In this article I will be reviewing the very best non-clumping clay based cat litters. These are not as popular as the clumping litters, but many cat owners prefer to use these as their number one choice.
There are plenty of choices available, and in this article I have done all of the research so as you don’t have to waste your valuable time doing that yourself. These litters are available from all of the best brands.
In this article I review the top 10 non-clumping cat litters, with a review on each of them. The method I have used is to read what the thousands of buyers had to say, and I have then listed these litters in order, with the highest buyer satisfaction rating first.
If you don’t fancy looking through all of those, then my top 10 list has really narrowed the choices down to the best of the best. I think that will save you a lot of time doing the research, and allow you to get on and do the more important things in your life.
If you are in a hurry, and simply don’t have the time to read through all of my detailed reviews, then the number one choice on my list is the Purina Yesterday’s News Unscented Cat Litter.
This quite literally sells in its thousands, and gets consistent 84% buyer satisfaction ratings, making it the best on the market, in my opinion.
If you prefer to read more details, then please have a look at my top 10 table comparison just below. Underneath that table you will find a detailed review on each product, and also where to buy the cat litter.
1. Non-Clumping Cat Litter – Purina Yesterday’s News Unscented Cat Litter
You can buy this litter in a number of different sizes. There is a 13.2 lb option, a 26.4 lb option, a 30 lb bag option or a pack of six 5 lb bags. This is the best selling non-clump option, that as the name would suggest is unscented.
The beauty of having different sizes is that you can order a larger amount and save a lot of money. On the other hand if you can’t lift the heavier bags, you still have the choice of getting a smaller bag, or a pack of smaller bags.
If you order this online at somewhere like Amazon, then it is brought straight to your door. No heavy lifting required.
This is a very good litter for any cat with soft or sensitive paws. For those of you who would like to care for the environment, the good news is that the bag is recyclable.
If you have a cat that is used to another type of litter, then always use a transition period to get them used to this new type of litter. Do that over a few weeks by slowly mixing in and changing out the litter. A 30 lb bag with 2 cats will last you around 4-5 weeks.
No 2 Non-Clumping Cat Litter – Jonny Cat Complete Multi-Cat Clay Litter Bag
Coming in at number two on our top 10 list is this strangely named Jonny Cat litter. This comes in a 20 lb bag, (9 Kg) and overall buyers rate this one with an average buyer satisfaction rating of 82%.
It is a natural litter with no scents and it also does not contain any chemicals. Buyers said that there was very little dust, and as such it was good for kittens as well as cats. Another thing worth noting is that people who had multiple cats used this product.
Rather than continually be removing clumps, they simply changed the full litter every 2 weeks, and that worked well for them.
No 3 Non-Clumping Cat Litter – Purina Yesterday’s News Fresh Scent Cat Litter
This is from the same manufacturer as the number one choice on my list/ The difference here is that this is a “fresh scent” litter. You can buy this one either as a 13.2 lb bag or as a larger 26.4 lb bag. Overall online buyers rate this one with an overall buyer satisfaction rating of 78%.
Buyers did state that this one is low tracking which is good, but the reviews were mixed about the effectiveness of the odor control. Some buyers thought it was good and others not so much. Like many litters this one also divides opinion, but overall buyers seem to like it, once they have used it a few times.
No 4 Non-Clumping Cat Litter – Fresh Step 02030 Clay Scented Cat Litter
This litter does have a specific 02030 model number and it is a scented litter. It comes in a bag that weighs 35 lbs and you can also buy it as either a 2-pack or a 3-pack option. The manufacturer claims this one is low on tracking, low on dust and very good at odor control.
Overall buyers have given this litter a satisfaction rating of around 80% from online buyers overall. That is one of the higher ratings for non-clumping litters. Some cats don’t like clumping litters and this one provides a decent clay alternative.
According to most buyers their cats really do like this type of litter. Daily poop removal seems to be the key though to keeping this one smelling fresh and being effective at odor control.
No 5 Non-Clumping Cat Litter – Tidy Cats Non-Clumping Instant Action
This one is from the Tidy Cat’s brand and is available in a range of options. These include 1 basic 20 lb bag, 2 packs, 3 packs and 4 packs. The bigger the pack you buy then the slightly cheaper it is per pound weight. Overall buyers rate this one with an overall satisfaction rating of 80%.
This one does represent good value for money and is one of the better non-clumping litters, which some cats simply prefer. Many buyers also prefer this brand to many others on the market. The clay is a lot softer than many of the harder clays frequently used in litters.
No 6 Non-Clumping Cat Litter – Scamp Non-Clumping Cat Litter
There are not a lot of online buyer reviews about this litter from the Scamp brand. Of the few that there are they rate this one with a buyer satisfaction rating of around 88%.
This is one of the few brands that I have not used myself. There are a lot of brands out there that I have used but not this one, so primarily I have to simply summarize what other buyers are saying. It comes in a 25 lb bag and appears to be good value for money.
As I find out more information about this one, I will of course update this short review section.
No 7 Non-Clumping Cat Litter – Golden Cat 702003 Tidy Cats Odor Control Clay Litter
This option is from the Purina brand as is a popular one with some online buyers. This one comes in a 40 lb box, and is very good at long lasting odor control. The manufacturer also states that this one is 99.6% dust free, a very precise figure it would seem.
The brand recommends this for cat owners who have multiple cats in their home. Overall online buyers have rated this one with an average buyer satisfaction rating of 75%, which is a solid enough rating without being exceptional. The price point on this one is pretty good.
Most buyers describe this one as a “no frills” type of litter and that pretty much sums this one up. Most buyers did say that it did a good job at odor control.
