If you’re tired of finding gross little kitty paw prints all over your home, you definitely need to check out these top 10 best non-tracking cat litter brands!
From the best clay and clumping litter to more unique offerings (like walnuts!), we’ll look at all the top brands that don’t make a huge mess!
We’ll even learn the difference between no dust clumping cat litter and non-tracking!
If you often find yourself asking, “how do I keep my cat from tracking litter everywhere?” read on for your complete guide to the best trackless cat litter!
Non-Tracking vs. Dust-Free: Can You Have Both?
Usually right about now I’d give you a list of reasons why you’d want this particular type of cat litter. However, I think the reason is fairly obvious!
No? Okay, simple version: because no one wants cat litter tracked all over their house. Seriously, that’s about it.
I mean, yeah, it’s more hygienic to keep waste-laced litter from being tracked everywhere, especially on counters and in your bed, but “it’s just cleaner” covers the hygiene issues.
So, instead, I want to quickly discuss the difference between low-dust and non-tracking cat litter. Basically:
- Dust-free or low-dust litter keeps tiny litter particles from floating throughout your air (and keeps you from breathing it in)
- Non-tracking is cat litter that doesn’t stick to paws and wind up everywhere that your cat steps.
While it is feasible to find brands that cover both bases, as we saw in our low-dust litter list, quite often there’s a trade-off.
Dust-free litter, after all, is heavier, so it tends to stick to your cat’s feet. On the flip-side of that, non-tracking litter is lighter, so it tends to be dustier.
Like I said, though, it’s feasible to find one that is both dust-free (or at least low-dust) and non-tracking.
While not all of the brands cover both bases, quite a few do. I’ll note which ones!
Now, let’s check out the best non-tracking cat litter brands on both Amazon and Chewy.
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Best Non-Tracking Cat Litter on Amazon
Let’s start with Amazon, shall we? Check out the table for a quick look, then read on for reviews (although it’s litter, so they’re not going to be as super in-depth as, say, our cat tree reviews).
1. ARM & HAMMER Clump & Seal
Okay, so Arm & Hammer isn’t a totally track-free litter. However, as far as the “big 4” go (A&H, Tidy Cat, Fresh Step, Scoop-Away), it’s among the lowest tracking major brands that’s also dust-free!
Features & Pros
- Price per pound: about $0.63
- 10% more odor eliminators than their other clump & seal litters
- Claims to be 100% dust free
- Guaranteed 7 day odor-control
- The “odor eliminators” make for a fairly strongly-scented litter experience.
- Claims of “zero dust” don’t seem to be accurate, according to at least a few cat owners.
I’ve used a lot of A&H litter varieties, including at least one Clump & Seal, although I don’t recall trying this particular one yet.
Considering that one reviewer called this “pure magic,” I’d say it’s definitely worth trying.
- 10% more odor eliminators than our clump & Seal fresh scent
- 100% dust free platinum formula
- Patented formula seals and destroys odors on contact. Rock hard clumps
- Our Largest Size
2. Feline Pine Original Cat Litter
Feline Pine is a rather unique type of litter made of natural pine pellets. Along with being a very low-tracking litter, it’s also virtually dust-free.
Features & Pros
- Price per pound: about $0.69
- No Harsh Chemicals- just the pine along with some baking soda
- Highly absorbent, so it sucks up stinky urine quickly.
- No new trees are cut down to make it
- Pellets are kind of hard to scoop
- The pine pellets aren’t as gentle on kitty feet as other pellet brands
- -NO HARSH CHEMICALS, NO ADDED FRAGRANCE—this non-clumping cat litter is an effective odor eliminator that’s made simple with plant-based ingredients like natural pine shavings, plus the absorbent power of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda.
- -BEST NATURAL ODOR CONTROL WITH NO ADDED FRAGRANCES + BAKING SODA. Naturally keep your kitty litter box fresh with natural pine fibers that lock away ammonia odors and neutralize odors on contact. Eliminate the toughest odors with plant-based ingredients instead of harsh chemicals or synthetic perfumes. Get an extra boost of absorbent, odor-fighting freshness from the natural odor-neutralizing power of Baking Soda.
- -HIGHLY ABSORBENT PINE LOCKS AWAY ODORS. The pine shavings in this lightweight non-clumping cat litter directly bind to odors like thousands of tiny sponges to soak up liquid and lock away ammonia odors to keep the litter box fresh and dry. -LIGHTWEIGHT so changing and refilling the cat litter box is fast and easy. That’s because this absorbent non-clumping kitty litter is natural and less than half the weight of clay litter and leaves no messy cloud of dust.
- -A NATURAL CAT LITTER CHOICE. No new trees are cut down to make the pine shavings in Feline Pine Platinum Natural Pine Non-Clumping Litter. This cat litter comes from kiln dried shavings reclaimed from lumber production, so it’s a kitty litter that respects our precious natural resources.
