Monday, December 13, 2004

World's Best Cat Litter Review: The Inside Scoop

If you've been reading this blog for a few weeks, you'll recall that my fiancee Liz and I started having a major allergic reaction that would begin the moment we walked into the kitchen. We finally decided to try changing brands of litter from Swheat Scoop to The World's Best Cat Litter.

So how's the new litter working? Great! I recommend World's Best Cat Litter not only because we stopped sneezing when we switched to it, but because it lives up to its haughty name.

It's just kitty litter, nothing to write home about, right? Well, if you live with a cat, you know just how important litter is. If your litter's bad, your life just plain stinks. You want something that clumps, that controls odor fairly well, and most of all, you want something safe.

As you may have heard, not all cat litter is truly safe. In fact, there are a lot of questions about clumping clay litter, which contains sodium bentonite. I won't bore you by repeating the well-known arguments about how sodium bentonite can cause urinary tract infections or even respiratory problems in the cats that use them. I'll just refer you to Franny Syufy's About.com article on sodium bentonite and litter dangers.

World's Best Cat Litter does not contain sodium-bentonite. It's all-natural and safe, it produces much less dust than other litters (even the equally safe Swheat Scoop) and it clumps like cement. Yes, it costs more than other litters (the best price I found was $14 for a 17-pound bag at Petsmart), but theoretically, you should be able to use less of it because it clumps so well. Personally I can't say I'm using less of it, but I probably scoop more often and more obsessively than the average person.

I'm sorry to gross you out with the picture at right, but I think it helps illustrate just how hard this thing clumps. As any cat guardian knows, sloppy, wet litter is just plain disgusting, hard to clean, and smelly. This stuff really delivers on its name.

BTW, The World's Best Cat Litter comes in regular and extra strength versions. I have only used the regular version. If anyone has used the extra strength, please let me know if it's worth the extra money.

25 comments:

Timmy said...

I'll have to tell Mommy 'bout this stuff! She calls me Mr. Stinky. Oh, and happy one month :)

FrannyCats said...

I'm glad WBCL has worked out for you, Avram. Other than its cost (and I've more to say about that below), the only negative I've ever heard about World's Best is that in very hot, humid climates it sometimes mildews. I'd be interested in getting your take on that next summer. Oh yes, and if you're subject to "pantry moths," they sometimes crop up in the bag. I haven't found any problem with the latter - the few we've observed have provided gratuitous play for my predators, and it won't hurt them to eat them.

As for the cost of WBCL, it lasts so long without dumping (up to a month), that I find it actually less expensive overall than other, cheaper, litters.

I tried another brand of corn litter recently, Clump 'N Flush, which is made from corn COBS, rather than corn grain (as in WBCL). It was about 60% of the price, and my cats used it readily. However, I didn't like 1) The perfumey odor, and 2) It was lighter and "fluffier" than WBCL, and left a lingering urine odor in the box.

I think you made a good choice, and I'm glad you feel the same. (pssst! Wanna do a guest review?) :::grins:::

Anonymous said...

OK, so I searched online last night and made some calls today to get a bag of WBCL to try. I just put it in the box so no data yet, but I think they'll try it. I have used Swheat Scoop and liked it for fostering kittens, but with 4 permanent adult cats (and 1 adult foster right now), it was too expensive for the volume needed! I am tired of the gray dust from Tidy Cat Scoop, though, so I'm going to try WBCL. One store had it for about $20 for the 17lb bag, and the other had it for about $16. Nobody had the 34lb bag, and I was told there was really no price break on the bigger bag. I sure hope this stuff lasts as long as they claim!

One of the salesmen told me about Vetbasis "Nature-derived herbal cat litter" which sounds like the one Franny mentioned--corncob based with a lavender scent. The salesman had used it and thought it was comparable to WBCL.

BTW, cats love it if you are compulsive about scooping out the litterbox! Nobody wants to use a dirty bathroom!

Peggy

Dana said...

I've tried many types of catter litter, but the best I've found so far are scoop away crystals. There's little to no dust and NO SMELL. Based on smell alone, you'd never know I had cats. But a warning, this stuff is kind of loud. If the litter box is in the next room, you might here it.

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Edgar said...

I'm going to try this kitty litter tonight if my mom gets home in time so i can go down to the pet store to pick some up. The ones she get is super cheap and super generic. It doens't clump up the urine and just gets scattered around in the box.

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Anonymous said...

We have had a MISERABLE experience with Scoop Away cat litter. I find it EXTREMELY hard to believe their advertisement that it is "99.9% dust free"!!! We wonder just what "dust" means to the company that produces this. FYI: The Clorox Pet Products Company www.scoopaway.com, 1-800-325-9259

We began using this litterabout a month ago; we were really excited to finally find a litter that was "99.9% dust free".

Shortly after, we began to smell the "Fresh Scent" of the litter wherever we were. Then we noticed dust was collecting on everything. We thought it was just us until we started to pay attention to what we were dusting up.

We found Scoop Away dust outside and INSIDE of our piano (it is not a grand), on our bath towels, our clothes that hang in our closets, our bed, furniture,the microwave, the dishes, glasses, pots and pans, the toaster and even on/in boxes of cereals and pasta stored in the kitchen cupboards.

Just today, I was rubbing the inside of one of my cat's ears, and smelled the litter dust on my fingers. So, it's even INSIDE his ears. Now, that really freaks me out! If we humans are breathing the litter dust, what are our kitties breathing EVERY time they use the box?

How do we know the dust is from the litter? Because when we swipe up some dust on our finger and smell it it is what the litter smells like.

The stuff clumps nicely, however, I can't help but wonder just how much has been "clumping" inside the cats' and our lungs!

I would caution you against using this product until you consult with your vet.

