What my cats think of Cats Best Nature’s Gold cat litter26 November, 2007
(please note that the opinions in this post expressed by my cats or myself are in no way representative of the general usability of the cat litters mentioned. Cat litter usage depends on personal preference – some cats prefer one type over another, and of course, you need to buy the one that suits your needs and lifestyle. And judging by the variety of cat litter on the market, there’s one that will suit every cat and cat owner’s preferences!)
As mentioned in my post about the Supreme, I bought some Cats Best Nature’s Gold. It’s a variant on their OKO plus which is granular, made from spruce and fir, but in pelleted form, so there’s less tracking, and it’s supposed to not stick to longhaired fur. So far so good – it’s lived up to those two promises.
Up until then I’d been trialling Sainsbury’s Ultra Clumping which is clay-based. Yes, I know what I’ve said about not using clay-based clumping because of how it sticks to innards. I’d only bought some because my supply of World’s Best (corn-based) litter had run out and the supplier had messed up on the delivery of kitten packs to my new kitten owners [they’ve promised to rectify this – hope so]. Surprise surprise, the cats took to the clay-based clumping readily – it had a granular sandy texture which they loved. My Maine Coon girl, in particular, is a digger and she loved flinging it around the tray and burying her stuff in it. It also absorbed smells well. It tended to track, but that was also the case with World’s Best.
Anyway, I switched the litter to Nature’s Gold on Saturday, and got worried because even though it was used for pee, there was no poo until today (Monday). I’m grateful they used it though because changing litter wholesale isn’t easy on cats – you’re supposed to do it in stages, a bit at a time.
In terms of cleaning, Nature’s Gold is easy to clean. The clay-clumping litter tended to stick to the bottom of the tray, so you had to chisel it off sometimes, and it made me uneasy not to be able to totally remove all the dirty residue. Nature’s Gold’s clumps lift off easily and cleanly with no sticking to the bottom of the pan.
In terms of clumping, Nature’s Gold clumps well with fluids (i.e. urine), and you can’t smell the urine. But when it comes to cat poo, it didn’t quite cut it – it tended to form a thin coating to the poo, but my cats couldn’t quite bury it deep enough. So it didn’t quite contain the poo smell. So today I changed one of the pans back to the clay-clumping version to see which the cats would prefer.
Nature’s Gold reminds me of Yesterday’s News (which is pelleted recycled newspaper), but it’s softer and lighter. I might use it again if there’s another litter of kittens, in place of Yesterday’s News.
The problem with clay-clumping litter is that it isn’t very eco-friendly – you can’t dump it in the loo. But, I’ve just found out that you shouldn’t dump cat litter in the loo, anyway, because of a parasite called toxoplasma that is possibly present in cat poo. This toxoplasma isn’t destroyed by sewage treatment and can end up killing sea otters and other sealife. This is something that the makers of environmentally-friendly cat litter manufacturers haven’t mentioned. I wonder why. Check out the article in the link below: