How to Use Pine Pellet Litter (Arm and Hammer Feline Pine)
Guest post by reader, George Ruwisch Begin with fresh litter Feline Pine Original Cat Litter (notice I use the Jenny highly recommended cement tub) 24 hours later with two Ragdoll kittens, notice how many of the pellets have turned to sawdust. I have my nose less than 6 inches from the litter and smell absolutely NO urine odor. Dig around and remove feces. Push all litter to one side. Use a standard scoop and sift small portions over trash can. This gets rid of urine sawdust. Dump sifted litter into empty side of box. Repeat sifting until all litter has been sifted. You may run into some missed feces during this step. When you get to the end you can scoop the rest directly into the can. Replace used litter with clean litter (use separate scoop for this part. I keep my litter in a large dog food container for convenience.) My blue mitted Ragdolls, Jazzy and Blue Man, at 1 year old. Breeder and person who started me on pine litter is Ms. Maria Grimm of the Purrfect Cattery. Buy Feline Pine litter on Chewy.
I have the Breeze litter box for the 2 ragdolls I got last fall. I like the pelleted litter as it does not track all over and my house no longer feels “sandy”. I often use stove pellets as many articles recommend. I like that with the breeze, the saw dust goes through the grates and is easy to remove from the box. I use 1/2 puppy pad in the bottom of the tray to absorb the urine. I only need to change the pad monthly and solids are easy to scoop out on a daily, or as needed, basis. I add litter and only totally dismantle the box and refill about once every 3 weeks. Drawback? The Breeze really isn’t big enough for a ragdoll cat. We are looking into alternatives. I, too, will be anxious to read and maybe gain some pointers on the breeze. Thanks for the article on pellets!!
Thanks for posting George’s great info and instructions, Jenny!
Hey, George, thank you so much for great detailed instructions and the beautiful photos of your babies. Jazzy and Blue Man are GORGEOUS and look very healthy and happy!
Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3
Thanks George – that was a lot of work you put into this!
Jenny asked me to do write something about the Tidy Cat Breeze system and now you’ve set the bar really high!!
Do you have an issue with the sawdust and/or pellets sticking to their feet and being tracked around the house?
Jazzy and Blue Man are SO cute – or should I say handsome (but seriously so cuddly and delicious!!).
now i look even more forward to the Tidy Cat Breeze system write up!
Thank you for the question and the nice comments on our babies. I have never noticed sawdust more than a few feet from the litter box. We had it on carpet for the first year and would need to vacuum the area every couple of weeks but nothing significant. The little bit that does get out does not grind its way into the carpet and vacuums up very easily and there is no urine odor. The sawdust actually seems to “dry” very quickly so it is not “sticky”. Daily cleaning is the key as it it with any system. If we find pellets outside the box, it is because they got kicked out. They are very light.
To be quite honest, I was so impressed with the performance of this product (most notably urine odor suppression) over years of using scoopables, if there were drawbacks, I really have not noticed any.