“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Cat Litter & Litter Boxes „
I usually order Pettex Pampuss cat litter, in 30 litre bags, from Amazon, to avoid running out. Recently my husband and I were going to be away for a few days, unexpectedly, and my monthly subscribe & save order hadn't arrived. As we had friends looking after our pets I wanted to ensure that we had stocked up on all possible items that they could need and so I picked up this Tesco low dust cat litter as a last minute purchase 'just in case'. This wasn't needed while we were away but I don't like waste so I have been using this for the past week or so.
A 10 litre bag of this costs £3.18 and the 30 litre bag that I usually buy, which is a wood based litter and in my opinion a much superior product, is around £10.00 with subscribe and save making it just a fraction more per 10 litres. My usual litter stretches much further than this litter too so in terms of price I consider this to be quite expensive, particularly as it is just a supermarket branded product not a more expensive brand.
This litter has a browny orange colour to it and it has a very grainy texture. This litter is lightweight, thanks to the grains being so small, and this does help to cut down on the dust that flies when pouring this, which is handy. I have two litter trays to fill up each time I change the litter and so cutting back on the potentially coughing fit inducing dust is great for me. There is still some dust when pouring this litter but I usually scoop the litter from the bag anyway, to try and avoid spillage on my floors. The litter does look very fine and has a light feel to it if I scoop it out of the bag. The handle on this bag is incredibly strong and has held up fine to being lifted into and out of my storage unit where I keep all of my cat litter.
When this litter is in use it does not last long at all, even with two litter trays in my home. I am very sensitive to smells and within around 1 and a half days I can notice the smell of old urine. I use a litter locker, to remove solid mess from my litter trays on a daily basis, and even with this being done twice in the 1 and a half days I can still smell urine and that nasty smell of dirty litter. I find that with my normal wood based litter, and the same amount of regular scooping, that I only need to change the litter every 4 or 5 days. I did take out the bulk of the litter that had soaked up urine and top up the trays but after 3 days in total a complete change was needed, and this was with me using a little more litter than I normally would when topping up.
As with most litter there is some mess outside of the litter trays each day and I did find this harder to keep on top of than with the wood based litter, which are in much larger chunks. I found that I vacuumed, say in the morning, and by the afternoon I would notice grains of litter under my feet and on my rug in the living room too, not something I am happy with at all. I do find that this happens with all litter but because of the small grains it was harder to see at a glance, if I wanted to vacuum just a few spots, and this is a negative for me.
Overall I am not very pleased with this litter at all. It is a different type of litter to that which I normally use but even forgetting that for a moment this litter does not absorb smells well, is messy, still produces dust, is quite expensive for the quality of it and overall I am just very disappointed with this. I would not buy this again, if I was caught short, and would rather buy the overpriced Catsan over this. My cats did use this litter, as normal, but after just 2 days I found that they would be a little hesitant around the doors when going into the litter tray and this is always an indication to me that the enclosed hooded trays need emptying and rinsing as soon as possible. I will definitely not buy this again, as I said, and I wouldn't recommend it either, hence my 1/5 star rating.
I usually buy Cat's Best Öko Plus cat litter from zooplus.co.uk, but if I haven't had an order in and I've ran out, then I usually buy Tesco Low Dust cat litter until my next order arrives. Each time I do this, I despair at how bad this is compared to the good quality litter I usually use.
At £3.19 for a 10 litre bag, this cat litter certainly is cheap. It works out at 0.23p a litre, where my normal litter is around 0.62p a litre. However, this Tesco litter is just false economy, it might be around half the price but I would use ALOT more of it if I only ever used this litter!
It's brown in colour and claims to be low dust and lightweight. It certainly is less dusty then some of the other litter's Tesco do which is why I buy this one as my back up instead of others. I hate the thought of the cloudy dusty ones getting into my kitty's lungs. It is lightweight compared to others, the grains are quite small.
Unfortunately this cat litter lasts only a couple of days before it really starts to stink. I scoop often, but this doesn't prevent the smell from coming. It's very disappointing as with the cat litter I usually buy I always get at LEAST a week from it. I dread to think how smelly this one would be after a week.
It's OK as my back up litter as it's cheap and not dusty, but I wouldn't use it as my regular litter as I'd get through bags of the stuff.
