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The best places to buy cat litter can sometimes be the cheapest ones.
According to Susan Little, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), keeping cat litter clean can help avoid certain infectious diseases for cats, so it is vital to change it frequently.
Getting rid of dirty litter regularly can add up in cost, so you want to find the cheapest place to find a quality product.
I’ve found that looking around for sales can be helpful, but usually, once you find a source, you’ll keep it if the sellers are consistent in their pricing.
Does that keep you from looking for better deals? Of course not! Savings is savings!
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3 Best Places to buy cat litter in the US
The price of cat litter, like everything else these days, seems to keep rising. So, where is the cheapest place to buy cat litter if you live in the USA? Right now, I have found three that I like.
Place #1: Walmart
I choose Walmart a lot of times because they seem to have the best price on kitty litter. They also keep one of my favorite brands in stock.
It seems hard to find in other places. There are pros and cons to everything, including whether or not you choose to buy your cat litter at a Walmart store. See some of the significant pros and cons below:
|Walmart stores are all over the US
|Not everyone is a fan of big corporations like Walmart. Some people prefer to shop with local and small businesses.
|Prices are affordable. Walmart is notorious for having the lowest prices on cat litter.
|Walmart stores can be very busy, making shopping and waiting in line (and parking) unpleasant.
|They carry many brands, including my favorite type of litter.
|They do not employ pet experts to help with your purchases
|Stock is typically kept updated (you can find the product on the shelf)
|Discount codes and coupons are not readily available since prices are already low
|In addition to multiple cat litter brands, they also offer various sizes of cat litter. Multi-cat households, clumping litters, dust formula, unscented litter, etc., are all available in-store and online.
|If you purchase in-person cat litter, it can be very heavy to carry. Even brands marked as lightweight litter can be rather heavy.
|It is convenient because I can do my grocery shopping and household shopping simultaneously.
|If you order online for store pick-up, cat litter can be heavy to carry
|You can purchase in person or online.
|A pick-up-in store option is available if you order online
|Home delivery (so you don’t have to carry the heavy cat litter) is available if you purchase online
|Free delivery if you meet the minimum order amount
|They partner with Amazon, so you can order and pick up at select stores (drive-through option)
|Store hours are convenient, with some superstores being open 24/7
If you like to purchase cat litter online, Chewy.com is one of the best and cheapest places to make your purchase.
If finding savings is your thing, they have more sales than any other pet place I have found online. I get coupons in the mail, in flyers, online, etc.
What are the pros and cons of shopping at Chewy.com? See below:
|It is convenient to order online
|Shopping can only be done online (there are no brick and mortar stores)
|They deliver right to your front door
|Shipping can be pricey if you do not hit the threshold amount for free shipping
|You have an auto-ship option, so you don’t ever run low on cat litter in the house
|Ads and offers can sometimes feel spammy
|It is a reputable website that many people know and trust
|Veterinary diet items require veterinarian approval.
|You can get on a mailing list to have savings options regularly sent to you
|Veterinarians do not always speak highly of Chewy.com
|They are focused centrally on pet care and needs
|Prices are cheaper when you sign up for auto-ship, but not everyone may want to engage in this option
|They offer other pet services, including a pet pharmacy
|Pet experts are available to help you 24/7
|They have a large variety of pet items, including many types of cat litter.
Specialty types such as pine litter, silica gel litter, clumping varieties, alternative litters, etc., are found in online companies such as Chewy.com far more than you might find at grocery stores.
|Free shipping when you purchase over a specific price
|Prescriptions require veterinarian approval, which can be timely
Amazon has become a household name. It seems everyone has used it at one time or another.
They can easily be considered one of the best places to buy cat litter (and the cheapest).
|Convenience: Many people already have Amazon accounts set up, making shopping a breeze.
|There are no brick-and-mortar stores, so you have to wait for delivery
|Online retailers are often suitable for prices! Amazon usually has some of the best prices around for cat litter.
|Products can be damaged during shipping
|Variety! Amazon carries a wide variety of many cat products, including cheap cat litter. No matter your preference, they are sure to carry the type of cat litter you desire.
|They are a huge corporation, and some people prefer to support local businesses instead of the larger conglomerates.
|Shipping is free when you meet a certain threshold
|You have to pay shipping fees if you do not meet the free shipping threshold.
|Some sellers offer auto-ship offers
|Refunds, when needed, can be harder to process on heavy items like kitty litter when you have to do them online versus in person.
|Customers review the products and sellers, so you feel safe buying
|There is a slight risk of sellers sending you fake products, including your cat litter.
|Fast delivery, especially with Amazon Prime options if you are a member
|Tracking is available
|Updated inventory takes place daily
|They have a straightforward website to navigate, making comparing and contrasting prices and brands easy.
|People trust Amazon for shopping
What to Consider When Selecting the Place to Buy Cat Litters
One thing you want to consider when you choose where to buy your cat litter is what kind of litter box you have for your cat.
Some litter boxes do better with various types of litter than others. There are many types of litter to choose from, and the pieces are different sizes.
Some litter boxes do better with various types of litter than others.
There are many types of litter to choose from, and the pieces are different sizes.
Cedar, crystal, and clay litter are much larger, for instance, than the sand variety. This matters quite a bit if you have an automatic or robot litter box. It does not matter so much if you have a litter tray.
Because unattended feces in the cat litter box can lead to odors that contribute to air pollution, the robot litter boxes can be more than convenient for those who are not always home.
This can lead to an entirely different discussion of what types of litter boxes to buy (mechanical litter boxes or traditional), but we’ll leave that for another day.
Another thing to consider is whether or not you want or need to purchase your litter immediately. If you are looking for the cheapest place and have time to wait for it, you can order online.
If you need to have your cat litter delivered immediately, you will probably want to opt for an in-store option to fulfill that need instantly.
What is the best and cheapest place to buy cat litter?
This depends on your individual needs. Research what you have around you and what is available online to make the best decision for you and your cat.
Who has the best deal on kitty litter?
Of course, it can vary from time to time. It is smart to keep your eyes open for good deals.
You can also sign up for e-mailing and mailing lists to have coupons and savings sent to you regularly.
How much does a 40 lb bag of cat litter cost?
This can vary from place to place, but savings tend to be more significant when you shop in bulk or buy bigger packages.
Costs vary from place to place, however, according to veterinarians Turner and Turner, size matters.
The best places to find cat litter are sometimes the cheapest ones. Whether you are searching in person or online, there are always deals on quality brands.
Do your homework, and you are sure to walk away happy with the best prices on the cat litter you or your cat favors the most.
What is your favorite place to buy cat litter? Let us know below!
Dr. Linda Simon MVB MRCVS is a locum veterinary surgeon who has worked in London for the past 8 years. She graduated top of her class in small animal medicine from UCD, Dublin. She is currently a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Linda is the resident vet for Woman magazine and a frequent contributor to People’s Friend Magazine, the Dogzone website, Vet Help Direct and Wag! Linda also writes content for the CVS veterinary group, Vetwriter and a number of other establishments.