* Prices may differ from that shown
What is it?
Bio-catolet is an eco friendly cat litter that's also suitable to use for small animals. I don't have any cats, but I have used this for both my rats and ferrets. It is supposedly 100% ecologically friendly (basically maade from paper/wood pulp
The litter itself is a mottled grey colour and very firm to the touch and vary in length from about 0.5-2cm.
What does it claim to do?
Supposedly this cat litter doesn't stick to paws or fur, is 100% biodegradable, dust free and twice as absorbant as mineral based cat litters.
How is it packaged?
The litter comes in a bright green paper bag depicting a cartoon cat holding some toilet roll. There is a white handle at the top and the whole bag is strong enough that you don't have to worry about picking it up and spilling litter all over the floor as it collapses under its own weight!
How much does it cost?
Bio-catolet is available in more than one size - I buy the largest size available which is 25ltr as it doesn't go too far. The 25ltr bag costs £9.49 and the 12ltr bag costs £5.10 from Pets at Home although it is available from other places.
I don't have cats so I purchased this cat litter to use for my rats and ferrets. You can't use sawdust bedding for many small animals as the dust gives them breathing problems - many cat litters also have dust so I purchased this one based off the fact that it's dust free and suitable for rodents. I have to say I've been very impressed by this aspect as all the other 'dust free' cat litters I've tried, still have dust.
The packaging says it is 'soft and kind to paws' and it isn't the sharpest cat litter I've evercome across, but it is very firm and the edges can be quite rough. As one of my rats has reached OAP status, the skin on his back paws has become very thin and started to ulcerate so I've had to switch to the very soft 'carefresh' instead.
I can't confirm whether or not it is twice as absorbant as mineral cat litter as I haven't done any tests to that affect, but I've never had any problems with damp patches so it does seem to be quite effective! Although it is supposedly 'insect repellent' I haven't really found this to be the case - flies still seem to be ferret poo seeking missiles!
There seems to be little in the way of odour control, despite the packaging claiming it 'reliably masks odours' poo still smells like poo and the ammonia is very evident when cleaning out.
Would I recommend it?
Not as a cat litter no I wouldn't - yes it's dust free, but it falls down on many other aspects and I'm sure there are better cat litters out there, although they probably aren't as good for the environment. As a small animal litter it is a reasonable option - at the moment I use it in my ferrets litter tray, but I have gone onto using carefresh bedding for the rats as it has better control of the smell and is softer for their paws.
Midas Bio-Catolet Cat Litter
Sadly I don't own a cat, I would love one but then my husband and mum who are both horribly allergic would never get back into the house again. So you may wonder why I am reviewing cat litter, it is because this cat litter is extremely versatile and is not only suitable, but great to use for my guinea pigs. I have two little guinea pig madams that live indoors with us, they take up my office as their home, because they are indoor pets I think that it is important to get quality products that keep them clean and cosy while maintaining as odourless a smell as possible.
Although I do clean them out regularly, once a week a big clear out and some smaller scooping of dirty bedding on a daily basis I still want to keep them smelling as clean as possible, for their benefit as well as mine. I use this cat litter as a basis of their flooring bedding in the areas that I know that they use as a toilet. I don't use this in their bed area because they don't tend to mess that area too much. After throwing in and smoothing out a thin layer of this I cover it with the usual wood shavings and care fresh bedding to make it a bit cosier and homier.
Since I have been using this I do notice that when it comes to cleaning them out there is less of an odour and it's easier to scoop it all up. These individual little pellets (that make up the cat litter) also retain quite a lot of liquid, which is great at keeping the top layers of their flooring drier. The litter claims that it is both an insect repellent and that it will help to prevent bacterial growth. Another reason I like to use this because it just gives my little girls that bit more added protection.
I can't say how well this cat litter would be compared to other kitty litters but I have been extremely happy with this for use with my guinea pigs.
This cat litter is easy to find and is available in the majority of pet stores, I bought mine from Pet's At Home for £9.25 for a 25 litre bag. I have been using this for a couple of months so far and I still have more than half left, when using this with guinea pigs a little goes a long way.
A real plus for me is that instead of just throwing this litter into the bin it is suitable for after use to just add to any home composter.
