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Best Non-Clumping Cat Litter: Our Top 5 Picks

by Ben Doyle | Reading Time: 8 minutes

Non-clumping cat litters are the cheapest type. They come in a whole range of materials, and they often have less dust than even the best clumping cat litters.

But which is the best non-clumping cat litter?

In this article, we’ll take a look at our top 5 picks.

The Non-Clumping Cat Litter: Our 5 Top Picks

If you just want to know which products we recommend, have a look at the table below. If you want to know more about that product, click the ‘Read Our Review’ link.

Catsan Hygiene: Best For Most Cats

4.0 out of 5.0 stars (4.1)

Catsan Hygiene does everything well. It’s well-priced, absorbent, traps odours and it’s easy to scoop and clean. It’s well-reviewed online too.

Or Read Our Review

Sanicat Diamonds Aloe Vera: Fantastic Odour Control & Long Lasting

4.3 out of 5.0 stars (4.3)

Sanicat Diamonds is the most expensive cat litter on our list but it’s excellent at trapping odours and lasted the longest during our tests. Our test cats loved it too!

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Catsan Hygiene Smart Packs: Best For Convenience

4.0 out of 5.0 stars (4.1)

If you prefer the speed and convenience of lust lifting out and replacing a full tray when cleaning the litter box, Catsan Smart Packs are for you.

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CJ’s Premium Wood Pellets: Best Cheap Eco-Friendly Litter

3.8 out of 5.0 stars (3.8)

If cost is your main concern, CJ’s Premium Wood Pellet cat litter is almost dust-free, absorbent, and does a decent job at containing smells.

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Breeder Celect Paper Cat Litter: Best For Kittens

4.0 out of 5.0 stars (4.0)

Breeder Celect Recycled paper cat litter is best for kittens and cats with sensitive feet. Very absorbent and controls odours well.

Or Read Our Review

Why Should You Trust Us?

Here at Pet Checkers, we’ve been scooping cat litter trays every day since 2013. 

That puts us in the unique position of being able to;

  1. Test lots of different types of litter
  2. With different types of cats
  3. Every single day

As such, we understand the frustrations of smelly cat litter that tracks all over the house!

How We Picked Our Cat Litters

When choosing different cat litters to test, we;

  • Relied on our experience as professional cat poo scoopers
  • Spoke with our customers to see what they do and don’t like about the cat litter they use, and
  • Looked at online reviews on sites like Google, Amazon, Zooplus and Pets at Home

This gave us a range of different litters to test.

How We Ran Our Tests

To test our chosen cat litters over the course of a month in a ‘live’ environment, with the help of our customer’s cats.

That means we;

  1. Bought the cat litter for our customers
  2. Agreed to scoop and clean their litter boxes every morning and evening

We did this every day for four weeks and scored each product on;

  • Cost – we calculated the average cost (per kilo) when buying them online.
  • Dust – we wanted to see how dust it kicked up when pouring it into the litter.
  • Odour – to see how it trapped odour, we stuck our faces in the litter tray.
  • Tracking – we wanted to know hw far the litter tracked when cats jumped out of their tray.

Non-Clumping Cat Litter Reviews: A Closer Look at Our Top Picks

After testing 10 different non-clumping cat litters over 4 weeks, we’ve narrowed our recommendations to our 5 top picks.

So let’s take a closer look at why we think these are the best.

1. Catsan Hygiene: Best For Most Cats

Cost (per kilo) Around £1.49
Dust4.5 out of 5.0 stars
Odour Control4.5 out of 5.0 stars
Ease of Scooping4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Tracking3.5 out of 5.0 stars
Total Score4.0 out of 5.0 stars (4.1)

Catsan Hygiene non-clumping cat litter is one of the UK’s most popular cat litters. And for good reason, it does everything well.

It’s well-priced, easy to pour and it’s almost dust-free.

And because it’s made from quartz dust and chalk, it’s white, unlike the grey colour you get with clay litters. So it always has a clean, ‘fresh’ look.

Scooping out solid waste is easy. It absorbs the wet stuff really well and it does a good job at holding onto smells.

It does track a bit. It’s not so fine that it gets stuck in your cat’s paws and ends up all over the house, but it does track. On the whole, though, we like Catsan Hygiene a lot.

2. Sanicat Diamond Silica Cat Litter: Long Lasting With Excellent Odour Control

Cost (per kilo) Around £2.97
Dust4.5 out of 5.0 stars
Odour Control4.5 out of 5.0 stars
Easy of Scooping4.5 out of 5.0 stars
Tracking4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Total Score4.4 out of 5.0 stars (4.4)

If you hate the slightest whiff of smell from your cat’s litter box, try Sanicat Diamond Aloe Silica cat litter.

Silica litter works a bit different than other litters. It soaks up cat pee, locking in the smell and then slowly releasing all moisture. We found it was super absorbent. Even to the point of dehydrating solid waste which was easy to scoop. And because silica litter is designed to release moisture, you don’t need to scoop out wet crystals.

And the crystals are big enough to not get stuck in your cat’s paws, so they don’t track very much at all. We found a bag of silica litter lasted longer than any other type of non-clumping cat litters.

Good job too, as it ain’t cheap when compared to other litters on this list!

