

In 23 years of owning cats, Mom’s tried many different things for cleaning our litter boxes.They’ve ranged from useless to pretty good, but none were outstanding. So when the makers of Simple Solution products contacted me and asked me if I’d try and review their product, I figured why not? And boy am I glad I did!

This isn’t the first litter box cleaning product I’ve reviewed and the others were pretty good. In fact, good enough to keep using until this came along.

The Litter Box Deodorizer is good for lots of things like cleaning the litter box and refreshing it between cleanings. The Cat Odor Destroyer if more of an air freshener. You can use it on fabrics, too. In fact, if your cat’s a little stinky, you can even safely spray it directly on the cat! Mom hasn’t tried spraying any of us yet I’m glad to say. She says she likes the way we smell. But she commented that she wished she’d had the Cat Odor Destroyer for one of the cats that came before us. Apparently, she wasn’t quite so sweet smelling.

 We seem to use the Litter Box Deodorizer much more than the Cat Odor Destroyer. Mom uses the Litter Box Deodorizer every time she cleans the litter box both as she’s cleaning it and then sprays the box again before she puts the fresh litter in. She’s not big on spraying air fresheners, so that’s one reason the Odor Destroyer hasn’t seen much use. Although she likes these better than others she’s used because they aren’t aerosols and they smell fresh instead of fake flowery or something.

The other reason she doesn’t use the Odor Destroyer much is because she just hasn’t needed to! The Cat Odor Destroyer does such a good job of keeping our boxes smelling fresh that she doesn’t feel the need to use anything else. We had company last weekend and they made a point of saying how surprised they were they couldn’t smell the downstairs litter box. That litter box is in a bathroom that was right next to the room they were all in.

Simple Solution makes quite an extensive line of products (although these are the only two we’ve tried so far). I looked them up in my favorite place to shop (Amazon.com) and also on Petsmart.com. They both carry an impressive selection of Simple Solution products at reasonable prices. I wouldn’t be surprised if your favorite place to buy pet supplies carried Simple Solution, too.

In this house, Simple Solution gets 4 paws up (or in Mom’s case, 2 hands up) from every one of us!

Simple Solution provided their product free of charge for our review. We received no compensation for writing this review and the opinion expressed here is Mom’s and mine and no one else’s. If you know me, you know no one can tell me what to say! MOL