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If you’re looking for a cat litter brand that is highly affordable but also high quality, consider Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter.
This brand offers over a dozen unique formulas for cat litter to address specific issues including non-use of the litter box, tracking, respiratory problems, and more.
Aside from one silica gel formula, all of Dr. Elsey’s cat litter recipes are made from 100% sodium bentonite clay to maximize clumping ability while minimizing dust and tracking. Keep reading to see our reviews for three of Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat most popular cat litter formulas.
- Price – 4/5
- Clumping Action – 5/5
- Odor Control – 4/5
- Dust/Mess – 4/5
- Scent – 3.5/5
- Easy to Scoop – 4/5
Overall Score: 4.1/5
|Products Included in This Review|
|Name||Materials||Clumping?||Life Stage||Additional Features|
|Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Respiratory Relief||Clay||Yes||All||Hypoallergenic, Clumping, Odor Control, Unscented|
|Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Attract Cat Litter||Clay||Yes||All||Unscented, Multi-Cat, Odor Control, Clumping|
|Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Ultra Clumping Cat Litter||Clay||Yes||All||Clumping, Multi-Cat, Odor Control, Unscented|
How We Tested:
- We purchased 3 of the best cat litters Dr. Elsey’s has to offer
- We spent a few weeks testing the cat litters on several cats
- We did not receive these product in exchange for a favorable review, they were purchased with our own money
Dr. Elsey’s Cat Litter Brand Overview
Dr. Bruce Elsey is a feline-only veterinarian and has been for more than 35 years. Through his work and through his products, his goal is to provide products that help cats live longer, happier, and healthier lives while also making things a little easier on cat owners. Dr. Elsey’s brand offers a selection of high-protein cat foods for all life stages as well as a variety of cat litters and litter box supplies.
What sets Dr. Elsey’s brand apart from other cat litter brands is the fact that his formulas are uniquely designed to address specific issues. The brand offers cat litters to relieve respiratory problems, to resolve litter box odors, and to address the unique needs of kittens and senior cats. You’ll also find additional products such as a urine removal product and cat litter attractant.
Dr. Elsey’s cat litter is made from premium clay materials to ensure superior clumping action. In addition to forming hard clumps on contact with urine and feces, this cat litter locks in odors. This cat litter has the ideal texture and particle size to suit your cat’s preferences while also preventing clumps from breaking down and tracking throughout the house. These litters are not flushable, but the hard clumps are generally easy to scoop and discard.
What Kinds of Litter Does Dr. Elsey’s Cat Litter Offer?
Dr. Elsey’s brand offers a dozen different formulas for cat litter and several litter box products.
This brand offers several different formulas in both scented and unscented varieties. Precious Cat Clean Tracks offers superior clumping action for less litter box mess while Precious Cat Ultra offers multi-cat odor control. Cat Attract and Kitten Attract litters feature a cat attractant herb to help resolve non-use of the litter box, and there is a simple Classic recipe as well. You’ll also find litters designed for senior cats, health monitoring, respiratory relief, and more.
The three formulas reviewed below are unscented, clumping clay litters.
Top 3 Cat Litters Reviewed
|Product Name||Type||Price Per Pound||Overall Rating|
|Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Respiratory Relief||Clumping||$0.46||4/5|
|Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Attract Cat Litter||Clumping||$0.75||4/5|
|Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Ultra Clumping Litter||Clumping||$0.80||4/5|
Many clay cat litters contain silica dust which can contribute to lung disease with long-term exposure. This respiratory relief clumping cat litter is specifically designed to control respiratory disease by being hypoallergenic, low in dust, and free from perfumes and deodorants. In addition to being low in dust, this clay cat litter contains natural essences which help reduce stress.
Though this formula’s claim to fame is its respiratory-protectant properties, it is also a great multi-cat formula. This cat litter forms hard clumps for superior odor control, and it is low-tracking for less mess. One potential issue is the fact that, because it is free from perfumes and common odor-fighting chemicals, the litter itself does have a noticeable smell. It does, however, do a good job of containing urine and feces odor for several days at a time.
|Easy to Scoop||4/5|
- Low-dust formula uniquely designed to prevent respiratory problems
- Hard-clumping action, locks in odor and moisture on contact
- Hypoallergenic formula free from plant proteins, perfumes, and deodorants
- Contains natural essences to help reduce stress
- Litter itself may have a slight odor to it, generally not a problem
- May become sticky when wet, can stick to the sides of the litter box
Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Attract Cat Litter
A clay-based litter, this formula is designed to solve litter box problems by attracting the cat to the litter box. In addition to all-natural clay materials, this litter contains a natural herb attractant, and it comes in the ideal particle size and texture to suit your cat’s preferences. In addition to these benefits, the litter comes with a handy booklet to help cat owners solve litter box problems.
Like all of Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat formulas, this litter offers hard-clumping action and excellent odor control. The litter itself has a very subtle scent to it but nothing heavy or unpleasant. The formula is very low-dust and low-tracking, thanks in part to the fact that it forms very hard clumps. The only potential issue is with large volumes of liquid which can sometimes cause caking and sticking to the sides of the box. This may not be the best choice for automatic litter boxes.
|Easy to Scoop||4/5|
- Forms tight, hard clumps to lock in odors and moisture
- Very subtle scent from natural herb attractant
- Low-dust and low-tracking, keeps the litter in the box
- Designed specifically to address litter box issues
- Very large clumps can become quite heavy
- Large volumes of liquid may cause caking and stick to sides of the box
Easily one of the brand’s most popular formulas, this clumping cat litter offers excellent odor control and hard-clumping action. Though it is a clay-based litter, it is 99.9% dust-free and hypoallergenic. This cat litter combines the heavy non-tracking granules found in their classic litter with a medium-grain clay to provide excellent clumping ability with less mess.
