The Amazing Color Changing Litter – Pretty Litter Review [Updated for 2020]
One the one hand, you know it's an essential tool that allows your kitty to remain housebroken, healthy, and happy.
On the other hand…
Boy can it be a pain to clean up and change. Plus there's nothing less embarrassing than having guests over and worrying about if they can smell your animal's “throne,” so to say. Odor control is quite important!
Clearly, using the best kind of kitty litter for your household is an important step in making the most out of this less-than-glamorous aspect of owning a kitty. But there are, oh let's say a MILLION different brands and types to choose from. The World’s Smartest Cat Litter is the company's tag line. Read on for our in-depth Pretty Litter review to see if it's best for you and your cat.
For many cat parents, PrettyLitter passes with flying colors.
Before going any further, below is a video that will orient you what Pretty Litter is. Enjoy!
- The History of The Pretty Litter Brand
- What is Pretty Litter Made Of?
- Benefits of Using Pretty Litter in Your Home
- What Do Pretty Litter Customers and Their Cats Say About the Product
- How Do You Use Pretty Litter?
- Is pretty litter safe for the environment?
- Is pretty litter natural?
- What is pretty litter made from?
- Can you mix pretty litter with regular litter?
The History of The Pretty Litter Brand
PrettyLitter was created by a man named Daniel Rotman. He was inspired to create this cat litter by his own loss of a kitty due to an illness. He was frustrated by his inability to recognize his cat's illness early on—at a time when he may have been able to help her.
As a result, he teamed up with veterinarians and scientists to create a product that would be able to provide simple and unmissable signs of a potential cat illness…with the end result being faster detection, faster diagnosis, faster treatment, and hopefully better outcomes.
What is Pretty Litter Made Of?
Pretty Litter is a type of cat litter that changes color (we'll talk later about why that matters). It's made of a silica gel that comes in a crystal form known as sodium silicate, which is safe for cats and kittens. The crystals also have a proprietary blend of indicators which can monitor urine pH…we'll learn about why that's beneficial in a little bit.
Is Pretty Litter Safe to Use in Your Home?
Compared to every traditional clumping litter (which contains a compound that may expand in a cat's urinary tract, potentially causing gastrointestinal blockages and upset), pretty litter granules do not clump nor expand. They are made with silica gel, which is extremely absorptive and would be safe safe even if accidentally ingested by your cat.
Pretty Litter is also low dust and has no fragrances added, which in general makes it a safe option for kitties (and humans) with sensitive skin or respiratory illnesses.
What is Silica Gel and is it Safe for the Environment?
Silica gel is a material that you can find in those little so-called desiccant bags placed in packaging for various products—you know, the little bag that says “Do Not Eat” on it.
The reason so many manufacturers use silica gel packets in their packaging is because the mineral is highly, highly absorptive. It helps keep products dry and moisture-free during storage and transfer.
Alone, silica gel is non-toxic, non-flammable and chemically nonreactive…meaning it's pretty safe overall. The reason why these packets say “Do Not Eat” is that silica gel is sometimes “enhanced” with a moisture indicator chemical, like cobalt chloride, which can cause cancer. Yikes.
Benefits of Using Pretty Litter in Your Home
Wondering if this new kind of cat litter is worth the extra bucks? Check out some of its well known benefits:
- It Helps Detecting Health Problems: touted as a “health monitoring cat litter,” PrettyLitter crystals actually change color depending on what's in your animal's urine. This is SUPER helpful for many cat parents who want to stay in the know about their animal's health, even though their cats can be a bit stoic (for lack of a better word) and not show when they're feeling unwell. As an example, crystals will turn blue or green if there's high urinary pH (alkaline), which could indicate a urinary tract infection. Crystals will turn orange or yellow if there's low urinary pH (acidic), which may indicate metabolic acidosis or kidney acidosis. Lastly, crystals may turn red or purple if blood is present, which could indicate bladder inflammation, UTI, or bladder stones.
- Delivered once a month: you simply let them know how many cats you have and they'll help you figure out how much you need per month… every bag conveniently delivered to your home! No more last minute trips to the pet store, no more hauling heavy bags from your car to the cat litter box (plus, it's up to 80% lighter than the leading clumping brands!). PrettyLitter company even offers to pay for the cost of shipping every month, and you can easily change your order via your online account. You can also cancel at anytime. This is one of the best benefits of ordering the Product.
- Easy To Scoop: we know how annoying it is to scoop out every piece of waste only to have it break up in tiny granules and fall right back into the box. PrettyLitter is designed to be easy to sift and scoop for fast clean-up. You “only scoop the poop,” since the urine is completely absorbed by the crystals. Less time on the change of litter box chore, more time playing with your cats.
