By Jennifer Copley (Last Updated March 29, 2010)
Although there are a few common complaints about corn-based cat litters, the majority of cat owners rate these products highly and say that the pros outweigh the cons.
The Benefits of Corn-Based Cat Litters
Clay litters are harvested via destructive strip mining, whereas corn-based litters are biodegradable and use renewable resources, making them more environmentally friendly. Although many owners make the switch to corn-based litters for environmental reasons, additional benefits have been noted in consumer reviews:
- Most corn-based cat litters tend to clump really well compared to other environmentally friendly litter materials (though often not as well as clay-based cat litters).
- The litter is flushable in small quantities.
- Because they are made of all-natural materials, these litters are safe for kittens.
- Corn is lightweight, so the bags are easier to manage.
- The material doesn’t stick to the sides of the litter box the way clay-based litter does when it gets wet, which makes the litter box dryer and easier to clean.
- Corn litters are longer-lasting than most litters, so they do not need to be changed as often.
- Many owners find that corn-based litters control ammonia odours well.
- Most cats really like corn-based litter, and because the texture is similar to that of fine-grained clay litter, the majority of cats make the transition relatively easily.
Problems Associated with Corn-Based Kitty Litters
Corn-based cat litter products tend to be a little more expensive than average, although many owners say that they are good value for the money because they last longer. Other negative aspects of corn litter that have been mentioned in consumer reviews include the following:
- Corn litters can be quite dusty, and have a tendency to track around the house.
- More finicky cats may refuse to use it.
- Some owners feel that the corn gives off a “barnyard aroma” or fails to control odours adequately.
- Corn-based litters can be hard to find in some regions.
Best Corn Cat Litter Brands Based on Consumer Reviews
Nature’s Miracle Cat Litter is a very highly rated brand. Hundreds of reviewers on Epinions.com, PETCO.com, PetSmart.com, and Viewpoints.com have given this product an average score ranging from 4 to 4.6 out of 5.
World’s Best Cat Litter is another highly rated brand, scoring between 4 and 4.41 out of 5 on average in reviews appearing on Amazon.com, Epinions.com, PETCO.com, PetSmart.com, and Viewpoints.com. Most reviewers have given the brand 5 out of 5 stars and written rave reviews of the product, although a few strongly disliked it and rated it 1 or 2 out of 5, usually complaining about the price, or problems common to most corn litters, such as dust, tracking, or insufficient odour control.
Littermaid Cat Litter, also made from corn, has not been reviewed as extensively as the leading brands above, but the majority of those who have commented on this product have liked it. Littermaid received an average of 4 out of 5 stars at PetSmart.
Arm & Hammer Essential Clumping Cat Litter, another corn-based brand, has received an average rating of 4.38 out of 5 from 50 reviewers on Viewpoints.com, though it received only 2 stars on average from 7 reviewers at Epinions.com, along with complaints about dust, poor odour control, and inadequate clumping. Another brand, Naturals Corn Litter, has been criticized by reviewers on the PETCO website for similar reasons, though there have been few reviews of this product thus far so it is difficult to draw conclusions about it.