With 5 cats I tend to get through cat litter very quickly, and ive tried various brands
I recently tried the Tesco home brand, ive always been put off in the past but after hearing good reviews I thought id give it a go.
My main priority with litter is that they dont allow the smell to take over, which is why ive only given 3 stars, as I dont think this litter masks that good. It is also quite dusty when you pour it into the tray, so I can't let me cats be nearby when I do this as it makes their eyes water!
However, I find it helps if you use the bob martin litter freshener
For the price of £1.15 in my local store, you cant really complain with this!
Ive tried mixing it with other more expensive litters with a better performance, and it does help! This tesco stuff helps bulk out your other litter to make it last longer.
If I have to use this litter alone, I use plenty of litter freshener to help with the smell.
It does soak up wee pretty good, its more the pooh which takes over with the smell.
Ive tried litters which allows the wee to just form a puddle on the bottom- sophisticat! And I hated that! No cat wants wet paws! So this Tesco brand does a good job of soaking up the wee.
I dont change my litter trays once a week as others have said.. they are spot cleaned daily, and emptied completely every other day, or more if needed. So I cant comment on the performance of this litter over a period of days, as I think its disgusting to leave dried wee in a tray!
Overall for the price you cant go wrong, you cant expect a fantastic litter from this price, but I got what I expected from it- a basic cat litter.
I tried this for my cat as she had a small operation and thought it would be best to keep her in while her wound healed. I bought a litter tray and saw this Tesco value cat litter, it was cheep so thought id give it a go.
I haven't tried any other cat litter ( apart from when she was a kitten )so I cant compare, I have only used it once for her op and didn't even finish the bag.
My cat used this as soon as I put it down! She did have a litter tray when she was a kitten but I can not for the life of me think where I used to buy it from. As soon as she done her business on the cat litter it was easy to clean by scooping up the mess. It is best to clean up the cats mess as soon as you can that way there will not be a smell! not always possible when you are out of the house though.
I shop on line at Tesco - I get a home delivery so I don't have to carry the 10 kg cat litter bag - it would be heavy to carry if you had to walk home. One bag of this cat litter did last over a week for us. My cat used it 3 or 4 times throughout the day & night and we have still got some left, she is back to going out to do her business now!
I am so disapppointed with this cat litter that I felt inclined to write a review about it.
I bought two bags of this litter late one night as we had run out at home and my usual store was closed. I had been considering a new litter anyway so I thought I would give the Tesco value cat litter a go plus it was 24 pence cheaper than my usual brand. When I initially opened the Tesco pack, the product looked good quality, however when I returned to the litter trays the next morning to clean them as I usually do, I was hit with a putrid stench of ammonia. I have 4 cats and I keep their trays spotless as they are mostly indoor cats and pedigree bengals with sensitive immune systems. I disinfected the trays and tried again. I must add that the litter doesn't absorb the urine properly and when you try to scoop the litter out it all sticks to the side. The trays were stinking the same by the evening. My poor cats had to endure this, cats like to be clean as any cat owner knows! I threw one of the almost full opened bags in the trash last night. Its not fit for purpose. If someone had never had a cat before and bought this product for the first time it would be enough to put them off having a cat for life if they didn't know it doesn't have to be like this!
I will never buy this product again and warn anyone who's thinking of buying it.
Thanks for reading. Rant over. :)
For anyone who has a cat, or used to have a cat who occasionally likes to use a litter tray, you will know how important it is to get good quality cat litter for the tray. There are all sorts about and I usually think you get what you pay for. That is certainly the case with Tesco Value Cat Litter (lightweight variety) - this stuff is in our opinion, worse than useless.
It comes in a very sturdy large paper bag containing 5kg for only £1.25 - that should have been enough to warn us that this was going to be rubbish stuff. For a start there is no carrying handle and the only way to get into this stuff is to go at it with the scissors. Pouring the stuff out to the required level in the cat tray (about six centimeters) is a job I would advise anyone to do outside if they are using this brand of litter because the dust is phenomonal in my honest opinion.
I started to cough as I poured the litter into the tray there was a layer of dust left over everything in the vicinity - inlcuding the cat - who ran off! It does not clump up properly into nice little lumps but just sort of sits there doing nothing after the cat has peed and pooed in it - so scooping it out with the plastic scooper was a nightmare because it had all just settled to the bottom of the litter tray into a wet mess.
