Tofu Cat Litter - Cat Info Detective

Tofu Cat Litter

Skye Blake looking left through magnifying glass

Hi folks! I’m Skye Blake, following an unusual trail about tofu cat litter… how weird is that?

Tofu makes great cuisine, but tofu cat litter??!!

paw prints coming in from a distance

What is Tofu?

soy (tofu) for cat litter

“Tofu, also known as bean curd, is a food prepared by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the resulting curds into solid white blocks of varying softness”1“Tofu”, Wikipedia

Soybeans are the main ingredient in many products.

They are a legume with many uses as food products, animal feed, and in various industries.

soy plants with bean pods

Tofu litter is made from bean dregs, by-products of the process of making tofu.

The manufacturers use fibers of the soybean plant mixed with other ingredients like activated charcoal or cornstarch to make litter pellets.

It’s biodegradable and a renewable resource.

Is Tofu Litter Flushable? Compostable?

flushable cat litter plumber

Tofu and other plant-based litters can be flushed but you should always test this with a small amount, especially with septic systems.

Be sure to find out if it’s legal to flush litter in your area.

Did you know you can use soiled tofu litter as mulch in flower beds?

dried soybeans

Don’t use it on vegetable, herb or other food beds to prevent transmission of diseases from cat waste.

However, if you process the litter properly into compost, removing possible pathogens, it can be used safely.

If you’re not sure, just put it on flower beds.

Some Cats Might Eat It!

cat outside in tick area

The manufacturers claim these litters are safe even if your cat eats them.

This claim is true because they’re made from food-based ingredients.

But any clumping litter is dangerous because it swells up and absorbs a lot of moisture.

3 tiny dark tabby kittens

A cat who eats it could get a digestive blockage or be dehydrated from it, which can kill her.

This is especially true for young kittens. Always use a non-clumping litter for your little ones!

kitten (Maine Coon)

If you have a cat who eats litter, you should avoid all food-based litters.

Here’s another thought for you… litter that smells like food is confusing to cats.

They instinctively won’t pee where they eat, so if litter smells like food, they’ll likely find somewhere else to pee!

Tofu Litter Brands & Reviews

Cat in a bag

Below are some tofu litter brands with a few reviews. This list is by no means exhaustive.

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.

BinetGo Soybean and Corn Cat Litter

bengal cat-spotted

BinetGo litter is made into 2mm pellets from soybean and corn materials, which is water soluble and soft on paws and feet.

It doesn’t stick to the bottom of the box and clumps well.

“The 6-way dust removal process protects the health of cat’s respiratory tract and urinary system, and has natural pea aroma, which is loved by cats and people.”

tabby kitten & mom

There are only a few reviews, but the helpful ones say it works ok as a litter, is convenient, but pricey.

One thing to note… the manufacturer emphasizes the edible nature and flavors of this litter, which makes this curious cat wonder…

Should this be in my food bowl or litter box? Would it work as people food? Hmm…

I Am Tofu Cat Litter (K Kamy’s Zoo)

soybeans/edamame

I Am Tofu litter is made from soybeans and cornstarch into flushable pellets that clump immediately and dissolve quickly.

It claims to be dust-free, non-tracking, with no synthetic additives, chemicals or clay.

This litter is dehydrated, dried, and sterilized at 896 degrees F.

It has good odor control, is non-tracking and lightweight.

kitten scratching at tree trunk

The pellets can absorb up to 4 times their weight. 6 lbs can last 3-4 weeks for one cat.

Reviewers either loved or hated this litter.

There’s general agreement that it clumps well but is too expensive for the small amount in the bag.

It’s also low-dust and worked well for someone with allergies.

grey cat sitting by gifts

There was disagreement about odor control. Some liked it, while others said after a few days it was horrible.

Some found it dissolved quickly like toilet paper and flushed well.

Others were worried about it turning to mush in the box.

2 cats looking in litter box

At Amazon, someone asked if it’s safe to flush down a septic system. The company’s answer was …

“We recommend to break down into smaller chunks with the scooper in septic system. Since it is clumping litter, It needs enough water to be flushed. It will requires water 4 times more than their weight to be safely dissolved in water. Otherwise it will just absorb the water and could be left with bigger clumps and mush.”2Amazon product questions

PETNF Tofu Cat Litter

cat near window

PETNF litter is made into 2 mm pellets from food-grade pea fiber, corn starch and other starches.

It clumps quickly, scoops well and doesn’t stick to a cat’s fur.

PETNF controls odor well and absorbs in 1.5 seconds, is flushable and almost dust free.

Siberian cat in box

People either loved this litter or hated it. Some said it didn’t track, others said it tracked a lot.

Odor control and ease of use was debatable.

Here’s a review from Lori L… Best review ever!

“Smells like a pina colada…with just a splash of cat pee. I mean that in the best way.”

Other reviewers hated the smell… one said it’s like sour milk.

Pets Care™ Tofu Cat Litter

soybeans in a bowl

Pets Care™ tofu litter is made from soybean powder and guar gum.

It’s 99% dust-free, soft on paws, clumps quickly, is water soluble and flushable, doesn’t track, and has good odor control.

There are only a few (older) reviews and they all agreed it didn’t track much, clumped well, wasn’t dusty, but didn’t control odor as well as they’d like.

Some didn’t like the larger pellets and didn’t recommend flushing them.

Rufus & Coco Wee Kitty® Eco Plant Clumping Litter

cute white kitty

Wee Kitty® Eco Plant Clumping Litter is made from a combination of sustainable and naturally absorbent wheat and soy fibers.

It controls odor quickly and clumps.

This litter is usable for composting and as mulch for flower beds. It absorbs 4 times its weight in liquid and is biodegradable.

wheat in field

Wee Kitty® Eco Plant Clumping Litter is low dust with little tracking.

It’s flushable, even in septic systems, since it disintegrates in water.

Flush in small quantities only and test first to be sure it will flush.

Check to be sure your municipality allows flushing litter.

plumber-urinals - flushable cat litter

Those reviewers who didn’t like this litter complained of it being way too dusty, much dustier than other tofu litters.

It also could be difficult to scoop unless done with a larger hole scoop.

Those who did like this litter mentioned it was dusty but liked other things enough to overlook that.

cat balancing on fence ready to jump

They liked the clumping and how it fell apart in water so it could be flushed.

It stuck well to poop, absorbed pee and controlled odor well.

Reviewers liked that they got more for the money than other tofu litters.

Video Review

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Here’s a helpful YouTube video review about tofu litter…

“Tofu Cat Litter, How to Use in 3 Easy Steps”, The Natural Paw Company, March 26, 2019

More Litter Options

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

BambooBiodegradable
ClayCoconut
CoffeeCorn
GrassHemp
PaperPine/Wood
SilicaWalnut
WheatYuca (Cassava)

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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

“Best Cat Litter for Kittens”, by Mallory Crusta

“Quick and Comprehensive Understanding Tofu Cat Litter”, Emily Pets, 2019

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

“How Cat Litter is Made”, greenlivingideas.com

Product Information and User Review Sources

Amazon, Rufus & Coco, Tofu Kitty Club

Updated June 8, 2022

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