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When I was younger our cats always had the Thomas brand of cat litter. My parents found it was the best litter performance wise for the amount of money they were paying. They actually have stopped making it on a couple of occasions and our last cat (adequately named, Thomas!) refused to use any other litter. Luckily they began making it again and when it was time to buy yet more cat litter last week I decided to opt for this brand. I went for Thomas because I knew my parents used to trust it and also it was a reasonable price (somewhere around the £3.30 mark for 8 litres). We bought it from our local independent pet store so I expect the price was a little higher than what it can be found for online.
Cat litter is something I seem to be buying all the time at the moment! The last few brands I have tried have been pretty useless to be honest and although we have two trays for two cats the litter has needed changing every other day or so.
Thomas comes in a large yellow paper sack and the design has not changed since I was little! It is quite retro. The litter is a non-clumping clay litter and this is my preferred type of litter because I find it is easiest to keep clean and it also makes less mess.
When I poured the litter into Duke and Daisy's trays I was really pleased with the lack of dust that filled the air - a lot of litters are full of dust but this wasn't a problem with Thomas. The litter is a light grey in colour and the pieces are small (a few mm each).
Duke and Daisy are quite picky about litter but both of them got in the trays and used the litter with no problem. I found that the liquid matter in the trays was absorbed well whilst the more solid matter ended up with a fine coating of the litter covering it. I was happy this litter remained solid even when wet because the last few brands I have had I have had a problem with the litter turning into a sort of paste when wet. This is not the case with Thomas and it has remained fine.
I am really impressed with how the litter masks the scent of my babies toilets! Usually I can tell straight away when one of them has used the tray but this isn't the case with this litter and although on a couple of occasions I have smelled something this has happened much less than with other brands.
The litter lasts for around 4 or 5 days without me needing to think about changing it. This is with two cats. I am much happier with this litter than my last few brands because it lasts much longer and remains much cleaner. It is easy to change the litter when I need to and I am not left trying to clean up a paste like mess from the bottom of the trays. It masks scents well and Duke and Daisy both use the litter with no problem. This is definitely a brand that I will opt for again and although it is a little more expensive than some of the cheaper brands it is worth it because it lasts longer and it performs much better. Thomas is a brand I will definitely buy again.
I have used Thomas cat litter since day 1 for my cats. I had two young large adult cats together from the local rescue and needed to keep them indoors for a good few weeks while they settled in. My logic was to see how they got on with the cheapest and if they, or I, didn't like it I could move up through the ranks, so to speak, as I was conscious I would be purchasing a heck of a lot of it until they were ready for outdoors.
From day one they were both impeccably clean and used their tray without hesitation. No problem with the Thomas litter. They both shared a tray and so as it was being used heavily, I initially changed the litter in full daily. After they started to go out they began to use the tray less and less and so it wasn't necessary to do a full change every day. Contrary to other reviewers, I found that the litter was very good at absorbing liquids, and clumped together. This means that with a second tray to decant into, I can tip the clean litter to one side, clean out the clumped 'stuff' (sorry!) and then reuse the clean litter, I only need to completely change the litter in full every 3rd day or so. This makes the whole process even more economical than it would already have been.
The litter itself is like tiny stones, maybe 4-5mm across. No complaints from the girls using it and from my point of view, any which is spilled or scratched out of the tray is quick and easy to sweep or vacuum up. When I fill the tray there is a slight initial puff of dust, but no more, certainly nothing to discomfort me or the girls.
I have not noticed any smells whatsoever, although in my experience of owning cats, that has varied with the cats themselves, so maybe I'm just lucky on that score with my latest two.
The only major downside of Thomas for me is the packaging. Buying in large quantities I went for the biggest bags, and the handles snapped on about one in three bags on average when carrying them from the pet shop to the car. Very annoying, not to mention very awkward to then carry. Also they are difficult to get into and pour from. I think the 'stitched' seal to the bags is intended to 'unzip' the bag but this rarely, if ever, works and so I usually need a pair of scissors on hand and a bit of patience.
On the whole I find Thomas a perfectly good budget cat litter which has saved me heaps of money whilst my cats were limited to indoors.
I have only bought this cat litter once that was more than enough times to work out how horrendously bad this litter is. I think you will understand where I am coming from when I say that I prefer to buy Sainburys Basics cat litter to this.