It is cheap and looks cheap and works like a cheap litter. It does nothing to help eliminate odour and the smell was bad even after the poos had been lifted out. I think the worst part of this though was the dust. When Champ went to dig a hole to do her business and then tried to cover it up afterwards, there was just billows of dust all round the room and eventually we just threw it all out. Ever heard a cat cough?
Waste of money and not recommended.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
Tesco Value Cat Litter:
Growing up I always had a cat but we always had a cat flap and they always did their business outside and just stank up the garden. Having recently decided with my partner that we wanted a cat, well she decided that we had to have a cat and I agreed, we knew that with the location of our flat there was no way that we could let her go outside. We normally shop at Tesco and decided to have a look at their range of cat litter.
We didn't really know what we were looking for but with our budget and not really believing that there could be much difference between cat litters we went for the cheapest option, the Tesco Value Lightweight cat litter which came in at about £1.50 for a 10litres bag.
The packaging itself is very lightweight, very paper like and very, very easy to tear, this has the advantage of bearing easy to rip open but also that on occasion it can be too easy to rip. The litter itself if very dusty and as you pour it into the litter tray you get a plume of it spraying up into your face. It doesn't smell great but it must smell ok for the cat, as soon as we got her she went straight into the litter tray, with her being only 6 weeks old we were very impressed that no training at all was required. Our litter tray has a lid so we left this off for a little while but once we realised how good she was being with it we put the lid on and she still uses it fine.
We have taken our little monster with us to the in laws to be looked after for a bit, they have cats and they have different litter, our cat however showed no interest in their litter trays or their litter, their cats however were spotted on more than one occasion using our litter tray with this budget Tesco Value litter in it. I guess this shows that the best isn't always the most expensive.
The litter actually lasts quite a while as well, I guess we must use a couple of litres as we only change the litter tray once a week (emptied of other things much more frequently than that though) and she doesn't seem to mind, especially if we use this in conjunction with Glade Fresh litter which helps keep the smell down, the above usage means that we make a bag last a month or so.
Overall this product does the job, we haven't had to try any other litter and other cats seems to have chosen this over another more expensive brand name litter. For the price and in our case the successful function you can't go wrong.
If you own a cat...or like me...cats...their toiletting fascilities are somewhat important. Our cats do go outside....if the wind is in the right direction and sun is shining, but I have known our Delilah to come racing indoors to use her litter tray if it is wet or there is snow on the ground. One can't blame her!!
Anyway, having tried many types of litter, Tesco Value Litter has come out top of all of them. For a start it's really cheap...about £1.44 per bag...so very good value! It also absorbs odours really well and though it is a tad dusty when dry, it doesn't make a mess if it gets onto the floor and sweeps up really well. As far as the main part of the litter's job....it absorbs urine and covers faeces well enough. I have tried other litters and this is the only one that does not clump together. Our two cats use it quite happily, and if they are happy, then we are too! It does not seem to cause any breathing problems for the cats either, so no worries there. In the winter it is also really useful as grit on the drive if it snows. Again, it sweeps up really well afterwards.
I never buy anything other than Tesco Value Litter for our cats. Mind you...although it is described as 'lightweight', it is very heavy to carry! The bags are pretty strong though and have handles and I have never known them to split when carrying them from the shop to the car.
After recently being given a kitten by my partner, I have suddenly entered the world of many different cat products, and one of those that I keep trying different brands of are Cat Litter. It is not that I was unhappy with the other brands I had tried, just I happened to buy some in which ever supermarket I was in or near when I needed some.
I was in Tesco recently when I remembered that I needed some cat litter as I was all out, and so I headed to the pet aisle and had a look. Among the multiple choices of different cat litters, I saw that Tesco had their own cat litter as part of their well known Value Range. At just £1.44 a bag, I thought it was actually a very good price, and decided to give it a try.
The bag is made from a thick paper, and is sealed at the top with a string, which I have noticed to be the same with all cat litters I have tried recently. There is a picture of a cat on the front of the bag, and text to let you know what it is you are buying. It is very simple, and I actually prefer this, as there is no need to over complicate cat litter now is there?
Once I had cut the string for this bag, it was easy enough to open, and it poured into the tray quite easily too. The cat litter itself looks pretty much the same as any other cat litter. Small, gray pieces, nothing special, just cat litter.
