Best Cat Litter for Kittens

Best Cat Litter for Kittens in 2020 | Top 5 Reviewed

Getting a cat litter for your kitten for the first time? If you are, we understand that it can be hard finding the right one with so many options to choose from. In this article, we’ll be reviewing our top five selections of the best cat litter for your fur baby.  

With so many cat litters in pet stores offline and online, picking great ones can take a lot of work without following a criteria. There are certain things to look out for when picking the right litter so, even if you don’t pick any on our list, you can always go by these criteria to help you chose a different one. 

We’ll begin with our selection of the best cat litters for kittens and after it we’ll outline and explain the primary things to look for when picking a product. 

Product Name

Key Features

Our Rating

Chemical free.

No dust or tracking.

Designed for multi-cat homes.

Designed for low tracking.

Absorbs 3x moisture.

No small particles.

Control ammonia for a week.

Easy cleaning.

No harmful chemicals.

Made from walnut shell.

100% biodegradable.

99% dust free.

Works with sifting/mechanical boxes.

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Feline Pine Cat Litter

This eco-friendly cat litter has pine wood granules as the litter base. This means you’ll have no hygiene or tracking issues common with clay-based litters.  The highly-absorbent pine fibers effectively suck up liquid and trap in the ammonia smell quickly. For the tender kitten paws, the pine fibers are made super-soft and comfortable. 

With this cat litter, there are no irritants left when poured as it is completely neutral, non-clumping, and free of clay – all of which will ensure that your environment smells fresh and clean all the time. 

Unlike many litters in pet stores (usually the clumping type), this litter breaks down into sawdust after use.  The litter is also safe for your kitten to play and dig in. 

While the Feline Pine Original Cat Litter isn't near being the most expensive on the market, it may seem a little pricey if you’ve had to use traditional clay until now. But then, price is worth as you’ll find out when you make your purchase. 

Why We Like This Litter

  • Free of artificial fragrance, harsh additives, and chemicals 
  • Environmentally-friendly
  • Dust-free 
  • Urine and odor control with zero-clumping 

Things We Didn’t Like 

  • Although soft compared to many cat litters, some very young kittens may find the granules uncomfortable for their still tender paws. 

Another non-clumping litter on our list, Yesterday’s News Unscented Cat Litter is eco-friendly. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that we often recommend it for kittens, recuperating cats, and other cats requiring delicate care. This litter is soft which makes it perfect for those felines that need to be looked after a little more than usual.

The litter is also highly absorbent and stays dry for a long time. It is non-clumping and while that can be a good thing depending on your cat’s litter needs, it can also limit the amount of time you can leave it in the box.  However, this also makes it the ideal litter for very young kittens, especially during their first few months of life. 

Why We Like This Litter

  • Very absorbent and much more so than clay litter 
  • Soft and comfortable on kittens’ tender paws
  • Environmentally-friendly
  • Non-clumping and so safe for very young kittens

Things We Didn’t Like 

  • Not very effective at neutralizing smells/odor control 

Made from 100% natural reclaimed wood, the Okocat Natural Wood Clumping Litter is one of the top environmental-friendly litters for kittens you can find on the market.  The natural wood fibers are biodegradable and free of artificial fragrance, harsh chemicals, and other additives while still being effectively absorbent with excellent odor-control. 

Unlike clay litter clumps, the clumps formed by this natural lightweight wood litter aren’t very hard even though it absorbs liquid quickly.  Plus, the litter, as observed by many cat owners, has a more natural and fresher scent than clay litters. 

While it may take your young kitten a while to fully adjust to the texture, they’ll come to enjoy potty time once they grow used to the texture. 

Why We Like This Litter

  • Lightweight formula and fast absorbency 
  • Excellent odor-control 

Things We Didn’t Like 

  • Some felines may find the texture a bit hard on their paws

The quick-clumping walnut litter owes its effective odorabsorbing feature to the walnut shells’ natural odor-absorbing properties. It absorbs up to three times more smell than most clay litters! A top-quality clumping litter, Naturally Fresh enhances the cleaning experience and is also dust-free. 

What’s more, it has a variant with a blend of natural herbs that helps attract your kitten so they actually use the litter box instead of doing their business outside. If you’ve had trouble getting your kitten to use a litter box, this cat litter might work the magic. 

Why We Like This Litter

  • Has a variant with a blend of special herbs designed to draw kittens to the litter box (a favorite feature of many feline owners)
  • Almost completely dust-free
  • Effective odor control 
  • Very absorbent 
  • Soft and comfortable texture for kittens’ tender paws

Things We Didn’t Like 

  • Litter sometimes sticks to cat paws causing tracking outside the litter box 

This clumping clay litter is perfect for kittens, cats with behavioral issues or the cats just not motivated enough to use a box. With its blend of natural herbs, cats are lured in to use their litter boxes. 

How does it work? 

The clumping clay product has herbal attractants infused in it and this attracts felines; both old and young to use their boxes. Many customers attest to the success of this feature in their review of the product. 

Apart from attracting the cats to use their litter boxes, the litter does an excellent job of neutralizing odors, clumping and also has a great texture to it. 

