So Phresh Litter Review For 2019


If you’re looking for a brand with the widest range of choice, this could be it. They have several different types of litter.

If you’re looking for clay, crystal, or natural litter alternatives, you’ll find them here.

The vast array of choices can be confusing, though.

Let’s take an in-depth look at So Phresh litter to help make sense of what they offer.

more about the company

The company is a Petco brand. Petco itself was initially started in 1954 as a company supplying veterinaries. It has since grown into one of the biggest pet supply companies in the United States.

Petco has become a household name associated with good value-for-money products. So Phresh is a house brand. It's not as well-known, though, because you can only buy it from Petco or Amazon. It's not available in other stores like Target or Walmart. 

Still, the brand has been making a splash. It has some excellent odor-control products and a range of options that is hard to beat.

Odor-Lock Crystal Cat Litter

Odor Control Paper Pellet Cat Litter

Advanced Odor Control Fragrance Free Cat Litter

what is phresh litter made out of?

Considering the size of the range, it would take forever to go through all the different offerings and what they contain. You can choose between:

  • Clay
  • Silica crystal
  • Wood pellets
  • Paper pellets
  • Grass seed

What else the litter contains depends entirely on the type you’re buying. The alternative ranges like the grass seed and wood pellets can be found fragranced or not. They may contain baking soda.  

The clay clumping litter does contain additives to help it clump. It may also contain baking soda and odor-masking chemicals.

The silica crystal products may also contain fragrances and anti-bacterial chemicals.

Here are some of the options within each category:

clay cat litter

  • Advanced Odor Control – Fragrance-free: This option clumps well and has additives to mask the odor.
  • Dual Odor Guard: This litter helps offset the smell of feces and urine. It’s specifically designed for homes with more than one cat. It does contain artificial fragrances.
  • Lightweight Odor Control: This product weighs less than your typical litter, so it is a good option for those with arm strength issues. It does clump and has no added fragrances.

silica litter

  • Odor-Lock Standard: This litter has been designed to control odor.
  • Odor-Lock Clumping: This option is similar to the standard except that the crystals are micro-sized. You can choose between clear, blue, turquoise, and pink. (That, as far as we’re concerned, is taking things a little too far but it obviously appeals to some.)  

biodegradable litter

  • Paper Pellet: This litter comes in scented and unscented varieties. It contains baking soda to help neutralize odors. It has large pellets.
  • Crumble Paper Litter: Paper litter has softer, less dense pellets. It also contains baking soda for odor control.
  • Grass Seed Litter: This product is a clumping litter made from grass seed. It comes fragranced or not.

is it safe for my cat?

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that we don’t hold with chemically added fragrances or dies. The nice thing about the So Phresh range is that you can find plenty of alternatives that don’t have artificial colorants or fragrances. It's also one of the best cat litters for multiple cats.

The baking soda added for odor control is a pretty mild compound, and so it won’t do any harm to your kitty. The company uses no harsh chemicals in its products.

The safety for your cat depends on the product concerned and your cat.

The clay litter is inert and so not harmful if swallowed, but it does produce dust. This is not great for cats that have breathing problems.

The silica crystals are not ideal for cats who might eat their litter. Kittens are more prone to this type of behavior, so maybe start your new baby on one of the natural products. The microcrystals are very fine, and so there’s more dust with them.

The biodegradable ranges offer an alternative that is healthier for your cat. Choose between grass, paper, or wood pellets. These produce little to no dust and so are ideal for kitties with breathing problems.

why consider so phresh?

Petco is a big brand with an established reputation. It offers such a wide range of products that there’s something for everyone. You’ll find something to meet your needs and budget for sure.

extremely absorbent

All the products in the line are highly absorbent. The biodegradable options top the list here, followed by the silica, and then the clay. Did you know that the wooden pellets absorb as much as five times their weight in liquid? You do now. 

better for the environment

Clay and silica crystals are problematic in terms of the environment. Neither breaks down fast and so can clog up landfills. The upside of the silica is that it doesn’t need to be changed out as frequently, so you’ll use less overall.  

