Purina has two lines of clumping litter, Tidy Cats Scoop and Tidy Cats LightWeight. The LightWeight version is relatively new to the market (read what we think about it here).
The Scoop version on the other hand is a staple at pet stores shelves and is recognizable by its yellow pail. There are six variations to the line:
- 4-in-1 Strength (Black) – Provides advance odor control and powerful clumping.
- 24/7 Performance (Red) – For around-the-clock odor control.
- Instant Action (Blue) – Instantly neutralizes odors.
- Glade Tough Odor Solutions (Grey) – Keeps the house smelling like glade instead of poop.
- Dual Power (Purple) – Control #1 and #2 with one powerful litter.
- Small Spaces (Orange) – Neutralize odor in small spaces.
Sometimes choices are great but I think there are too many in this instance. They certainly try to cover all kinds of cat-household needs.
As a start, we decided to try the more popular version of the line, 24/7 Performance and the Glade Tough Odor Solutions. Read on to see what we think about it and how it compares to the LightWeight counterpart.
Size: Available in 14 or 20 lbs (6.4 or 9.1 kg) jugs, 27 or 35 lbs (12 or 16 kg) pail
Ingredients: “Natural clay product with deodorizing system”
Comes in jugs or plastic pail depending on the size. The container is yellow with a color coded lid or cap for easy identification.
Tidy Cats 24/7 Performance Clumping Litter in jugs (20 lbs) vs. pail (27 lbs)
The pail has a rounded plastic handle so it does not dig into your hand when carrying, which is a thoughtful feature. The jug has a built-in rounded handle for ease of transportation.
The lid is a plastic screw cap for the jug. The pail has a hinged flap that snaps back to close. The flap lid is a slight annoyance as it tends to flap close but we appreciate that it is shielding us from any perturbed dust.
Similar to the Lightweight version, these Tidy Cats litter is made of some sciency 2-in-1 litter beads. Each bead has an outer layer containing odor-fighting agents and creates tight clumping.
The tight clumps means less litter wasted. However the clumps are not strong enough to withstand scooping. They break apart easily and I ended up overscooping to take out all the crumblies. How wasteful!
Tidy Cats Scoop promises a 99.9% dust-free litter with the help of its anti-dust coating.
While it is much less dusty than the Lightweight version, they are still quite dusty. The furniture around the litter box needs to be dusted more frequently than I had to with their competitors (here, here, and here).
The litter tracks everywhere. Not the worst that we have experience, but still more than expected.
The inner layer of each clay bead is designed to absorb odor and moisture.
In addition to the clay granules, it also has a few blue bits. These bitsdissolves to release extra scent when it comes in contact with moisture (i.e. pee) to cover up any stinkiness. The Glade-version had noticeably more blue bits which made it extra scenty. The 24/7 has no noticeable odor prior to use, especially in comparison to its LightWeight counterpart.
Comparing them to the Lightweight version, you can see that the Scoop has larger beads. It also has noticeably less colored (scent) beads, which is great for someone who is sensitive to fragrance.
Out of the box, the 24-7 litter has no noticeable scent. However once the litter is spent, the moisture-activated beads dissolves to release a mildscent that I find to be pleasant but not strong enough to cover the stink.
The Glade-version has a slightly stronger scent but does not cover the stink either.
I appreciate all the science stuff but found that it was not very effective at odor control, similar to my finding on the Lighweight version. There is always urine smell regardless of how frequent it gets cleaned.
$ – So cheap!
I am always on the hunt for the 35 lbs pail since it is the same price as the 27 lbs but with 20% more product (score!). HOWEVER, carrying an awkwardly-sized 35 lbs pail up two flights of stairs feels like participating in an Iron Man competition.
Tidy Cats Scoop 1.8 out of 5
Tidy Cats Scoop Clumping Litter has some performance issues. It is dusty, has poor odor control and produces weak clumps.
That being said, this litter is great for someone who is on a tight budget. It is as cheap as it gets without going to the generic brand. Some of the performance issue may not be a big deal for someone who cleans the litter box frequently. If this sounds like you, I recommend using the 24/7 Performance (Red) version.
Alternatively, I like using this litter in conjunction with one of my favorite litter, the Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter. A ratio of 3:1 seems to be the perfect combination where the overall litter price is cheaper yet performance is acceptable.
Lastly, any and all litter recommendations are welcome. I can only vouch for what I have used, but I am sure the world would be grateful for even more secrets, resources, and tips. Keep ’em coming.
(Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links (read more about it here). However, my opinions are my own and I would only endorse items that I would let my cats use.)