I will often do my grocery shopping online from either Asda or Tesco. Shopping this way has many advantages, but an annoying disadvantage is that if an ordered item is out of stock or unavailable, the supermarket in question will send a replacement item instead. Whilst some replacement items have proven to be rubbish and would never be repurchased or given a further trial, others have fared slightly better and I do find it boils down to pot luck most of the time.
This replacement method is how I recently got to try out the Tesco Low Dust Lightweight Cat Litter, when it was sent in place of another Tesco Cat Litter product I had ordered. I wasn't overly concerned with the replacement being different to the original item I had ordered, as the sheer quantity of cat litter used in my household is immense - mainly due to my old feline having renal failure. This horrible health condition means that my girl will drink MUCH more water than healthier (and younger.. !) cats, which of course results in more urine being passed and subsequently, a need to replace the cat litter more often.
This means of course that we use a lot of cat litter in our household and so I cannot always afford to purchase my first choice brand, due to it costing in the region of £9 per bag. I will therefore keep a small stockpile of other brands for when my first choice litter runs out, and a supermarket-own branded litter is usually my second choice.
The Tesco Low Dust cat litter is provided in a 10 litre bag, and as this costs only £2.95, it makes the purchase highly economical in my opinion. The bag is fairly standard as far as I am concerned, comprising of the usual robust packaging to contain the litter within. What I did find with this particular product's packaging was that the handles provided at the top of the bag were of a good quality and were extremely robust; a MUST have when you consider the weight and size of the bag itself. I think it is worth mentioning that cheaply-branded cat litter products often have flimsy or cheap handles that often break off easily, making the bag extremely cumbersome and difficult to move about or carry.
The Tesco Low Dust cat litter is a pale colour in a pinky/orange type shade and I noticed immediately that the litter is much finer than other brands that I buy regularly. The little 'rubble' or 'grit' type stones have a much finer 'grain' to them and I wondered if this was what was responsible for the 'Low Dust' element to the product.
I found that the Tesco litter felt slightly 'smoother' when pouring from the bag into the litter tray, but this was probably down to the litter feeling less 'jagged' and heavy than other brands that consist either of little 'pellets' or is made up of a coarser, more jagged white stone.
Whilst pouring the litter into the trays however, I noticed that there was a rather significant dust cloud present which surprised me as I had not been expecting this common litter side-effect to be particularly noticeable as the product is branded as being a "Low Dust" product. It is probably true to say that the dusty cloud produced was slightly less 'dense' than that produced by other cat litter products - and in particular, those 'budget' type cat litter products - but I'd probably not have guessed that the product was marketed as being a Low Dust product if I'd not seen the packaging. So, I feel that one point should be deducted from the overall product rating for this rather misleading claim.
In terms of odour control, I found that the Tesco Cat Litter performed as well as other brands that I buy regularly, but not as well as those 'premium' cat litter products such as Catsan, that in our experience perform exceptionally well in this regard. It worked fairly well at keeping smells and urine odour at bay, but I did find that after a day or two I was having to remove soiled litter from the tray. This is something that I have to do with other 'regular' cat litter products too however, so I am well used to undertaking this task.
I found that the Tesco litter was rather messy, and the small grains did find themselves escaping from the litter box and onto the floor. Again though, this is something that I have found is the case with most other cat litter products that I buy regularly, so I didn't feel the Tesco product was at all under-par.
I don't feel that the Tesco Low Dust Cat Litter is marketed as being a 'premium' cat litter product, so I didn't have particularly high expectations. I think this is probably why I found the litter worked fairly well and certainly just as well as other supermarket-own branded cat litter products that I buy regularly. I'm not sure that I would hunt out the product to repurchase it again, but I felt it performed well enough for my own cat's needs and I have no big real complaints about how it performed. If you are looking to buy this product for the simple fact that it is marketed as being 'Low Dust' however, I would advise that you buy something else altogether. The litter DOES produce a dust cloud due to the material that it is made of, and I felt this claim was rather misleading as a result.
As @ the time of writing (July 2012), you can purchase the Tesco Low Dust Lightweight Cat Litter in store in branches of Tesco, or online at www.tesco.com where the 10 litre bag will cost you £2.95.
