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Why Does My Clumping Cat Litter Not Clump? (+ Tips)

If you have noticed that your clumping litter is not clumping, you may be left puzzled and wondering why this is happening.

Why Does My Clumping Cat Litter Not Clump?

Your clumping litter may not clump if it is not absorbent enough. Some brands are better at dealing with this than others. Alternatively, you may have a specific area of the tray saturated with cat urine. Some cats frequent the exact same spot.

3 Best litters for clumping


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01. Arm & Hammer Clumping (Best Option)
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5 stars
02. Fresh Step Extreme Clumping litter
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03. Purina Tidy Cats Clumping litter
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4 stars

Now that you know why your litter may not be clumping, keep reading to learn how you can correct this if clumping litter is even a good choice if it can be mixed with non-clumping litter, and so much more.


How can you make the clumping litter clump up? (Tips)

Now that you understand why your litter is not clumping, it is a good idea to learn how to make it clump up properly. Therefore, in this section, I will cover this.

In my opinion, there are two options for you:

  • Replace the litter with another brand (best option)
  • Change the litter more frequently

Replace the litter with another brand (best option)

The chances are you are using a clumping litter that s not very absorbent. Therefore, it is better to try another brand or another option in that same brand, are you with me?

The reality is, this may take some time to try and see what works best for you and your cat.

Change the litter more frequently

If you are not keen on replacing your current litter, maybe you just purchased a lot of it in bulk, then you can try replacing it more frequently.

The issue with this method

My issue with this method is it does not always work. Sometimes the litter you have chosen is just not good enough, regardless of the frequent changes you do.

In Summary

So, you have learned that replacing your litter is likely the best option for you. keep reading to learn if clumping litter is even the best choice for you.

Is clumping or non-clumping cat litter better?

Cat litter box

Cat litter box

Just because you are using clumping litter, or you were told it is best, does not mean it is fact. Therefore, in this section, I will lay out some pros and cons of each and give you my opinion.

Clumping litter pros

  • Controls odor well
  • Less litter changing required
  • Simple to clean

As you can see clumping litter is great for litter box odor, especially when you get high quality and fragranced ones.

In general, you do not need to change it as much, maybe once every couple of weeks, as opposed to daily with non-clumping litter. And, because it clumps up, it is easy to clean.

Clumping litter Cons:

  • It can be more expensive.
  • Some cats may not like the texture

Like most things, nothing is perfect, lets face it, it can be a bit more expensive than basic, non-clumping litter, right? And, there will always be some cats that do not like the texture and refuse to use it.

Non-Clumping litter Pros

  • Usually cheaper
  • Some cats prefer the texture more

Some cat owners love this litter (can it go in the green bin? click here) because it is, generally, pretty cheap, in comparison to clumping litter. And, most cats take to it pretty well.

Non-Clumping litter Cons

  • More odor
  • Needs to be changed more frequently
  • More waste

One of the biggest issues is the smell it makes in your home. This can be a big problem for some cat owners.

Also, it needs to be changed regularly, for example, daily. And, when you do this change, you often waste a lot more of it each time. This is because most people replace the entire tray each time.

In Summary

In my opinion, I fee that clumping litter is a better option. Yes, it may be a bit more cost, but because it lasts longer, it tends to be of better value. Keep reading to see if you can consider mixing these litters.

Can I mix clumping and non-clumping cat litter?

Now that you know the pros and cons of these litters, you may be keen to see if you can mix them. This may seem weird, but there are occasions when you are desperate and have no choice.

You can mix clumping and non-clumping litter. But, it is not a good long term alternative. Because it is unlikely to clump properly, and your cat will probably not like the change of texture. Meaning, it may just be wasted.

Now that you understand that this is not ideal, let me explain how often you can expect to change clumping litter, so you can always plan.

How often do you change clumping cat litter?

One of the benefits of clumping litter is that you do not need to change it as much, but what frequency are we talking about here?

You can expect to change clumping litter approximately once every 2-3 weeks. This may vary, based on the brand you are using, but this is a good example of what to expect. This is far less than non-clumping litter, which is typically changed daily.

Now that you know more about the expected frequency of these changes, it is a good idea to see how you can get rid of it when you change it, let me explain if it can be flushed.

Can you flush non-clumping litter?

If you have clumping litter you can’t flush it. But, what about non-clumping litter?

You can flush some non-clumping litter. These types usually make it very clear if you can. Because this is usually their way of marketing it to you. In general, they are usually made from corn, wood, pine, or even wheat. They claim they are more eco-friendly.

You have learned that some non-clumping litter can be flushed, but are some types safer than others?

What cat litter is safest for cats?

If you love your fur baby, the chances are, you want the best for her, and to keep her safe, right? So, what is the safest options out there?

Grass cat litter is often regarded as one of the safest options. It has almost no dust. This is advantageous for people or cast with respiratory problems. And, it is known to be less prone to allergies, when compared to wheat or corn.

Now that you know which cat litter (what about the mats, what material are they? click here) is regarded as the safest, keep reading to know how safe it is to compost litter, and if clumping litter can be used.

Can clumping cat litter be composted?

If you are an eco-friendly cat owner, or just interested in gardening, you may be wondering if clumping litter can be re-used for composting. In this section, I will explain if this is even possible and if there are any risks associated with it.

It is possible to use a clumping litter for composting. But, it depends on the litter you are using, how you plan to compost, and what you plan to use this compost for. In general, cat litter compost is not safe because of the parasites and bacteria in the feces.

So, you have learned that it is not straight forward, and some caution is needed if you want to use cat litter (Click here if your cat is peeing over the edge of its box) for composting. Keep reading to learn when your cat should start using clumping litter.

What age can you use clumping litter?

Before you even purchase any climbing litter you need to make sure that your cat is even ready for it. Therefore, in this section, I will explain what is the best age to start using it.

From 4 months of age is generally a good time to start using clumping litter (Click here to see why this is good to store in your motorhome) for your cat. Before then, there is a chance your cat will try and eat it. Also, at 4 months, if some is eaten, by accident, it will have a better chance.

Lindsey Browlingdon