I would recommend this to anyone that has indoor guinea pigs and I imagine that it would also make a nice cat litter (but I don't know for sure). I give this product a well earned odour eating five out of five stars.
I think this cat litter is fantastic and as such I'm giving it 5 stars!
I've had cats all my life and have tried many different types of litter but I really do believe this to be the best. It makes the whole cat litter task much more pleasant!
At approx £4.50- £5.00 per 12 litre bag (depending where you buy it) it's not the cheapest one available but I do find myself having to change the litter a lot less so I guess that makes up for it.
It may not suit everyone as I know some people like the type of cat litter that 'clumps' meaning you can scoop out the wet bits, but personally I don't like that sort of litter. I'd rather scoop out the 'number 2s' and leave the rest until it is generally wet & then needs fully changing. I have the clay type stuff that goes all chalky and causes your cats to tread white footprints all over, I hate the wood chippings which turn to sawdust & again just tread everywhere, I hate the ones that are really dusty when you pour them in the tray and I hate the litters which have built in odour control which somehow smell worse than the odour they are trying to control!! This litter has none of those problems.
Bio-Catloet is made of a paper-like material (not to be confused with other paper based cat litters, as I have tried some of those before and found them ineffective). It is lightweight, doesn't make a mess, doesn't get all stuck between your cat's paws and is generally pleasant for both you and the cat!
It is also extremely absorbant, I have two cats who don't like to go out much and therefore use the tray a lot. With this litter I find I have to change it half as many times as with other types (although I still must scoop out their 'number 2s' just as regularly of course!).
Whilst it has no noticable smell to cover up odours or anything like that it certainly does a good job of it and this is one of my main reasons for liking this product, it's the only one I've ever used which is effective at controlling the smell of cat wee!
I love this litter and swear by it, I know cats are very picky creatures and some just prefer different sorts but if you are considering trying a new sort I would strongly recommend you give this a go!
Although my cats all have access to the great outdoors, there are certain occasions when they need to make use of a litter tray. Over the years I have tried various cat litters, but I have always found Bio-Catolet the cleanest to use, as well as giving me the reassurance that I am using an environmentally friendly product, and not adding to the great landfill problem. If you buy recycled toilet paper, you should be buying Bio-Catolet.
Bio-Catolet advertises itself as 100% eco-logical, starting with the bag, which is made from 85% recycled paper, with a 100% recycled string and a 100% water based ink.
The litter itself consists of small pellets of recycled paper which look a lot like grey rabbit food. The pellets, or granules, are extremely light, which makes it easy to carry back from the supermarket. The granules are very lightly scented (with winter and summer perfumes, according to the website) and this masks the smell very well. They are very absorbent, and it is easy to see if there is a small wet patch to scoop up. My cats love scrabbling around in it, and I am happy that there is no dust to fly around my home or stick to my cats paws and legs. The cat litter contains a vegetable based flea deterrent, but I have no evidence of this working or not working.
It is a non-clumping litter, which may be a disadvantage for some people. As a result, you have to dig down to the bottom to reveal the soggy mass of granules and scoop them up, or alternatively mix them into the rest of the dryer granules.
Disposal of the cat litter is the one thing that makes me buy it again and again. It is 100% bio-degradable, and the manufacturer advertises the fact that it can be put into a composting bin. Although I obviously remove any faecal matter on a daily basis, and dispose of it appropriately, I put the old, urine soaked granules on my compost heap, and have been doing so for several years. Not only does the urine act as an activator in the composting process, the granules give the compost a lot of fibre and body. An excellent alternative to dumping the whole lot into a land fill site! It is important never to add faeces to the compost heap, as it can cause disease and attract vermin.
Cats are creatures of habit; although any kittens born into my household take to this litter without any trouble at all, a cat which is used to a wood or clay based litter (in other words a heavier litter) may need a period of adjustment. Instructions on the packaging recommend mixing the usual litter with Bio-Catolet for a while until the cat adjusts, and then gradually increasing the amount of Bio-Catolet whilst decreasing the amount of usual litter.
I buy my Bio-Catolet from Sainsburys, where it costs £4.88 for a 12 litre bag.
