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    • crafty*kate
    • By crafty*kate 30th Mar 11, 10:04 PM
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    crafty*kate
    Best cheap cat litter?
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    • 30th Mar 11, 10:04 PM
    Best cheap cat litter? 30th Mar 11 at 10:04 PM
    Hi folks, I don't normally post over here but as it's a cat thing I thought you might be able to help!

    I have recently moved house and no longer have a cat flap (it's rented so I can't put one in). My 4.5 year old boy likes being indoors and won't go outside for more than about 5 minutes - he's a timid lad. So, obviously, he is now doing his thing inside and it's costing me a fortune in cat litter.

    He's been really, really good at using the tray and so I am trying to make sure I am equally good at keeping it clean for him. But I am getting through so much litter...what are the best cheap ones you have found?

    Morrisons is my nearest supermarket and their cheapest value stuff isn't very good (I use lots of it). Their next one up is ok-ish, but I am wondering if there are any other options?

    Thanks!
    Kate x


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    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 22-11-2017 at 8:58 AM.
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    • samsingh
    • By samsingh 11th Nov 17, 10:16 AM
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    samsingh
    Zards is my Favorite
    I have two cats. I have been using wood pellet cat litter from supermarkets for years. One of my friend recommended ZARDS cat litter, I was very pleased with the product. They sell 30Ltr bas for £9.99. They are natural pinewood pellets, odour free and clump free. Highly recommended. They even deliver locally in Manchester. Reliable people.
    • JoBatch80
    • By JoBatch80 22nd Nov 17, 11:35 AM
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    JoBatch80
    For those who find this thread since its been linked in the latest email - id just like to leave this link here:

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2007/dec/06/ethicalliving.lifeandhealth

    The article may be 10 years old but can you all read the above article and PLEASE consider the environmental damage you are causing by using the bentonite clay based litter that is usually the common variety found in supermarkets as their value brand.

    I have two indoor cats, and I use Breedercelect recycled paper based litter and biodegradable bags when I'm getting rid of it; meaning its going to break down WAY quicker and part could be composted if you felt so inclined (i hasten to add - not the solids!!!). A 30l big bag is approx £13 and that lasts well over a month with two cats and two trays. There are corn based versions etc available at pet stores and paper based ones are available easily at places like the range.

    I suspect the amount of landfill we create from litter in a year is easily as bad as the amount of disposable nappies and we really can do better so easily.
    Last edited by JoBatch80; 22-11-2017 at 12:16 PM.
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    • zebedy
    • By zebedy 22nd Nov 17, 8:15 PM
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    zebedy
    I use Clean N Tidy from Amazon on subscribe and save. 1/2 a bag each week
    MS Stalwart. Used site for >10 years
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    • caztrek
    • By caztrek 27th Nov 17, 6:20 PM
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    caztrek
    Tidy, clean and cheap option
    I have been usinga Brit-Pet sieving litter tray system for about 6 months. I buy Verdo wood pellets costing about £5.20 for 15kg. A bag lasts about 3 months. We have 2 indoor cats using it. It is excellent at odour control, economical and does not create lots of dust or litter trails outside of the tray.
    Cannot post a link but try an internet search.
    • Happy-Chappy
    • By Happy-Chappy 29th Nov 17, 3:59 PM
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    Happy-Chappy
    Cat litter
    If you have a Range near you I have found their wood pellet bio at £8 for large sack is the best. CatSan is expensive I found when you have a cat that does not go out. Best of luck.
    • ynnel1980
    • By ynnel1980 28th Aug 18, 9:33 PM
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    B&n
    We use the wood pellets from B&N, I think it’s called pet shop natural cat litter. Its as good if not better than the one you get in Pets at Home but is much cheaper. I wouldn’t use anything else now.
    • aliberry
    • By aliberry 29th Aug 18, 4:21 PM
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    aliberry
    just as an aside, if you can wean your cat off milk, that helps with the 'smell' as cats digestive systems are not good at dealing with cows milk.
    • BethP
    • By BethP 29th Aug 18, 6:47 PM
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    BethP
    Cat Litter


    We use Tesco’s Clumping Cat Litter £4.20 for our 3 cats. They have two large litter boxes (with lids).

    Husband used to deal with the single large box when we had one cat. That changed when I realised he was only changing the litter once each week. He was not clearing any deposits in between. This upset me hugely as cats are very clean.

    I clear one litter box 2-3 times daily. Husband does the other box each evening. A bag of litter will last 2-3 weeks per litter box.