With its hard-clumping action, this cat litter contains odors well for several days, even in multi-cat households. When it comes to dust, we found it to be moderately dusty, though there are customer reviews stating that some bags are dustier than others. The main problem is with high volumes of urine. Though the clay materials are highly absorbent, a large volume of liquid all at once can overwhelm the litter and result in a cement-like consistency that may stick to the sides of the litter box.
|Easy to Scoop||4/5|
- Hard-clumping action seals in moisture and odors on contact
- Very low in dust and hypoallergenic, moderately low tracking
- Works very well in multi-cat homes and sifting/mechanical litter boxes
- Large volumes of liquid may overwhelm the litter and cause caking
- Wet litter can stick to the sides of the litter box, making scooping harder
This cat litter comes in 18, 20, and 40-pound bags and can be purchased online and in pet stores. Because it is made from clay, it can be fairly heavy, depending on the size you choose.
What Do Customers Think of Dr. Elsey’s Cat Litter?
Generally speaking, cat owners are very pleased with Dr. Elsey’s cat litter. All three recipes reviewed above carry at least a 4-star rating with hundreds of individual reviews. Customers love the hard-clumping action and the affordable price of this litter, though there are some comments that it can become sticky when exposed to a large volume of liquid. In terms of dust, however, it is generally fairly low, and odor control is not an issue.
With nearly a dozen products to choose from, Dr. Elsey’s has something for everyone. Keep reading to see a positive and negative customer review for each of the three cat litter formulas featured above:
Positive Customer Reviews for Dr. Elsey’s Cat Litter
“I have been in search for the best ‘dust free’ cat litter for a while. Many out there state that they are dust free, but in reality, some are only dust free until the litter starts breaking down. I have had some litters that have left a coating of dust all around the area where the cat boxes are placed. Dr. Elsey’s is the best on the market that I could find. It is definitely pricier than most, but I find that it’s worth it.”
– Skacnt, reviewing Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Respiratory Relief Cat Litter
“I have 4 cats, and one had started avoiding the litter boxes and doing EVERYTHING out of them. We put out more litter boxes where she was going most of the time. I was constantly searching and cleaning up after her. I read about Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Attract Cat Litter and thought I would try it before I had to do something drastic. IT WORKED! We’ve had it about two weeks and no more going out of the box.”
– PickyPam, reviewing Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Attract Cat Litter
“Why I like this product. A) It is unscented – I can’t understand adding stink to stink. This litter adds no additional odor of “springtime violets” or other nonsense, AND it keeps cat odor down. B) It advertises that it doesn’t track, and that advertisement is true based on my experience. There is some tracking but very little. C) It clumps up like a box. Nuff said. D) The cat likes it. Sold.”
– SunShade, reviewing Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Ultra Clumping Cat Litter
Negative Customer Reviews for Dr. Elsey’s Cat Litter
“I had high hopes with this litter but found that when the clay got wet, it stuck to the litter box and was really difficult to scrape up. Think wet clay that’s caked on plastic. Also, our cat was limping around and we noticed that some of the wet litter had stuck to the inside of her paw and hardened between the pads and it actually took a good deal of effort to get it all out.”
– Gutterz, reviewing Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Respiratory Relief Cat Litter
“While this product does attract the cats to use the box, it doesn’t last very long. I have to completely change the litter boxes every single day. There’s no just scooping out and adding a little in. I have to completely clean the boxes every day. This product has no clumping action and no real absorbency ability so the urine pools on the bottom of the box after turning their litter into mud.”
– CusReviews, reviewing Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Attract Cat Litter
“I used to love this cat litter after having tried many different brands. It used to be easy to clean litter. But recently, the formula seems to have changed as others have noted it felt like I was digging a giant concrete block off the bottom of the pan, in my daily scooping. Plastic scoopers would break with the effort, and I found I was changing the entire pan weekly instead of once every 2 or 3 weeks.”
– Iris, reviewing Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Ultra Clumping Cat Litter
How Much Does Dr. Elsey’s Cat Litter Cost?
Clay cat litter is usually much more affordable than cat litters made with other natural materials like corn or wheat. Even so, Dr. Elsey’s cat litter is highly affordable, costing well under $1.00 per pound for most formula. The three formulas reviewed above cost between $0.46 and $0.80 per pound which is highly affordable. Plus, since the litter forms hard clumps, there is less waste which means that each bag or box of litter goes further.
Overall, is Dr. Elsey’s Cat Litter a Good Choice?
After testing three formulas, we’re happy to say that Dr. Elsey’s cat litter is an excellent choice. Not only is it highly affordable, but the hard-clumping action makes it ideal for multi-cat households. This litter can sometimes be a bit dusty at first, but it is low-tracking and less messy than many clay litters. Most formulas come in a scented or unscented formula as well, so you can decide based on your preference.
One thing to be mindful of with this cat litter is that it tends to get a bit sticky when exposed to a large volume of liquid. The litter still clumps around liquid waste, but large volumes may turn the litter into a cement-like substance until it dries. Very large clumps can stick to the sides of the litter box and may be heavier and more difficult to scoop than smaller clumps.
Generally speaking, clay cat litter is somewhat heavy, so be careful which size bag you purchase. Dr. Elsey’s cat litter is safe for kittens 8 weeks and older as well as senior cats and cats with respiratory issues. Take the time to choose the perfect formula to meet your cat’s unique needs.
Where is Dr. Elsey’s Cat Litter Sold?
Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter is sold online and in pet stores. You can find it in big box stores like Target and Walmart as well as both local and national chain pet stores like Petco and PetSmart. If you’re looking for the lowest price, your best bet is to check with online retailers like Chewy and Amazon.