I have been buying this litter regularly for quite some time, ever since the co-op stopped making my fave cat litter (which was very similar to this one) a year or two ago.
I have tried many different brands and types of litters and it is fair to say that they all have their drawbacks in one way or another. Personally I hate the clumping type ones and I really hate the white clay based ones as they make such a mess (white paw prints all over my kitchen floor, yuk!). I also do not like the wood pellet type ones, as I don't like the smell and I don't like the mess they create when they get wet and turn into messy sawdust! The paper based ones are too lightweight meaning bits get everywhere, the 'odour protector' types usually have a perfume in that smells worse than the wee and the crystal type ones are just expensive for no apparent reason! So, after trying many different types for many different years I have settled on this!
It has recently gone up in price slightly and is now about £3.29 a bag (I think, I should know but typically I can't lay my hands on a receipt just now!), for a 10 litre bag. This tends to last me well over a week and I have two cats.
So, I will explain why I like it. This litter is quite fine (not as chunky as some clay types) and therefore does a good job at covering up waste and is easy to clean out of the tray. It has no offensive smell and is pretty good at covering up the smell of cat wee. It creates minimal mess, there are always a few bits of litter scattered just next to the tray but nowehere near the mess that clay or wood pellet type ones make, it barely gets trampled about at all. I also find that it absorbs fairly well and I change the tray slightly less often with this litter than I have done with others in the past.
My only negative I suppose is that calls itself low dust and whilst it is not as dusty as some you will still get a cloud of dust when tipping the litter into the tray. But then I guess it does say 'low' dust, not 'no' dust. This is a minor point and to be honest it doesn't bother me, I still find it much less messy than most.
I can't remember why I purchased Tesco Low Dust Cat Litter - I think I may have been doing a Tesco online shop shortly after cleaning the cats trays, and ending up with a faceful of dust. The promise of "low dust" is certainly appealing, given that with many litters you can have clouds of chalky dust flying around.
Tesco Low Dust Cat Litter is a reddish orange in colour, and the pieces are finer than the average litter, although not as fine as the ultra-clumping varieties. Its "low dust" claim is put to the test almost immediately, as this is something you'll notice as soon as you pour it into a tray, rather than waiting for a cat to come along and use it (not that that takes long in my house, they always seem to queue up to stake their claim as soon as a tray is cleaned).
Well, first impressions were not good. I noticed no less dust from this litter than from any other clay based litter I've used. Perhaps less than the supermarket value brands, but that's not really saying a lot. As I poured the litter into the tray, a cloud of dust came up as per usual, making me cough and covering my hands in the stuff.
I was inclined to put this down to it being a newly opened bag - perhaps there was a layer of dust on top, and it would be better next time. But no, this dust was present thoughout the bag, and I was engulfed in a cloud every time I changed the trays. I didn't notice any excess dust when the cats used the trays, but then I don't tend to with most litters. There was however a light dust on the paper and floor around the trays, as there is with most clay-based litters.
But the dust is only one side of this litter. It may not have delivered on its name, but how did it do as a litter in general? Well, not great, there are definitely better clay-based litters out there. The Tesco Low Dust Litter isn't clumping, but that in itself isn't a problem. Its fine composition means it covers waste effectively, however it didn't appear to be very absorbent. There weren't puddles in the trays, but the litter itself was very moist, even after only one use, and it stayed that way, without absorbing more over time. Every time I cleaned the trays, the bottom was wet. Oddly, despite this there wasn't any more smell around the trays than usual. The lack of absorption didn't seem to bother the cats though, as they happily used their trays as normal.
The main disappointment of the Tesco Low Dust Cat Litter was, of course, the fact that it was dusty. However if it had been a good litter in other ways, that would have redeemed it, but it wasn't. I won't be buying this again, and will just stick to wood-based litter, or learn to hold my breath when pouring normal clay-based litter into the trays.
Since the arrival of my new kitten Bailey we seem to go through a large range of different cat litters trying to find that one that he likes and we like. We're still looking...
One evening I came across the Tesco Low Dust Cat Litter and at £2.89 for a 10L bag it was an absolute bargain compared to some brands which cost almost double for half the size. So far so good.
