Biodegradable cat litter

Litter made from plant sources like pine, wheat, corn, or paper is appealing to environmentally-minded owners. Unlike clay-based litters, which are strip mined, biodegradable litters generally take leftover materials like sawdust, and put them to good use. You’ll suffer less eco-guilt when it’s time to throw them out too, since they break down more quickly than traditional litters. You can also compost the used litter, although you won’t want to use them on plants you’ll eat.

You can find both clumping and non-clumping varieties of biodegradable litter, and they offer average to good odor control.

Rating: 4 paws

Pros of biodegradable litter

  • Eco-friendly
  • Flushable
  • Low dust levels
  • Not harmful if eaten
  • Doesn’t get tracked through the house

Cons of biodegradable litter

  • Expensive
  • Some cats may dislike or be sensitive to pine scents

Sample brands

Swheat Scoop Scoopable Cat Litter
Feline Pine Cat Litter
Purina Yesterday’s News Paper-Based Cat Litter
Cat Country Organic Wheatgrass Litter

Crystal or pearl litter
Biodegradable litter