When our kitten Alfie had been brought home from the vets after being spade, we obviously had to keep him in for a while. Out came the delightful cat litter tray and I had to buy some cat litter, unfortunately I was no-where near our local supermarket so couldn't buy Basics. I headed instead to our local corner shop and purchased a bag of Thomas cat litter. It was the only brand they sold and at £2.99 it wasn't horrendously priced. It is in a very striking yellow bag and has 5L of litter in it. The handle which is plastic is horrible, digs into your hands a lot and I much prefer the cardboard handles which do hold up well to carrying. I cut the top with scissors and poured it into the tray.
Well it is basically stones in a bag, they have no soaking ability at all and they don't even attempt to hide any kind of odour, it seems to make the smell worse if I am honest. I do tend to collect any presents left for me as soon as I can as I hate the smell but if I am out and about and the cat is left to his own devices, there is litter everywhere apart from covering his parcels. I am not sure who turned their nose up more Alfie or me! It is a grey colour and has a lot of powder included with it, be prepared for a dust storm when tipping it into the litter tray. When wet it goes very gloopy and sticks to the bottom in a kind of modelling clay type way, maybe you could use this to mould your cat a new bowl as being a cat litter really isn't its calling.
I would rather use newspaper if I had run out than use this again, no good qualities at all.
One of the things since I have owned my beautiful cat Myrtle that I buy weekly is cat litter. At the moment we are both more than happy with a cat litter we are using so I will be continuing to buy that one due to how good it is and that its a reasonable price too but till I found it I had got through bags of others stuff from different brands.
I bought a bag of this Thomas cat litter in its bright yellow paper bag style with white carry handles in a local discount store and I only bought it because the bag was bright yellow and it reminded me I needed to get some to be fair lol!
This cat Litter Itself:
Well it is a light grey colour and basically it is what it is. Cat litter! Little pieces of gravel pieces with a bit of dust thrown in for good measure. I like the size of this, the pieces are small and rather smooth and it isn't as dusty as some cat litters I have used in the past and of course you use it to line a litter tray or cat toilet with and I use rather alot of any cat litter I put in.
This is a none singing and none dancing plain cat litter basically. It doesn't contain any air freshener and it only promises to be hygienic and absorbent however I found Myrtle to soak through this easily and although I was able to spot clean it I did notice if I didn't do that straight away puddles would appear in it and then Myrtle decided to poop and wee on my floor instead whcih is awful cos shes a really clean indoor cat is Myrty usually!
The other thing that I noticed with this one is the smell. At the moment I am using a cat litter that really does disguise the nasty urine niff well, this doesn't at all so I ended up with this one changing it every day which meant this worked out a rather expensive cat litter and became a pain to me having to keep changing it!
Not for us sadly this one. It isn't the worst one we have evern used but it really isn't the best and I found that when this got wet it went to clay and was disgusting to clean out of her tray and really sickening!
I paid £3.99 for a 5L bag however this is available in lots of different sizes particularly if you shop online for it though do shop about as prices really do wildly vary!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Most readers will be aware by now that I have a very elderly feline at home with me who is the absolute light of my life and thus, I go to great lengths to ensure all of her needs are met as best as I can manage and afford.
My old girl has several health conditions to deal with in her increasing old age, one of which is unfortunately renal failure. This condition is controlled as much as possible both by diet and prescribed medication, but even so, there are many unfortunate side-effects that plague my girl regularly. These vary from minor annoyances such as an increased thirst, to more severe symptoms like being violently sick combined with a lack of appetite. A further symptom can be found via my cat's litter tray regularly, as her condition makes her urinate much more than other cats, and of course when this is coupled with her increased thirst, it is fair to say that my girl makes more trips to her litter box than your average feline would. In addition, my girl is very much an indoor cat, and doesn't venture outside at all so it is imperative that her box is kept hygienic and clean as much as possible, as she needs to use it several times throughout the day and night.
I regularly buy Catsan Cat Litter for using in my girl's tray as I have found it performs well in terms of absorbing unfortunate odours and smells that can accumulate easily in our felines' lavatories..! This brand of litter is really quite expensive when compared to other brands, and regardless of how well it performs, there are times when I resent having to purchase it - particularly as it is often three times the cost of some other brands. In addition, there are times when our supply of Catsan will run out, and if we have nothing else to fall back on, it means a trip to our local grocery store to buy whatever is available to tide us over. Nine times out of ten, our local store has in stock only one brand of cat litter...... Thomas.
The Thomas Cat Litter is available from a variety of online retailers such as Amazon, eBay and PetPlanet. Prices for a large, 16 litre bag of the litter seem to vary at around £6 - £8, so its worth shopping around. For us, our local store only ever has a smaller 5 litre bag of litter in stock, and this is admittedly ample for our needs. The price is printed on the bag on the smaller bags, which is £2.49 at the present time. I think this offers reasonable enough value for money in the short term, but it is worth noting that most supermarket-own branded cat litter products offer better value than this.
