Review: ökocat Natural Wood Clumping Litter

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I’ll be honest right from the start: I use clay litter. Even though there’s an ever growing array of more eco-friendly, alternative litters on the market, I have yet to find one that Allegra and Ruby will actually use – and when it comes to cat litter, ultimately, it’s your cats’ call of what goes in the box, right?

I’m always interested to learn about new products, and when we had a chance to test the new ökocat Natural Wood Clumping Litter from Healthy Pet, I was intrigued. As the name implies, this litter is made from wood. The pellets are said to provide 7-day odor control, and absorb 500% of it weight in liquid. Because it is made from wood, it will also inhibit bacteria growth. The litter is advertised as safe to be flushed.

The texture of this litter is very different from traditional clay litter. The pellets are larger, but they’re pretty soft. The litter has a natural faint wood scent which becomes more pronounced when it gets wet, but it is otherwise unscented, which is a must for me when it comes to cat litter.

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It took the girls quite a while to even approach the box with the ökocat litter. Eventually, they started to dig around in it, but in the week I had it out, they never once used it for its intended purpose. So while I can’t comment on odor control for urine and stool, I did test it with water, and it clumps nicely, although not as firm as the clay litter clumps I’m used to. However, removal of the clumps from the box was easy, and, as an added bonus, there was no residual litter stuck to the side of the box, as often happens with clay litter.

The litter had virtually no dust. It did scatter quite a bit even from the tentative digging my two did in our test box, but what did scatter outside the box didn’t track. I consider that a big plus over clay litter.

I really wish the girls had been more enthusiastic about this litter, because I like everything about it. I’ll keep trying for a longer period of time, and we’ll see what happens.

ökocat is available in four different formulas: the Wood Clumping Litter we tested, a Natural Wood Long Hair Clumping with denser, smaller pellets, Natural Wood Pine Litter, and Natural Paper Dust-free Litter.

All of the ökocat litters are available from Amazonwith free shipping for Prime members. They are also available at other online retailers, and in select retail stores.

FTC Disclosure: I received this product for review at no charge. I also received a fee for writing this review. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion. Or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest and unbiased opinion.

18 Comments on Review: ökocat Natural Wood Clumping Litter

  1. Andy
    January 16, 2019 at 2:27 am (7 months ago)

    I really wanted this litter to be the end all be all in my search for natural cat litters, but unfortunately I think I have to switch back to my old one until I can find one that’s better. Although my cat took to it just fine, I have noticed that her gums have been more inflamed and swollen than usual (stomatitis). Even if this is just a coincidence, I noticed a warning on the box the other day that states that wood dust is known to cause cancer. I know that it doesn’t produce much dust at all, but I’m worried that inhaling a small amount everyday will cause issues in the long term.

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  2. Danny
    December 26, 2017 at 1:21 am (2 years ago)

    I’ve been using Okocat supersoft litter and my two cats have taken to the litter with no problem. No more fine dust covering everything in vicinity of the cat box. It really does control odors.

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  3. Jakki
    July 31, 2017 at 7:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello,
    I find that my cat has no problem with OkoCat litter.
    I’ve tried many different products lately as I moved to an apartment with limited space. And I like this one.
    It clumps just fine and has pretty good odor control.
    I like that it isn’t very fine in texture so it doesn’t attach easily to my cats feet. She’s happy so I’m happy.
    I also like that it doesn’t have a perfume smell.
    I will definitely

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  4. Linda Oyler
    September 5, 2016 at 5:59 pm (3 years ago)

    Sorry, this did not work out with my cat. First of all it was much more difficult to use the little scoop and separate the litter from the poo. It just did not want to filter through. second of all, my picky cat did not like it so she went in bathroom and used my rug,,, TWO of them.. Did not want to use the box. So for me it was a no go.

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  5. Pat Raugh
    October 13, 2015 at 10:07 am (4 years ago)

    I would be interested to know if anyone else has had a cat experience an allergic reaction to the litter. We just spent $130.00 in vet. bills for a dermatitis issue with our 9 year old cat. The only thing which has changed in her life has been starting to use this brand of litter 3-4 weeks ago.

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    • Ingrid
      October 13, 2015 at 12:45 pm (4 years ago)

      I haven’t heard anything specific about allergic reactions to this particular brand, Pat, but I’ve certainly seen cases of dermatitis that were most likely caused by different types of cat litter. If you haven’t already done so, I would recommend contacting the manufacturer.

