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Pine Cat Litter (Cedar & Cypress, Too)

Skye Blake looking left through magnifying glass

Skye Blake here, tracking a trail through the forest, on the hunt for pine and other wood cat litters… fascinating stuff!

I’ll bet you’re curious too.

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Did You Know?

pine trees used for cat litter

Most wood cat litter is made from clean pine softwood scraps and sawdust from mills combined with oil, zeolite, and a clumping agent.

Some are made from cedar or cypress wood.

Wood litter is available as pellets, granules, and cobble (roughly crushed).

It’s a good biodegradable cat litter and some people even use regular sawdust, which they clean out daily.

open litter box with organic pellets; pine cat litter

When this litter gets wet it dissolves back to sawdust and is easiest to clean in a sifter box (commercial or homemade).

Pine pellets are also used as wood stove fuel and equine bedding, and you can buy them at about $6.00/40 lbs. online or in feed stores such as Tractor Supply Co. or Energy Pellets of America.

Is Pine Cat Litter Toxic?

Horse barn-pellets used as bedding; pine cat litter

Some people claim that pine pellets are toxic to cats and kittens.

This is because pine contains phenols, which I address at “What Are Essential Oils…”.

The pellets are kiln dried to remove phenols and other impurities.

So unless your cat eats them in quantity, possibly creating an intestinal blockage, they’re safe to use.

persian cats

If your furry feline has a tendency to eat litters of any kind, consult your veterinarian to be sure there’s not a medical issue.

Keep in mind when looking at various litters that most cats don’t like strong aromas, especially the smell of pine or citrus.

Our kitty noses are much more sensitive than your human one, so your finicky feline may reject pine or other wood litter.

Pine, Cedar & Cypress Cat Litter Brands

kitten in a tree; pine cat litter

Here’s a list of pine, cedar, or other wood-based cat litters. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

The manufacturer descriptions are included, along with some user reviews you may find useful.

I make a small commission on some of the links below… and I get to share profits with qualified cat rescues!

Check descriptions and reviews carefully for any products you wish to buy… quality, sizes, colors, etc., can’t be guaranteed by anyone but the manufacturer.

Catalyst™ Upcycled Soft Wood Cat Litter

pine tree for cat litter

Catalyst™ wood litters are engineered from upcycled soft wood fiber, have excellent odor control, clump well, are low dust and lightweight.

Reviewers either liked the softness and smell or hated it being dusty, sticking to cats’ paws, and smelling too strong.

Lignetics, Inc. makes “Healthy Cat”, “Unscented” and “Multi-Cat” versions…

ExquisiCat® Naturals Pine Cat Litter

cat climbing a tree

ExquisiCat® pine litter comes in pellets and cobble.

The description claims it’s ideal for single and multi-cat households.

The pellets are made from 100% pine (no chemicals, dyes or additives) and compressed using high heat, high pressure, and steam.

They’re smaller than other brands of pine pellets, absorb quickly and control odors for a long time.

persian cats on cat tree

Cobble is similar but softer than the pellets, has minimal dust, and is 4x more absorbent than clay.

Reviewers liked it because their cats did and both types are absorbent, controlling odors well, and doesn’t track much.

They also liked that it’s easy to clean even though it’s non-clumping.

(Arm & Hammer®) Feline Pine™ Wood Cat Litter

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Feline Pine™ Original non-clumping litter is made from pine sawdust shavings and has a natural pine scent.

This litter also comes in “Platinum” with added baking soda. All the other features of it are the same as the original.

Reviewers liked that there’s no dust and it absorbs odors well.

Arm & Hammer™ Forever Fresh™ Cedarwood Clumping Cat Litter

looking up a tree- cedar - litter

Arm & Hammer™ Forever Fresh™ is made from cedarwood for multiple cats and comes in an 18 lb. bag.

It controls odor with baking soda and essential oils that provide long-lasting freshness. Low-dust and forms hard clumps for easy scooping.

Almost all reviews are positive or mixed. People like how it clumps, doesn’t track much, and has little dust.

The scent is natural, which they like, and isn’t too strong.

One reviewer said his cat completely rejected it and used the bathtub instead… your cat’s opinion is always important too!

Frisco® Pine Pellet Non-Clumping Wood Cat Litter

pine tree

Frisco® makes their pellets out of 100% pine.

It has non-clumping dust-free pellets that absorb up to 3x their weight in liquids to control odor when scooped daily.

Frisco® litter has natural pine scent with no added fragrances, scents, chemicals, dyes or additives.

black, white mother cat with kittens; pine cat litter

It’s good for cats that are sensitive to other litters. Useful for single or multi-cat homes.

Many reviewers didn’t like that the pellets turn to saw dust frequently. Some didn’t mind and one said it did well in the Breeze® system.

Some said their cats didn’t like the pine smell while other cats were fine with it and liked the litter.

ökocat® Wood Unscented Clumping Cat Litter

crouching black cat

ökocat® wood litter comes in a few varieties – Less Mess (good for long-haired breeds), Original, Unscented Featherweight, and Super Soft.

All versions are made from wood fiber that’s screened and had dust removed.

