questionsdoes anyone have advice on the best deal/value on…

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We use the same Fresh Step you mentioned. It actually smells pretty good and our cats don't seem to mind it. Of course, during the actual, er, visit to their box, the smell can still be strong. (I wish I could put in a vent from that area of the house like the one in our bathrooms!) I think someone here mentioned Bad Odor Sponges a while back. I don't know anything about them, but I think I'll give them a try.

As far as value, NO AMOUNT is too much when it gets rid of nasty litter box odor.

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Do you belong to Sam's Club, or maybe have a neighbor who does? I have always used their 40 lb. bucket of litter. Cost is about 10 or 11 dollars. I don't remember the name, but it comes in a green bucket with a blue lid. One bucket lasts a long time. It has a light scent and really does a pretty good job. Maybe Costco has their own brand, but we don't have have one here.

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@barnabee: I bought that one last time. It's called LitterClean. At first I liked it (the bucket is more convenient than a bag and it puts up less dust than others we've tried), but it really does a poor job with the odor. I finally bought a bag of FreshStep and mixed it in to help with the odor problem. (I'm too darn cheap to just toss out the LitterClean.) YMMV, I guess.

I'm starting to wonder how much her cat food affects things. I've tried to buy the dry food for indoor cats, but I like to give her some canned food, too, and I can't seem to find a formula for indoor cats.

I know a few years ago there was a movement against clay cat litter. I didn't have a cat at that time and didn't pay attention to what the objections were. I wonder if clay is what causes the excess dust I hate.

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@belyndag: You have a "stinky" cat because you didn't name her barnabee :)

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@barnabee: (Sigh) Just like with my non-furry kids, it's always the "mother's" fault.

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My husband is the cat person in our family and he buys Arm and Hammer. It seems to do the job and I know it's a good price if my husband buys it :-)

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We use Tidy Cat for multiple cats. It's not the cheapest, but our babies like it. It clumps well and controls odor with regular scooping. It does produce some dust, but I haven't found anything yet that they will use that doesn't make dust. I had a friend who used Arm & Hammer. It is definately cheaper, but seemed to make more dust and didn't clump very well.

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I use Arm and Hammer also, doesn't matter if it's multi-cat or essential or super scoop, it all seems the same to me. The big box W store has it for about $8 for 20lb. They also sell it in larger and smaller sizes.
I have a single cat and it is the best litter I've used, when I come in I'm not reminded that I have a cat by odor.

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@hot72chev: For some reason I haven't tried Tidy Cat yet. I will check it out.

As I've mentioned before, DD is a groomer and tells me that PetCo sells some kind of litter in bulk, but I gather it's rather pricey. I guess if it clumps well and destroys the odor it's still a good value. Has anyone tried it?

One thing I hate about buying litter is that it always seems to come in huge bags, so if I buy it and don't like it, we're stuck with a bunch of litter. I am way too cheap, er, frugal to just toss it, so I use it up anyway.

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http://www.worldsbestcatlitter.com/free-bag-rebate/

Worlds Best Cat Litter
you get a rebate for the cost of a small bag, so if you or your cat's don't like it, it ends up being free. It is spendy, between $6 and $9 for the small bag. But I had a friend who moved in with three cats, and as long as the cat covers up it's ...uh...hmmm...."business", it does a GREAT job of controlling odor. It is an all natural litter, so it is flushable I think. You can buy it a lot of different places, menards, tractor supply, petco...worth a try with the free after rebate deal.

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@southdakota: Thanks! I will DEFINITELY check that one out!

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I have tried many many litters. Well my cats have anyways. =P
Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra is my favorite.
It is unscented.
It really is low dust. So many claim to be, so few really are .
I can't stand all the dust from the litter.Nor can I tolerate the scents added to the litter.
It is a scopable litter and is hypo allergenic.
A big 40 lb bag costs me $14.99 from my local feed store. One big box pet store charges 4-5 more for it. Usually around the holidays they offer a $3-$5 off coupon, and I stock up .
They will rebate you the cost of your first bag to try it.
There is nothing to lose to give it a try.
Oder? Not so much. I scoop daily. I keep an air purifier near the boxes.