The packaging consists of a bright yellow coloured bag made of strong, thick paper with an image of an attractive cartoon cat on the front. There is a sturdy paper handle on top of the bag that appears to be rather robust as I don't remember it ever becoming torn or damaged during use. The top of the bag has string going round it, and this is common practice with most cat litter products as this type of product is very dusty and the string allows for an airtight seal to be maintained during storage. The bag can be opened with the use of scissors and all in all I think the packaging serves its purpose rather well.
The litter itself consists of small white/grey rubble that looks to be small pebbles or stones and certainly its appearance is not that different to other 'standard' cat litters that are purchased regularly. The litter is quite dusty and certainly a small 'mushroom cloud' of dust will easily appear throughout the process of pouring the litter from the bag. Whilst I find this rather unpleasant, I do think it is something of a side-effect of using cat litter products generally, rather than it being a direct fault of this particular product.
The pouring process is quite difficult for me to undertake by myself as I have mobility problems and find the litter bags too difficult to manoeuvre or carry without help. It is my husband who will usually re-fill my girls' trays after they have been completely washed out, which is done twice a week at least to ensure they are kept free from a build-up of unfortunate odours and unpleasant smells.
I have found that the Thomas Cat Litter works reasonably for the most part, and taking the purchase price into account, I do feel it offers reasonable enough value. I have to say however, that there are MUCH better cat litter products out there, based on our findings...
Firstly, I find that the Thomas Litter is not as absorbent as I would like. This means that I need to replace the Thomas Litter slightly more frequently than I would with a more premium brand. To be fair, this is to be expected with a cat litter that costs less money in my experience, but considering the amount of use that my girl needs to obtain from each tray-full of litter; it is by no means the most economical brand for us. I find that after filling my girl's tray with the Thomas litter, she will happily use it for 24 hours and then during the following 24 hours she will start to show some reluctance towards her tray. This is not at all acceptable for her, given her need to pass urine more often than other felines and I feel it is imperative that her litter box is completely comfortable and pleasant for her to use. Thus, the Thomas Litter needs to be removed, the tray cleaned and replaced with fresh litter to avoid any instances of my girl feeling any upset, anguish or discomfort towards passing her wee. So, for the Thomas Litter's performance in this regard, I'd award 2 out of 5 marks.
In terms of combating unpleasant odours and smells, I find the Thomas Litter doesn't cope too well with any sort of 'odour build-up' that accumulates in my girl's tray. More premium brands tend to contain a sort of 'odour neutralising' ingredient and it is not difficult to notice that the Thomas brand is lacking in this somewhat. To be fair however, I hadn't expected it to cope particularly well given the purchase price, and I also do find that the Thomas brand copes MUCH better when tackling pungent odours than some of the supermarket 'budget' branded litters that we have tried out... Most of these were, quite frankly, about as useful as a chocolate teapot! In some cases, we felt we may as well have lined our girl's tray with plain old newspaper and left it at that, such was the inefficiency of these products. So, with the Thomas Litter's performance resting neatly between these other brands, I feel that an award of 3 out of 5 marks is fair.
The litter doesn't 'clump' to the point of having clay-like mounds forming in the base of the litter tray after coming into contact with liquid, but I am not a huge fan of these sorts of litters so feel no loss at these findings. When 'solid deposits' (!!) are in the tray, I find these easy to remove, even if they have been buried underneath the top layer of litter which is often my girl's preference, leaving a neat and tidy toilet area after her business has been carried out. (Clever girl!) This aspect of the litter's performance is reasonable to my mind, and I don't think I have any complaints in this regard, so 5 out of 5 marks here.
In summary then, I find the Thomas Cat Litter is a reasonable enough cat litter for those times when we are running out at home and need a 'stand by' product before we carry out our household grocery shop. For the odd usage here and there, the Thomas product works well enough but it is by no means a sufficient substitute to our usual purchases, nor do I feel the same 'trust' in the litter to effectively combat odours and feline 'messes' in the way I do with alternative brands. I will continue to buy it, but only as a sort of 'back up' product as it does not perform effectively enough, nor does it cope well enough with my girl's toilet needs enough for me to consider switching brands altogether.
In an emergency, or as a sort of 'stop-gap' product, the Thomas Litter is reasonable enough and I do recommend it for these situations, given we have purchased much worse products than this one. Taking all of this into account, I feel that a three star rating in the product scoring is appropriate.