No 8 Non-Clumping Cat Litter – Purina Tidy Cats Instant Action Non-Clumping Cat Litter
This Purina Tidy Cat’s litter type comes in both a non-clumping and a clumping version so just be careful if you plan on ordering this cat litter online. This non-clumping type gets average online buyer satisfaction ratings of 68%, so lower than I personally prefer to see.
It comes in a large 30 lb bag or you can get a good deal on a pack of four 10 lbs bags if you prefer. Like many on this list it is suitable for homes that have more than one cat.
This one has been designed to keep tracking of litter through the home to an absolute minimum. It does however get pretty mixed reviews from buyers with some loving it and others who simply don’t like it at all. Those who do buy it prefer to get the better value of four 10 lb bags.
Some people have used this litter for years and really love it. In the main it will always depend on whether your cat or cats will like and use the litter.
No 9 Non-Clumping Cat Litter – Fresh Step Extreme, Clay Cat Litter
This one comes in three 21 lb packs and is a popular choice for some buyers. It is very similar to the one shown below but there are some slight differences.
It is worth noting that this is a scented litter. Most online buyers say it is very good at odor control, good to prevent tracking and also good value for money. As of yet there are not a lot of online buyer reviews available to give you more information on this one.
As and when they appear I will of course update that information right here.
No 10 Non-Clumping Cat Litter – Fresh Step Extreme Clay, Non Clumping Cat Litter, Scented
This litter gets an average 70% buyer satisfaction rating online, and is usually sold in a 21 lb weight bag. There are usually various offers available though, so be sure to check around at the time, and see exactly what is available. As the name would suggest this is non-clumping and it is also scented.
The fragrance is however only released when the litter has actually been used. It also uses activated carbon to control the odors. The downside of this particular litter is that it will need to be completely changed out about once a week, when used for a single cat.
Opinion from buyers is heavily divided on this product with buyers either really hating it or really loving it.
Why Pick a Non-Clumping Litter?
There are many reasons why cat owners decide to have a non-clumping versus a clumping type of litter. I have listed those reasons below, and I hope that you find them useful.
Almost every shelter for cats will use a non-clumping litter. Most shelters do not like using clumping litters for a variety of reasons. The main reasons are that there is a risk of clumping litters causing blockages in vulnerable kittens and cats.
The reasons for this are complex, but shelters simply don’t take risks with cats placed in their care. If you would like to find out more about the potential risks with clumping cat litter, then please click here for more information.
Clumping litters are designed to stick and clump together. Now while that is handy to remove clumps from a litter, it also makes them pretty hard to remove from a floor. That is especially true for a floor, such as a bathroom floor that may be wet.
Non clumping litters are better for that, especially if you have cats who are messy with their litter.
A lot of non-clumping buyers say that these are better for drying out cat poop than any other type of litters. That is debatable but the general consensus is that cat poop should be removed every day to help keep odors under control. Some cat poop may be wet, but a litter does help dry that out, and overall non-clumping litters will do that slightly faster.
Little or No Tracking
I have yet to find a litter that does not track a little. Non clumping ones though do tend to track less than others. Again this does vary quite a bit depending on the brand. As a general rule though non-clumping litters are better at keeping tracking to an absolute minimum.
Many litters are quite heavy, and when a litter box is filled with a couple of inches of litter, they can be heavy and cumbersome to lift or move about. This type of non-clumping litter is usually lighter than the clumping types. That is because clumping litters tend to absorb more urine, and as such will weigh heavier.
When clay cat litters were first made they were of the non-clumping variety. They were a big improvement on using sand or ashes, as these clays were very good at absorbing moisture.
Many of these also contain either baking soda, or some type of charcoal, both of which do a really good job of absorbing strong smells.
Disadvantages of Non Clumping Litter
I also like to include the disadvantages of using non-clumping litters. There are no cat litters which are simply perfect so it is good to know the pros and cons of all types. Underneath I have listed the drawbacks of using non-clumping litters.
Frequent Cleaning and Difficult to Clean
The biggest problem with non-clumping clay litters is that when the litter becomes saturated with cat urine, it will start to make pools at the bottom of the litter box. That makes the removal of just soiled clay a very difficult thing to do.
More often than not, it is simply easier to fully replace the litter, clean the box out, and replace it with a new litter. That of course is expensive, and the costs can very quickly add up. For many cat owners this is required on a weekly basis.
Certainly if you have multiple cats, it will be necessary to do a weekly change. if you have more than one litter box, then you can see how quickly these costs can mount up.
In addition to that, emptying out a soaked cat litter is a very unpleasant task, as it frequently gets stuck to the sides of the box, and the bottom of the box.
Many cats prefer this type of non-clumping litter, so making the change to a clumping variety can be difficult.
Many non-clumping litters are made from clay, but you can also get more natural options of wood pellets mixed with baking soda. That is usually a cheaper option so frequent changing will become less costly.
Moisture & Humidity
If you live in a very humid part of the country, then I would advise against using a non-clumping litter. A few buyers of this litters have said that on hot summer balmy nights, the odors are particularly bad. The smell of the ammonia from the cat urine really can get pretty bad.
Almost always it is a matter of which litter your cat will use. Some will like clumping and some will like non-clumping. The bottom line is that it is very important to use the litter that they will use.
If you don’t then you run the risk of them urinating and pooping outside the box, and you certainly do not want that in your home.
You may need to experiment a little to find out which they like the best. So even though there are distinct advantages with using a clumping litter, some cats will just prefer the non-clumping variety.
Steve is a blogger with an unhealthy cat obsession. He enjoys reading non-fiction books, cooking and cuddles with his cat Fij.