Bailey had a knack of getting litter everywhere so we have bought him a high sided litter tray and I hoped that along with the dust free litter we would make progress as previously our home has resembled a scene after a volcanic eruption with an ash like substance literally everywhere.
I should have known that I was in for a bad thing when I opened the bag and poured the litter into Bailey's tray. A cloud of dust rose upwards from the tray and I could feel it coating my hands. Not wanting to be put off by this I persevered and waited to see what happened when it was actuallly used and cleaned. Boy oh boy... Bailey like mosts cats likes to dig and move the litter around, cue more red dust everywhere. Not very impressed at this stage.
On the plus side, it had coated and clumped the business and it was really easy to remove all traces of the offending items compared to some litters we have had previously that would break apart as soon as you got the scoop out. That really wasn't enough to make me carry on using it though. The dust is ridiculous and because the litter grains are so small and a brick red colour it is really really obvious, even the little footprints on the laminate floor after Bailey has used his tray. It is also a nightmare to clean because the litter grains are about half the size of most litters so they can get into all the nooks and crannies after your little darling has finished!
Now for the boring bit...
The litter is made using molar clay which has been fired which gives it the unusual pinky/red colour and also accounts for some of the dust produced. The range of litter which Tesco offer all come in similar style bags - the Dust Free litter comes in the burnt red colour bag with a cream coloured top half. As for transporting the litter, it's about as convenient as any other. The handles are stable enough but are thin and uncomfortable in your hand and the bag itself has no specific area to open so it's a case of cut/tear wherever is easiest although this ultimately ends up in a gaping hole which reduces the pour control you have over the litter. The smell well it smells like litter, a little bit like the smell on your hands after you pick up a handful of gravel. The litter isn't scented and it doesn't mask any nasty smells either.
A bargain at the price if you don't mind the dust and constant cleaning up but I gave up and didn't finish the bag before I went and bought an alternative. Definitely a false economy.
I've always had a cat and always had to buy litter. I'm not particularly loyal to any brand and tend to like experimenting. The litter I find the best is Catsan or Bob Martin; but refuse to pay over the odds for a bag of clay that ultimately is going to be my cats toilet!
I bought the Tesco dust free litter because it appeared to be good value for money.
*Price and availability*
The price of the litter is £2.89 for a 10L bag. This works out at 29p per litre. So far the maths work and seems good value for money. The litter is available from most Tesco stores.
The litter comes in a large beige and salmon bag. At the top of the bag is a white handle so you can carry it around. There is no specific "cut here" or easy pourable corner on the bag so I ended up ripping it and it was really hard to pour out without it spilling. I guess more care is needed next time.
The Litter grains are made from a base of molar clay which is then fired so that they are able to work to absorb as much fluid as possible when in use. They are very small and coloured in a pink/ grey colour. They smell as delightful as most litters; which is like rubble and dust.
When pouring the Tesco Low Dust Lightweight Cat Litter, I was a little disappointed to find that low and behold, just as much dust came off the pouring as other litters. A cloud of litter dust particles hung around as I poured and I really struggled to see what Tesco mean by "Low dust."
The pellets are very small, so they take up a larger area. (Think fitting pebbles into a glass and then grains of sand in a glass, you need more of the latter.) This means that more is needed to cover the litter tray floor. I like to put at least 4-5 cm of litter down as my cat likes to have a good dig after wards.
This brings me on to my next point, when he had been to the loo and proceeded to try cover it up; again the particles kicked up a load of dust. He also kicked out a load of the litter, which due to the size is a pain to sweep up.
An advantage to the litter though is that it holds its shape when wet. I have had litter before that seems to disintegrate when wet. Unfortunately though it does not hold on to smells and I have to change the litter tray more when using this litter than with others. It just doesn't hold on to smells at all. This is an advantage of the more premium cat litters.
For the price, the litter is okay as far as litter goes. I have used better litters for around the same price though and probably will not use this particular one again.
Although my 3 cats go outside I've always kept a litter tray for them just to avoid any little accidents while I'm at work. It was rarely used until recently when one of my older cats, poppy, hurt her leg and couldn't get out for a week. Since this she's become more of a house cat very rarely going further than the back door step. Other than this she's her normal happy self so I'm happy for her to use the tray as long as she needs. I always used to buy Tesco value litter because it was hardly ever used but when I went to buy some they hadn't got any on the shelf, instead I bought Tesco Low Dust Lightweight Cat Litter it cost £2.78 for a 10 litre bag.
