The Best Pretty Litters

Pretty litter is not your basic cat litter. Pretty litter not only absorbs urine but also helps alert cat owners to potential health issues in their cats. Thinking about making an upgrade to your litter? Check out these pretty litter options.

Dr. Elsey’s Premium Clumping Cat Litter

Cleaning up made easy

Dr. Elsey's is known for its ability to clump well, making it super simple for you to clean your little box as often as you like.
Best Overall

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Dr. Elsey’s is a popular litter for good reason. It’s 99.9% dust-free, works well for sifting and in mechanical litter boxes, is hypo-allergenic, and is the perfect litter for multiple cats.


  • Since this litter is practically dust-free, it’s a great pick for asthmatic cats.
  • It’s excellent at clumping and masking odors.


  • If your cat is particularly fluffy, the litter grains can get trapped in your cat’s fur.

Fresh Step Advanced Clumping Multi-Cat Litter

Odor control for many cats

Fresh Steps has been a popular cat litter brand for some time, but this formula adds something special: a Febreeze scent to keep odors away.
Best For Multiple Cats

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Fresh Step Multi-Cat fights odors longer and is the perfect pick if you have more than one cat in your home. With low dust and high clumping, as well as a fresh scent, you will love this pretty litter.


  • Thanks to the Febreeze mountain springs scent, your littler will smell fresh longer.
  • It clumps really well, which makes this a great pick if you own more than one cat.


  • This litter produces more dust than other brands.

Fresh Step Crystals, Premium Cat Litter

Crystal clear

The Fresh Step Crystals helps to eliminate odor in your home, and as a bonus, is unscented for those in your family that are sensitive to smell.
Best Odor Control

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This pretty litter is packed with crystals, which are known for their ability to absorb moisture, and this comes with a 30-day odor control guarantee. If you are concerned about lifting heavy litter, this is lightweight. There is low dust with this product, but you must use it as directed for the best results.


  • Due to the unique crystal formula, it produces very little dust and clumps well.
  • If you dislike added scents, we’re happy to note that this unscented litter successfully reduced odors.


  • Some cats might find the crystals too hard on their paws.

Ultra Pet Ultra Cat Litter

Soft on paws

Cats sometimes have sensitive feet, and this litter is soft enough for them.
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This pretty litter is super soft for cats and kittens with sensitive paws. It absorbs urine well while drying out solid waste for easy disposable. This product is non-scented and produces little to no dust.


  • Ultra Pet Ultra Cat litter has a mixture of crystal sizes to help with easy absorption. We found this masked the smell of solid waste within a few minutes.
  • Unlike other crystal-based brands, the grain is very fine. If your cat has sensitive paws, but you like the effectiveness of crystals, this is a good pick.


  • You may have to clean your litter box daily if you don’t have an automatic litter box.

Boxiecat Premium Clumping Cat Litter

Long-lasting stink control

Boxiecat can keep odors away for a month, so this is a great choice, particularly if you have a cat in a smaller dwelling.
Best Long-Lasting

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This is a plant-based pretty litter that is flushable. The winner of the 2019 Pet Business Industry Recognition Award, Boxiecat produces minimal dust and is know for tracking less. It seems to keep odors away for a long time, meaning this is great if you’re looking for longer-lasting litter or if you live in a smaller space.


  • It keeps odor away longer than other brands, so if you’re planning on leaving your cat for an extended period, this is a good pick.
  • It’s unscented but gives off a natural, fresh aroma.
  • It’s excellent at keeping your floors free from litter dust.


  • This pretty litter may cost more than other brands.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of litter box works well with pretty litter?
This is completely your preference. The litters mentioned above can work well in both a standard and automatic litter box, so it’s your choice and budget what you might use. If you have an automatic or robot litter box, be sure to read what litter is recommended because some brands require a specific brand or type to ensure that they work as described.

What are the advantages of this kind of cat litter?
For the most part, pretty litters absorb urine extremely well, eliminating mess and odor. They also can dry solid waste and clump well for very easy and, in some cases, minimal cleaning of the litter box. These litters also tend to create less dust than clay litters when cats are in them.

How often should you clean your litter?
If you don’t have an automatic litter box, it’s recommended to clean daily, but if this is something you’re not prepared to do, search for the litters that are known for being odor eliminators. Additionally, automatic or robotic litter boxes will have varying directives for how frequently you should clean the litter box. It also depends on how many cats are using the same box.

About the Author

Dave Sepulveda

Dave is, admittedly, obsessed with his two Siamese-Lynx cats. In fact, he's always had feline companions growing up, so he's privy to the joys and challenges of cat ownership. He's picked up a vast knowledge of cat care through the years, and now he wants to help cat owners give their cats the best home and life possible.

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