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When I first got my cat Louis, he was a tiny kitten who made some pretty big smells. He had trouble using the litter that a bought him, which was a cheap supermarket brand. I soon realised, through my nose, that I needed to try something else.
I tried a few litters, but nothing compared to catsan. Not only does catsan mask smells extremely well, but my cat finds it easier to use, and we never have any messy situations like we have had in the past. It is really easy to clean up as the particles gather around the "business" and you don't even feel like you are picking poop up.
It is really light, so I find it easy to carry around the supermarket and back to the house. I also find it great value for money and it is often on offer for under £5.
A really good product that in my opinion is the best you can get, and it will continue to use it forever.
For the past 6 months I have been mummy to my wonderful Myrtle Rose, the light of my life kitten who I absolutely dote on. she drains my finances but the worse thing I have to contend with is her litter tray....its disgusting. Being all false economy about it till recently I bought the cheapest cat litter I could find and changed it every day which takes up time, makes me a mess and I hate the stink even after one day of using it of her pee! My mate then bought me a decent cat litter and I then saw the error of my ways and will now only use more expensive and more decent stuff and this is the one we are using at the moment. This comes in various different sizes and in different formulas too. I bought this in the 10L size from Asda and it cost me a fiver which I didn't think was too bad for a branded cat litter I had heard several positive things about in the form of reviews I have read and from word of mouth.
It comes in a light and dark blue coloured paper bag which has white carry handles to it and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and there's a picture of a cat shown and we are told a bit about the product and the size is stated and so on and all the relevant information is printed on the bag including contact details for the manufacturer on the back.
The Cat Litter Itself:
We love this one, we think its great! The grains are small and chalky looking though not dusty really and made from white chalk and natural quartz sand and each piece of the cat litter is coated using a patented process making it highly absorbent and the grains don't stick to Myrtles paws meaning no more bits over my laminate flooring (apart from the fact she does try bury her buisness and bits still do fly all over the place but only Myrtle can be blamed for that one!). I am able to spot clean it and as shes fussy this clumps when wet and I can dig out the wet patches easily if I want to and I am impressed this really does seem to absorb nasty niffs too!
With cheaper cat litters I find the tray to stink after just a few hours but this I can get away with only spot cleaning for about 3 days! That's amazing to me!
On the bag this promises to be effective for longer and I have to agree with that statement. Yes it costs me more to buy a bag of this but anything that stops me wretching whilst changing a litter tray is worth its salt to me and I do think Myrtle is happier to use this one as it simply looks more comfortable too!
A great buy and available from all good pet stores and supermarkets alike!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Catsan Hygiene Litter
Available in various sizes, 10 litres, 20 litres, and I believe 40 litres at specialist pet suppliers.
I was fortunate enough to pick up the smallest size bag at a promotional price of £2.99 recently, but usually I would expect to pay nearer £5
Available at all the obvious pet stores, Pampurred Pets, Pets at Home and individual pet shops, but I am pleased to say that this litter is also available at Tesco, Co-op and other large supermarkets.
It comes in a very sturdy bag, which is good. Some inferior bags of cat litter have ended up splitting open in the boot of my car. Catsan is well packaged and comes with an attached carrying handle.
The litter itself is white and large granules, for the money it doesn't seem too much litter, but it really is a case that quality will show through!
When the cat uses the litter, it is easy to scoop up the mess , or the wetness, with a little trowel and leave the rest of the litter intact, when with cheaper makes you would probably need to change the whole tray each time the cat used the litter tray.
It is exceptionally hygienic, and the best part is that it contains all the odours, which to be truthful is exactly what you want it to do. It's not the nicest job in the world having to clear the litter tray, but it certainly helps when the house does not "pong" - which as any cat owner will tell you, is the most awful smell.
Thank you for reading this review - some reviews I know are about just gorgeous luxury goods, this one is more about the kind of thing that is nothing more than a yucky chore! However I adore my cats and there are times when they have to be kept indoors - or when the weather is harsh and they really do not want to be outside, with the Catsan I am confident that they will not look to do their business elsewhere and I can clean it up and change it easily.
I'm reviewing this cat litter not because I'm so desperate to write a review and it's the only thing left in my house that I haven't reviewed already, but because I think some of you cat owners may be put off by the price of Catsan and I need to enlighten you on how it can be cost effective.
So I have a very fussy cat. He's fussy with food, toys, and especially cat litter. When we got him initially I balked at the price of Catsan and resorted to cheaper alternatives. I even tried wood chips and paper pellet cat litter, but Okami wasn't having it. He'd refuse to use his litter tray approximately three days after it had been fully cleaned, even when we removed faeces and clumped litter daily and topped it up. And if the tray wasn't cleaned to his exacting standards he'd go to the toilet in our bath tub. It was not a good experience for any of us, so I eventually gave in and tried Catsan.
What a godsend!
