Thursday, June 2, 2016
Garfield Cat Litter - a review
Update March 2017: I recently purchased this product on sale at PetSmart. I was thrilled to find it and I ordered 12 bags of it. When I put the product in the litterbox I was nearly instantly disappointed with it. The first time I scooped the box the litter clump fell nearly apart and the individual grains went everywhere. I thought maybe my cat had just gone and it didn't have time to gel, so I waited a bit before scooping again, and again all of the clumps broke apart leaving behind a lot of used litter. Very quickly the box started to stink of old used urine soaked litter. I had to throw it all out and I returned the rest of the product. What is so sad about this, is how good it was. It also bothers me that you have to open at least two bags of the litter to get full coverage of an adult sized litter box; you won't know if it works for you without a considerable investment (because the litter is still not cheap)
I'm sorry to say, I no longer recommend this product.
Back in February, I was trolling Twitter and Facebook for posts about Global Pet Expo. I was trying to live vicariously through the people who were lucky enough to be there. One post caught my eye, it was about a new cat product.
Garfield Cat Litter, of all things. A "celebrity" sponsored cat litter? really? All I could think of was 'what a gimmick', but I was trolling to learn about new products, so off I went to learn about this.
On their website, one of the first things they promote is that it is plant based. This is important to a lot of people who are unhappy with the idea of using clay for their cat litter. Personally, I have been very disappointed by 'natural' and 'plant based' litter so I immediately became skeptical this would be any good.
I did like the claim that it was chemical-free. They also make the claim that they add no fragrances or chemicals. I am not a fan scented litter, so to me, this is a very good thing. I also liked that it is white. Cats with irritated bladders end up with a lot of blood in their urine and this can be hard to see with regular clay litters.
I kept searching the website to figure out what it was made of and sadly it is not listed there anywhere, but if you ask them, they tell you that it is made out of cassava root and corn.
One thing that is on the website is a link to request a sample. That impressed me. I contacted the company. I explained who I was and that I would like to try the litter. The woman that responded told me she was still at the expo but she would get some out to me when she returned.
Just recently, May 22nd to be exact, I was in a position to put the litter out for the foster kittens. They sent me two bags. One bag filled up a kitten sized litter box by a couple of inches. It seemed much more than was necessary in that little box but I didn't think it would be enough to fill up a regular sized litter box and I wasn't prepared to try to put some back in the bag.
The new litter garnered some interest initially but no actual use. I'm not sure why they were put off by the new litter initially but they preferred to play in it vs answering the call of nature. I had put that box in the spot where they were used to going before and I put the box that was there where the other litter boxes were. I guess it was just different enough for them to be skeptical of it.
A day and a half later I realized that had changed.
I had wondered if they were having an issue with how deep the litter was and was in the process of separating it out into two boxes when I realized we had clumps. Pretty impressive clumps too.
One thing I really liked was how cleanly the clumps came off the bottom of the box. With regular clay litter when you remove a clump there is usually a dusty clay circle where the clump was, this had none of that. The more I scooped, the more I realized it has a slightly different texture and thus a bit of a different sound when I scoop, almost a bit like playing with sand beads.
Time and time again, the pee clumps came up off the bottom of the box easily and did not leave a trace. Sadly, the kittens seemed to refuse to poop in the box. I couldn't imagine why. I was holding off on doing this review hoping that they would change their minds; eight days later they finally did.
I will admit to you that I really really like this litter. It is dust free and it clumps really well. It is nice and easy to maintain. I lament that they don't make it is bigger packages so I could start using it for The Crew. Hopefully, in time, they will and it will be available to purchase at your local stores instead of just at Amazon.
Usually, when I do a review I like to add in anything that can be seen as a negative. Personally, I learn more about a product by what went wrong for people than what worked. When I see 100% glowing reviews I assume they are paid ads and I don't take them as seriously. The only "negative" is the kittens took some time getting used to it which is to be completely expected when changing up something so important to a cat. I suppose I could list the fact that it only comes in five-pound packages and that it is only sold on Amazon as negatives, but if you only have one cat and you have Amazon Prime, you might think that is awesome.
What do you think? Is this something you might want to try?