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As someone who lives with six cats, I spend a lot of time thinking about litter. I think about buying litter, pouring litter, scooping litter, dumping litter—and cleaning multiple boxes. So of course I was curious when I heard people talking about cardboard litter boxes. I got even more excited when I found out that Kitty Poo Club will ship you a recyclable litter box and a bag of litter every month through their subscription system. What could make life easier?
But then I had my doubts. Would a recyclable litter box be as easy to scoop as a plastic one? Just how eco-friendly is all that cardboard? Would my cats like the box? Would they like the Kitty Poo Club litter? Hang on—we’re about to find out.
Kitty Poo Club’s Disposable Litter System
The Kitty Poo Club litter system is pretty straightforward. They send you a recyclable cardboard box (a lid and a base). In that cardboard box is a plastic bag filled with litter and a large, easy-to-read set of directions.
You nest the base of the box inside the upturned lid to form a very sturdy double-layer litter box. They include two plastic strips that clip on top of the sides to further reinforce the structure.
If your cat likes a lower entrance to its box, you can remove a perforated section from one side of the box. (You can also purchase a cardboard dome for the box—probably useful if your box is in an open area or your cat insists on privacy. My cats dislike enclosures, so we skipped that.)
The base box, which serves as the litter tray, is coated with a thin layer of plastic that seals the cardboard and is designed to prevent waste from soaking into the paper.
A Word About the Litters
Kitty Poo Club gives you a choice of four types of cat litter. I ordered two boxes. For the first one I selected a clumping clay litter that I assumed would be similar to our existing premium-grade clumping litter. For the second box I selected organic soy litter, something I had absolutely never heard of and which my cats had never encountered.
The Club’s other choices are silica litter and fine-grain silica litter. All four of the litters are scent-free, and the organic soy litter is biodegradable.
If you decide you like the Club’s litters, but prefer to use a traditional box, they sell the litters in single bags or in packs of four bags (with free shipping).
Test #1: Clumping Clay Litter
I poured the clumping clay litter into the box and frowned. It didn’t look like coarse-grained clumping litter—it looked more like dark beach sand. Would this clump well? Would my cats track the sand all over the house?
I set the recyclable litter box next to one of cats’ regular litter boxes (a beat-up plastic box with high sides) and waited. Experts say that if you put new litter beside old, and let the old go unscooped for a day or two, the fastidious cat will choose the new, clean litter. That turned out to be correct.
Two of my cats, Perdita and Tinkerbell, found the new litter and proceeded with the testing. After a week it was clear that they liked it. And me? I loved it.
My evaluation of the Kitty Poo clumping clay litter is particularly heartfelt because we had recently experimented with switching our entire household from a painfully expensive clumping clay litter (unscented) to a highly rated economy brand (also unscented). At first, the more affordable litter seemed to work, but soon we discovered we were trying to scoop up horrible wet gooey clumps and that the cats were tracking the stuff all over the house. We donated the economy brand to a shelter and went back to our original litter.
The Kitty Poo clay litter outperformed both of those clay litters in every respect. It’s unscented, but it controls scent well. It clumps nicely and scoops neatly. And what really fascinated me was the thick plastic coating on the cardboard—it worked perfectly in terms of keeping the box dry. At the end of three weeks, the box itself was in perfect condition.
That said, my cat Zoe, the one that likes to pee down the sides of the litter box, did not take a shot at the Kitty Poo Club box. So what I can tell you is that if you have a neat cat that does its business near the middle of the box, the Club’s clumping litter is likely to please.
Test #2: Organic Soy Litter
The organic soy litter was definitely different. It’s made up of long, thin, extremely lightweight pellets. I placed the Kitty Poo Club box filled with the organic soy litter beside an existing litter box with my cats’ usual clay litter.
The soy litter was not as popular with my cats as the Kitty Poo Club clay litter we tested. Fortunately, Tinkerbell was willing to use it when the neighboring box seemed too messy for her. That enabled me to test its odor control, clumping, and scoopability. All were pretty impressive. Frankly, I was amazed that the soy pellets somehow held the urine into a scoopable clump.
I suspect that the plastic scoop sold by the Kitty Poo Club would come in handy for the soy litter. The large, feather-light soy pellets did not sift easily through our regular metal scoop so I ended up tossing away more pellets than necessary. If you order the soy litter, it’s probably a good idea to get the plastic scoop.
I’d certainly recommend the organic soy litter for anyone who wants to avoid lift heavy bags of clay or silica litter.
Kitty Poo Club Litter Box (Organic Soy)
The lightweight organic soy pellets in this recyclable litter box may take your cat a while to get used to, but they sure do the job when it comes to clumping and containing odor.
What About Recycling the Boxes?
At the end of the month, you empty the remaining litter into the trash. Then you fold the litter box flat and recycle it.
The Kitty Poo Club boxes are 89% recycled cardboard and 11% recycled plastic. The amount of plastic is small enough that the cardboard can be recycled through most paper recycling programs. The Club provides a link to the Carton Council website where you can enter your ZIP code find out if you live in an area where these cartons can be recycled. I had to dig down into my county’s recycling website, where I determined the plastic coated Kitty Poo Club box can be recycled with other cardboard.
By the way—if you prefer your existing litter, but would like the convenience of a recyclable litter box, the Club sells its two-part litter boxes a la carte.
Kitty Poo Club Subscriptions
While you can order Kitty Poo Club litter, boxes, and other products individually, you can also sign up for a monthly subscription. It’s pretty straightforward. You select the number of boxes you want each month, specify the type of litter (which you can change at any time), and select any domes, scoops, mats, toys, or treats you want to add. FedEx Ground Economy shipping is free; for an additional fee, you can get FedEx Home Delivery service.
Once you’ve ordered, you have the option of activating an account. This enables you to earn and use points (“koins”) in the Club’s discount system.
If your cats are fans of clay litter and you’re looking for a no-fuss litter box solution, you may want to consider Kitty Poo Club. The convenience of home delivery and the ease of scooping and disposal made our reviewer a fan.