TJ Pine Cat Litter

pinecatlitterI haven’t posted before about any pet stuff and mostly concentrated on things us humans eat, but let’s face it, Trader Joe’s sells nice stuff for your furry friends, too!

One thing I’ve started buying on a regular basis is their PREMIUM PINE CAT LITTER. If you’ve only used clay type litters, this is very different. It’s made from pine sawdust thats been formed into little pellets that are about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch long. It has a good natural pine scent that is very helpful for odor control, of course! When it gets wet, it basically disintegrates into well, wet pine sawdust.

Now this type of litter is a pretty radical change from typical clay type litter so you’re instructed on the package to switch to it gradually by putting a layer of your normal litter on top of this pine litter until your cat accepts the pine litter on its own (mine did after a few weeks) Still every cat is different in their hygiene matters, so if you want to use this you have to try it and see if your cat will get used to it. Hopefully they will as this is good stuff, effective and cutting down odors and not as expensive as the same stuff sold in pet stores.

The bag says the 3.5 lb.’s inside is a “4 week supply”and thats about what it lasts for my one cat, if not a little more. I don’t have to buy (and lug home) the huge 25 lb. bags of clay litter anymore. Without getting into too much nitty gritty… my use is…I get rid of “solid waste” matter and spoon out any big wet soiled areas that have turned into the wet sawdust I mentioned*. Then I sprinkle on some more of the Pine Litter. It REALLY keeps smells to a minimum and lasts quite a long time without having to change the whole kitty box. So hard to say if it will work with any cat, but if you are patient, its worth a try.

*Tip: get a cheap 99 cents store plastic spoon to go with your other regular kitty litter scooper (the sawdust will just fall through that).

Even if you have to use it with clay litter forever, by putting a layer on the bottom then clay litter on top, the pine litter will still help get the odors from your kitty box under control.

If I’m not mistaken a bag costs $3.50 for 7 pounds. Not a bad deal, compared to something similar in Petco, eg Feline Pine brand.

Have you tried this product?  Let me know what you think in the comments section!

(this was Maya, who I had at the time of this writing but has since passed away, after 16 years of looking like a she was about 1 years old!)maya2


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sherry Crosby
    Jul 07, 2017 @ 13:43:13

    would like to try this product but can’t find trader joe’s around here, i have been using feline pine, she likes it but it is expensive, do not think she would have trouble changing since they are almost the same


  2. Jen
    Jan 16, 2018 @ 16:31:33

    This is my favorite cat litter of all time. EASY, good-smelling, inexpensive, low on chemicals and my cat embraced it right away. Very often it is sold out so I always buy more than one bag.I use about a bag every month with changing it out totally every two weeks, maybe slightly more.I do not add fresh litter to it as I scoop out the solid waste and it remains to be plenty for my cat friend to do his business in. I love that rarely are there ever full pieces that make it outside of the box to step on. Yes, some of the pine dust will get out of the box onto the floor from the cat’s feet but I place a floor mat beneath it and just shake it off into the tub or toilet. Done! Awesome, awesome product. Let’s support it so they don’t ever discontinue it!!! Great post above, totally agree.


  3. Jared
    Apr 23, 2018 @ 06:53:30

    This is a great product, but even at trader Joe’s prices, there’s still an unnecessary premium you’re paying for a product marketed for cats. Look for pelletized pine HORSE bedding at a feed store or online. $6-$12 for 40lbs; the exact same thing


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