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Best cat litter

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If your cat stays indoors while you’re out at work or with friends, or is permanently inside, a litter tray filled with cat litter is essential. But if you share your house with a cat, you’ll know they can be very particular about litter, and it’s likely you are too. We’ve tracked down the best options to suit every home and every feline.

Best value

Extra Select Premium Hygiene Cat Litter

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Extra Select Premium Hygiene Cat Litter

Non-clumping and low dust

Cat litter can raise a lot of dust when you’re adding it to the tray and when it’s dug, but this is a low dust option to avoid the clouds. The litter itself is lightweight, which your cat may prefer, and promises to absorb liquid quickly. If you don’t mind lifting it, the 20 litre bag is excellent value.    

Best flushable option

World’s Best Cat Litter

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World’s Best Cat Litter Original

Easily disposed of

If you find you’re filling the bin up quickly, go for this cat litter made from corn, which you can flush away in the loo.  One or two clumps at a time are fine, whether you’re on mains drainage or have a septic tank. The granules are absorbent and clump tightly, which can make cleaning out the tray easier. It also keeps the dust down.

Best odour control

Catsan Natural Clumping Cat Litter

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Catsan Natural Clumping Cat Litter

Biodegradable with a pleasant scent

Eco-conscious cat owners, this litter is made from a by-product of the wheat-milling process, and it’s also biodegradable. It forms solid clumps to reduce smells from the tray and has an agreeable natural scent. The litter is suitable for both cats and kittens and pours from the bag without creating dust.

Best for economy

Cat's Best Öko Plus Cat Litter

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Cat's Best Öko Plus Cat Litter

Highly absorbent

Good liquid absorption means this 30 litre bag of litter lasts a long time and it keeps odour to a minimum. It’s made from organic fibres and is biodegradable, and can be flushed down the toilet. A 4.3kg bag is also available if the larger bag is too unwieldy for you.

Best scent

Fresh Paws Premium Wood Pellet Cat Litter

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Fresh Paws Premium Wood Pellet Cat Litter

Anti-microbial 100% softwood litter

This cat litter is made from British wood and has a pleasant aroma, while its anti-microbial qualities and high absorbency keep smells from the tray at bay. It can be composted if you prefer not to add it to the bin. Other pets in your household? It’s also suitable for rabbits, poultry and reptiles.

Best paper option

Breeder Celect Cat Litter

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Breeder Celect Cat Litter

Reduced tracking around the house

Made from more than 99 percent recycled paper, this is an eco-conscious choice. There aren’t any additives and it’s biodegradable. The composition makes for less tracking round the house, and therefore less clean up. 

Contented cats

There’s a wide choice of cat litter out there in the form of manufactured granules, wood pellets, recycled paper, and more. For a lightweight granule litter, we like Extra Select Premium Hygiene Cat Litter. It comes in a pound-stretching 20 litre bag and keeps the dust to a minimum.

If you’re looking for cat litter that can be disposed of down the toilet, World’s Best Cat Litter Original is the one to pick. Cleaning out the tray is no hassle because it clumps well. Alternatively, if you and your feline companions prefer cat litter made from wood Fresh Paws Premium Wood Pellet Cat Litter has a fresh scent.