12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I used Fresh Step clay litter for quite a while; but I decided to try this clumping litter when it was recently on sale at the store. This Fresh Step "Premium" clumping cat litter is excellent for your favorite kitty's litter box. The company states that it is very good at absorbing odors--and, by golly, it's TRUE! The odors are minimal at the very most and it is quite comfortable even for my rather sensitive cat. Moreover, I really like how the litter has the capacity to absorb and prevent odor causing bacteria in the litter before my cat even uses his litter box.
If you have more than one cat the manufacturer does recommend, not surprisingly, that you use more cat litter in the box. Otherwise, if you have just one cat, two or three inches worth of this cat litter spread about evenly throughout the empty litter box will do fine. You should change the entire litter box once a week on average. (I change mine about twice a week just for my cat's comfort.)
It's also a good idea to scoop out any "kitty remains" every other day or so. If you can do it every day, that's even better. Be very certain NOT to flush any "kitty presents" down the toilet as the manufacturer warns against this. I suppose it could clog toilet pipes. Moreover, as you may suspect, any "kitty leftovers" could have some nasty germs that we don't want so wash your hands really carefully after you clean the box or even after you just remove any "kitty presents" with a scooper.
I recommend changing the entire litter box at least once a week. Place the contents of the used litter box into a trash bag and discard as you would any other garbage.
In short, this is a great cat litter product at a great price. The contents of the bag last a long time, especially if, like me, you have only one cat.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2012
I used Fresh Step cat litter for many years and was quick to tell any of my cat owner friends that it was the best "bang for the buck" litter. It clumped hard, making the chore of cleaning the cat box a relatively easy one. Sometime around 6 months ago, that all changed. Now, it forms a sludge in the cat box that is nearly impossible to scrape out. The amount of effort necessary to clean the box could easily induce a muscle strain or hernia for those unfortunate enough to purchase this litter. Interestingly, after having this experience (twice, because I thought maybe I just got a bad batch the first time) I turned to Scoop Away which I always considered to be a similarly good product, only to find the exact same thing. What the heck? Turns out both products are made by the Clorox Pet products Co. Consider yourself warned!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2007
Since we have 5 cats, and one of them is extremely picky about a clean litter box, I've tried just about every kind of litter out there. This is the very best one I found. It clumps very hard, so the clumps are easy to scoop without breaking up. It also is great for odor control. The cats also love it - I tried it in one box first as an experiment, and the cats ALL abandoned every other box in favor of that one.
The only issue I have is that it throws up a lot of dust when you first put it in the box. Aside from that, it's great.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2013
Come on, it's just cat litter! But after after cats for the past 4 years, I quickly learned no two cat litter brands and even formula are the same.
I was at my local Costco store picking up my usual Greek yogurt and whatnot. I needed cat litter and Fresh Step was all my Costco carried. Breaking away from "my brand", I thought I would give this product a try. I like to store cat little in a bucket, so when I started poured this litter into said bucket this was so much scented dust! It's almost like you need a dust mask! It never really got better. When I scoop the poop, so much dust occurs that it creates an almost toxic situation. Also, one of my cats (who happens to be black) buries his poop; thus, creating dust and his fur will have little dust particulars in it.
I will also mention this litter is highly scented that my cats come out of their bathroom smelling like it. Personally, I find this not cool, not cool at all. Being so scented, you'd think this litter would help control the odor problem many animal owners face. This product isn't really an effective odor controller/blocker. Sometimes I can smell the scent, but I like my house to be smelling (to steal Tidy Cats line) like cookies and whatever else.
It looks like I am back to buying more expensive DUST FREE litter that actually keeps my house smelling neutral and not some fakey smelling scent and cat poop.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2014
After trying out this litter for the first time my healthy cat became dangerously ILL -- and it cost me an expensive trip to the vet. The litter is horribly dusty (toxic plume rising from the litter box) and the "unscented" version smells like cheap perfume. The dust and smell stuck to the cat's coat, and got into her eyes causing her inner eyelids to remain HALF SHUT over her open eyes. Total allergic reaction, among other ailments.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2014
I've been a loyal buyer of fresh step for 9 years now. It used to clump very well, last a very long time, and have actually said it smelled good(!?) I spend a lot of money because we all really dislike the smell of cheap litter.
