Way way way back at the end of October, Andrew emailed and asked if I’d be interested in giving tbe new Tidy Cat Instant Action Lightweight litter a try. I had just been complaining to Fred about having to carry heavy clay litter upstairs to the foster rooms, and how my approaching-elderly back wasn’t going to put up with that for too many more years. So the offer came at the perfect time, and I told Andrew I’d love to give it a try.
I got the litter in mid-November (I think), and because I just can’t get out of my own way sometimes, I put off trying the new litter until after Christmas. Finally, I emptied one of the litter boxes in the foster room, and filled it with the Tidy Cat Instant Action Lightweight litter.
Here’s a video showing the dust level.
For comparison purposes, here’s the video I made to show the dust in Fresh Step Lightweight Extreme litter (it’s horrifying).
And the video I made showing the dust comparison between three different kinds of litter:
So the dust level on the new Tidy Cat litter wasn’t bad at all.
It’s not an unscented litter, you should know, and at first the fragrance of the litter seemed overwhelming to me. After a little while, it seemed to dissipate, and wasn’t too bad.
But would they use it? And how bad would the tracking be? Because after all, Molly had proven to be quite the litter flinging gal.
(Side note: Awww, Jethro and TC, snoopervising!)
It took a couple of days, but they finally gave it a try, and after about a week, they actually seemed to prefer that to the other litter.
I don’t have any pictures of the scooping of the litter boxes, but I can report to you that the Tidy Cat litter clumps hard and holds together well. It’s kind of odd to scoop through lightweight litter when you’re used to scooping regular-weight litter, because the scoop goes through the litter much more easily, and the pee and poop clumps seem oddly light. That’s because the litter itself is lighter, of course, but it’s hard not to think that something’s wrong at first!
And the tracking? I was surprised to find that the tracking wasn’t any worse than regular-weight litter. I mean, my litter boxes in the foster room are set up like this, anyway:
So if the boot trays don’t catch the litter, the washable chenille rugs will. I still have to sweep the actual foster room (the litter boxes are in the closet) every couple of days, but that’s true no matter what kind of litter I use.
(Side note: that’s the amount of litter tracked out after about 24 hours. I move the litter boxes off the boot trays and dump the scattered litter back into the litter boxes almost every morning; sometimes I skip a day depending on my laziness level. Also, that brown thing in the lower left of the picture, on the corner of the left boot tray is NOT poop, it’s a toy. In case you were wondering.)
As for the odor control? I’m going to give it two thumbs up. Just to put it in perspective, I check the litter boxes every time I go into the foster room, and if they’ve been used, I give ’em a quick scoop. But in the past, I’ve been able to smell litter box odors in the hallway outside the room. Now, unless I walk into the room as a kitten is actually pooping in the litter box, I don’t smell anything.
I can tell you that I’ve completely switched the foster room litter boxes over to the Tidy Cat litter, and will continue to use it. I’m not planning to switch the permanent residents’ litter over, though, because last time I attempted it, they did NOT react well. They’re (mostly) old and set in their litterbox ways, so I’m not going to mess with what works.
So, in summation: I like the litter, it’s low-dust, and it clumps and holds down odors really well, and the fosters have no problem using it. The only thing I don’t personally like is that it’s not unscented, but you can’t have everything, right?
Thanks to Andrew, who gave me the chance to try something new, and was exceedingly patient while waiting for me to get around to posting a review!
The litter was provided to me free of charge; the review is my honest opinion.
You can find Tidy Cat Instant Action Lightweight at most stores; I’ve bought mine at Target and Walmart and am pretty sure I spotted it at PetSmart.
Edited to add: Someone just mentioned to me on Facebook that she’s read that there’s styrofoam in this litter. I’ve examined it and I don’t think I see styrofoam in there, but now I’m concerned. I’ve emailed Andrew to ask, and will update this when I hear back from him.
Edited 2/4 to add: I heard back from Andrew, who said:
Sorry for the delay in my response! I had to check with my team to make sure I provided you with the correct answer. Tidy Cats LightWeight is made with a revolutionary combination of clay and natural lightweight minerals and does not contain Styrofoam.
A better blogger would have snapped pictures of kittens in the litter box. I, however, will post this picture of Pat chasing her tail again. Hey, there are litter boxes in the video, so it counts!
You guys, come on. We need to snap a picture for the cover of your next album!
*Yes, I am fully aware that “50 Ways to Leave your Lover” is not Simon & Garfunkel (though a little of the ol’ G-funk would have made the song better, if you ask me). I don’t caaaaaaaaaare. It was too perfect.
2014: No entry.
2013: I believe that the only correct response to your question would be a Miss Piggy-style “HMPH!”
2012: Sugarbutt gets in the middle and decides to show Sally who the boss is.
2011: Corbie’s all “Why you gotta be up in my space, man?”
2010: Where’d they come from? What are they doing here?
2009: No entry.
2008: A picture of each cat with his/ her name and nicknames, and what they’re doing in our house.
2007: Maybe she IS part cougar.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.