If you are a long time reader of my site, you’ll probably recall that we own cats… six of them to be exact. All girls too. We did have two boys, but they passed away two years ago.
We used to have five cats – three girls and two boys. Our boys passed away and we honesty didn’t have any intention of adopting anymore cats, for now. That all changed when we went to return the cage and supplies to the shelter that belonged to the rabbit we were fostering. While we were there we saw the sweetest cat. She wasn’t a tiny kitten, but rather a few months old (approx. 8-9 months old). She was not only cute, but she is polydactyl. She has extra toes on her back paws. Her front paws look like she has extra toes, but she doesn’t. She has some weird deformity on her front paws.
We fell in love with her and knew we had to make her a part of our lives. Her name is Emma.
Emma was still a kitten and she wanted to play like kittens do. Unfortunately our older cats were not up to playing with her. They didn’t want to be bothered. We felt so sad for Emma.
To make Emma happy, we adopted another cat (yes, we adopted a cat for our cat). This time we adopted a 2-3 month old kitten we named Loca. We named her Loca because she’s crazy – and she lives up to her name.
Adopting Loca was the best thing we ever did for Emma. The two are a bonded pair. They are inseparable. Emma has someone who LOVES to play with her. They are like “two peas on a pod” too.
So then we had five cats.
One day we were dropping off donations to the shelter. We definitely were not looking to adopt. We were literally just dropping off stuff. However, we always make it a point to say “hello” to the animals that are at the shelter. That is when we met a tiny cat they had named “Half Pint.” She was itty bitty, and we were told she was 3-4 YEARS old (she was kitten sized). Not only that, she came from an abusive situation. She was found in a dumpster with her back shaven. Sure enough there was a large “strip” shaved up her back.
Even though she had been abused, she was still very friendly.
To my surprise, when I came home from work one day, there was “Half Pint,” which we changed to Callie.
Upon closer inspection we determined that she must be blind. Not only that, she does a weird thing were she bobs her head up and down.
Long story short… she is blind in both eyes (the shelter never realized that!) and as per the vet, the bobbing of the head could be a neurological issue caused by abuse.
Callie is a very sweet little girl, but she does have issues. She doesn’t like to be held, and there are spots on her body she doesn’t like to be touched on.
We’re doing everything we can to spoil this sweet little girl and give her the best life she possibly can have. She deserves it.
Callie, Emma and Loca have three “big” sisters – Bella, Padmé and Kitty. They range in age from 1.2 years old (Loca) up to 19 years old (Kitty).
With so many cats, we need A LOT of kitty litter boxes (1 per cat, plus an extra one). Needless to say we go through a lot of litter.
I hate kitty litter. It gets all over the place. The cats track it every where!
I was recently introduced to a new brand of kitty litter by Catalyst Pet. It’s a completely sustainable, high performance brand of cat litter.
Catalyst is the only cat litter made almost entirely from upcycled soft wood fiber, using wood waste from around the United States – a material that might otherwise end up in a landfill. Outside of the revolutionary litter’s love for the environment and the planet, Catalyst is permeable and clumps for easy scooping, is 99% dust-free and has very low tracking. It also has unrivaled cat acceptance, so perfect for the refined or ultra-finicky feline.
To the makers of Catalyst, it is much more than a high-performance cat litter—it’s a mission. Walking into the small offices at Catalyst, you immediately get the sense this is a group of people joined by the singular purpose with a powerful message: you don’t have to sacrifice performance to have sustainability. Their motto is on every package: Love your pet, change your planet.”
Catalyst sent me some kitty litter to try out with my feline family members.
Catalyst comes in bags, not cardboard boxes like traditional litter.
The litter is available in three different formulas – unscented, healthy cat and multi cat.
Above is a picture of the litter. You can’t really tell from the photo (not the best photo) but the litter is a light wood color. It’snot saw dust, but rather small wood shavings.
As per the brand, Catalyst cat litter;
- Has Superior Odor Control
- Unrivaled Cat Acceptance
- Great Clumping
- Low Dust
- Light Weight
- Package Size: 10lb
To be honest, only the younger cats took to this litter, especially Callie. My older cats are set in their ways and tend to visit the litter boxes with the regular little in it. However, we were able to swap out half of the boxes with Catalyst litter, so that is progress. Callie was the first to use it and it’s all she’ll use. Emma and Loca will use the other litter, but they tend to use the boxes with the Catalyst in it. I have seen Bella use Catalyst from time to time. Kitty and Paddy won’t use it at all. So I guess it all depends on the cats. Since most of my cats use it, I say it’s a success. And I’m sure if we totally switched out all of the boxes with Catalyst, Paddy and Kitty would learn to adapt.
I do agree that this litter has odor control. I personally think it does a better job than the well-known brand we use in the other litter boxes. I think that is because no matter when I clean the box, all I smell is wood chips. For me, that is a pleasant scent. It reminds me of the smell of hamster (or small pet) wood shavings, but not as “woody” smelling, if you know what I mean? It’s a nice scent.
This litter is low dust and I don’t I’ve ever seen it tracked around our home. Whenever I see litter on the floor is the name brand littler, not Catalyst. I rarely see it on the floor, and when I do, it’s near the litter boxes where we use that litter. I think a lot of that is Callie because she jumps in/out of the boxes and probably brings some out with her when she jumps.
I wouldn’t say “great” clumping. Whenever we clean out those boxes we are able to scoop up the poop with no problem. The urine on the other hand seems to soak into the wood and then dry out. The urine looks like little crumbles and when you go to scoop them out they come apart and it looks like the rest of the litter. I don’t think that is a problem because the scent is not compromised, nor does it make the books look dirty either. Our cast continue to use it just fine.
If given a choice I would stick with Catalyst. I like it much better than the brand name litter. I’m not just saying that because I am doing a review either. I prefer this brand and I am going to look into what it will cost to order this on a regular basis. Since we have a lot of cats, we need a lot of litter.
If you are interested in learning more about Catalyst Litter, visit CatalystPet.com. The brand is also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Those links are on the bottom of their website.
Catalyst Pet has generously offered to give a lucky reader two bags of Catalyst Litter (winner’s choice). Thank you Catalyst.
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 27, 2020 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified by email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
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*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.