Every now and then I have a change from Catsan for my cats because I like to make sure that there is nothing lurking out there which might be easier than using my normal litter.
I have three indoor Persian cats that live in luxury, and they are very particular about their toilet, it has to be spotless. This is a serious issue, because cats are obsessed with cleanliness, and dirty litter trays are a form of cruelty. At the vet school where my daughter trained they were told to be kind you should always provide one litter tray per cat, and to clean it regularly, any less than this and it is cruel.
What they didn't teach her though, which I can, is that some cats get picky over the type of litter. One of my cats called Marigold is not keen on any litters in the wood based category, preferring to use granules. Fine, but all of the granules have a dust element to them, especially basic litters, which are often the cause of a Vesuvius layer all over my surfaces. Catsan is better, but I was trying to eliminate this completely, so I decided to try Bio-Catolet, a recycled paper based litter made by Midas.
It cost me £5.99 for 12 litres from Ethical Superstore, but you can get 10% off by going to Quidco first. You can also buy it in Pets at Home in stores more cheaply, and online the 25kg bag is £8.88.
What attracted me to this, apart from the dust control, was the fact that it is ethical being entirely degradable, and kind to the environment. It also claims to be an excellent insect repellent, especially against fleas, as it has a natural insecticide in it, and to mask odours.
A sensible piece of advice they give to you is to introduce it slowly by mixing it into the normal litter the cat uses. As cats are great creatures of habit this is of paramount importance, also true incidentally in the food you feed to them too. Change of diet may lead to tummy upsets, if it is done dramatically and suddenly.
The first thing you notice is the weight. This is substantially lighter than mineral based litters, so ideal if you don't drive and need to buy some urgently.
The second is the bag itself, this is made from recycled paper.
Inside is the litter which is little pellets, dark grey in colour, and sadly not as aesthetically pleasing as my normal Catsan. However, it doesn't get caught in the cats paws like others litter do, and so you don't see the little rock trail, which I see when my Persians visit their normal toilet.
Now to the bad news, Marigold is into her second decade of life and is pretty set in her ways, she refuses to accept change, and sadly will not use the tray with this litter and will make other arrangements, which I won't elaborate on, but suffice to say these are not ideal.
The other two are half her age but are not keen, they make an absolute meal of using the tray, smelling it for ages, and finally going, but they leave the tray with that "public toilet feeling", which is not pleasing.
I tried it for ages but it is no good, Catsan has returned and peace is restored. The smell was dreadful, and the odour control was non existent. The look of the tray was foul and unpleasant.
I wanted it to work but it was a total disaster, and for the sake of health and hygiene I am back to using Catsan, a similar price but a million times better.
This is one ethical product I simply can't buy again.
I've been using Bio Catolet litter for a few years now. I bought it initially because my usual was out of stock and also I was fed up with the amount of dust the normal stones type litter generates. It gets right up my nose when I'm changing the litter for fresh stuff! So I thought I'd try this and have been using it ever since.
I have 3 cats using litter trays so I have to keep on top of keeping them clean as we all know how fussy cats are about everything, especially toilets. I find this litter to be the best at keeping everything clean and although it's pricey at nearly £5 a bag, it's fairly economical as you only need a shallow layer in the bottom of the tray; it's very absorbant so you don't need tons of it.
I must say I don't have a problem regarding smells with this litter at all but then again, maybe I've become immune to them! I did try, a couple of weeks ago, Sainsbury's Basics range cat litter because it's only £1.16 a bag and we're all trying to save money at the mo. I didn't like that litter because it does absolutely NOTHING to mask smells; it's not very absorbant and just goes to a kind of mush; and the little stones were getting spread all over the house and I don't want to see cat litter on my bedroom floor or halfway up the stairs!
So I went back to Bio Catloet; I find it the best litter for me. (Not personally speaking of course!)
Bio-Catolet is a natural cat litter that is 100% paper and therefore fantastic for recycling. It is soft and kind on cat's paws as it is pure paper and is dust free leaving no tracking trace throughout the house.
It claims that it is 200% plus more absorbent and that it also neutralises odours and has "seasonal perfumes" built in along with flea and insect deterrents.