Why We Like This Litter

  • The effective odor-control formulation
  • The herbal attractant in it to encourage litter box use
  • Comfortable granule texture on kitten paws
  • Easy to scoop clumps
  • Zero harsh additives or artificial fragrances

Things We Didn’t Like 

  • Kittens younger than 3 months may find the texture uncomfortable for their paws

How To Select A Good Cat Litter/Factors To Consider When Choosing A Cat Litter for a Kitten

With cat litters, selecting the right one for your kitten is important in ensuring that your cat uses it and indeed makes good use of it when he does. Selecting a suitable one is also important with the wide range of cat litter types to choose from. In this section, we’ll discuss the different cat litter types, their features, and which may be more suited to your cat.

But before that, we’ll look at some things about your cat that you should take into consideration before settling for a cat litter for a kitten. 

Your Cat’s Litter Preference 

Was your cat already using a particular litter type at the breeder or the shelter? You should ask this question as knowing what type they’ve been using is often a great place to begin. If they have one he has been using with no issues, there’s no point changing the litter type when you bring him home. Transitioning later can be an option if you feel he could use a different litter type better. This brings us to the common litter types; clumping or non-clumping litter? 

Picking a Litter Type: Clumping or Non-Clumping? 

You’ll find several types of cat litters in pet stores but even with the wide range of options, they can simply be categorized into clumping litter e.g. clay and natural grain, and non-clumping litter; paper, crystal and pine.

We’ll discuss the clumping and non-clumping litter before the sub-categories.

Clumping Litter 

Litters in this category absorb water easily. To clean your feline’s litter box, you only have to scoop out the waste clumps. The leftover litter remains dry and clean. However, with this litter type, a thorough clean of the entire box or tray is still required, though (to effectively get the clumps out) not as often as it would require you to do with a non-clumping litter. 

We must add here that with very young cats, clumping litters may not be the best. At this stage, they’re still very curious and may try to eat up the clumps of waste and this can be detrimental to their health. For older kittens, however, a clumping litter is a fantastic option as they can already differentiate between the litter and their food. 

Non-Clumping Litter

The non-clumping litter as the name implies does not form clumps. Unlike the clumping litter, this litter type absorbs moisture slowly and usually has some ingredients added to neutralize the smell. 

During cleaning, you must scoop out the entire litter from the box and replace it with fresh litter. Because the urine and other waste are intended to soak into this litter type, a weekly (or less) change will be required to prevent odor that could arise from prolonged use. 

You can see a full breakdown of Non-Clumping Litter vs Clumping litter in our guide.

Subcategories In The Cat Litter Types 

These are the more specific versions of the two main litter types. Some varieties include;

Clay Litter 

You’ll find the non-clumping and clumping varieties if you’re opting for the clay litter. The clumping clay variant is also extremely absorbent making it one of the fastest to absorb moisture and also the most economical. 

Clay litters are also completely biodegradable and so can be buried in the garden or anywhere you want.  The non-clumping variant on its part is effective at controlling tracking and also highly absorbent and economical. 

Natural Litter 

This litter type is usually made of wheat, pine or corn. As grain-based litters, they are completely biodegradable and usually efficient at odor-control. The pine litters are made entirely from pinewood which is collected from wood shavings and compressed into pellets. 

This litter type is also highly-absorbent with some options even being flushable thus, making it a great choice for apartment dwellers. 

Crystal Litters

Not as common as the clay and natural litters, but it still does a great job.  The litter is made entirely from silica crystal and is non-clumping. It is also long-lasting, non-toxic, lightweight and highly absorbent. 

Paper Litter 

They make this litter type with recycled waste paper which is then made into granules or pellets. It is usually chemical-free, super-absorbent and biodegradable (great for composting).

So, What Is the Best Kind of Litter for My Kitten?

Just like every other cat should, your young kitten should only use a high-quality litter. The only thing you may want to be super-picky with is the texture. Younger kittens have very delicate paws therefore; any cat litter you settle for should be soft and comfortable enough for a kitten. 

Another thing you want to consider is the fact that young kittens are more likely to splash around in the litter box and are also prone to mistaking their litter for food. 

With clumping litters, these innocent mistakes can be damaging health-wise to your young cat. A suitable cat litter for a kitten might be a non-clumping litter. If you must use a clumping litter, it may be best to wait until your cat is around three to four months old. 

Biodegradable or Not? 

Another factor to consider when picking a cat litter be it non-clumping or clumping is its biodegradability. It’s not just about our pets right now but also about the environment. 

However, when picking a biodegradable cat litter, make sure you only pick a litter that will pass through your pet’s system naturally. If ingested without causing blockages or any other problem e.g. the grain litters, an accident may never occur but you still have to be cautious. 

Conclusion

There you go; our review of the best cat litter for kittens. We covered some factors to consider before you pick a cat litter so hopefully you are now better placed to make a decision. Whichever litter you settle for and regardless of your feline’s age, make sure you only pick a litter free of additives, fragrance and other harsh chemicals as these can easily irritate your cat’s skin and affect his senses. 

If you have a cat that has trouble using a cat litter, we strongly recommend getting a cat litter with herbal attractant. This cut down your potty training significantly and also reduces the amount of time and energy you’d have spent cleaning up after your cat every time. 

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