3. Tidy Cats Litter Pellets
Did you know that Tidy Cats made a pellet-style litter? Neither did I!
Technically, you’re supposed to use it with their Breeze non tracking cat litter box but there’s no reason why you can’t use it with any standard litter box.
Features & Pros
- Price per pound: about $2
- The pellets dehydrate solids so they’re easier to scoop out
- 99.9% dust-free as well as non-tracking
- Ammonia Blocker blocks stinky ammonia odors for 7 days
- Formulated for multiple-cat households
- It’s pretty expensive for litter!
- They’re not biodegradable
- Made of 100% Silica, which may cause issues with some cats
If we’re just focusing on the non-tracking litter properties, this brand definitely earns high marks.
The price is pretty steep, but many customers swear by it and say that you can actually wash off and reuse the pellets.
- (1) 7.91 pounds Box - Purina Tidy Cats Cat Litter Box Accessories, BREEZE Refill Litter Pellets & Cat Pads Multi Cat Litter
- Satisfaction guarantee: Love this BREEZE system, or your money back
- BREEZE litter pellets and pads allow for fast, easy litter box maintenance
- No need to scoop urine clumps
- Ammonia Blocker is guaranteed to prevent ammonia odor for seven days for one cat
4. ökocat Natural Paper Cat Litter
Let me start by saying that this litter does have the worst reviews out of any on this list. However, I’ve personally used it and I don’t understand why it’s not getting more love!
Features & Pros
- Price per pound: about $1
- Made from paper pellets
- Almost totally dust-free
- Absorbs 200% its weight, so one box lasts a pretty long time
- Super soft on cat’s paws
- Biodegradable and flushable
- Not the best odor control if you don’t clean it out daily
- The litter itself isn’t the best-smelling of the bunch
- Kind of pricey at $1 per pound (although it lasts longer than typical litter)
As I said, I’ve used okocat and liked it quite a bit. In fact, I was super disappointed when I couldn’t find it in stores (I had coupons!).
While it did get a little stinky compared to some of my other favorite brands, it wasn’t anything too horrible. However, we scoop the box daily.
My local grocery store just started carrying it, though, and those coupons don’t expire, so I’m definitely buying it again!
- Paper Pellet Cat Litter: Our next-generation, paper-based cat litter pellets are exceptionally absorbent, odor controlling, and naturally lightweight for added convenience and cleanliness
- Long-Lasting Odor Control: Natural paper-fiber litter pellets are fortified with long-lasting, plant-based odor control specially formulated to suppress the smell of ammonia
- Non-Clumping Litter: Pellet litter quickly absorbs all liquid keeping your cat's feet dry and making cleaning the litter box quick and easy
- Dust-Free: Our Dust-Free cat litter is made from clean paper fiber with no airborne dust, ideal for cats with respiratory ailments, homes with allergies or post-surgical needs
- Natural Cat Litter: Our paper cat litter is free of inks or dyes, artificial fragrance, harmful chemicals or GMOs; Unlike clay, our biodegradable cat litter degrades quickly and cleanly
5. So Phresh Scoopable Odor-Lock Clumping Micro Crystal Cat Litter
So Phresh clumping uses micro crystals to lock both odors and liquid waste rather than relying on heavy perfumes, making it a great choice for sensitive kitties.
Features & Pros
- Price per pound: about $1.23
- No fragrance, which is good for both you and your kitty
- Superb odor control even without fragrance
- Low-dust (although not dust-free)
- Lightweight, so it’s not a back-breaker
- It’s expensive compared to some of the other litters on our list
- Doesn’t ship free on Amazon, so the actual price is closer to $1.76 when you factor that in!
- Tends to stick to the side of the box (don’t use it in automatic cat litter box)
If your cat has asthma or either of you has issues with fragrances, this is a great option.
Yes, it’s pricey, especially without free shipping, but it’s one of the best for families who can’t handle odors of any kind and want something low-tracking.
Best Non-Tracking Cat Litter on Chewy
Now we’ll head on over to Chewy to see what great non-tracking cat litter brands they have to offer.
Remember, all of these litters ship fast & free with orders over $49.
1. Dr. Elsey’s Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter
Dr. Elsey’s is one of the other few brands on this list that I haven’t had a chance to try yet, but it’s highly rated among other cat owners.
FEATURES & PROS
- Price per pound: about $0.60
- Not just low-tracking but also 99% dust-free
- Hypoallergenic and all-natural, so it’s good for those with allergies.
- Comes in 5 different “formulas,” including one that’s designed just for senior cats.
- Unscented formula is good for people or cats with fragrance sensitivities.
