Dr. Elsey's Cat Litter Review (2019)
Dr. Elsey’s is probably a brand that you have heard of at some point.
They have established themselves as a quality manufacturer of cat litter that won’t sacrifice on quality.
Unfortunately, that does also translate into their pricing.
Is the extra cost worth it?
Would this be a good fit for you and your cat?
Let’s take a closer look at this brand to find out.
more about the company
Founded by a veterinarian who specializes in felines, this brand had a great start in the market. Dr. Elsey has over thirty-five years of experience—so he knows his stuff. He started the company as a way to provide quality products to extend the life of cats.
What makes this brand different is that each of the litters on offer targets a particular issue. There are low-dust products for cats with respiratory tract issues. There are also products designed to get your cat interested in the new litter—and many more.
what is Dr. Elsey's Cat Litter Made Of?
The company uses clay litter as its base for most products, and sources high-quality clay that has excellent clumping abilities. This aspect makes it simple to scoop out solids and keep the box smelling fresher. Dr. Elsey’s does also offer silica litter. That's why it's one of the best cat litters for multiple cats.
None of the products contain harsh chemicals or artificial colorants. Let’s look at some of their most popular products:
precious cat ultra clumping litter
This product is a favorite amongst many users.
It's a clay-based litter with medium-sized particles. It's designed to clump well.
It is heavier so it will have low tracking properties, and mostly dust-free, so you have few of the issues you have with standard litter.
cat attract litter
It can be hard to train a cat to use a litter box.
It's especially hard if they have a favorite spot elsewhere in the house already. This litter is infused with herbal scents.
The concentrations are low enough that humans won’t smell them.
Cats, however, go nuts for it.
If this doesn’t entice them to use the box, nothing will. This litter can be used in an automatic box.
Respiratory relief clumping litter
If your cat has a really sensitive respiratory tract, even the smallest amount of dust can affect them.
With that in mind, this litter was designed to be dust-free. It’s even rated hypoallergenic.
In addition, it is scented with herbal essences. These have been chosen to keep your kitty relaxed.
Overall, it's designed, especially for cats with Feline Respiratory Disease.
precious cat long hair litter
Long-haired cats are beautiful, but they’re also a lot of work. Grooming them every day can be relaxing. Cleaning up the litter that’s been tracked through the house is not. It’s inevitable that most standard litters will get caught in the cat’s hair.
This product is different. As they are made from silica, the granules are larger to minimize tracking. There's nothing that can stop it completely, so you'll still get some mess. That said, not nearly as much as you would with standard products.
Interestingly enough, it’s also biodegradable. It too has been infused with herbs to encourage cats to use it.
precious cat kitten training litter
You're going to pay a bit more, but that's worth it to speed up the potty-training process.
The litter is infused with herbs that will attract your little bundle of fluff. It's also a lot easier on little paws.
It has finer grains that aren't as hard as typical litter.
This litter might be a little more expensive than standard litter, but for the amount of hassle it saves you – it’s worth every cent in our opinion.
is it safe for my cat?
None of the products contain harmful chemicals or artificial colors. The clay used is high-quality. That means it clumps easily and is less dusty overall. All the products have been designed to be safe for your cat.
Even if they do ingest some, it’ll pass through their systems. If you have a cat that eats a lot of litter, we'd suggest looking for a more natural product. The clay won't be digested. We worry that if the cat eats too much, it could cause a blockage.
why consider dr. elsey's?
It’s a premium brand with an excellent reputation. The products are well thought out, and it’s easy to find specialist products. Everything has been designed from the perspective of a veterinarian first.
Not all companies do that. While a lot of companies do, in fact, hire some sort of veterinary consultant, they don't always have the necessary experience. With this brand, that is certainly not the case.
Let’s see how well it measures up in terms of performance.
Both the clay and silica options have excellent absorbency properties. The silica does win out in terms of how much it can absorb. That said, you'll find the clay in here is not a bad alternative. It’s not a low-grade product that has more dust than substance.
better for the environment?
We've mentioned before that we're not the biggest fans of clay litter. The problem is that it doesn't degrade quickly. This litter is better in that you won't need to use as much. It's also not as dusty as others, so that's better for air quality. Some of the silica-based products are biodegradable.
Some of the litters within the range can be rated as hypoallergenic; it's made our list of the best cat litter for allergies. If allergies are an issue for you, look at the Respiratory Relief Clumping Litter. It really doesn’t give off dust at all.
Clay litters are by nature amongst the heaviest on the market. So, get ready to do some heavy lifting here.
The silica products in this range, are by contrast, very lightweight.
If you’re looking for the finest, softest granules, the Precious Cat Kitten Training Litter might be the way to go. It can also be used for adult cats who have very sensitive paws or who’ve been declawed.
Most cats accept clay or silica quite easily. You shouldn’t have problems switching them over.
how well does it work
Okay, all that’s great, but does the product work well in the areas that count?
All the products in these ranges offer excellent odor control. You will naturally have to scoop out the solids daily or on alternate days. If you do, though, you’ll find the box stays fresh for longer. Overall, the brand scores highly in this area.
Tracking is almost impossible to prevent. You can, however, minimize it. The larger particles of the Precious Cat Long Hair Litter are best if you want the least amount of tracking.
If your cat is really sensitive to irritants, the Respiratory Relief Clumping Litter is considered one of the best dust free cat litters on the market. Most of the other products the company uses are low dust-producers because the clay or silica used is of good quality.
how long it lasts
One 20-pound bag is more than enough for a single cat household for a month. You should ideally replace the litter once a week and then clean the box. If you want to stretch it to two weeks, that should be fine as long as you scoop it daily.
You can buy it in 20-pound boxes or 40-pound bags. The clay won’t go off so you can take advantage of specials to stock up.
what do the experts say
Most cats like the texture of the granules, so they take to clay litter straight away. The products in this range take things up a notch, though. As they have various herbal scents, cats are quickly interested in them—and that’s one step closer to litter-trained.
Don’t be surprised if your kitty wants to take a nap in his box now.
The cost is in the higher range for its type. It’s not exorbitant, though. You can get cheaper, for sure, but there’s nothing on the market that’s quite like this litter. Plan to budget to spend a little more.
For our money, we're quite okay with the extra cost when it comes to a kitty who's been challenging to potty train, or, for that matter, a kitty that has feline respiratory disease.
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Pros & Cons
our final verdict
Overall, there are a few different products here. We do have to give the brand 10 out of 10 for specialist products. It’s nice to have products tailored to your cat’s need. It’s also one of the few litters we know of that offers a post-surgery product.
Overall, we’d have to settle for a final score of 8 ½ out of 10. We marked the brand down because their products are pricier. We also felt that they could use a broader range of materials. Some sort of natural material with be nice to see.
It's a good brand, and they produce quality products. Overall, it's a win.