I purchased my first lot of Bio-Catolet a good 8 months ago as my cats really do not like any of the gravel type products. They shake their paws a lot and one point blankly refuses to use a tray if it is filled with something he doesn't like the feel of.
I decided to try Bio-Catolet as it sounded fantastic. The pack was quite large and brightly coloured (green!). It retails at around £4.50 for a 12kg bag or £8.80 for a 25kg bag. I bought mine from Pets At Home as if buying online the cost of postage can far outweigh the saving made.
The litter does work at soaking up the urine very quickly, however the "neutralising" effect is not so good. To be honest I don't think it has a neutralising quality as the smell is not covered or taken away by the litter at all. Another small problem is that it can be quite hard to see what is "urine soaked" and what isn't as it is all quite a dark grey colour. It would also be helpful if there was someway of making the colour stand out a bit more, as I have found myself throwing away litter because I am not sure if it has been used, but that the smell is quite strong.
I do still use this litter however as my cats like using it and it doesn't track a lot throughout the house (as some litter tend to do). It is also easy to get rid of and of course is environmentally friendly, which again is a plus.
I have thought about trying a different litter, but I am worried that my cats will hate it as I cant find one that is as soft as Bio-Catolet but covers the smell.
For now though, Bio-Catolet is the best litter I have found at not tracking and being economical. It also does last a fair while too.
I got my first own kitten last Friday and we had to make a very quick pit stop at pets at home before we went to collect him. We have been out of the cat loop for sometime now having dogs and so we grabbed the nearest assistant and asked for his advice. He recommended Bio-Catolet as Cat litter and so we knowing nothing better brought 2 12ltr. bags for a new kiten.
The Cat litter comes in a big bright green bag. On the front is a cartoon of a grey cat with a roll of toilet paper. AS well as an 100% Eco-logical logo and big black lettering saying Bio-Catolet. A red box contains the writing: -"Light Cellulose granules - Extremely absorbant and dust free - Soft and kind to paws - Reliably masks odours" in white lettering. There is also two small white squares featuring a pic of a guinea pig and a rabbit with small black text which tells the buyed it is suitable for rodents and small domestic animals.
The main message we get from the packaging is that this is an enviromentally friendly product, which in this day and age is great. It claims to be manufactured without causing ANY pollution to the environment. It is compostable, carries an insect-repellent and prevents bacterial growth.
It is very light and has a 200% absorbancy which is twice as much as a mineral based litter. It claims to control unpleasant odours quickly and retain its natural freshness.
It is manufactured in Buckingham and there is a website:- www.midas-products.co.uk
Now how does that translate to its actual usage?
I have found that its claim not to stick to paws isnt necessarily true there are a few bits across my floor which i have to regularly pick up. They are white and brown pellets about 1-2cms long and so this isnt as big a problem as if the litter was dust. There is no dust with this product. My biggest problem with this product is that it STINKS. It really does smell and it ends up smelling out the house. Its a really sweet sickly smell that makes me feel rather nauseus and to be honest it smells as if the cat has already done something. I have no idea how they can claim it has a fresh smell.
The key test comes with the kitten. Does he like it? Well so far he doesnt have much of a choice, it is the only cat litter I have and I have two massive bags of it. In my opinion he uses it because he has to. He is always pawing at it, which yes I know cats do that to cover up their business but he spends ages sniffing at it and moving around and pawing before he'll go. I dont think hes too keen on the smell either!! I also think he would prefer something which is smoother on his paws, as they are quite rough and large.
All in all this is a fantastic concept for a cat litter. I am all for being green and enviromentally friendly but I think Bio-Catolet have got it wrong in practice. I would not buy this product again for my kitten as I can not stand the smell. Even after spraying it with a litter freshener it still pongs. I cant wait to get through it so I can get some other litter. Another down point is that I have nearly finished the first bag. If you top up your litter tray after each time your cat goes then one 12ltr bag doesnt go very far!!
Its a real shame that Bio-Catolet doesnt do what it says on the bag, because if it did it would be a fantastic product!
Its great that Bio-Catolet thinks about the enviroment so much but I think they should have paid more attention to the cat and the human nose and house when developing their product.
