Best Non-Tracking Cat Litter
What is the best non-tracking cat litter that doesn’t scatter kitty litter everywhere outside the box? The truth is, almost all litters do track in one way or the other. But after much research, we have reviewed non-tracking cat litters that will do a perfect job in keeping your home clean and neat.
1. Purina Tidy Cats BREEZE Litter System Refills
Tidy Cats BREEZE Litter by Purina is touted as a “non-tracking litter system that doesn’t stick to cats’ paws.” After a closer look, this kitty litter scored high marks in nearly all categories: material; scooping; tracking; maintenance; and usability.
Purina Tidy Cats BREEZE Litter is made from a combination of silica gel and zeolite and comes with large pellets that don’t stick to your cat’s paws or get tracked all over your house.
While Tidy Cats Litter is well known for their non-stick ability, it does come with materials that are a significant departure from the standard litter on the market, due to the additional moisture of repellent polymer coating that dehydrates solid waste to prevent tracking, making cleaning and scooping a breeze.
To prevent the pellets from sticking to solid waste, Purina included a special scooper with the litter boxes that prevents the litter from sticking to solid wastes for easy flushing.
Usability-wise, we discovered that you could clean and re-use the Tidy Cats BREEZE Litter system. We have a big soup pot designated solely to cleaning the pellets which we boil once a month with a little bleach for about 30 minutes, and then drain and put in a large bin to dry out. The pellets stay 100% intact.
We have been able to re-use the same pellets for about three months. We also keep a backup set of pellets to put in the litter box while we clean up, dry out, and rotate the sets.
Included Litter Pad and Pellet System
The way the Tidy Cats BREEZE Litter System works is that it has an underpad that collects the urine that passes through the pellets. From there, it absorbs the smell for excellent odor control, using the combination of litter pad and pellet system.
Absorbs Excessive Moisture
And the good news is that the throwaway pads do a perfect job in absorbing excessive moisture in your cat’s boxes to minimize the mess. If you have more than one cat, you can dedicate one pan for defecation and another for urination.
We do recommend you scoop regularly and often to get the best odor control. A considerable drawback we noticed is that the pellets are just not enough to last a month so you would need to add additional pellets after a couple of weeks, possibly making this too expensive and may burn your pockets. Even worse, the price of the cat litter system is always on the rise.
Apart from all this, the Purina Tidy Cats system is one of the best that works very well.
- Clean up is easy
- Perfectly absorbs the odor
- Can be cleaned and reused
- Tackles minimal tracking
- Gets rid urine smell
- Easy to maintain
- Easiest to scoop
- Lasts up to one month
- A bit pricey
- The pellets aren’t enough for a month.
2. Fresh News Post Consumer Paper Pellet Cat Litter
Fresh News has been one of the leaders in the cat litter industry, made from 100-percent recyclable paper with baking soda to neutralize odors.
Fresh News is made from 100% recyclable paper and baking soda to neutralize odors and is entirely dust-free and non-allergenic. Because the pellets are soft and natural, they will retain their natural form without dispelling dust.
Fresh News is easier to scoop than pine pellets because you will be able to see the pellets that have absorbed urine and can then scoop them out, a departure from standard pine pellets that often disintegrate into dust.
Aside from this, they help to reduce tracking around your home. While this is the expectation for a standard cat litter, the Fresh News is a cut above the rest.
Fresh News can be composted, which is a plus if you want to be sustainable with your cat waste. We also noticed that it doesn’t clump and barely tracks.
And if your cat happens to kick out the litter out of the box, it’s easy to sweep up. The best part is that it doesn’t travel far or leave behind a sandy residue.
Can declawed cats use Fresh News?
It suffices to say that it is not advisable to declaw cats. It is against the law in 22 countries.
Vets recommend the Fresh News post-consumer paper pellet cat litter to do a perfect job even after neutering your cat. That is because your cat will heal fast since no gritty bits would get into your cat wounds as opposed to a clay litter.
One major gripe we have with this cat litter is that it’s a bit expensive and difficult to shake off when scooped due to the pieces that are too big to fit through the grooves of the scooper. A lot of it gets stuck to the poo, so it gets wasted.
- Soft natural pellets
- Resealable bag for extra freshness
- Recycled product
- Environmentally friendly
- Lowest Tracking
- More challenging to shake off when scooped
3. Purina Yesterday’s News Unscented Paper Cat Litter
Purina Yesterday’s News is an environmentally friendly litter, with large particle size pellets that are almost 100% non-tracking.
No Added Fragrance
Yesterday’s News litter uses biodegradable recycled paper. It contains no added fragrance, which is perfect for cats with allergies who react negatively to strong perfume smells.
Obviously, with large pellets, Yesterday’s News Post Consumer cat litter was skillfully designed to have low tracking. The pellets will be less likely to hang on your cat’s paws since it doesn’t have any small pieces, making cleaning cat waste a breeze.
U.S Veterinarians recommend this brand as an eco-friendly cat litter for cats following surgery since it won’t stick to the incisions.