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    • Angela
      December 17, 2015 at 10:47 am (4 years ago)

      Yes absolutely – 8 cats and one has awful skin reaction. others are more itchy. Just tried the basic clumping using about 3 weeks.. changing immediately. Was using Dr Elseys respiratory but it was 50 dust – not 99 % dust free at all.

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    • Denise
      June 15, 2016 at 8:41 am (3 years ago)

      I just came across your post while I was researching allergies and OKOCat litter. Funny you post this. I just switched to OKO about a month ago. A couple of weeks ago my little kitten started sneezing and being itchy scratchy. He’s very young and my vet said it’s too early for him to develop any kind of season allergies. And it’s not food related. She doesn’t suspect feline herpes or an infection of any kind. No fleas either. The only thing that has changed is that I started using OKO b/c I wanted to find something more natural than clay. I almost wonder if this is the cause. I was using Dr. Elsey’s R&R and had no issues…. I’m going to ditch the OKO tonight and swap everything back out to R&R and see if he gets better. Thank you for the post!

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      • Sarah
        August 21, 2017 at 3:52 pm (2 years ago)

        My cat also seems allergic to this litter. Itchy watery eyes. Itchy skin.

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        • Amy
          October 24, 2017 at 6:35 pm (2 years ago)

          One of my two boys has had a terrible allergic reaction. At first we blamed it on our detergent but we went back to our old detergent and now he’s had another terrible flare up of dermatitis. I’m both saddened but somewhat relieved to realize it’s probably the kitty litter. I hadn’t even thought about that being the culprit but I changed to this brand shortly before all of this started happening.

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      • Lindsey
        October 25, 2017 at 12:36 am (2 years ago)

        I am loving this litter, but my older (14) cat has started coughing and wheezing since we have started using it this month. I am suspicious that it’s her litter.

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  6. Lisa
    August 27, 2014 at 12:34 pm (5 years ago)

    Interesting Ingrid, I agree – if the cats won’t use the eco-friendly litters then it’s counter-productive. You previously mentioned you really like Dr. Elsey’s litter? If clay is to be used then Dr. Elsey’s is one of the better ones? Thanks!

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    • Tammy
      April 11, 2017 at 5:29 am (2 years ago)

      Dr. Elsey’s is what I use. 4 cats no odors, no dust. I would love an eco-friendly litter but nothing clumps like this litter.

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  7. Francine
    August 27, 2014 at 4:04 am (5 years ago)

    When I rescued my two sister tortoishell cats 5 years ago, there was a note from the previous owner asking to use Okocat Plus Best.
    No point in switching if they were happy with this and it was a success. They are now 7 years old and still very happy with their OkoPlus Best; they each have a large litter box and are very fastidious ladies, cover everything meticulously and let me know when they have been busy as the smell is not noticeable.
    This product is excellent, I buy it on the internet and have it shipped to my door in quantities of 4 large bags.
    Although it says that it is flushable, I am not prepared to do this, just in case so I dispose in scented thick plastic bags. No hassle.

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    • Ingrid
      August 27, 2014 at 6:30 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you for sharing your experience with this litter, Francine.

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  8. Brenda
    August 26, 2014 at 6:47 pm (5 years ago)

    Our cats use Scoop away at the moment though I think they enjoyed the Arm & Hammer scooping one better & I did too.

    We still have some clay litter & my husband uses it whenever he notices anything on the carport that might be harmful to any visiting outdoor cats & after cleaning whatever it is up, puts out the clay litter too– oil leaks, etc.

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  9. Catman
    August 26, 2014 at 12:46 pm (5 years ago)

    I’ve been using clay type litter since the beginning of time, and never had a problem. Why fix something that isn’t broke. The Cats like it, and it’s easy to scoop the poop. A little bit of baking soda when changing keeps the odor down. As far as the Cats tracking the litter, put a small rug next to the box. .It works for me.

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  10. Safepethaven
    August 26, 2014 at 1:17 am (5 years ago)

    Does the manufacturer disclose what they use to make the product form clumps? Whatever it is, I’ve never found one I’m comfortable letting my cats use as whatever they get on their feet/fur, gets groomed into their digestive tracts, & there can be no good come from a “clumped” intestine.

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