I would not usually expect much for the price of this cat litter, but I was proved wrong and I actually found this to be the most absorbent, odour masking cat litter I have tried! My kitten seems to love it too! A bag of this cat litter lasts me and my kitten around 5 - 6 days, and we change the litter in the tray every single day. The time it would last you would depend on how many cats you have, how big the cat and how much litter you personally prefer to put into the tray.
I do not have anything bad to say about this litter, and I will happily keep going back to tesco to buy this cat litter, as it is most surely my preferred one. If you have an indoor cat, then I can not think of any better cat litter to recommend to you. It does a perfect job and is a brilliant price, which is exceptional value!
100% recommended and I give this product a 5 out of 5.
*This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
My cat goes outside a few times a week but hasn't gathered the concept of pooping there yet and I'm afraid that she never will. Because of this we have a hooded litter tray in her own little downstairs bathroom.
When I go shopping at Tesco I buy this budget cat litter. It's not the best of cat litters but at the price, I'm not complaining! It is a product of the Tesco Value range and therefore the cheapest of all the litters. It costs £1.56 for a 10 litre bag. It lasts quite a while because 10 litres is quite a lot and you only need to use about 1-2cm of it at a time.
My cat has no problems with using it and it isn't too hard to clean up her mess. the litter doesn't clump really but the places where she has urinated degrades white easily and the litter does no favours with the smell. A wood based litter or scented type can be better for odour control.
It is a clay based litter which means that it creates a fair amount of dust and I do sometimes get some dusty paw prints on the leather sofa. Because it's made out of clay, it's not the best for the environment and I do prefer using a wood based litter but the expense is about double and these days my budget is quite tight.
In my opinion, this is a much better litter than the Asda Smart Price version. They both claim to be lightweight and this one is still quite heavy but lifting the Asda one into the trolley is a struggle and even pouring it into the tray is a mighty task! It is also much easier to empty than the Asda one and although sometimes it is quite difficult to get the litter off the bottom, it is much simpler than doing it with the Asda litter. It can, however, be quite hard and if you are not up for it then a wood based is better and empties very smoothly.
I'd recommend this if you want a cheap cat litter but not if you can afford a higher quality one however it's still a 4 stars from me, as it's not all bad.
Our wonderful kitten is one that lives in our home and doesn't venture outside, ever. It's for this reason that we have to ensure she has a couple of locations around the house to go to the toilet in. I like to ensure that she always has clean litter as I wouldn't want to use a dirty toilet either and it's for this reason that I'm always trying out different brands to find the best value for money which still works well.
The latest litter that I have been using is this Tesco Value litter which is available for just £1.44. When I purchased this before it was about 30p cheaper but I still think the price is very reasonable and as I was doing an online shop it was very convenient just to get it delivered.
This litter comes provided in a thick cardboard bag, it's sturdy and as the bag contains 10 litres of litter it's naturally quite heavy. The packaging is very basic but it's thick enough not to rip, yet thick enough that I need a strong pair of scissors or a serrated knife to make a hole in the side.
The litter is bog standard really, I empty the tray, clean it out and then pour this in until it's about 2 inches deep. Providing I don't pour the litter too fast or too high then there is minimal dust but still enough to catch my breath a little bit. The litter is little pieces and can easily be leveled out in the litter tray. There is nothing special about this litter or the packaging but then for such a low price I wouldn't expect a luxury look or feel.
As soon as I fill up the tray my kitten is sniffing around and waiting to make her territory. I must say that while this works well at dealing with layers of pooh it's not so welcoming to urine. The urine doesn't seem to be contained very well and just seeps out in a big pool. This means that if I don't use a litter tray liner that the litter sticks to the bottom of the tray very fast and I have to scrub it clean furiously every single time I change it. This isn't too bad at holding odour though it's certainly not the best cheap litter we've ever used!
Izzy doesn't seem to be having a problem with using this litter. She's happy to flick it around and do her business on it and that's all it's for isn't it really. I don't like it's odour stopping potential much but as the price is so very reasonable I am able to purchase a litter freshener that lasts for a good few bags and still works out to be cheaper than buying odour stopping litter.
We have been filling our shopping trollies with value brands of late, but even before this drastic budget drive we were using Tesco value cat litter. Having a 'few' cats I really didn't see the point of spending a fortune on something someone (the wife insists I refer to the cats in familial terms) is going to poop in, with several cats we go through a lot of litter so need a bargain.