It retails at just under £5 for one 12ltr bag
Being a modern thinking kind of chap, I’m here to help you understand the importance in us cats each doing our bit for the sake of the environment. For too long, we’ve shrugged our responsibility away saying that it isn’t our problem if the wild animals lose their homes. They’re not living in our neighbourhoods so why should we care about them? Just because we’re privileged enough to be cared for by the humans doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care about our fellow creatures though. Squirrels, foxes, badgers and other woodland creatures need a stabile home environment too, homes where food and shelter is plentiful. They aren’t cared for in the homes of humans or, if unlucky enough to have strayed away from home, taken into rescue centers where they’ve no need to fight for the survival of the species. We all know that humans only pamper us to satisfy their own needs. Why don’t they bring the fox into their homes? Because he’s flea-ridden vermin? Of course not! It’s just because our friend the fox won’t allow himself to become sub-servient in the way that dogs do. And he’s certainly by no means as smart as us cats. He just doesn’t have our ability to sort out who can be trusted and who can’t and make ourselves at home with those who are most likely to pamper us for a stroke and few purrs in return. He doesn’t like being cuddled and he has dirty habits. No, he just doesn’t have anything to offer the human so he has to fight for his survival AGAINST the human. They like to think that they care about the animals but in reality, they’re the most dangerous predators on the planet. They’ve destroyed so much forest that many species have already become extinct and many more are in danger of extinction. To help them, we must all start demanding that our humans act in ways that are environmentally friendly, and we can st
art by insisting that they use Bio-Catolet Cat Litter! Bio-Catolet is 100% ecological, made from cellulose. “Hey wait!” I hear you call. “You have to chop down trees to get cellulose”. Not necessarily. Cellulose is plentiful raw cotton (91% of raw cotton is raw cellulose), straw, hemp and several other plants, all of which are easily propagated and harvesting these plants bears no known danger to the environment. But ok, I’ll admit that it’s made for the cellulose found in re-cycled paper that was probably manufactured from the cellulose found in trees in the first place. In fact, I can tell you that during the past three years, more than a quarter of a million telephone directories have been re-cycled to make one million bags of Bio-Catolet cat litter. We know that humans aren’t going to stop cutting the trees down as long as they have a need to make patterns on sheets of paper that they generally throw in the rubbish soon after looking at them, so we might as well persuade them to re-use the paper. And what better way is there than by making something that’s so much more comfortable for us to use than conventional cat litter? Bio-Catolet is 100% biodegradable. They can just throw it on the compost heap after use and it’ll go right back to being earth again. Lovely for the garden and all the pretty flowers they grown out there (the one’s they don’t like us urinating on). It’s lovely and soft on our paws too, and doesn’t get stuck to them so it’s age since I’ve been in trouble for treading cat litter onto the carpet. In fact, it’s so comfy that I quite look forward to needing the loo these days (well, there isn’t much excitement in the life of an old timer y’know). It’s 200% absorbent, which is excellent if you have one of those humans that tends to forget to change the litter as of
ten as they should. My daughter has one of those humans and she’s always being threatened with the cats home because one of the other humans who live in the house gets sick of the smell. But unlike most other cat litters, Bio-Catolet effectively controls offensive odours too, retaining its freshness over several days. With so much absorbency and odour control, there’s no need to use as much cat-litter at each change, and no need to change quite as often (although solids must obviously be removed daily) so it goes a lot further. Now you might think that cellulose based cat litter would become sloppy when wet, but that’s far from the truth with this one. The granules gradually harden as they become spent, and being quite large, they still don’t stick to paws and are easy for the humans to clear away. What humans usually don’t realise, being somewhat less clever than they like to think they are, is how effective this product is when used on the floor of rodent cages. Plenty of them keep mice, rats, hamsters and gerbils, and most are still using sawdust or paper shavings. Bio-Catolet is a far better alternative that's dust free! Manufactured in a purpose built factory in Milton Keynes by Midas Products Ltd, Bio-Catolet is available through most major supermarkets and pet shops in 12 and 25 litre bags. So tell your humans today! We want the one in the bright green bag! ~~+~~+~~