BTW they make other litters for various needs.

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PS I have tried World's Best.
As someone else mentioned they too have a rebate for a free bag.

On the plus side. It does the job. It is especially good if you have an older arthritic kitty that doesn't squat very well and pees a lot and maybe gets some on their feet. They won't get cement booties from this litter. I used it w/ my sr. citizen kitties.

Cons: It has more dust than Dr. Elsey's. Cat's can sometimes have allergies to corn, and this will bother them by inhaling the dust. Some cats will eat it. It is more expensive then the other litter.

Why not buy both kinds {use the rebates so they are both free} and decide for yourself ?

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@ceagee: Great idea! I will look for both and try them out with the free rebates.

And now I will try to go to sleep with visions of an elderly kitty wearing cement booties limping through my dreams.

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feline pine is the same as wood stove pellets. wood stove pellets cost $6/40# bag here in SF bay area. I have 4 cats and completely change out the cat litter about 1x/week, but I do have to go in a couple times/week and add fresh litter over the wet spots in the bin, which is a huge cement-mixing tub (~ $7 @ home depot). The 40# bag lasts us/4 cats approximately 1 month.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNXIZuIBJKs

I tried Feline Pine once. My girl cat was not amused. She's not particularly picky about brand or scent, but she downright refuses to use anything but clay litter.

My favorite litter is Arm and Hammer. It's usually fairly easy to find coupons for, and the 20 lb boxes last a decent enough time for me. If you still have cat box problems, Arm and Hammer also has that perfumed powder for litter boxes for a couple bucks.

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Litter Purrfect from Costco, in a large green plastic jug. No dust, clumps really well & controls odors greatly. We tried the bagged brands @ Costco but they were too dusty.

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I am also a fan of World's Best. You use a lot less, it is easy to find, and easy to clean up.

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@zippy the pinhead: One more reason to be excited about our first Costco, which should be opening in a few months!

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Forgot to mention that our litter box is actually a small igloo-shaped thing my daughter found. We needed something to keep our aging border collie from scarfing down the "kitty crunchies" she kept finding in the litter box (URGH!) and it works very well for that, but is sort of a pain to clean out. The entire top comes off, but it's too big to just dump into the garbage. I pretty much have to scoop everything out. A few days ago I cleaned out the entire area where we keep it, and removed the rug that DH had insisted we keep under it. I guess his thought was that it would prevent Camry from tracking litter around. Unfortunately it absorbed even ambient odors, and no amount of vacuuming would remove the odor. While DH was out of town, I pitched the darn thing, added one of those plastic litter mats in front of the igloo door, cleaned out the igloo and sprayed it all down with deodorizing cleaners, and left it all out in the sun for several hours. MUCH better now!

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Try using "sift clean liners" in conjunction with a litter that works for you.

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@beperly: I used those when we had a rectangular litter box and they were VERY helpful. Unfortunately, the igloo thingie we have now has a deep teardrop shaped area for the litter and nothing like those fit in it.

About a year ago we bought one of the automatic litter boxes but it didn't work. I forget what brand it was, but we even called the manufacturer and walked through the setup several times and STILL couldn't get it to work. If someone has had a good experience with a self-cleaning litter box and can recommend a brand/model, please toss that in here, too.

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I disliked the self cleaning box I bought and consider it a waste of good money. It was constantly getting clogged and eventually the motor died. Plus they are very loud, even when working properly.

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@purplefeather: Glad to hear we weren't the only ones who didn't like the self cleaning boxes. The one we bought was supposed to detect when the cat left the box and automatically sift out the litter into the bin. Unfortunately, just like the automatic flush toilets at the airport, it frequently did not start up when she finished her business, and, worse yet, occasionally came on while she was, er, still busy. Rather funny, but in a cruel way.

We called the manufacturer and a tech there walked us through resetting the thing several times, but no luck. We finally turned off the automatic setting completely. Even so, pushing the button to start the sifting process didn't always work. And, as you noted, it was pretty darn loud. Camry was already scared of it (and who, among us, would truly enjoy being sifted?), so we just persuaded PetSmart to let us return it. We got the impression from them that we weren't the only ones to do so. (sigh)