Anonymous said...

i have used WBCL for about 9 months an di love alot of things about it. i use extra strenght for just my one cat and its odor free. i found regular strenght version to smell, well corny. here;s my big beef with the product: it has tons of dust. maybe not tons but a lot... and every bag too. my cat comes out of his box with stripes of it on his tail and face and of course back paws. i'm constantly wiping hoim down when he comes out because im neurotic but still there has to be something out there that is really dust free that makes me feel safe like this product has. also it flushable for quick clean ups. so i love this brand but will be looking for something else that really is dust free. maybe crystals?

Hazel Lucy said...

Recently switched to World's Best. Coughed for 5 years, no more coughing with this fantastic litter. Absolutely incapable of producing dust. Clumps beautifully. It truly is the best in the world!

Anonymous said...

I tried WBCL and it worked as well as other products. There was one big problem, however. Since the stuff smells like corn/grain, one of my little furballs immediately began trying to eat it and wouldn't stop! Sorry to say, it had to go.

Anonymous said...

Use it, Love it and have no intentions of ever changing...
I too tidy the box up every night, but I don't feel like I am using allot.
but then I wouldnt care even if it did because my Indy's saftey is worth it.

Anonymous said...

I've tried WBCL (the multiplecat version) and it works very well...I had two stray kittens and didn't want them eating the clay I normally use. However, the price is steep...over a $1 a pound at best and close to $2 a pound at worst here.

I had heard that you can use chickenfeed (chicken sractch, crumbles, granules, purina flock raiser, etc.) as clumping flushable litter and decided to try it. I got some "layer crumbles" and it does work, doesn't clump like cement but it does work. It also doesn't have odor blocking agents like WBCL, but you just add some baking soda to it (or nature's miracle litter deoderizer powder) and it takes care of the odor. Plus, for ~ 29cents a pound, I can afford to add some baking soda to it.

irid3sc3nt said...

Thank you for writing a review as this was the first thing that popped up when I googled "corn litter". I just bought the stuff today and after waking up from a kitty-induced nap I forgot the name of it. We've been using EverClean cat litter since it was suggested to us by a vet about two years ago, but today at PetsMart the sales agent for WBCL convinced me to try it out. I like the natural, corny smell (it reminds me of Iowa, where I grew up). I mixed it in with the old litter to make a smooth transition for Caliope (our cat). We have been using a small HEPA air filter situated on top of our OmegaPaw litter box to soak up some of the dust, but this stuff looks like it produces no dust, so we may not need it anymore. Anywho, thanks for the encouraging words, I hope I made a better choice for Caliope.

PalmSpringsCat said...

7.7.07 I'm a gadget junky so I've tried every commercial litter & found ALL were too dusty or don't clump. I don't understand people who think it's okay for their cat to walk on urine soaked paper, pine, crystals or whatever...What a pleasant surprise to find WBCL. I've been using it for several years now. The natural smell of the corn is refreshing. I did not like the extra strength. The difference is the corn is cooked longer to make it drier to absorb more,,,the problem,,,it smells like burnt corn. I use one 16lb bag per 3 litter boxes, which last three months between changes. My next try for a better cheaper product will be corn bedding or chicken feed as I read in another post.

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Anonymous said...

I tried both original and multi-cat WBCL formulas. I don't like either because it doesn't clump hard enough in 10 min. That is the time the electric LitterMaid starts its cleaning. As it rakes through the litter and gets to the end of the box, the clump sticks to the rake like paste. As the rake returns to his starting position it drags the clump with it.

This litter may clump hard if left unattended for an hour for manual scooping but it sucks for electric litter boxes. Plus I noticed that while the rake pushes the clump toward the waste bin, it pushes a lot of the unsoiled and 'expensive' litter with it so you end up wasting more WBCL than is nessesary.

Anonymous said...

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Nina Coquina said...

I love this litter but it's managed to infest my entire house with pantry moths. I've had them for a year now and can't get rid of them. I have to freeze everything grain-based I bring into the house, including cat and bird food. I go through several pantry moth traps per week and still the suckers are everywhere.

This is the best litter I've ever used so I'm just sick about it. It works great, it clumps easily, and there is no smell. I'm hoping to find something else that comes even close.

Drew said...

Hey Avram and Liz,

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We have reviewed all of the comments provided by your readers and would love to share some additional information and tips on how to avoid some of the problems and circumstances addressed. If would like, we would be more than happy to send you another bag of World’s Best Cat Litter™. If you would provide a mailing address by sending it to drewwbcl@gmail.com , we will send you out a bag and some additional product information. We ensure full confidentiality of your contact information and will not send you any unwanted materials. Thank you for your interest in World’s Best Cat Litter™.

Very Best,
-Drew

Farmer Clayton said...

I use layer crumbles (chicken feed). It works wonderfully, and I recommend it to everybody. I compost the scooped used litter and keep it out of the land fill!

Jeannie said...

World's best is good, but I think my ALL time favorite has to be Fresh Results. I love it. Controls odors and is biodegradable. I'll be making the switch full time as soon as I finish my Litter Clean.

marbie said...

We recently switched from swheat scoop (because the urine never dried and formed a cake on the bottom) to WBCL. It clumps much better - but the smell is horrible! And, it's very dusty. Very disappointed and am looking for another solution.

Proud Mamma said...

Loved it, it lasted longer, didn't have stinky perfumes of other litters, but...come summer, boom! tons of pantry moths in bag AND in box. I'm hoping I can reintroduce it in the fall/winter. I hope this works. Right now I"m using toxic.

Proud Mamma said...

We loved it until we got the pantry moths. In bag AND in litter box. It had to go. I'm hoping we can reintroduce in fall/winter.