The litter is in the usual style paper sack that litter is sold in. Its pink and yellow in colour with a cute cat pictured on the front. There is also a little circle showing the litter. On the front it says Tesco Low Dust Lightweight Cat Litter. It also informs the customer that it is highly absorbent neutralises odours is light weight and 99% dust free. On the sides of the bag are the directions for use, how to store the litter and a few warnings such as keep litter trays away from children and pregnant ladies should avoid any contact with soiled litter. It also gives a little green symbol to indicate that the bag is recyclable.
The litter looks totally different to any other I've tried in the past. Its very tiny little granules in an orangey/ sandy colour and has no smell. When I put the litter in the tray I noticed that as stated there was no dust. The cats all gave the new litter a good sniff and walked away.
We've been using this litter for 3 weeks now and its proved very successful. I find it relatively easy to scoop the soiled litter out despite it not clumping together very well. I do find it highly absorbent though and there's absolutely no smells from the tray. After Poppy has done her business the litter seems to take the smell straight away, although if I'm there I always remove any poops straight away, but when I come in from work I never open the door to be greeted by a pong which is good.
Overall I'm pleased with this type of litter and will certainly continue to use it. The only negative I've found is that it does tend to stain Poppy's white paws a sandy colour sometimes. At first I couldn't make out how her paws were getting this colour as she doesn't go out but on reading the warnings on the bag a little closer it does state that this may sometimes happen. It soon wears off though and Poppy doesn't seem in the least bit bothered by the occasional staining of her paws.
I would recommend giving this litter a try, there's no dust and no smells and although its exactly double the price of the value litter I think in the long run it's the better buy.
We have tested many different cat litters since we have had cats and one of them was the Tesco Low Dust Lightweight Cat Litter which costs £2.89 for 10L which isn't too bad for a price for cat litter of this size unless you are looking at the basic versions.
The cat litter comes in a smallish bag and it really doesn't look like it is a 10L capacity bag in my opinion. The bag is beige and salmon pink with a little cat peeking over the pink band of the bag as well as a small picture of cat litter and an explaination of the cat litter as well as the Tesco logo. At the top of the bag is a white handle which I really wouldn't recommend holding the litter bag by as it just isn't strong enough to take the weight.
The litter itself is not your usual grey or white colour. This litter is like a clay colour and it is made up of tiny little grains rather than chunks of hard litter. When I first noticed the grains of litter I did wonder how it would absorb the business which takes place in a cat litter tray. I was surprised that there really was hardly any dust kicking up from this litter when pouring it in the tray unlike the Tesco Value version which leaves you in a cat litter cloud of smoke.
There were a few problems we actually encountered with this. The first being that because the grains of the litter were so small, we had to use more than the usual amount to cover the bottom of the tray. I think we had to use about two times the regular amount to make it cover so we managed to run out of this litter fairly quickly.
The grains caused problems again with their size. As the grains are so small we couldn't use the scooper we usually use with the tray as the litter just fell through the slats and it was pointless so we had to result to using toilet paper - not the best way to clear up after your cat when you are not changing the whole tray.
The problem of the size of the grains comes up again in that when your cat kicks litter out of the tray, it got absolutely everywhere because of how small it was and we would find it in the oddest of places like the shelving in the dining room. It was a bit of a misery having to clean it up.
The litter was very clumpy when wet in my opinion and stuck fast to the bottom of the tray. Cue much boiling water to try and shift it and clean the tray of it completely. The litter also didn't cover an odours nor did it neutralise them in anyway. In fact, this litter caused a smell everyday from just wee so we were changing it everyday. Definately not ideal.
The litter didn't overly bother my cats - they don't tend to care what the litter looks like to be honest though I did notice that they would shake their paws a bit more than usually when getting out of the tray and it was because of the little grains sticking to their pads.
Not one I would recommend unfortunately. Although it sticks to the low dust part of the bargain, it fails on every other aspect.