The packaging is the usual Tesco value white and blue, with a picture of a cat on the front. There is no handle so it can be awkward to carry from car to house and lug about to tip into the trays. The packaging is double layer and sturdy and unlikely to rip, as usual the stitching along the top is firm and I've not mastered the 'pull on the loose end to open technique' so I usually attack it with a scissors or knife. Don't risk hacking into it in a rush... our cat's don't wait if they need the 'loo' they'll just jump in the tray and pee (or worse) on bare plastic, to avoid this scenario I've often rushed opening and chopped into it too low down and poured half the contents over my feet.
This litter is referred to as lightweight, however if you are expecting something actually light then brace yourself, although I suppose the clue to the weight is on the bag, 10litres is knee buckling stuff, my wife blames her many hernias on this litter. It appears to be based on fullers earth and is a little lighter in weight than the Asda version, which we simply can't use. To mitigate the weight thing you could decant the litter into smaller bags or containers and fill the trays with a little plastic shovel, but as this litter only lasts us about 5 days if we're lucky for us it's not really worth it, as the bag becomes easier to lift with every use. However if you have less than say 5 or 6 house cats this will probably last you a lot longer and may be worth considering.
This litter doesn't boast any odour control, but in our particular circumstances we don't scoop soiled areas out, or let the pee evaporate (and be neutralised by the odour eating particles some litters boast), we are never able to refresh the litter for a few days as some seem to be able to get away with. Oh no, within an hour of 'laying' a fresh tray it looks like an explosion at a sewage farm and has to be dealt with en masse as soon as possible. So the odour control issue isn't and issue for us, as the trays are cleaned piecemeal at least twice a day, often more. We don't lay the litter as deeply as it could be, we use litter liners (or old news paper as it's otherwise known) and lift the whole lot out and bag and tie. After the first onslaught in the morning we are sometimes able to scoop poop as there is not such a high 'demand' for the rest of the day.
Some cat litters we have tried are too light weight, they don't clump properly even if they say they do, and are easily kicked out of the tray during typical cat obsessive compulsive burying the turd activities. This one though heavy in the bag is a good weight for the trays as it doesn't fly out so easily (this doesn't mean of course that it doesn't with some considerable effort on one cat in particulars part get ejected fairly regularly) The litter doesn't boast clumpability but when wet it does kind of stick together, though not into a firm ball, and there will be some 'seepage' outwards under the main visible stain.
The litter is a bit dusty, but no more than most low cost litters, I've even bought some more expensive ones that have been just as dusty as this while claiming low dust. If you don't pour from a great height of course there will be less dust.
We never use any other cat litter now, as no other is as cheap and good quality. I would like to say though that I have noticed that Tesco increase dramatically the cost of some of their value brands from week to week. For example their toilet paper went up from four for 44p to 55p to £1.00 in that instance the quality and amount of paper did improve (not sure it was 45p worth of improvement), but this negates the point of a very value brand, in that if you can't afford loo paper then you can usually manage 55 p to get you out of a fix until you can get a larger quantity and or better quality paper. I don't think the supermarket could get away with such a dramatic mark up on standard brands in the same way and does suggest a certain amount of disregard for this element of their customer base. In a similar way the cat litter has jumped in price from around £1.11p to £1.44 pretty much over night with out any change to quality. These are just two items, I have noticed similar jumps with almost all of their budget range. This is way above inflation, and with more people losing their jobs, and wages having declined in real terms I feel it's clear that the supermarket is cynically driving up its profits at the expense of the poorest sector of the market.
However, rant over, this cat litter is still great in my opinion, and we will unless the price creeps up close to 'named' brands continue to use it.
I am of the view that cats should do their business outside. However, our cat is getting very old and feeble and no longer wants to go out so we have to have a litter tray.
We have tried a few brands of cat litter, but ultimately have returned to this one - it's cheap and it's absorbent.
My wife tends to scoop out any wet patches pretty much as soon as they are made as she doesn't like the wee to be just sitting there. Equally poos get cleared up straightaway - you can smell them from the other end of the house.
Tesco is our nearest store so it's easy to pick this cat litter up when we need it. The cat seems to like it, but not so much that she eats it, which is what she used to do with the ASDA brand we once bought.
The product comes in a 10kg pack in the usual Tesco Value branding and is the cheapest available cat litter in our local store. We have only one cat so it does last some time.
From a quality perspective it isn't as consistent in terms of the size of pellets. You get a lot of dust, for example. However, if you buy cheap, you can't expect much.
