Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Does Arm & Hammer "Slide" Cat Litter Live up to its Promise?



I was driving to Target the other day when I heard a radio commercial for a new cat litter "Slide". I was lamenting the fact that the Garfield cat litter that I loved so much because it came so cleanly off the side of the litter box had deteriorated to the point that it it barely clumps at all and very quickly the litter box started to smell like a urinal. I was wondering why they weren't making a clay litter that did that... Then the commercial happened.

Okay, it wasn't like I had that thought in my head as the commercial came on, but I had been thinking it that day, so when I heard the commercial as I was headed to the store where they sell litter, I thought I should probably look into that... and if they have a coupon I'll totally buy it.

Well.. it had a coupon! $3 off the box you were currently buying and an additional $3 for the next box. So I bought it.

I bought the Multi-cat version first. It had a faint floral scent. I have a very sensitive nose, so I can smell it. I am sure my husband couldn't. I then bought the Odor Control variety, and that has almost a citrus/lemon scent to it. Again it is pretty faint, but I notice it when I'm scooping and on my cats if they have just visited the box.

Now, for the big test, did it work as advertised? Did I give it away by saying I bought a second box?
The first photo was after I started scooping. It is interesting that the product lightens when exposed to air. If you look at the first photo you can see near the clumps a faint line, that is because I started scooping before I thought take photos.


So the first go around they didn't quite "slide" off the box. They did come off easily when I knocked them with the scoop, and they came off the side fairly cleanly - not perfectly clean but not bad. I wondered if they were fresh and would come off easier if they were a little older and drier.


The next time I went to scoop, I just tipped the box up, and everything slid right off. Pretty impressive.


But how would it hold up to 'extreme use'? I held off scooping the box for a day and a half (I only intended a day, but I became distracted) I will say, I was once again impressed. The clumps didn't break, there wasn't a lot of left over bits or fragments after scooping. (ignore the sides of the box, Jack likes to stand to pee)


What is also pretty impressive about this litter is that it has no dust. I noticed it when I poured the first box out, and here is a video of my pouring the second box.


Carma Poodale recently did a review, and she found out that they add plant based materials to the clay litter to get it to clump like that. She also links to a couple of coupons that are out there.

When I bought my second box, I found a rebate code to get a box free. Go to
InmarRebates.com/AHLitter submit the rebate. Once there select CDCATLT13 and you'll see the different products you can get free. I like that you can submit it right on line if you want, or if you want to print off the paperwork and mail it in you can do that too.

One other down side (aside from the very light scent which is far lighter that a lot of 'unscented' litters) is that it is difficult to open. I could punch the tab in easy enough, but pulling it up to keep the box open was quite difficult, far more so than it had to be. I wish they would find a better way to do that. This is something you have to deal with in most boxed litters, so this isn't anything unique.

Yup, this litter has won me over and I am using it in Muffin's box. We still have a boat load of litter left over from the Black Friday Sales in 2014 & 2015 which will most likely last us until BF 2017, but if not I will probably buy more of this for the main litter boxes as it is fairly price competitive with other clay litters.

15 comments:

  1. Yeaaa for finding something new and useful. Mom doesn't dare change a thing about our facilities situation. She's afraid to throw us off.

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  2. This sounds like a really good litter! We don't use clay, but having clumps not be glued to the box is very important to my human.

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  3. Very interesting. When our Z Cat was alive I switched to Dr. Elsey's litter because their claim was all about how it was less dusty. She had breathing issues toward the end. It was definitely less dusty but I guess there is always going to be dust with clay litter. I have to say I did not see the cloud of dust as you were pouring. You got my attention with the dust issue. We had litter dust all over everything in the house. The clumps staying clumped and sliding is BIG! I spent lots of $ and time to find a litter for her that wouldn't aggravate her breathing issues... all worth it to help her. I think from your test I would have given Slide a try pronto!

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  4. We were wondering about this stuff too so thanks for the review! Our facilities are in a walk in closet in Mommy's office and she's very sensitive to smell. Scented litters drive her bonkers but we might have to try this anyway. Dr. Elseys is not so dust free anymore.

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  5. we've seen the commercials, but it is interesting to hear perspective from others. we may have to give this a try.

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  6. I may have to try this. It is interesting to read multiple reviews.

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  7. Sounds great. No dust? Even better!

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  8. Dust! I hate dust! It's like an Australian Outback sandstorm around here! I saw the product the other day on the shelves, but I never heard of it, so I passed it by. I will give it a shot next time I'm out. Thanks for the real review.

    Greg (felinecafe)

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  9. We just bought some of this, too. Evelyn is a "corner pee-er" and it always makes a mess when I scoop it. I can't wait to try it!

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  10. Thanks for the review. We still have a ton of litter but I intend to buy a box. Thanks also for mentioning the slight odor. Fresh Step unscented also has a soft flowery smell when you scoop it.

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  11. We've never been fans of Arm & Hammer litter, but we may give this a look. Though anything with a scent, no matter how faint, usually gets a big NO from us.

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  12. I've just gone through six months of trying different litters, trying to find some with less dust, less tracking and no scent. I'm back to Dr. Elsey's but it's so dusty and tracks everywhere. I'm going to try this and hope the scent isn't enough to upset Nicky and his delicate health.

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  13. I have a coupon for that so I may give it a try, thanks for the review. I line my boxes with newspapers which seems to help keep the wet litter from sticking.

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  14. Just last weekend I scrubbed the litter box to get rid of the bits that were stuck to the side & bottom. Sliding litter (or litter boxes) would be great but it absolutely has to be unscented for me.

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