- Superior Odor Control: unlike regular clumping littler, PrettyLitter absorbs and eliminates moisture (and the smell of pleasant odors that comes with it). Plus, the cat litter itself is scentless, which is great for anyone in your home (human or cat) with sensitive noses or skin who doesn't want to deal with the strong smell of cat litter.
- Lasts Longer: thanks to its unique formula, a single bag of PrettyLitter typically last one whole month (per cat)…at least according to the company. This is no small part due to the fact that the pretty litter is able to full absorb moisture and odor…so you don't have to refill and replenish the litter granules as often. They will figure out exactly how many bags you need if you need to get more than one.
Let's face it:
No kitty litter is perfect.
And different homes, different kitties, and even different cat owners will find different benefits and drawbacks to the same product.
One of the main drawbacks of PrettyLitter is that it seems to track around the home. This is probably because the crystals are so fine and lightweight…meaning they can trap on your cat's paws easily and go with them when they jump out of the litter box!
To mitigate this potential tracking issue, putting a good anti-slip mat under the litter box (that extends out beyond the edges of the box itself) may help.
And then again, some owners have found that the litter doesn't stick to their cats paws at all. You may be more likely to run into the tracking problem if your kitty has long hair.
Another problem some users have found is that one bag doesn't last one month (per one cat) as advertised. In fact, some pet parents have concerns that the litter box just fills up with urine once the crystals become too saturated. This could be more likely to happen to you if you have multiple cats or if you have a large cat that tends to urinate frequently.
How to resolve? A few owner have said that if you just stir the litter crystals about once per day, it helps minimize or eliminate urine pooling, especially toward the end of the month once the crystals are becoming saturated.
What Do Pretty Litter Customers and Their Cats Say About the Product
The Pretty Litter reviews on Amazon are overall pretty great, most people like it, although there are a fair share of pet parents who seem a bit less than impressed as do every product out there.
First, some owners complain about the expense. It is a bit more pricey than regular kitty litter. Though with that being said, thanks to the convenience of the bag delivery every month AND the advanced “health-monitoring” feature, some pet owner feel that the added costs of the order are well worth the added benefits. The PrettyLitter company even suggests that you can save money on vet bills in the long run thanks to the early detection ability of the litter.
One popular positive remark from cat owners is that the cat litter is sewage safe—that is, they can scoop out the feces and flush the solid waste down the toilet for super easy clean-up.
Honestly, a lot of owners simply like the way it looks, too. Unless there's something off with a cat's urine, it's not easy to visually tell if the cat litter has been used at all. Overall, it stays pretty clean throughout its lifespan in the animal's box.
As far as the way cats feel about it, some seem to love it though others seem pretty turned off by it. This really may just come down to temperament. For instance, many cats don't like change and will have a hard time adjusting to new cat litter.
Worried that this sounds like your kitty? Try introducing it to her slowly. Put it in its own box next to her old litter box, and add a few of her old litter granules. At the same time, stop cleaning out her old box. Yeah, we know this would introduce some temporary smell of unpleasant odor in the home. But the idea is to encourage your kitty to go in the clean box instead of her old one.
Eventually, once she's consistently going with her new prettier litter, you can simply remove the old litter box…but maybe save the extra box for a backup.
Lastly, most pet parents seem to rave about the odor-eliminating ability of the product—which if you think about is really the whole point of great kitty litter!
How Do You Use Pretty Litter?
It's pretty simple to use. You just pour the bag of crystals into your cat's litter box and scoop out the solid waste as needed. One bag should last about a month (although, in our experience, not every cat owner has had this success, some used it up faster).
PrettyLitter is definitely a unique product. It could be the right choice to use in your home, especially if you want to enjoy the convenience of monthly delivery, lightweight and absorbent crystals, and infrequent litter changes. The odor control of this product is much better than other products, some say it smells better too.
Does your sweet cat also have sensitive skin or respiratory issues? Then PrettyLitter could help her go comfortably.
The best news is if you try it out first and decide it's not for you, you can cancel your membership at any time. So feel free to let your cat experience it and order a bag…you really don't have much to lose…other than maybe the unpleasant odor!
Is pretty litter safe for the environment?
PrettyLitter is made up of mainly Silica Gel which is non-toxic, non-flammable and chemically un-reactive. It’s also dust free for people with allergies as well as landfill friendly. This means it’s pretty safe overall and good for the environment.
Is pretty litter natural?
Yes, PrettyLitter is a natural cat litter product that’s made up of Silica Gel, which is harmless and essentially porous sand that absorbs really well.
What is pretty litter made from?
PrettyLitter is made up of super absorbent Silica Gel along with their proprietary formulation of indicators for monitoring your cat’s urine for acidity and alkalinity levels. Silica Gels are clear crystals made from sodium silicate.
Can you mix pretty litter with regular litter?
It’s not recommended to mix PrettyLitter with regular litter since one of the main purpose of using PrettyLitter is to be able to monitor the color changes as your cat uses the litter.