It's not a clumping cat litter but that doesn't really bother us. Regular use of cat litter does add considerably to the weekly cat bill so unless there is an over-riding need for your cat(s) to use their litter tray on a regular basis, you would be well advised to train them to go outside in an area especially dedicated to them.
I have three cats and they are pretty ruthless when it comes to destroying a litter tray and I used to get fed up of purchasing expensive cat little and then finding half of the product all over the floor.
I went for the Tesco Value lightweight cat litter and for ten litres it was valued at £1.55 which was without doubt the cheapest option they had. The litter is inside this very basic and boring bag which is quite lightweight considering.
I noticed no handles for this product as the first issue so if you need to carry this home good luck to you but I would say that you need a car. I got home and outside in my garden I have this huge bucket which i pour the litter into and then place a lid on top.
I then scoop out the amount I need into the litter tray but as you do this more problems arise. The first is the amount of dust which sprays into the air. You have a dust cloud and it is quite bad and it makes me cough. The actual litter looks white and in some ways it feels different to normal litter.
I have no idea what the litter is made from as I have never found this out. I usually pour enough to cover the litter tray and then the cats do there business. Every few days this is changed and I do find it does not contain the odour.
I was buying expensive litter beforehand which actually managed to control the scent of the cats urine and this product does not and it remains soaking wet with the cat urine.
I also find if you have a small area where a cat has been to the toilet it can clump up together and form a ball and I have even seen some of the litter erode completely.
I would say for the price it does what you would think. It collects the mess your cat might want to make and it does have a cheap value. It fails though when it comes to how much dust it leaves behind everytime you use it. You might find it hard to carry without handles and there is a slight issue when it comes to how much it can actually absorb.
I would also be kind of sceptical as to what this litter is actually made from. It feels light weight but yet does not feel like other cat litter so that might be something for people to consider. I personally will return back to my normal more expensive litter which is much more better overall.
We have several cats, which is several less than I would like, but the family have to draw a line somewhere, and they draw that line in the copious dust bowl created by this beautifully cheap cat litter.
I've never seen any point in spending a lot of money on anything that someone or something is going to defecate on or in, as long as it does the job well enough I don't mind no frills. So this cat litter at £1.56 for 10 litres is just the thing.
Unusually for 'light weight' cat litter this is made of what seems to be fullers earth or is based on it (it doesn't say on the pack what the litter is made of), which is the usual option for heavyweight hernia creating litters. It is not the sandy coloured pellet, or wood chip/paper based type that normally constitutes 'light weight' litters. However having sampled Asda's equivalent product I can say that the Tesco one is actually lighter, I can barely lift the Asda one, whereas I can just about manage this one.
This cat litter as with all the value range has very basic packaging. It comes in a plain white 'sack' with no handle, so due to its weight it can be a bit cumbersome to handle, the sack has the usual value colouring and a pretty fluffy tabby cat on the front. There is stitching securing the top as is usual for cat litter. Don't even think about trying to pull on the loose string to open it (as is often suggested as a method of opening this type of back) all you will get is string burn, and possibly a raggedy rip in the paper ensuring that that entire bag is now destined to pour in a most eccentric and messy fashion. I usually use a scissors to make a neatish horizontal cut about 5 inches in where the string is, this creates a reasonable facsimile of a spout when I pour the litter into the trays. The pack does include instructions for use and 'cautions' about how to dispose of it (sealed in a bag with the normal household waste - I wouldn't like to be my bin men, and not composted or flushed down the loo)
First thing in the morning as I pour the litter into the trays a mushroom cloud of grey dust lifts into the air, which for a moment obscures the sight of four or five cats belting towards the now clean trays desperate for a ....... If I'm unlucky they all hit at the same time and flip the trays over and use the grit where it lies. Mostly though there is an undignified but non capsizing scramble to be first to sully the soil. I have to wait for the melee to thin so that I can empty the trays and put another fresh lot down.
This method may seem wasteful but as this product doesn't have anti-bacterial properties or odour neutralisers you can't leave any soil sitting in the tray, it WILL whistle Dixie. With five cats currently sharing two large trays after the morning frenzy there are often no physical gaps between wet patches and poopies to make it worth scooping out the soiled area. If I tried there would be no litter left by the time I'd 'got' everything anyway. I use tray liners.... well actually I mostly use the Daily Mail and it is superb in this function if not in any other, so find it easier and just as economical after heavy use to lift the whole lot out and replace.
