CatSpot Litter Reviews
The story of how CatSpot first came about is actually quite interesting. A cat had somehow made its way into a store owned by Midwest Organic. It turns out, when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. The kitty left a present for the workers to clear up.
Interestingly enough, the cat chose coconut coir above all the other options in the market—and that was where the idea for CatSpot little came from. Midwest Organic started researching the potential of coconut litter.
While it may have seemed like an odd idea at first, the company found that it was a great option. For starters, it’s the only cat litter that can claim to be 100-percent organic. Secondly, it seems that the kitties really like it as well.
Is it a good choice for you and your cat? Let’s work through all the details so that you can decide for yourself.
more about midwest organics as a company
Midwest Organics has become a trusted brand over the years. The company looks for ways to use waste products from the processing of organic materials. You’ll find one of their subsidiaries selling mulch made from coconut husks.
Overall, it’s a company that has its eye focused on creating a more sustainable business model. It’ll be interesting to see what they come up with next.
what is catSpot litter made of?
CatSpot litter is made from the husks of organically grown coconuts. The litter is fragrance-free and contains no chemicals. The fibers themselves are fluffy in texture and very fine. They have very little smell on their own.
In fact, all you’ll find is the husks of the coconut. These are the leftovers after the meat in the coconut has been stripped out. The husks come mainly from Sri Lanka and India to the United States for processing. It’s a great way to recycle coconut waste.
is it safe for my kitty?
Safety is always a concern when a newer product has been introduced. That said, this is an entirely natural product with no harmful chemicals. It has been on the market for a few years now, and no harmful effects have been noted.
Let’s consider coconut as an alternative to other litters.
Did you know that kittens often eat their litter? In the case of CatSpot, this is not an issue. The fibers will simply pass through their digestive tract. Clumping clay litter is a lot less benign. When it hits your kitten’s stomach, it will solidify, causing a dangerous obstruction.
The dust from clay or silicone-based litter is a big downside. The silica can be carcinogenic.
Corn litter is another natural alternative that is safe for kitties to ingest. The downside of corn litter, though, is that it provides the perfect environment for mold when wet. If moisture gets into the bag, there’s always the possibility of mold developing.
Coconut fiber, on the other hand, is naturally anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal.
why consider catSpot?
A look at the ingredients will tell you that straight away. You won’t find any chemicals with mile-long names that are hard to pronounce. It’s also highly absorbent and, believe it or not, good at masking the smell of urine and feces. Let’s evaluate its main benefits.
Coconut is one of the most absorbent fibers on the market today. It is capable of absorbing five and a half times its weight when it comes to liquids. When your cat does their business, the fibers absorb the urine.
The fibers lock the moisture in, leaving the litter clean and dry.
better for the environment
It’s also an environmentally-safe option. You can flush small amounts down the toilet to dispose of it. Alternatively, you can mix it in with the compost in the garden. We don’t recommend using it on food crops because of the potential pathogens in the feces, but it won’t do flowers any harm.
If you have a kitty with sensitive skin or allergies, this might be the answer. There are no masking fragrances or dyes in this product. The fibers are hypoallergenic. It actually made our list of the best cat litter for allergies.
The fibers are very lightweight. So, a five-pound bag is a lot of litter. One five-pound bag will usually go as far as twenty pounds of clumping litter. The reduced weight also makes cleanup a lot simpler.
It does also mean, unfortunately, that your cat is going to track some fibers along with it.
A lot of cats are happy to use whatever is at hand to cover up their business. Clay and silicone litter can be tougher on the paws, though. These fibers are soft, and your cat should take to them more easily.
As a natural material, coconut instantly appeals to cats. Since it feels soft under the paws and is easily diggable, cats see it as a comfortable toilet similar to the kind they would seek in the outdoors.
how well does it work?
It certainly looks good, and it will work well for your cat. Now, let’s consider how convenient it is to use. There is nothing quite as piercing and unpleasant as the smell of cat urine. That means that any product you buy must also work at masking the smell.
You also want something cost-effective, that has minimal dust, and that won't track as easily. Let's see how CatSpot measures up here.
This product relies on the natural odor masking ability of the fibers. It won’t clump, so you should scoop out the solids every day. You may want to rake it over every now and again. It’s not quite as effective as silicone at masking smells.
It should be replaced every two weeks or so if you have one cat. If you have two cats, each should have their own box. We do recommend cleaning the box thoroughly when changing it out.
This is one issue that we do have with this product. It’s light, and so your cat is bound to track some out of the box. It’s best to place a large rug or mat under the box to make cleanup easier.
That said, there are no hard bits here. So, even if some does get tracked through the house, it won’t be a disaster.
Dust is not a problem at all here. When you pour it in for the first time, you'll be surprised at how little dust whirls around.
how long it lasts
The company recommends laying it to a depth of at least 1.5 inches. A five-pound bag should last you a full month. It won’t go bad so you can stock up when it goes on sale.
what the experts say
Naturally, it doesn’t matter how many cool features the litter has if your kitty won’t use it. In our experience, cats do love this product. It’s soft and lightweight, so it’s easy for them to scratch around in.
If your cat is particularly sensitive to smells, this is a good bet. The natural scent of the coconut husks is very slight.
You’re looking at under 20 dollars for a 5-pound bag. If you sign up for a subscription, you can save $3 a month. A subscription is convenient because then it’s sent through for you automatically.
All you have to do is decide how often you want them to make deliveries. You don’t pay for shipping and can cancel the subscription whenever you like.
If you feel that it’s not working for you, you can return up to two bags for a refund. You will pay a handling fee of $5 for each bag returned.
- Absorbs 5.5 times its weight in water or other liquids
- Controls odors naturally
- No dust
- Completely natural product
- No chemicals, fragrances, or dyes are used
- It’s significantly lighter than both clay and silicone products
- Safe for kitties – even if they eat some
- Easy to dispose of it by flushing it or composting it
- You have 60 days to try it – if you don’t like it, return for a full refund
- The product is lightweight, so some of it will end up around the box
- The bags do take up more space than a similarly sized clay product
- It’s not great at concealing the smell of urine
our final verdict
Overall, we give this 9 out of 10 in total. If the company could do something about controlling tracking, it would get full marks. In all fairness, though, there’s a downside to any of these products that you buy.
Clay and silicone products give off a lot of dust, and, while tracking can be minimized, it’s not going to be completely eliminated.
Overall, there’s a lot to love here. The product is completely natural and safe for your furry feline friend. We love that it doesn’t give off any dust and that it is so absorbent.
We feel confident at listing this as one of the best litters on the market at the moment.