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Good for allergies; works for a two-cat household
on October 28, 2017
Previously, I was using Dr. Elsey's respiratory relief litter for my allergic cat. My cat has many allergies, some with obvious causes, others not so much, and I have spent the past few years trying different things to give my cat an itch-free existence. When I found out that some cats can be allergic to clay litter, I decided I needed to try an alternative, but my cats are very picky. They were not fond of pellet-style litter like Yesterday's News, and I don't blame them. I wanted a litter with as few components as possible, and when I saw an ad for CatSpot I was intrigued by the fact that there is only one component (coconut) and it's a novel component that my cat hasn't been introduced to via her food and given an opportunity to develop an allergy to. I have now been using it for about four months, and I am very pleased. Here are some of my observations:
Texture: Small, shaved bits of coconut shell. Very light. Not harsh on a cat's paws as all.
Tracking: Because it's so light, it does track easily. However, my cats at least had no issue tracking their clay litter all over the house. The amount tracked does not bother me too much, and most of the tracking is limited to the room where their litter boxes are kept.
Function: Works well. I cannot speak for those who have diabetic cats, but the litter has no issue absorbing my cats' urine. Just stir to disperse after the cats use the litter box. I keep my boxes about 1/3 full, and I change them out roughly every 2 weeks (more often or less often depending on how many boxes I have out for them at a given time).
Transition: My cats had no qualms transitioning to their new litter. Because they hate change, I did it very slowly over a 3-4 week period, but when I finally transitioned to 100% CatSpot, there were no issues or litter box incidents.
Smell: Once it starts to smell, that's the signal to dump it and pour new litter. Other than when the litter is past-due, I don't really notice much of a smell. When my mother visited after I transitioned them to the new litter, she said that the apartment smelled much better (apparently she never liked the smell of the Dr. Elsey's, but didn't tell me that!)
Acquisition: You have to order it through them directly. I bought the first bag on Amazon to try it, then signed up for their delivery service. They recommend two bags per month for two cats, and this is more than enough for me. I have several extra bags stockpiled because my cats don't need the full two bags per month.
Price: If you subscribe to their monthly service, it's $15 per bag. For my two-cat plan, that's $30/month. Yes, it's more expensive than litter you can buy at a grocery store, but there are no added perfumes or chemicals and it doesn't smell as bad as cheap litter. Especially if you have an allergic cat like me, you become accustomed to having to pay a bit more for peace of mind.
Acquisition: You have to order it online. I was reluctant at first to try it, sight unseen, but I'm glad I did. Now I get it delivered to my apartment and don't have to dread going to the store to pick up a 20 lbs. box of litter to lug home. The bags are very light. When you sign up for the subscription, you get a monthly reminder that your subscription is about to renew, and another email when it's shipped. Litter takes about 3-4 days to reach me in California. You can order extra bags if you need to on top of your subscription:
TL;DR: Works for me with my two cats. My one cat is severely allergic to everything under the sun, and at a minimum this does not set off her allergies (hard to say 100% if it helps because she is allergic to so many things). Price is probably the biggest pitfall, but because I transitioned from an expensive litter (Dr. Elsey's respiratory relief) to CatSpot, the slight price jump isn't a big issue and the benefits of CatSpot (less smell, not clay, non-clumping) outweigh this drawback.