The wood fiber naturally prevents enzymes from bonding with liquid and waste, which controls odor well.

It absorbs liquid on contact and creates flushable solid clumps (always test flushing with a small amount first).

Siberian cat in box; pine cat litter

Each variation of this litter was made for specific needs. Generally, the reviews tend to be positive.

It’s lightweight and better than clay. Tracking could be a problem (as with all litters) but much easier to deal with than clay.

Some people had problems with scooping clumps and others had cats who didn’t like this type of litter.

Nature’s Logic® Pine Non-Clumping Wood Cat Litter

tuxedo cat in tree; pine cat litter

Nature’s Logic® litter is made of Ponderosa pine.

It’s low-dust, has an odor-control formula, and is safe for cats, kittens and other small mammals, like ferrets or rabbits.

“Unscented” doesn’t mean there’s no scent at all, just that there’s no extra fragrances whether natural or artificial. Pine has a natural scent that may be noticeable in the litter.

ginger, orange cat in tree looking up

There are a few reviews, most of which are positive about it and that their cat likes it.

One lady talks about using it in her Breeze litter box and that it works well.

She says she likes it but has to clean the pan a bit more than usual because this litter is non-clumping and disintegrates (unlike Breeze pellets).

Simply Pine™ Non-Clumping Cat Litter

pine needles and cone; cat litter

Simply Pine™ cat litter pellets are “made from reclaimed, sustainable remnants that are kiln-dried, without any chemicals or added scents”.

It’s chemical and additive-free, dust-free, non-tracking with natural odor control.

This litter doesn’t clump and absorbs liquid 3 times better than clay litters.

open litter box with organic pellets

Average use is one 20-lb. bag per month.

The majority of reviewers liked this litter but felt it’s too expensive at Amazon.

Some said it’s easy to clean and controls odors well. Others said it was difficult to clean and fell apart.

Purina® Tidy Cats® Pure Nature® Clumping Wood Cat Litter

grey kitten at tree trunk; pine cat litter

Pure Nature® litter is made from cedar and pine shavings, corn cob, guar gum, glycerin and added fragrance.

It’s good for multiple cats, is very absorbent, low-dust, controls odor and clumps well for easy cleanup.

Reviewers thought the pros outweigh the cons with this litter. It’s too dusty for some but does well with controlling odor for most.

The clumps can fall apart but are still decent for scooping.

Videos About Pine Cat Litter

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“Top 13 Best Cat Litters (We Tested Them All)”, All About Cats, April 1, 2020

“Cheap Cat Kitten Litter Using Pine Pellets Equine Bedding Wood Stove Environmental Friendly Compost”, smaerd58, September 2, 2016

“Cheap Pellet Cat Litter”, Mr. Spork’s Hands, July 25, 2017

“How to Clean Cat Litter Boxes Using Pine Pellets”, m3rma1d, January 8, 2019

More Litter Options

Follow these trails below if you’re curious about other litters…

BambooBiodegradable
ClayCoconut
CoffeeCorn
GrassHemp
PaperSilica
TofuWalnut
WheatYuca (Cassava)

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The Territorial CatWhat’s the Best Cat Litter Box?
Symptoms of Illness in Your CatWhat Are the Best Types of Cat Litter?
Why Is My Cat Pooping Outside the Box?

Sources

Sources used on this website are either primary or secondary.

Primary sources are always preferable and have the most reliable information because they’re original and directly referenced.

Scientific abstracts and data are good examples of primary sources.

Secondary sources are weaker because they usually consist of opinions or articles that give no sources of their own.

However, sometimes they refer to primary sources.

When I use secondary sources, most are those with some authority, such as veterinarian or cat behaviorist books and articles.

List of Sources

“5 Best Types of Natural Cat Litter”, by Amy Livingston

“The Benefits of Natural Litter”, by Jackson Galaxy

“The Best Biodegradable Clumping Litter”, by Susan Leisure

“Best Cat Litter for Kittens”, by Mallory Crusta

“Cat Litter”, How Products Are Made

“Eco-Friendly Compostable Kitty Litter”, greenlivingideas.com

“Feline Pine Cat Litter Review”, by Kate Barrington, We’re All About Cats

“How Cat Litter is Made”, greenlivingideas.com

“Is Feline Pine Cat Litter Good for Cats?”, December 10, 2014, Pet Place Veterinarians

What Is In Cat Litter? Understanding Clay, Silica and Biodegradable Cat Litters“, by Lorie Huston, DVM, petmd.com

YouTube Videos

“Top 13 Best Cat Litters (We Tested Them All)”, All About Cats, April 1, 2020

“Cheap Cat Kitten Litter Using Pine Pellets Equine Bedding Wood Stove Environmental Friendly Compost”, smaerd58, September 2, 2016

“Cheap Pellet Cat Litter”, Mr. Spork’s Hands, July 25, 2017

“How to Clean Cat Litter Boxes Using Pine Pellets”, m3rma1d, January 8, 2019

Product Information and User Review Sources

Amazon, Catalyst Pet, Chewy, Energy Pellets of America, Petco, Petsmart, Rural King, Tractor Supply Co.

Updated June 9, 2022

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