Purina Tidy Cats LightWeight Clumping Litter

Pros: excellent clumping, easy to scoop, absorbs odors, much lighter than typical clay litter, easy to find, reasonably priced

Cons: does produce some dust, somewhat strong fragrance

I have a one and a half year old cat who is extremely needy and who has severe separation anxiety.  He was hysterical last year when we left him to go on our annual Spring Break vacation, so a friend offered to kitty-sit him at her house while we were in Mexico this year.  I bought a bag of food, new litter box, litter scoop, and a jug of Purina Tidy Cats LightWeight Clumping Litter to drop off with the little monster the night before we left.

The Details

Tidy Cats Lightweight Cat Litter is a clumping litter that claims to have “all of the strength, half of the weight” and “24/7 continuous odor control performance”.  The directions state that you should maintain 3-4 inches in the litter pan for best performance, remove clumps daily, and basically use it as you would any traditional clumping litter.  It is not designed to be flushed down the toilet or to dispose of it outside.

Purina Tidy Cats is a national brand of cat products and can be found pretty much across the country in grocery stores, discount retailers, warehouse clubs, drug stores, etc.  I paid about $11 for my 8.5 pound jug of this product at the local Target after a $2 off coupon that was attached to the front label.

My Experience

I usually use Swheat Scoop cat litter in my home because I have the litter box in the same room as my parrot’s cage.  She is very sensitive to the clay dust and fragrances found in most cat litters so I use a natural wheat litter that won’t irritate her respiratory system.  I purchased this lightweight litter, though, because my friend was rear-ended at full speed on the night of Super Bowl Sunday and has been in pain and out of work since then.  I figured that a lighter litter was better than traditional for her.

She never got to tell me what she thought of this litter as my cat refused to use the box there.  He loved the people and the dogs and purred all the time but avoided the box or the immediate area near the box like the plague.  I told her to return the cat and litter box to my house after a couple of days.

When I got home several days later, both the wheat litter and this clay litter were used.  I scooped, refilled, waited, and watched.  The bad boy promptly peed in the box with this litter so he got over whatever issue he had.  Maybe the change of scenery AND litter substrate was just too much for him?

The cats have been using the secondary litter box filled with this product for over a week now and they all seem to like it.  I like the fact that it creates very firm clumps that are easy to remove from the loose litter.  I have definitely noticed the “odor control” fragrance and the small amount of dust that this litter produces.  It isn’t good for my parrot nor is it good for my asthma.  If I had the box in a room away from the bird, I would probably continue to use it but as things are arranged right now, I can’t.

Final Thoughts

I have to say that I do really like Tidy Cats’ new product, their LightWeight Clumping Cat Litter.  It is easy to scoop and absorbs odors even when several cats use the box in a day.  It isn’t ideal for my unique situation but I would definitely recommend it to others who are looking for a good-quality cat litter that makes scooping the poop an easier experience.


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