Tofu Cat Litter - Cat Info Detective

Tofu Cat Litter

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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??!!

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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.

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?

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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? Don’t use it on vegetable, herb or other food beds unless it’s properly prepared. This will 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.

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The manufacturers claim these litters are safe even if your cat eats them. This claim is true from the perspective of their being made from food-based ingredients.

But any clumping litter is dangerous because it swells up and absorbs a lot of moisture. A cat who eats it could get a digestive blockage or be dehydrated from it. If you have a cat who eats litter, you should avoid all food-based litters.

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

Here’s another thought for you… litter that smells like food is confusing to cats. They won’t pee where they eat. It’s an instinct hardwired into them, so if his litter smells like food, he’ll likely find somewhere else to pee!

Tofu Litter Brands & Reviews

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Below are some tofu litter brands with a few reviews. This list is by no means exhaustive. It’s for your convenience only… I make no money from it.

Bolux Flushable Tofu Cat Litter

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Bolux tofu litter forms compact clumps, which, along with added activated carbon, controls odor well. It dissolves in water instantly so you can flush clumps without worrying about clogging. (Always test this with a small amount, especially with septic systems, and check to be sure it’s allowed where you live.)

Bolux litter is low-tracking because it’s formed into pellets. The manufacturer packages it by vacuum compression, which helps keep fine dust from forming.

Reviews were mixed for the tofu version of Bolux litter, although everyone agreed it’s expensive for the small amount in a package (only 5 lbs). It doesn’t work well for large boxes and large cats. All agreed it clumps and flushes well but disagreed on odor control.

EcoKitty Real Tofu Clumping Cat Litter

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Ecokitty tofu litter comes in two types: Natural Green Tea and Lavender Flowers Scented. Both litters are made from plant fibers, tofu and either green tea or lavender. Made from renewable and sustainable ingredients, it claims to be low-dust, gentle on paws, and have excellent odor control.

Reviewers disagreed on dustiness. Some said there was no dust and others said the dust was awful. Most reviewers said it was overall good litter and clumped well, but agreed it’s too expensive for the small amount (7-lb bag). One bag didn’t fill up the box enough so the litter had to be changed sooner than necessary.

I Am Tofu Cat Litter (K Kamy’s Zoo)

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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. 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 was general agreement that it clumped well but too expensive for the small amount in the bag. It’s also low-dust and worked well for someone with allergies.

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

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Some found it dissolved quickly like toilet paper and flushed well. Others were worried about it turning to mush in the 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, https://www.amazon.com/KAMYs-ZOO-TOFU-Eco-Friendly-Flushable/dp/B07K8L5G9D?th=1

Kitty Woo Tofu Cat Litter

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Kitty Woo tofu litter is dust-free, dissolves instantly in water, and is designed for low tracking. It comes in three different types… Green Tea, Tofu, and Mixed, all plant-based. It forms quickly into clumps that don’t crumble or break. A 5.5 lb bag works for 2 weeks (doesn’t say for how many cats… assuming one).

Four out of the five Amazon reviewers loved this litter. They liked that it clumps well, has little dust and is low-tracking. The fifth person hated it because she found it messy and smelly.

PETNF Tofu Cat Litter

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PETNF Tofu Cat Litter is made from pea fiber, corn starch, activated charcoal, and other starches. It’s flushable, low-dust, biodegradable, and controls odors with activated charcoal and pea fiber.

This litter clumps well and scoops easily. Quick clumping helps keep it from sticking to the box and cat’s paws. PETNF litter is vacuum packaged to reduce dust. You can find out more about it at the company website.

Reviewers on Amazon were very positive about this litter. There were some, however, who didn’t like it. They said either it tracked too much or their cat ate it or otherwise didn’t like it. One person said it was a starchy mess.

Those who loved it said it clumped well, was flushable, controlled odor and dust well (unless not cleaned daily), and didn’t track much. Their cats also took to it easily and liked it. Some felt this is the best of the tofu litters. Most recommended it for a one-cat household but felt it would be too expensive for multiple cats.

Pets Care Tofu Cat Litter

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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 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

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

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.

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. 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.

Tofu Kitty

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Tofu Kitty litter is made from recycled plants, including soybeans. It’s almost dust free, controls odor well, “clumps in seconds, absorbs moisture 3x better than clay and 2x better than crystal litter, and is 100% flushable. There’s no tracking and no dust.”3https://tofukittyclub.com/

Tofu Kitty litter is lightweight… 10 lbs of it is comparable to 36 lbs of traditional litters and 15 lbs of most grain litters. I found reviews only at the manufacturer’s website. Since they’re all positive. There are a couple YouTube video reviews available…

“TofuKitty Cat Litter Review: We Tried Tofu Cat Litter!”, Wildernesscat, May 17, 2020

“TofuKitty Club Review Summary…”, Byromie, January 10, 2020

The website reviews show that people love this litter’s clumping ability, low-dust, good odor control, low tracking, and that it’s flushable.

ViviPet Snowball Tofu Cat Litter

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Vivipet tofu litter granules are made from 100% soybean curd. It’s lightweight, doesn’t track, and is dust-free for those with allergies or asthma. It clumps in three seconds, locks in odor, and dissolves easily when flushed (test this with a small amount first). The clumps are solid for easy scooping. One bag is supposed to last up to 6 weeks for one cat. There’s more info at the company’s website.

I found only a couple reviews for Vivipet. Reviewers liked it’s ability to clump and control odors. People also liked that when cats dig in it there’s very little dust.

Reviewers didn’t like that this litter tracks a lot. The clumps didn’t catch in the mat because they’re bigger than clay ones. They were easy to sweep up though. Reviewers all felt it’s too expensive.

YCSJPET Tofu Cat Litter 

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YCSJPet is a lightweight litter made for multi-cat households from chemical-free soybean dregs (tofu by-products). It controls odor well, and absorbs liquid 5 times better than clumping clay. This litter dissolves quickly and is flushable, even for septic systems (always test this claim with a small amount).

It’s twice as absorbent than clay and controls odor well. Doesn’t track or stick to paws.

A YouTube video is available at YCSJPET TOFU CAT LITTER from the manufacturer.

Reviews were split almost evenly… either loved or hated this litter and disagreement was on all aspects of it. A couple people remarked that their cats either thought it was “a tasty treat” or didn’t like it at all.


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

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Sources

Sources used on this website are either primary or secondary. Primary are always preferable and have the most reliable information because primary sources are 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. Thus, when I use secondary sources most are those with some authority, such as veterinarian or cat behaviorist books and articles.

Please note that some of the sources listed below sell litter products or link to places that do. These are for your convenience only. I make no money from them.

List of Sources

Product Information and User Review Sources: Amazon, Rufus & Coco, Tofu Kitty Club

“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

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