But something happened in the last 6 months... in the last 5 bags I've bought, The litter isn't the tidy cats we've come to know and love. I tried every variety now - odor shield, extreme, multi-cat, odor eliminating carbon... hoping they just changed that particular one and NOPE. It's as if they engineered it to stink quickly and break apart in little crumbles when you scoop it so it doesn't last as long and you have to buy it more often. I feel let down. I've never written a review and I know this sounds ridiculous, but I'm not buying it again and will write reviews in hopes some one else notices and does the same so we can get our good smelling, dependable litter back.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2008
I tried this cat litter based on reviews I read online. I have 2 cats, 2 litter boxes. My cats were new to my home and had used a clay type litter at the animal shelter. They accepted the Fresh Step easily. I tried the multi-cat version. The scented litter had a very strong perfume smell. Knowing that cat's noses are sensitive I started mixing it with the unscented Fresh Step. This was better. However, after using this litter for a few weeks I noticed a dramatic increase of dust in my house - particulary visible on our black piano. I had to dust it twice a day and who has time for that!? My son also complained the dust bothered him. I switched to another brand (Precious Cat) that doesn't clump as well, but the dust is way less. The other thing I didn't like about the Fresh Step is that it stuck to the bottom of the plastic litter box with the cat's liquid waste. I haven't found the "perfect" litter yet, but I'll keep looking.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2008
This stuff is horrible. I ran out of my usual litter (Costco) and got this to fill in. Eeechhh! STINKS! Smells like someone broke a bottle of cheap perfume in the house. I know how sensitive cat noses are, and I felt guilty even pouring a little in their box. They must have had to hold their breaths, because I couldn't breath around this stuff. Second: dust! Again, between the strong perfume and dust, this was a killer. I was gagging and sneezing trying to pour this. I have asthma, so it "litter-ally" was killing me.
Third and most important: I ran across some blogs that warned about the dangers of clumping clay and silica litters. My youngest of my three cats is almost 10--they've been using clumping clay all their lives. I lost one two years ago to severe respiratory problems and I never connected it to the litter. I can't prove it anyway.
However, my other cat developed a slight cough (which he never did before) so I took him in (after Cujo died at age 7, I wait for nothing to take them to the vet). After an Xray is was determined that he his windpipes were so inflamed he was having trouble breathing. The vet told me to switch litters immediately. The benzonite silica in these clumping clay litters that causes the clumping is attracted to moisture and clumps immediately. When you or your cat breathe it it, it attempts to "clump your lungs" my vet told me. Of course it's made worse with covered boxes (I have the Booda dome). The damage is irreversible. Additionally, the dust from these litters gets on your cat's fur and is licked off. This stuff eventually ends up in the gut, where it does not move or dissolve, but merely builds up to block digestion. And one more, the clay must be strip mined, and cannot be recycled or composted or flushed...so back to the landfill it goes. I used to toss 2-3 pounds of clay-clumped pee and poo daily with 3-4 cats. I switched to Feline Pine, and now toss about 3 oz. of sawdust and poo daily. Big difference. If I had a garden I could compost it. Or flush it, but I would advise anyone against flushing litter, especially in CA: goes straight to the ocean and there's some big movement about how flushable litters kill sea otters...but that's another story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2008
I have been using this litter for several years and I love it. It clumps great, and has outstanding odor control; my litter box is down stair and I have four cats. My house never smells of cat urine or feces, and people are surprised that I have four cats and how my house does not smell like I have cats.
Note: If you have young kittens DON"T use any clumping litter because kittens just like human babies put everything in their mouth and when they come across any litter that got tracked onto the floor they will eat it and unless they receive immediate medical attention they will die. I fostered four kittens and their mother. Two of the kittens ate a very small amount of litter that the mother cat tracked onto the floor. Both kittens got extremely sick and had to spend spend three day at the animal hospital. After that incident I only used shredded newspaper until the kittens were old enough; about two and a half months old. I had no problem transitioning the cats to the clumping litter once they were old enough.
on November 4, 2014
My husband foolishly put this litter in our cart because it came in a 42lb bag (what a value!), when previously we'd used Tidy Cats.
Since I first opened the container, I and my cat have HATED this litter.
Like so many other customer have pointed out, this stuff is incredibly DUSTY and SMELLY!
The smell is unpleasant and overpowering, and the dust insane. As soon as you pour it, there is a massive dust cloud, so much so that I had to use a bandana to cover my face when I changed the litter. I've also noticed my cat coughing far more since buying this litter, not hairballs, straight up hacking! Everytime I see him clean himself, I cringe at all the dust he's probably consuming.
I can tell my cat is in the room just by the smell of the litter that has clung to his fur, and his normally silky black coat now looks dusty. I've watched him use his box and with this Fresh Step litter, he hardly tries to bury his waste -as if he wants to get out of it as soon as possible.
This litter is TOXIC for humans and cats. If you buy it because of the smell, then you probably shouldn't have a cat, because it is not natural that their crap-box smells like a Victoria's Secret.
Lastly, this is far less "Scoopable" than any quality litter I've used. It can handle solid waste, but when I try to scoop clumps of his urine, they break apart and I'm left with tiny balls of dry piss.
If you care about animals, or at the very least your own health, don't buy this crap. It really should be removed from shelves.