Having bought a number of brands and types of cat litter for our moggies including the Tesco Low Dust Lightweight Cat Litter, I can say that this range, branded as a low dust cat litter product is an interesting product that does work to a point. Its not an overly expensive product and so is worth considering.
The product is something that has much smaller and more compact grains or stones than some other cat litters and almost reminds me of some of the soil-less growing mediums you can buy. At a cost of roughly £2.89 for a 10 litre bag, this product is more expensive than the Tesco Value range and works out at 29p per litre. Still for what you get I feel the price is average.
The Tesco Low Dust Lightweight Cat Litter grains are a pale toned off pinky beige colour and rather teeny when you handle them. As far as I know they are made from a base of molar clay which is then fired so that they are able to work to absorb as much fluid as possible when in use. They also have a very light scent when you open the pack, which is not overpowering.
The small grains are rather hard to the touch and so don't break up all that easily in spite of their small size. I thought they would not be so difficult to break up and might crumble to nothing when wet, but we have found this is not the case at all. The small grains manage to stay in their original shape when wet, but don't clump together too much.
Although the Tesco Low Dust Lightweight Cat Litter is cheaper to buy than some of the premium brands like Catsan we have found that due to the small size of the litter grains, that we tend to need a larger amount to fill the litter tray up to the usual 5 to 6cms that we usually put in. This means that the bag of litter doesn't last as long as it would had the grains been a bit larger.
When you pick up your bag of Tesco Low Dust Lightweight Cat Litter it looks similar in size to a bag of Catsan, but we do tend to use less Catsan to fill the tray. The bag has a handle at the top for easy carrying and you can use this when filling a litter tray to hold the bag. There are small air holes along the lower sides of the bag, but we haven't found that dust escapes from them.
When pouring the Tesco Low Dust Lightweight Cat Litter we have found that it is less dusty than many other cat litters, but still has a small amount of dust to it. The small grains can get flicked every where by our cats when using the litter tray which is an annoyance, as being so small they are more difficult to pick up. The litter, not the cats!
The cat litter is not the best of this type of product that we have bought, but it certainly compares well with some of the cheaper brands. It performs well enough in use but does seem to get used up quicker than other litters we have bought. At 29p per litre of product its not too bad and our cats don't seem to mind it, so I have to give the product a 4 star rating.
When I got my kitten, I wanted to use the same cat litter that she was used to using, so I was a little disappointed to learn that she had been using a Tesco cat litter rather than one of the perhaps better versions. However, as I wanted to initially use the same I called at Tesco and picked up a couple of bags of the Tesco Low Dust Lightweight Cat Litter.
The price of the litter is £2.89 and for that you get 10L of litter which is a really good price but of course the biggest test was actually using it to see how good or bad it is! Using the litter for the first time, I poured in the recommended amount which is around 5cm deep and I was really surprised at how little dust came out - of course I realise the name is low dust but for that price I didn't think it would be so good! Dust is one of the things I worry about with cat litter as even though the tray is in the far corner of the kitchen dust can spread through the air quite easily and I didn't want it on my worktops or cooker!
As Cleo is used to the litter we have had no issues with it at all, she will happily use the tray however I noticed that after just a couple of wee's (I say a couple this is guesswork from listening to how often she went in the tray) that it was rather wet and wasn't drying out as fast as I would have liked it to so it looked dirty. When trying to empty the wee'd on litter out of the tray it was a bit of a nightmare as it doesn't clump at all so it took quite a few scoops to get rid of it as the litter would just slip back through the scoop!
After doing her other business, and covering it with the litter as cats do I soon realised that this litter does nothing at all to mask the odour - obviously I clean it out straight away but there should be some odour prevention at least! In the past when I had the litter tray (with my last cat) I was able to get away with cleaning out the tray completely every week, maybe even a little longer than that but I have found with this litter I need to clean it out at least every three days or it starts to smell somewhat.
I would say this would be an ideal litter if you only use it very occasionally, for example if your cat goes outside a lot but as mine is a house cat there is no way I can continue to use it. As soon as the bags are gone I will be buying some different litter and though I realise it will be more pricey I think in the long run it will be worth it. However if you are on a budget it certainly isn't the worst you can buy as in the past I have tried supermarket value range and found that much much worse!!
I would give this three out of five stars.
Thank you for reading my review :)