If you’re looking for the best environmental option, the grass seeds are the way to go. They’re biodegradable and require the least amount of processing initially.

The wood pellets and paper pellets are also biodegradable and also a better option for the environment.

All of the biodegradable options can be flushed down the toilet in small quantities. Alternatively, add them into the compost. If you do decide to send them out in the garbage, they’ll degrade quickly at the landfill, so there’s no need to feel guilty about that.

lightweight

This is going to depend on which kind you get. The silica litter is quite light and easy to manage. The clay option is the heaviest of the lot. So, if you like lifting weights, that’s the way to go.

The biodegradable options are not bad when it comes to weight per pellet. That doesn’t mean that the bags are necessarily lightweight, though.

comfortable to use?

That's going to depend on your cat. We've had quite a few cats over the years, and we could never tell how each would react to a new litter. Typically, cats are not keen on change, so if you're changing the type, do so slowly.

At home, we found that our cats usually liked the clay or silica options better than the wood pellets.

Overall though, thanks to the range of options here, you’ll be able to find something that your cat likes. The grass seeds are going to be the softest option and so might work for cats that have been declawed. 

paper pellets

odor control

Be warned – get yourself a scoop with larger holes. These pellets are large, and so you may have to throw away some clean litter if you’re using a standard scoop.

This litter doesn’t clump and is designed to lock in odor. It does a good job when it comes to urine. With feces, it handles the smell well. That said, you’ll still want to scoop out the solids regularly. It does have baking soda in it to mask the smells.

tracking

It’s a good option if you don’t want litter tracked all over the house. The bigger pellets are harder for your cat’s paws to catch on. Unless your cat loves flinging his litter around, not much is going to end up out of the box.

dust

This is a great option if you want less dust – there’s hardly any. The large size of the pellets prevents that.

how long it lasts

That’s going to depend on your cat. Generally speaking, natural litter picks up smells more easily than silica. You’re looking at changing it out every week or two, depending on your cat. If you scoop out the solids, it will last a little longer.   

The downside is that it’s hard to tell if it’s time to change it out because the pellets stay the same color.

what do the experts say?

Paper pellets are a little iffy when it comes to cats. These are reasonably soft, but not all cats will like the feel under their paws. Try a small bag first to make sure. 

pricing

You are paying more here than you would for clay litter. You can save a bit of money by taking out a subscription.

pros

  • It’s made mostly from recycled paper
  • Contains baking soda to neutralize odor
  • Doesn’t track
  • Very little dust
  • Comes in resealable bags
  • Biodegradable

Cons

  • Large pellets make it harder to scoop
  • It’s harder to tell which pellets are saturated and which are not
  • No clumping
  • The pellets can break down in the box
  • The packs tend to be large

crystal litter

Odor Control

This litter sops all the moisture. That means in the urine and the feces. It definitely works well at handling odor. The crystals are a good option if odor control is your main goal.

Eventually, with this option, you’ll find some of it sticking to the bottom. It’s not a big deal because it can easily be rinsed out.

Tracking

That's going to depend on whether you get the microcrystals or not. The microcrystals feel softer when you handle them. That advantage is offset by the fact that they are lighter.

If tracking is your big concern, then it may be better to stick to the standard sizes. 

Dust

Again, the microcrystals lose out here. That said, neither option is anywhere near as dusty as clay litter.

How Long It Lasts

In a one cat household, four pounds should last about a month. You will need to scoop the poop out every day or two. It doesn’t hurt to stir up the crystals once in a while to avoid a more concentrated urine smell developing in one spot.

Pros

  • High absorption properties
  • The crystals absorb the liquids, leaving the surface clean and dry
  • Odor control is excellent
  • Light to carry
  • Good if you have an automatic litter box
  • Not extremely dusty
  • Highly absorbent silica gel soaks up liquid and odor
  • Tracking is not bad if you get the standard size

cons

  • You’ll pay more than you do for clay-based litter
  • The crystals do make a popping sound when the liquid hits them – it could be alarming for more sensitive felines
  • It won’t clump

clay litter

Odor Control

It’s no secret that we’re not huge fans of clay litter. It needs to be changed out regularly and is not the best at controlling odor.