    Moral of story: clear litter box at least twice each day; your cat will be very pleased AND you’ll buy less litter😻😻😻
    • tulipthecat
    • By tulipthecat 29th Aug 18, 9:50 PM
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    tulipthecat
    Hello, Nina the Cat here (I'm afraid that Tulip the Cat went to the big cat basket in the sky a few years ago). My Mummy buys my cat litter from Lidl at £1.89 for 10kg. She likes it because it clumps nicely. I like it because I can get in my litter tray and pretend I'm digging to Australia.
    • caztrek
    • By caztrek 29th Aug 18, 11:11 PM
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    caztrek
    Hi I changed almost 18 minths ago to a BritPet sieving litter tray. Every 3 months I buy a sack of Verdo horse bedding wood pellets for about £5.50. Our 2 cats are happy sharing a large tray. I flush solids down the loo at least once a day. The tray was not cheap but it it amazing how cheap it is to run. The cats adapted without any problem and it deals with smells better than my old traditional litter did.
    Last edited by caztrek; 29-08-2018 at 11:24 PM. Reason: Additional info
    • nicki1967
    • By nicki1967 30th Aug 18, 10:32 AM
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    nicki1967
    I mainly shop at Tesco and always used their value cat litter as I have 15 rescue cats. However, I'm always on the look-out for online bargains so thought I'd try some of the incredibly large bags of pellets from Pets at Home. It's much better value, believe it or not. I do put newspaper in the bottom of the trays too for easier emptying on the days I don't wash them out. Also, if you go through one of those cashback sites such as Top Cashback you can save even more money. Sanicat is regularly on offer and is also fab. Look on Zooplus, Pet Planet and MonsterPet too. They all do cashback for first orders and a smaller amount for consequent orders.
    • chocgirl
    • By chocgirl 30th Aug 18, 11:19 AM
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    chocgirl
    Agree on pets at home wood pellets, although the bag is very big and you'll need a car to transport it home. I compared the price per kg with B&N and its about the same, but a bigger bag so you are buying it less often.
    Our cat is 18 and used to clumping litter so I mix it 50/50 with tesco value as I'm not sure she'd cope with a complete change. Tesco value clumps like concrete though so I find that if I mix it with the pellets then its easier to get out of the tray when it needs removing!
    • Retro girl
    • By Retro girl 30th Aug 18, 12:17 PM
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    Retro girl
    Don't know if anyone has mentioned this previously, but we shred the cardboard cat food boxes in a shredder to use as cat litter. They do get stuck to cats' feet and travel around the house but no more so that other cat litter really, plus it's technically free and eco friendly - we compost the used stuff
    • marliepanda
    • By marliepanda 31st Aug 18, 1:24 PM
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    marliepanda
    I wouldn't use anything other than Oko Plus.

    Its made from a byproduct of paper manufacturing so it is paper, so could be flushed down the loo if necessary (I used to when I lived in a high rise flat) Its clums but doesnt 'harden' so can be scooped out easily, and never requires a 'full change' so is cost effective

    I have 3 large cats and I buy a 40l bag from Zooplus which costs between £20-23 depending on offers. That can last me easily 3-4 months.
    • annandale
    • By annandale 2nd Sep 18, 11:13 AM
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    annandale
    What is the most eco friendly cat litter. And the worst? I am using or was as they have just gone into administration the eco pellets from poundworld. My mum has used the corn stuff before.

    The clumping stuff isn’t good for cats lungs I believe and that is why I don’t buy it. Clay litter in particular can exacerbate allergies.
    • WibblyGirly
    • By WibblyGirly 2nd Sep 18, 12:29 PM
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    WibblyGirly

    We use Tesco’s Clumping Cat Litter £4.20 for our 3 cats. They have two large litter boxes (with lids).

    Husband used to deal with the single large box when we had one cat. That changed when I realised he was only changing the litter once each week. He was not clearing any deposits in between. This upset me hugely as cats are very clean.

    I clear one litter box 2-3 times daily. Husband does the other box each evening. A bag of litter will last 2-3 weeks per litter box.

    Moral of story: clear litter box at least twice each day; your cat will be very pleased AND you’ll buy less litter😻😻😻
    Originally posted by BethP
    Oh wow! How could he handle the smell?? I'm there with the little bag and scooper before my cats even finished his poo!

    I use morrisons clumping litter though one bag seems to last forever now the cat goes outside. I keep the litter tray just incase he needs it in the night.
    • paul ford
    • By paul ford 12th Sep 18, 2:16 AM
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    paul ford
    Lidl's own is good.
    • annandale
    • By annandale 15th Sep 18, 11:29 PM
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    annandale
    Not good for cats lungs though. As for someone scooping poop before the cat has finished. Don’t you think that’s a tad over the top
    • selement
    • By selement 16th Sep 18, 8:59 AM
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    selement
    It's not the cheapest but personally I like sanicat oxygen power clumping. We remove solids and clumps daily and find it lasts a few weeks. Also it's one of the less smelly ones we've tried. Tried wood pellets and Catsan but I find they get smelly faster so need changing sooner.
    Didn't know about the lungs thing- how big is the risk?
    Last edited by selement; 16-09-2018 at 9:03 AM.
    Trying to lose weight (13.5lb to go)
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 16th Sep 18, 11:39 AM
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    Silvertabby
    I wouldn't use anything other than Oko Plus.

    Its made from a byproduct of paper manufacturing so it is paper, so could be flushed down the loo if necessary (I used to when I lived in a high rise flat) Its clums but doesnt 'harden' so can be scooped out easily, and never requires a 'full change' so is cost effective

    I have 3 large cats and I buy a 40l bag from Zooplus which costs between £20-23 depending on offers. That can last me easily 3-4 months.
    Originally posted by marliepanda

    Another vote for Oko. 'Cheap' doesn't necessarily mean 'best value'. Our downstairs loo leads off the utility room - so it literally takes just two steps to transfer the lumpy bits from the tray to the toilet.
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