Once the initial hit has been accomplished I have to coax the shy, enormous, hygiene freak Jed to use the tray, (he holds back whilst the others indulge in their early morning peepee party). He requires a nice clean canvas and is also very fussy about his tray filler, this is his favourite he sulks and tries to find new and shocking places to excrete his displeasure if I use another brand/type. I spend half the morning like some kind of demented dust covered Butler clearing up after the felines.
A good feature of this litter is that it is heavy, I know I complained about this earlier but I'm fickle, and it does prevent it being hurled out of the tray with gay abandon as the cats try and bury their business. I have found the litter to be quite absorbent, and it does kind of clump. Not in a solid clump but a kind of wet rough lump which can be removed albeit a little messily. Once the initial morning ablutions have been completed the trays do not get quite such a vicious hammering for the rest of the day, and I am able to then scoop out wet patches and other more solid matter. I will have to clean the trays again at least once before the last change of the day, though so price is king with my litter supply. I am lucky that this is a good product at a very good price.
I am always astounded that some people don't have to clean their trays out several times a day, even with clumping, odour eliminating anti-bacterial products I found that I needed a complete change of litter a few times a day. I don't feel it is hygienic to leave litter that has been used but scooped in trays for days. I am not confident that the anti-bacterial properties of these more expensive litters will deal with parasitic possibilities such as toxoplasmosis, which can easily be picked up by outdoor cats, so I prefer to change and clean the trays every day. Perhaps I would be more willing to try leaving the litter for longer if I had one or two cats rather than a herd, (they are too galumphing to be called a pride).
I seem to remember in the dim and distant past when I only had one cat that spent a lot of time outdoors that the tray was hardly an issue at all. Even with 4 indoor cats and a stray who is out most of the time this litter lasts quite a while, it takes me through about 5 days. I don't fill the trays to the recommended 5cms, as they will be emptied and not scooped for the most part and only about half that quantity is needed. Any more and the waste will just contaminate the deeper layers meaning more litter is thrown for the same toilet visit.
In short this litter is heavy and dusty, but it does the job just as well as any other fullers earth type litter, better than some. So for that reason it gets a big shiny constellation of 4 stars, I don't buy anything else now, unless this is out of stock. It was recently substituted in an online order for a far more expensive litter, this litter wasn't half as good at the value one, it was a reddish colour and though the dust cloud wasn't as obvious on pouring it left a fine brown coating for several feet around, when it got moist it turned very orangey red. I bought the cheaper one as soon as I could. Jed was not a happy kitty until I did.
I have been using this litter since we got our first cat around 4 years ago. As we do our weekly shop at Tesco it made sense to get the litter from here too. It costs just £1.14 so its very cheap and cheerful - but is it any good?
When we 1st got our kitten, litter was a totally new product to look at so we thought we'd start with the cheapest and if it was no good work our way up. So far we have had no problems with this litter so havent changed unless they had sold out of this type. This has happened on a few occasions.
The packaging is very simple but strong enough so it doesnt split, very important.
This litter is rather grey looking and has quite large stones. When you pour this litter it produces a cloud of dust which snt too nice but if you fill the litter tray up outside it shouldnt be too much of a problem. This litter doesnt have a smell which can be eiter a good thing or bad. Some cats dont like fragranced litter and wont go there and some people like the fragrant whiff to take away from the cat smell. Thankfully our cats will go anywhere!
On the one occasion where they didnt have this litter we went for the next option the tesco premium range litter. I didnt see the extra benefit and dont feel the extra £1 is worth it. Cheap and chearful works for us every time.
If your looking for cat litter with no frills at a great price then this is the product for you.
Since my cats were kittens I have used many different brands of cat litter, I have used very cheap and basic supermarkets own branded cat litter as well as the more expensive brands the pet stores stock only to discover that they are just as good as the cheaper alternatives. One brand which I have used frequently in the past is the Tesco Lightweight Cat Litter which is part of the Tesco Value Range. Tesco's Lightweight Cat Litter is the cheapest one you can purchase in store and only costs £1.27 for a 10litre sack, which is very cheap in comparison to some of the other cat litters stocked in supermarkets and pet stores. I have previously spent over £10 for the same amount of cat litter only to find it is exactly the same as the cheaper alternatives or worse.
