Fresh Step® Crystals
Absolutely Top Paw in Cat Litters!
I initially purchased this litter because I heard great things about it...and there is no dust like the clay litters, although I had been using Fresh Step Extreme and it was great. I just had to scoop it twice a day with two cats and adding litter to the box created a whirlwind of dust that stuck to everything...the baseboards, the toilet, the sink, you name it.
The crystal litter is absolutely wonderful! I now have one cat, and the crystal litter lasts about 14 days before it needs changed. There is no need to mix litters for your cat to get used to it. Just replace your clay litter with Fresh Step Crystals and your cat will thank you. You need to scoop every day and turn and rake the litter so the wet crystals have a chance to dry out (with no odor to you as the crystals trap odors), and that's not so bad at all. I WILL tell you that I have gone three days before scooping/raking and I have no problems. I have a litter genie and started with a new bag on June 26th. It is now July 31st and I still have room to spare for solid waste. So I'm also saving money on the Genie refills.
I didn't understand or know when I first started using the Crystals that the urine is absorbed by the crystals and doesn't need to be scooped - only solid waste needs to be scooped. As long as you rake and turn the litter every day as directed, half a bag will last you around 14 days for one cat and around 10 days for two cats. Empty the litter into the trash after you have raked and turned the litter first, clean the litter box with your favorite disinfectant, dry and reload with another 1/2 bag of litter. Note that the bottom of the litter pan will be blue from the moisture of the urine when it gets close to cleaning time. One bag lasts one month for me. Walmart sells it for $14.99 a bag whereas the cheapest I could find it (searching the web) ranged from $25 to $31, the $31 with free shipping and no tax. You can order it online from Walmart and with $35 you get free shipping to your home...no need to go to the store!
Odor control is absolutely wonderful. Of course, when the cat first leaves solid waste you smell that like you would with the clay litter, but the smell dissipates within 30 minutes or so. I do need to add that my cat does not cover her waste for some reason, which is why there is a smell. If your cat covers its waste, there is no smell. As long as you scoop and turn and rake the litter, there is no urine smell until around 10-14 days. When the crystals are yellow or the smell of urine continues,. it's time to change the litterbox.
I won't use anything BUT Fresh Step Crystals, even though it appears they are more expensive.One 8 lb bag lasts one month, so it's not really that much more expensive. But in the long run, they are worth it for many reasons. The bag is extremely light (8 lbs) and you think "there is no way this is going to last one month!". Just try the crystals once...your cat will love it and so will you! You'll be a crystal customer for life.
I love this litter, though recently we've had some urine smell problems, I also suspect the cats have been peeing a lot more than normal since moving.
We found the bullseye to the best location to get it, though we're looking for somewhere to get in bulk for our 4 cats. We're hoping to see if we can get it in bulk somewhere.
This really works. The crystals which SkippyKat flicks out of the box are easily scooped up in a dust pan. No annoying dust all over everything. Little tracking on his paws too. It really controls odor, and is easy to maintain because it is light. I switched a few months ago, and would never go back to other types of litter.
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I love the crystals. They absorb odors and last for up to a month for us, and there's no tracking of litter dust out of the litter box.
WWe used to be able to buy the 10lb bucket at BJs, and it's not there anymore. The supermarket has small bags for twice the price -- where can I get a decent deal on the best litter around?