Some of the products in this range contain odor-neutralizing additives like baking soda. Those products are pretty good at disguising smells. The standard range is a lot cheaper but just doesn't measure up as well.

That said, this range does have good clumping capabilities, and that makes it a lot easier to dig out the smelly bits.

Tracking

Your cat is bound to pick up some of the particles in his paws. On the plus side, the particles are a little heavier, so they don’t fly quite as far when kitty’s digging. 

Dust

Clay litter and dust go hand in hand. It’s unavoidable and one of the main downsides to using this type.

How Long It Lasts

If you’re diligent about scooping out the clumps, you’re looking at about a week or so before it needs to be changed out.

What Do The Experts Say?

Most cats react well to clay litter. Perhaps that’s because it’s closer to what they’d use in nature. If you have a cat with sensitive paws, the particles may be a little rough for them.

Pros

  • Clumps well
  • Okay with odor control
  • Great for budget-strapped consumers
  • Most cats will use it
  • Tracking is better than with some other options

cons

  • It’s dusty
  • You’ll need to change it frequently
  • It’s pretty heavy to lug around in a bag

grass seed

We’re always a bit nervous when it comes to introducing our cats to new things. Our older cat is a little fusspot. She doesn’t like wood pellets so we didn’t think the pellets would go down well.

She seemed okay with it. It was us that didn’t like it. The texture is fine, but the smell wasn’t great. Still, it wasn’t us that the litter had to impress, was it?

We’d recommend starting with a smaller bag here to make sure your kitty does take to it.

Odor Control

The seeds are surprisingly good at controlling odors. We didn't like the smell as it came out of the bag, but since we're not going to stick our nose in the litter, it wasn't a huge issue. It does dry out the solids and clumps very well, so it lasts longer than expected.

Tracking

The particles are small and light, so be prepared to do some sweeping. That’s probably what’s going to annoy most people about this option. In all fairness, though, there’s not much the company can do about that.

Dust

Oddly enough, there’s not a lot of dust with this one. If you’re tired of breathing in clay dust, this is a good alternative.

How Long It Lasts

This depends on your cat. You’ll need to scoop it out at least every second or third day. Thanks to the clumping, though, this is simple. You’ll find that a 20-pound bag will last months if you only have one cat.

We’ve heard of people leaving it in place for a few months at a time without changing it out. They scooped out the solids and topped it up from time to time. We don’t believe that’s very sanitary and, frankly, your cat deserves better.

Getting rid of the litter is simple enough – it’s biodegradable so you can compost it. You don’t have to feel bad about sending it off to the landfill either. Alternatively, flush it in small quantities.

This would be a good option for kittens and cats with sensitive paws. It’s very soft, and they’ll find it easy to dig around in. If they happen to chomp some, it won’t do any harm.

It is a bit more expensive, but it lasts well so you won’t have to buy as much as you would with clay litter.

Odor-Lock Crystal Cat Litter

Odor Control Paper Pellet Cat Litter

Advanced Odor Control Fragrance Free Cat Litter

our final verdict

Overall, the range of products from So Phresh is well-conceived. The products are effective and offer good value for money. You’ll find something in their line-up to suit every budget. And there’s going to be something that will suit your little furball too.

If we did have to make one complaint, it would be that the sheer number of choices is a little overwhelming. Choosing the right one for your cat can take some trial and error. You’ll need to read each product description carefully.

We like that the brand has natural options. Most brands offer paper or grass or wood—this one offers all three. You can narrow down exactly what your cat likes best. We also like that they’re not using any dangerous chemicals to help with odor control.

It does seem a little silly to have so many colors of the crystal litter available. After all, this is a practical product, not a design statement. The litter box is certainly not something we include in our house tour, but, to each their own. If pink litter makes your heart beat a little faster, you have that option here.

And that, we guess encapsulates what the So Phresh range is about. It’s about giving the consumer the widest range of choice possible. If you can’t find the ideal product here, you aren’t really looking.