As this is a value range cat litter the packaging isn't eye catching or appealing, the cat litter is supplied in an off white thick paper sack which has been sewed with thick string along the top. The packaging also states that it is a Tesco Value Range Lightweight Cat Litter, and a picture of a lovely tiger cat below this, in case you forget the Value Cat Litter is for a cat. In my opinion the packaging for the cat litter isn't the best because I have often picked up a pack of this in Tesco and there has been a hole in the bottom of the paper sack and the cat litter has leaked everywhere. This could be due to a number of different factors. Firstly the paper which the sack is made from isn't sturdy enough to hold the weight of the cat litter or pieces of the cat litter have had sharp edges and pierced a hole in the paper sack which has got bigger when the sack has been lifted off the shelf.
The cat litter is advertised by Tesco as being lightweight; I have to disagree with this as the 10litre sack of cat litter is by no means lightweight; it weighs an awful lot. I would say that this bag of cat litter easily weighs more than 3.5 kilograms; I have picked up bags of cat litter in Tesco which contain the same amount and they weigh far less than the Tesco Value Lightweight Cat Litter. I think that Tesco ought to change the packaging to state that it is just a Value Cat Litter rather than Lightweight because it is by no means light.
Using the cat litter is fairly easy all you have to do is cut along the top of the sack so as you have a small opening and then tip the cat litter into your cats litter tray. The amount of cat litter you use depends on the overall size of your cats litter tray, but as a general rile you should pour the cat litter into the litter tray so that the tray has an overall depth of 5cm of Tesco Value Cat Litter. Obviously the larger the cat litter tray is the more cat litter you are going to use so you have a depth of 5cm. I have a really large litter tray for my cats and I use half a bag per change, however when I had a smaller tray I could easily get 4 or 5 separate changes out of the litter. The main reason you have to use a good depth of the cat litter is because cats like to dig a hole to do their business in and then cover it up with the cat litter after they have finished their business.
The cat litter is grey in appearance and is a mixture of different shaped clay pieces all in varying sizes. The cat litter is very powdery when pouring it into the litter tray and it does cause you to cough as it catches in the back of your throat. I also noticed that when I had finished topping up the tray there was a powdery dusty coating on my laminate flooring, similar to that of chalk dust. The dusty chalk like coating which the cat litter leaves behind on the flooring is fairly easy to brush away from the laminate, however if this was on a carpet you would have to Hoover it up. I notice that the cat litter seems to get more powdery as you near the bottom of the pack, and it also makes more of a mess on the flooring.
When it comes to cleaning the cat litter tray you will probably notice that the cat litter is clumped together at the bottom of the tray where the cat has had a wee, the cat litter changes colour when it is wet and instead of being a light grey colour it is a dark greyish brown colour. To get the cat litter out of the tray all you need to do is hold it over the bin and scrape the litter out using a litter scoop. The top layer of litter comes away very easily as it is often very dry however when you near the bottom of the tray you will notice that the litter is stuck to it because it is wet with cat wee, the cat scoop will scrape it off the bottom of the tray fairly effortlessly and it will come away in a few clumps.
As this cat litter is the cheapest of the cheap it doesn't have odour neutralising capabilities so when you are clearing out the tray it will smell a bit, you will also find that there are a few bits of the wet litter stuck to the sides of the tray. After I have scooped the litter out of the tray I wash it thoroughly in a mild soapy solution to get rid of the stuck on bits of litter and so the tray is clean and fresh for the new application of cat litter. Please bear in mind that you should wear rubber gloves when changing the cat litter and you should also wash your hands thoroughly after cleaning the tray. Pregnant women should also stay clear of litter trays and avoid cleaning them.
As a basic cheap cat litter it does do what it is intended to do and at a fraction of the cost of other cat litters. There are a few problems with it such as the packaging and the fact that it is advertised as Lightweight when it is far from lightweight, however put these aside and it does function well. One thing which would make this cat litter more appealing is if it had odour neutralising capabilities, however this would make the price increase. If you change the litter regularly then you will find that it doesn't smell too bad, I change my litter tray twice per day and I can still notice the smell. However the smell is a lot worse if I change the tray once per day. If you are looking for a basic cat litter which does as it is intended to do and doesn't have odour neutralising capabilities then the Tesco Value Cat Litter will come in handy, at £1.27 per 10litre sack you can't go wrong as other leading cat litters will cost you over £5 for the same amount.
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