“ Manufacturer: Pets at Home / Type: Cat Litter & Litter Boxes „
Cat litter is the bain of my life at the minute because my kitten is getting to the stage where he is nearly old enough to venture outside. He now tries to dig in everything, especially his litter. After trying anti dust, scented and clumping litters I decided to try wooden litter because I had heard good things about it.
I tend to visit Pets at Home quite frequently (I love looking at all the hamsters and rabbits) and this is where I noticed their Lightweight Non Clumping Wood Pellet Cat litter (quite a mouthful!) The difference between this and other cat litter is obvious - rather than small grains of litter, the wooden litter comes in small pellets (wooden cylinders) about an inch long each. The wooden litter doesn't clump like standard clay versions but it does break down into tiny grains when wet.
The litter isn't scented and it doesn't smell as harsh as clay based litters, in fact it actually smells like fresh cut sawdust which isn't too unpleasant. Available in 5, 15 and 30L sizes there is something suitable for most needs. The litter bags are priced very reasonable at £2.69, £5.79 and £9.99 (30L currently on offer at 2 for £18) a little more expensive compared to most brands but you get value in the length of time a bag lasts.
So how long does a bag last? I typically buy the 15L bag as the 30L is a little too large to store conveniently unless you have a large spare cupboard. The 15L bag lasts about two-three weeks whereas the equivalent in a clay based litter would usually last just over a week before I'd need to dash and buy more.
I find that with the wooden litter, it lasts nearly twice as long because you don't need to use as much and when you remove any evidence you don't take half as much of the litter with it unlike the clumping litters.
My kitten prefers the wooden litter too which means he is more willing to use his tray - the more traditional litters used to get stuck in his paws and as a result would be trodden into the carpets or strewn across the wooden floors. The wooden litter is much easier to pick up or sweep away if he does decide to dig around - thank goodness!
So would you consider any other litter? Well yes I suppose I would but only because Tesco now do a wooden litter in a 10L bag for the same price as the Pets at Home 5L bag. The Pets at Home litter has no additional features that the Tesco one does but I find it convenient to buy when I'm in the shop especially as it is usually on offer.
Over my years of cat ownership I have tried and tested many cat litters and currently the Pets@Home wood pellet litter is the one I buy most often which costs £9.29 for a 30l bag which is meant to last one cat for 35 days.
The litter is made up of small pieces of wood around 1 to 2 cm long and half a cm wide. The pellets are rounded so nice and smooth but have rough ends although those ends are not sharp. It, unsurprisingly, smells woody with a slight pine fragrance.
The cats did not mind when I changed their litter, I was worried they would object since their previous litter had much smaller pieces. The beauty of having large pieces is that the bits of wood are large enough that they don't get stuck between the pads of their paws so there is almost no tracking of litter out of the box once they have finished using it. Simba loves to dig and when he was using an uncovered tray would throw bits of litter over the floor and these bits hoovered up easily.
This is a non clumping litter so is not always the easiest to clean up. When the litter gets wet it disintegrates into an almost powdery substance which is hard to scoop up as it spreads through the litter tray. The litter copes well with pee smells as when it is wet it smells more like damp wood than pee and when it dries the smell disappears. Bits of poo stick slightly to the wooden pellets and the cats obviously find the litter easy to dig around in to cover their poo up but it does nothing to disguise the poo smell and I need to scoop as soon as they leave a present and spray air freshener around the room to banish the smell.
I find that with daily scooping I need to do a full litter box change every 3 days or so with 2 cats using the litter tray which is a reasonable time to go between changes with 2 cats. A bag of litter lasts me a month this way which is excellent value for money.
I have used dozens of cat litters and currently the Pets@Home wood pellets seems to suit my needs best. If you buy the big bags it works out cheaper than other wood based litters and lasts well. It is not perfect but is still a good buy.
I'll start this review by saying that I don't actually own a cat, however wood pellet cat litter is also suitable for small animals and this is why I have used it.
The litter comes in 3 different bag sizes - 5 litres is £2.29, 15 litres is £5.29 and 30 litres is £9.29. Personally I would advise buying a larger bag, unless you have issues with space for storage as a 5 litre bag will only fill one large litter tray or the base of one decent sized small animal cage. There is an offer on the 30 litre bags at the moment - 2 for £16 which I believe ends on the 10th of October (2010).
It comes in a tough white plastic bag (no chance of it ripping open) with green text and a green cat on the front - it would help if there was some form of handle to help carry it, especially on the 30 litre bags as these can be very difficult to handle (don't pick up more than one at a time as you'll do your back in!) The flexability of the bag means that it is quite easy to force the litter bag into whatever shaped space you have available (I've got one wedged in between a coffe table and a bookcase).
The wood used is biodegradable and supposedly lightly pine scented (can't say this is something I've noticed), the litter is also non clumping which may be a pro for some and a con for others.
I've found that the litter spreads nice and evenly across the base of a cage and has minimal initial dust levels. The pellets are quite hard and I worry that they may be uncomfortable on the feet of small pets and indeed cats themselves. I find that the main downside of the litter is that the instant it gets wet the pellets seem to disintegrate - although the litter doesn't 'clump' it becomes a caked mass of disintegrated wood and there are far better litters on the market for retaining fluid. Further to this it doesn't mask any unpleasant odours so things get very smelly, very quickly which means that you need to replace it more often.
Overall it's a good budget litter for cats and small animals, but it is by no means the best in terms of quality, and for small animals I would lean more towards using carefresh bedding as an alternative - softer on their feet and more absorbant. If money is an issue you could consider combining this litter with another to bulk it out and make it last longer.