3. Catsan Hygiene Smart Packs: The Most Convenient Option

Cost (per smart pack) Around £4.90
Dust4.5 out of 5.0 stars
Odour Control4.5 out of 5.0 stars
Easy of Scooping4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Tracking3.5 out of 5.0 stars
Total Score4.0 out of 5.0 stars (4.1)

If your life needs that extra bit of convenience, Catsan Hygiene Smart Packs are for you.

They contain the same litter as the original Catsan Hygiene. But instead of pouring it into the tray, it comes in a ready-made tray liner.

This makes changing your cat’s litter tray super easy. All you have to do is lift the tray liner out, tie it up and put it in the bin. Then replace it with another.

The liner itself has an absorbent layer on the bottom to catch any liquid the litter might miss.

If you only have one cat, then a smart pack should last a week. If you have cats that share the same litter box, they might only last 2-3 days. That said, you can extend the life of each Smart Pack by scooping out soiled litter and adding clean.

4. Breeder Celect Recycled Paper Cat Litter: Best For Kittens and Cats With Sensitive Feet

breeder celect recycled paper cat litter
Cost (per kilo) Around £1.35
Dust4.5 out of 5.0 stars
Odour Control4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Ease of Scooping3.5 out of 5.0 stars
Tracking4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Total Score4.0 out of 5.0 stars (4.0)

If you have;

  1. Kittens that you’re litter training or
  2. A cat that’s sensitive about their litter box

Then try Breeder Celect Recycled Paper cat litter.

The recycled paper pellets are much softer on cat’s paws than wood, silica or clay.

In fact, while we were testing, we had a few cats avoid using other types of litter. It was only when we tried this softer litter that they were happy to use their tray. This surprised us!

Thankfully, it works better than we expected it to.

Because it’s paper, it’s lightweight and dust-free. It’s also super absorbent and contains the stink better than we thought it would.

And because they’re pellets, it doesn’t track.

However, because it’s so light, we found some cats;

  1. Would kick it out of their litter box while covering up their eliminations.
  2. Could tip up their tray if they like to perch on the edge of their tray when toiletting. This happened and made a mess!

Like the wood pellet cat litter, Breeder Celect recycled paper litter is biodegradable. So you can compost it or put it in the green waste.

5. CJ’s Premium Ultra Absorbent Wood Pellets: Best Cheap Eco Cat Litter

Cost (per kilo) Around £0.86
Dust4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Odour Control4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Easy of Scooping3.5 out of 5.0 stars
Tracking4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Total Score4.0 out of 5.0 stars (3.8)

CJ’s Premium Wood Pellet Cat Litter also made it onto our list of the best eco-friendly cat litter.

At around £0.86 per kilo, it’s cheap. But that doesn’t mean it’s no good.

Because it’s made from wood pellets, it’s not dusty at all. And it doesn’t track as finer litters do.

The pellets themselves are very absorbent and during our tests, soaked up cat pee really well. The pellets break down into sawdust and then dry out. So it doesn’t smell.

That said we did find that if we didn’t keep on top of scooping out the sawdust, it became a bit mushy if it kept getting wet.

And instead of chucking it in the bin after use, you can either compost it or put it in your green waste bin. So it’s better for the environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Non Clumping Cat Litter Better Than Clumping Litter?

It depends on your personal preferences. Non-clumping cat litter is typically cheaper than clumping litter.

We also recommend non-clumping litter for kittens or cats that have a habit of eating their litter. Clumping litter is more likely to cause blockages in the bowel if swallowed.

That said, non-clumping litter doesn’t last as long.

How Often Should You Change Non Clumping Cat Litter?
Scoop out soiled litter at least twice a day. Once in the morning and again in the evening. You might have to do it more often if you have more than one cat that shares a litter tray.

Change and clean the litter box at least once a week. Again though, you might need to do it more often the more cats you have.

Read More: How Often Should I Clean the Litter Box

How Should I Dispose of Non Clumping Cat Litter?

How you dispose of non-clumping cat litter depends on what it’s made from.

  • Clay litters – put in the general waste
  • Silica litters – again, general waste
  • Wood, paper, corn or tofu litters – you can compost yourself of dispose on in your green waste
Can I Flush Non Clumping Cat Litter?
Some non-clumping cat litters are flushable, some aren’t. So make sure the packaging explicitly says that it’s flushable.

Never flush clay and silica litters as they’re likely to block your waste pipes.

Regardless of the type of litter never flush cat poo down the toilet. It can contain a parasite called Toxoplasmosis gondii. Most UK water treatment plants aren’t equipped to kill it. So by flushing cat poo, you could end up contaminating your local water supply.

Read More: Is Cat Litter Flushable?

Is Non Clumping Cat Litter Best For Kittens?
We recommend that if you have kittens, you start them off on non-clumping cat litter.

Kittens are curious and sometimes, that curiosity can lead them to eat litter. Clumping cat litter expands by as much as ten times when in contact with moisture. So, if your kitten swallows it, they could end up with a blockage in their bowels.

This could be fatal.

Read More: Best Cat Litter For Kittens

If you want to make the switch to clumping cat litter, wait until your kitten is around 6 months old.

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Ben Doyle

My name is Ben Doyle and I co-own Pet Checkers. I spend most of my time looking after all kinds of animals, from dogs to eagles. When I’m not taking care of animals, I’m photographing them and writing about them here on our website.


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