Friday, March 7, 2014

A new to us litter - Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal


So if you are anything like me, you can't help but see commercials with cats in them. One that has been popping up has been the new Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal litter that is supposed to keep you odor free for a week.

I was curious, but I wasn't going to run out and buy a box (despite there being a $3.00 off coupon on their website) but when I saw a box in the foster supplies at the shelter I grabbed it. I got the box back when I had Gigi, and she was the first one to 'give it a go'..

This does not bode well.. 
for some reason it ran across the top instead of sinking in
I was a little surprised after that first use. I had never had a litter that didn't 'absorb' the urine and it ran across the top of it like this. I was just about ready to mix it in with a bunch of other litter I had on hand, but I figured I'd give it a second chance. After that first initial issue it seemed to work very well.  Clumps were nice and round and the urine didn't soak all the way to the bottom and stick to the box.  The clumps did stay together nicely and scooped up completely.  Even now weeks that first initial pee, there are not a lot of small little bits that have fallen off or broken off, or were left behind. After I scooped up the pee clumps and stuck them in a bag, I checked to see how hard the clumps were, and they seemed rather soft. They broke apart very easily in the bag, but none of them have ever broken up in the box so I would say it clumps very well.

As for the claim that it lasts for seven days, I really can't attest to that, as I scoop boxes very regularly. I can't imagine anyone waiting a week to scoop a box, and if you are reading this and you don't scoop more frequently then once a week, well let me tell you, you should.. Would you want to walk over your own waste to go pee?? well your cat who has to lick his own feet doesn't want to either..  I guess if you end up with a lot of 'left behinds' in the box after scooping, it would give you a little more time before you would need to change out the whole box.

So I was not disappointed by this litter after that initial "what the??". It wasn't very dusty which is always nice, and the texture is finer than most of the leading litters.  I say if you are looking for a new brand of litter, this might be worth a box to see if you like it.

10 comments:

  1. I use newspaper pellets as litter and a litter box that comes in 2 pieces, one with a solid bottom and one with a mesh bottom. I just need to scoop poop because the urine goes down to the solid bottom box and I just throw out the newspaper I have at the bottom to soak up the urine. Works out to be pretty odor free and economical. :)

    Arm and Hammer is very expensive over here and not found in a lot of petstores.

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  2. Great review...I have mixed feelings about litters like this. I agree with you about waiting a week. I mean yes, we have 12 fur kids of our own in our house so there is NO WAY that I could or would go a week, let alone one day without scooping. As I am sure you are with foster kittens, I am sensitive to teaching good litter box habits to the young.....and I also hate when older cats are surrendered to the shelter for house soiling and the intake sheet answer to how often do you scoop the litter box is "once a week" or 'gulp" "once a month"...

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  3. I scoop twice a day! With only four cats but your point is mine, who would want to 'walk' in their own waste? So I always scoop twice once in the morning and in the afternoon after dinnertime for them. Funny you should mention this, yesterday I was buying supplies and while in Pet**art the clerk suggested trying this litter she had just gotten it and really liked it. It wasn't on sale like the litter I was buying so I passed.

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  4. interesting...I have seen the commercial but haven't tried it. maybe with the next group of kitts. And agreed - how do people go DAYS without scooping (even with only one cat)??

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  5. It sounds good, but we don't use clay litter here. The World's Best my human brings home works pretty well, although probably not as good as this Arm & Hammer choice. We don't know anybody who waits that long to scoop, either! Ew.

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  6. I scoop twice per day here. Can you tell me if it is scented or has a fragrance? We only use unscented here.

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  7. We can't imagine only getting scooped once a week. The head peep scoops twice a day here. The idea of keeping the left-behinds from having an odor is a nice one, though.

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  8. Hmm.. thanks for this review. We use Arm and Hammer Ultra Last and have been very pleased with it - having 5 cats, it masks the odor very well. However, it is pretty dusty. Perhaps we will have to try this stuff out next time! And scooping a box only once a week?!?! That's crazy talk. When people get cats, they should have to take litter box etiquette lessons.

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  9. sounds pretty good,xx Rachel

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  10. Good review. We've been using Dr. Elsey's litter and we really like how it works...so we probably won't switch, though the Dr. Elsey litter is rather pricey. But we're worth it. :)

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