While it is true that Yesterday’s News will absorb moisture 3x by mass than traditional clay-based litter, this brand is also available in 2 options: soft texture and original texture.
The soft version is softer than the original, while the original version is harder and has longer pieces.
Interestingly, Yesterday’s news does not clump, even if you put it in the bathroom, making it a must-have for any litter box in the bathroom.
The truth is wet floors of bathrooms can make clumping litter stick to cat feet when they step out of the box, which causes tracking. We recommend using a non-clumping litter if you put a litter box in the bathroom.
Effective Odor Control
Effective odor control with this brand scored pretty high. Impressively, one bag lasts us about six weeks depending on how diligent we change it.
The pellets in this litter are too large and too hard. The solution to this is to use a scooper with large openings for the larger pellets problem. Or you can buy their soft texture version.
Secondly, the litter does have a slight newspaper ink smell once it has gotten wet.
- Environmentally friendly litter
- Large particle size pellets
- Biodegradable recycled paper
- No added fragrance
- Does not clump
- Effective odor control
- Rodents could start eating the cat poop because the litter pellets look quite a bit like rabbit food.
- Pellets are too large and too hard
- Need a scooper with larger openings
- They do have a slight newspaper ink smell once they’ve gotten wet
HOW TO PREVENT LITTER AROUND YOUR HOUSE
As we earlier said, there is no non-tracking litter, but only the lowest tracking. But there are some things you can do to have a trackless cat litter? These tips will help you stop your cat from kicking litter all over your home.
Here are our top cat litter tracking hacks and ways to reduce litter tracking.
Empty Litter Boxes Daily to Prevent Tracking
To clean and maintain a litter box is to take out the poop every day, being the easiest and most reliable way to manage odors and avoid accidents.
Get one of these little litter sifters and commit to a time each day to clean your cat litter. If you do this, everything else should be effortless.
What we do is take a little paper lunch bag, use the sifter to put the poop in the bag, roll it up, and toss it out.
To eliminate tracking completely, use a combination of carpet and a litter box with a lid or a top litter entrance.
Get a Top-Entry Litter Box
In addition to emptying the litter box every day, get a top-entry litter box to allow your cat to enter and exit through the top of the box.
Better still, get the one with a top entry box and a trackpad on the top, which helps your cat to shake off a large chunk of litter in its paw when jumping up onto the roof of the box on their way out, consequently helping to reduce the chances of any cat litter slipping off the sides of the box.
Cat Litter Mat
The cat litter mat is our evergreen hack that works pretty well in preventing litter tracking in your home. The mats are designed to remove litter from your cat’s paws and make cleanup much easier.
A larger mat will work best in offering a better texture that can hold litter better than others.
While it is true that some cats have strong aversions to certain textures of mats, placing a new pad in front of one litter box and leaving your other box mat-free, will ensure your cat doesn’t stop using the litter box.
Use a Cardboard Scratching Post
If you have a cat that doesn’t like to walk on the carpet, get a cardboard scratching post. This will come in handy to prevent cat litter from spreading all over your house.
The reason we recommend using cardboard scratching posts is that they have holes on the surface that ensure the cat litter is whisked away from the cat paws.
More importantly, having cardboard scratching posts won’t hinder your cat from using the litter box or cause any itchiness on your cat’s paw.
Consider Toilet Training Your Cat
Having the best litter box or anything at all that will reduce tracking is not enough. You need to toilet-train your cat to master the act.
Thankfully, many videos on the internet will teach you how to train your cat to use the toilet.
The only issue with those videos is that they are time-consuming, and most of them do not work well for adult cats. But if you have kittens under six months old, give it a try.
For other choices of cat litter types and brands, check out:
This brings us to the end of our best non-tracking cat litter of 2019 guide. If you’re tired of seeing cat litter on your floor, give the above-recommended brands a try.
These are currently the best non-tracking litters on the market and are sure to help you avoid having awful cat urine odor in your home as well as reduce litter-tracking.
But if you’re looking for the best brand from our top 3 trackless cat litter, then we recommend you try the Purina Tidy Cats BREEZE Litter System Refills.
The Purina Tidy Cats BREEZE Litter System became our editor’s choice because:
- It comes with large pellets that don’t stick to your cat’s paws or get tracked all over your house.
- Features additional moisture of repellent polymer coating that dehydrates solid waste to prevent tracking and makes cleaning and scooping a breeze.
- It includes a special scooper with the litter boxes to prevent the litter from sticking to solid wastes for easy flushing.
- You can clean and re-use the litter system.
- You don’t need to refill the litter box as often since the breeze pellets ensure everything is kept fresh for about a month for single cat usage.
- Includes Litter Pad and Pellet System which collects the urine that passes through the pellets.
- Absorbs the smell for reasonable odor control, using the combination of a litter pad and pellet system.
These are a few features and performances that made the Purina Tidy Cats BREEZE shine above the rest. Have you used a non-tracking cat litter? What’s your experience with it?
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