Catsan Hygiene Litter looks much like other cat litters. It has medium size litter that is an off-white colour. The bag is blue with a white cat on the front and comes in 5L, 10L and 20L sizes. I use 5L per litter tray change (my cat likes rather a deep amount of litter - fussy, see?) The smaller size retails at about £4, the medium size at about £6 and the large at about £12. The 20L is totally worth it if you can carry it home ok (or even better if you order it online and get it delivered right to your door!) The bag is strong with a sturdy handle, so you don't need to worry when carrying it that it'll burst.
It seems a little more expensive than some other cat litters, but I only have to use this once a week, rather than the standard twice that I was doing before. This could mount up to quite a significant saving. There are also good deals on it quite often in supermarkets and online pet sites.
So is it effective? Absolutely. When my cat urinates, this litter seems to absorb the liquid rather than clump. The smell of cat urine is not pleasant, but it is definitely diminished with Catsan. Obviously cat faeces always smells (even with my cat trying to cover it as best as he can) and has to be removed from the tray.
Unfortunately my cat does tend to bring a few pieces of litter out of the tray with him, but this has been the same for every litter I've ever used. I think this is a problem that just hasn't been tackled yet!
When cleaning a litter tray Catsan can be pretty unpleasant as the absorbed urine tends to gather at the bottom of the tray. It's smelly and unpleasant, however I have a workaround for this. I can buy specific bags for the litter tray that I use, so they just go into the litter tray before the litter. This makes cleaning the tray as easy as tying the bag up with the soiled litter in and throwing it into the bin, and maybe giving the bottom of the tray a quick clean with antibacterial spray. I don't know if these bags are readily available for all litter trays, but if you can get them for your tray then do. It makes cleaning litter trays 10x easier and quicker! No fuss.
My cat seems quite happy with the Catsan, judging by the fact that he no longer prefers our bath tub as a glorified litter tray. I'd recommend it and I'm sure he would too.
As you all must know by now we have a gorgeous cat called Mew who adopted us when we came to live in our cottage four years ago. When he first arrived we were novices at looking after cats so it was a combination of reading reviews and trial and error to get the right foods and the right litter for him.
We tried a few cheaper litters thinking that they would be good value but there was always a smell with them. As anyone who has a cat will know the smell of cat wee is not pleasant!
Eventually we decided to try Catsan - it was a bit more expensive than some of the others - but it had such good reviews AND it promised to get rid of the odours we figured it was worth a try.
Catsan comes in a smart blue and white bag and is available in 5 litre, 10 litre or 20 litre variations. The 10 litre one currently costs around the £7.50 mark and the 20 litre one about £11 depending on where you buy it from.
The non clumping litter is made up of individual grains of fine, white chalk and natural quartz sand which are unbleached and free from any dangerous fibres and they soak up any liquids with ease absorbing the odours at the same time. Apparently these grains also inhibit bacteria development too. All you have to do is to pour about five centimetres of litter into the litter tray and leave the rest up the cat!
You will need to remove any solids (I thought that was the most delicate way of describing the offending articles) as they will smell if left. I use value nappy bags to do this - I just pop a bag over my hand, pick up the lumps and then turn the bag inside out covering the solids so that I can tie the top and throw the whole thing into the dustbin without having to touch anything nasty! It also means that any smell is eliminated too.
When your cat has used the litter, you will need to just give the tray a shake to redistribute it and leave a fairly level surface ready for the next tinkle.
So what does Mew think then?
Well he likes this one the best of all the ones he has tried. He rarely does anything solid in his tray, preferring to go outside which suits me just fine! When he does use his tray for a wee the odour is indeed absorbed straight away and the litter looks (and smells) as good as new.
Although the litter is more expensive than some I find that it doesn't need to be changed as often. Obviously I don't leave it for months but I do find that, with Mew only using it occasionally, I can leave it up to a month between changes with no hygiene issues or nasty odours.
It is easy enough for me to use as the bags all have handles on the top so that I can lift them and pour the litter directly into the tray. I tend to buy the bigger bags and make the most of economies of scale and these can be a bit heavy when they are full but I manage.
When I change the litter I just get a couple of pedal bin liners (one inside the other for added strength) and pour the litter from the tray to the liners. Incidentally this is the time when I do get a strong whiff of what Mew has been doing in his tray! I can then give the tray a wash, dry it and then pour a new layer of grains into it.
When I need to buy more litter I go online to find the best price, taking into account the discount that I can get via Quidco, and then I order as much as I can afford and get it delivered direct to the house. There are often special offers on Catsan on the various sites such as Zooplus, Pet Supermarket and even Pets at Home so it is well worth taking a look around before ordering.
Mew and I would both definitely recommend Catsan Hygiene. It is pure white so it looks good to both of us, it absorbs liquids and odours so it smells nice for both of us and it lasts well meaning that it isn't too expensive for me to give Mew the very best as, of course, he deserves!
Cat litter especially developed to promote cat hygiene absorbs odour before it can develop