TJ’s Premium 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 type of litter is very different. It’s made from all natural 100% pure pine sawdust thats been compressed into little pellets, which are about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch long.

pine pelletsIt 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 a good alternative product to clay type litter, and seems to my nose, effective in cutting down odors. This product is much cheaper at TJ’s as very similar stuff (Feline Pine) sold in pet stores. I like the fact that its made out of a recycled waste product, pine sawdust leftover from wood mills no doubt. So “Eco”.

The bag is 3.5 lbs and it says “one bag  is a 4 week supply”. That’s about what it lasts for my one cat, if not a little more. Using the pine litter, I don’t have to buy (and lug!) the huge 25 lb. bags of clay litter I used to anymore.

USAGE: Without getting into too much nitty gritty details, my cleaning up method is basically this. I use 2 tools: A regular plastic litter scoop PLUS a large cheap plastic spoon from a dollar store. First I target the “solid waste” with the two tools and get rid of the dried poop, trying not to toss out decent pine pellets if possible. Then I brush the clean top litter aside, and look for the dark wet sawdust leftover after it dissolves and spoon out any that stuff that turns basically in a light wet sawdust using the spoon. Then I give it a little shake and sprinkle on some clean Pine Litter. This technique is a bit different from doing regular clay or clumping litter but this stuff you can flush down the toilet no problem I’ve found, unlike clumping litters as the wet sawdust is very light and flushes easily.

The Pine REALLY keeps smells to a minimum and lasts quite a long time without having to change the whole box. As the litter is bigger and feels different to a cat only trying this with your cat will let you find out if they will adapt to this product. If you are patient and do it gradually as the bag say, they very well may so give it a shot.

Disposal: I confess when I clean daily I flush all the waste and its not a problem (I live in a apartment building in a city) . If you live in the country it might even be able to be used in compost outside? The bag says it can be used as mulch after use!

Even if you have to use it with combined with clay litter forever, by putting a layer of pine pellets on the bottom then clay litter on top, the pine litter will still be effective in odor control. Of course your cat will mix everything up together but it still works this way too.

A 7 lb. bag costs $3.50. A better deal compared to Feline Pine, which sells for about 14 lbs for $10-12?

*TIP 1: For cleanup, get a cheap dollar store plastic spoon to use in conjunction with your regular kitty litter scooper, as the wet sawdust will just fall through that. Of course you try not to throw out unused pine pellets if possible…

TIP 2: While you are at the dollar store, also buy a cheap door mat to place under/in front of the litter box. It will help cut down on material migration / tracking. I dump the dust on it down the toilet doing my daily cleaning routine.

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