Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: June 25, 2023 by Crystal Uys


I have long been a fan of Dr. Elsey’s litters, and was intrigued when I saw that the company now offers a new Paw Sensitive Multi-Cat Strength formula.

Why I love Dr. Elsey’s litter


I’ve been using Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Ultra Litter for the past 20 years. I consider it the best litter on the market. It meets all my requirements for cat litter:

  • It’s fragrance free.
  • It clumps extremely well.
  • It has superb odor control without any artificial additives.
  • It has virtually no dust, which is good for your cats and good for you.

And yes, it’s a clay litter. I’m aware of the controversy about clay litters, but most veterinarians don’t believe that clay litter poses a safety concern. My own holistic vet has used this litter for decades and recommends it for all her clients, except for kittens. As for the environmental issues around clay litter, yes, they do exist. And while I’m extremely environmentally conscious in other ways, I’m just not willing to change a litter that has served me and my cats well for decades.


Dr. Elsey’s Paw Sensitive Litter

The new formula has all the same advantages of Precious Cat Ultra, but in a smaller, finer granule size. I found that this litter performs just as well as the Ultra formula.

I put the Paw Sensitive Litter in one box, and kept the Ultra formula in the other box. Allegra didn’t show a preference for this litter over the Ultra formula, she used both boxes equally. (And sorry, I will not photograph Allegra while she is using the litter box. A girl needs her privacy!)

This litter could be an excellent choice for senior cats or cats who prefer a more sand like consistency. It may also be a good choice for cats who are avoiding the litter box if the avoidance is due to a substrate issue. Most cats prefer softer, sandy-type textures.

Dr. Elsey’s Paw Sensitive Litter is available from

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