- Tends to cling to the walls of the litter box
- Sadly, it’s not the best at controlling odor
- Clumps get really heavy and cement-like
About 80% of users gave this litter a 4-star rating on Chewy, and many of them swear they won’t use any other brand.
It’s on my list of litters to try, especially since it’s fairly inexpensive for a premium cat litter.
2. Blue Buffalo Naturally Fresh Walnut-Based Multi-Cat Quick-Clumping Cat Litter
Naturally Fresh is probably one of the most unique types of litter! It’s made with walnut shells. Crazy, right?
It’s one of the most eco-friendly cat litter options on this list.
FEATURES & PROS
- Price per pound: about $0.84
- One single bag is the same as 3 bags of the leading clay litter.
- Creates harder clumps to make it easier to scoop.
- Super absorbent, so one bag lasts a while!
- Doesn’t track or stick to paws.
- Made with renewable sources and no chemicals or toxins
- Since it’s such a unique litter, cats may be apprehensive about using it.
- Not compostable, even though it’s made from walnut shells
- Kind of has a weird odor, according to some
I just find this litter so fascinating. I mean, walnut shells? I worry that it would be harsh on my cats’ feet, but apparently it’s not!
It’s pretty inexpensive for such a unique eco-friendly cat litter.
You’ll definitely need to transition your cat by using 1/4 of this and 3/4 of their regular litter, then half and half, and so on.
3. Next Gen Pet Products Green Tea Cat Litter
Okay, if you thought the walnut litter was unique, wait until you see this one!
As the name implies, Green Tea Fresh is made from green tea! Well, not just green tea. Read on to learn more.
Features & Pros
- Price per pound: about $2.93
- Made from natural wood and green tea leaves, which help cut back on bacterial growth.
- The tea leaves also control odor.
- One bag lasts 4-6 weeks
- No chemicals or artificial fragrances
- Flushable and compostable
- The most expensive litter on this list (although one bag does last all month and then some)
- While it’s non-tracking, it is kind of dusty
- Clumps don’t always hold together very well
I love that it uses green tea to control odor and bacteria, which is something that’s actually backed by science in case you’re wondering.
While the price is a little scary, especially if you’re not sure your cats will like it, Chewy has always been good to me when I have issues. Because of that, I’m far more likely to give it a try.
4. Nature’s Logic 100% All-Natural Pine Non-Clumping Cat Litter, 24-lb bag
If you want a super budget-friendly non-tracking cat litter, grab yourself a bag of Nature’s Logic pine litter.
Features & Pros
- Price per pound: about $.055
- 100% pine litter is totally natural.
- Also completely silica-free
- Almost totally dust-free
- Safe for kittens
- Doesn’t clump as well as other litters
- Only flushable in very small amounts
- May be rough on sensitive paws (especially if you adopted a declawed cat)
While I like that this litter is very inexpensive and all natural, I am concerned about it not being gentle enough on sensitive paws.
One of the reviewers on Chewy mentioned that she adopted a declawed cat (she did not declaw him, in other words) and the litter hurt his toes.
Still, the price is right and a lot of other customers absolutely love it, with one even saying she’d pay twice the price!
5. Frisco Crystal Summer Clean Scent Multi Cat Non-Clumping Cat Litter
Frisco is one of Chewy’s in-house brands, so you know that they’ll stand behind it.
I haven’t use the non-clumping formula, but I have tried other Frisco litters and liked them well enough.
Features & Pros
- Price per pound: about $1.62
- One bag lasts up to a month, which accounts for the high price tag.
- Low-dust along with low-tracking
- Gentle on your kitty’s paws
- Significantly more expensive than the clumping Frisco cat litters
- It has added fragrance, although not as much as some other brands
- Not the best odor control
It’s important to note that this is a low-tracking versus no-tracking litter.
That means litter can travel outside the box, although it likely won’t make it too far since it will fall off your cat’s feet.
Again, I haven’t tried this particular formula, but other Frisco litters worked well enough for us.
From the Amazon list, my top choice would have to be the Feline Pine. I like that it’s inexpensive and has no harsh chemicals.
Over on the Chewy list, I really want to give the walnut litter a go, but I’m not sure how my cats will feel about it.
Regardless of which one you pick, there’s one thing you need to remember: just like nothing is 100% dust-free (sorry, TC, I’m just not a believer), nothing is going to be 100% track-free all of the time.
Seriously, 99 people can say, “OMG, no tracking ever!” while one person will always say, “tracked all over my entire house.”
Still, all of these brands come as close as possible to being non-tracking cat litter!
Your turn! Tell me if I left out any of your favorite non-tracking cat litter brands. Use the comments below.
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief and one of the writers here on CatVills. She’s been a cat lover most of her life and-at one point- counted five felines as part of her family. Today, she’s proud cat mom to two indoor kitties and caregiver for a slew of ferals.
Last update on 2021-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API