Today we’re going to take a look at Feline Pine and the short but sweet list of cat litters that they have on the market.
As you might have guessed from the name, they’re a brand that only makes wood-based litters, and they usually use pine as the one and only material in their products. They’re one of the smaller brands in the cat litter world – but that’s not stopped them from grabbing a very decent amount of market share and an excellent reputation.
Today we’re going to try and see how they’ve achieved that.
We’re going to be looking at 2 of the most popular litters that Feline Pine has on the market in detail. We’re also going to review the brand as a whole and look for commonalities that can be found from analyzing real customer reviews. We’re going to conclude with a list of pros and cons and our overall recommendation about the brand and their products.
Let’s get started.
Different Types of Feline Pine Cat Litter
Feline Pine Scoop Clumping Cat Litter
As you might have guessed by the name of this brand, this product is a wood-based cat litter that is made mainly from pine fibers. Pine is one of the best kinds of material that can be used in wood-based litters, it’s a superabsorbent material that will stop any liquid from reaching the bottom of the tray and festering over time.
Pine also is a natural bacteria killing material, which is obviously a very good feature to have in cat litter. The ammonia smell that is created by your cat’s waste is mainly caused by bacteria in the pee, and most of it isn’t present when it first “leaves your cat”. By destroying this bacteria on contact, you’re going to ensure you’ve got the infamous cat pee smell under control before it becomes a problem.
It’s a completely dust free litter, which is obviously a huge bonus for people or felines who are sensitive to dust in the air. The super low dust nature of this product comes from the fact that it’s not made from clay (which is notoriously dusty), and while Feline Pine likes to make a song and dance about it in their marketing – it’s a common feature of almost all non-clay based litters.
There’s no unnatural scent to this litter, and because the pine itself kills bacteria, there’s no need for any kind of added chemicals or other nasty stuff to keep your home smelling fresh. It’s one of the most natural, and gentle products on the market. The litter feels great underneath the feet of your cat, and unless you’ve got a super fussy kitty – the chance of them rejecting this product is very low.
As there are no chemical additives, this litter relies on its clumping action to protect your home from the smells of cat pee. The clumps that form are acceptably strong and reasonably large, although you may find that clay clumps are harder and larger. Despite this, the clumps dry extremely quickly and are unlikely to break apart when you’re cleaning out the tray. The smells stay locked away, and your home stays fresher for longer.
Feline Pine Original Cat Litter
There are a couple of differences between this litter and the litter we talked about above, but quite honestly much of it is the same – it has just been formed in a different way.
It’s still made from 100% all natural pine, and it uses the natural properties of the material to destroy odors (and the bacteria that create them). It’s another low dust formula, and there are no artificial chemicals or other nasty stuff inside – so it’s perfect for sensitive kitties. Again, it’s an unscented product that keeps things smelling fresh by neutralization instead of covering smells up with a cheap (and often times equally as unpleasant) perfume.
The only real difference you’re going to find here is that it’s a non-clumping formula. The product above is made from very small granules of litter which is what makes it clump together, but this product is made from pellets. The pellets are much, much larger than the almost sand-like texture of the product above. Instead of clumping, the pellets disintegrate when they’ve been used into a fine layer of sawdust.
We’re not going to go into the benefits of clumping vs non-clumping and granule vs pellet based litters here – we’d be talking about it all day. But one of the lesser known and more interesting benefits that specifically applies to these two products is the amount of tracking that occurs.
The first product we talked about above is made from a granule size that is extremely small, it’s almost like sand. When this is combined with the light nature of wood (compared to clay), it makes for a litter that is susceptible to tracking – as lighter litters and smaller particles need less friction to stay attached to your cat’s fur.
Note: The clumps in the product above form reasonably large, and are reasonably heavy – so it’s only clean litter that is likely to track a little bit. The dirty stuff should stay in the tray.
However, the pellet size in this litter means that it’s almost impossible for dry litter to get attached to your cat’s fur. If you’ve got a very long haired cat, you might notice the occasional bit of tracking, but we doubt the litter would make it very far away from the tray. However, the dirty sawdust that is left behind when the litter has been used might track a little bit – as it’s obviously much smaller and lighter than the pellets.
But while this litter is going to track less than the clumping litter, it’s probably going to smell a little bit more. It’s identical to the product above in terms of materials (pure pine), the way it has been made (pellets vs granules) is the only difference. So you’re still getting the bacteria killing and odor neutralizing benefits – you’re just not getting the clumping action to help things along.
This being said, it’s still an extremely good litter in terms of odor control, and can hold its own against many other litters on the market – clumping or not.
Feline Pine Cat Litter Coupons
We’ve been unable to locate any online Feline Pine cat litter coupons, it seems that they do occasionally release paper coupons through various in-store magazines – but they’re few and far between. We’ve got no idea how you’d find a way to come across them intentionally.
However, there is still a way for you to save on Feline Pine cat litter without a brand-specific coupon. At the moment Chewy.com are running a 30% discount that applies to a wide range of products and brands – including Feline Pine.
Feline Pine Cat Litter Reviews
So, now we’ve taken a look at the two most popular Feline Pine products on the market. In this section, we are going to be finding out what real customers think about their products. We’ve searched high and low to read literally hundreds of reviews (from verified customers) to try and find some common trends and patterns between them.
Here are a few things that stood out:
Eco-Friendliness – Many of the people who brought these products did so because they are much better for the environment than clay-based litters. Mining clay from the ground is a huge industrial operation that’s not dissimilar to mining coal or metals. By using a pine based litter the customers were happy to not be contributing to the harmful nature of clay production.
Clumping – There was a mixed bag of reviews in the clumping department. Some people were happy with the clumping action considering it is made from pine – but others were not. Pine clumps are not as strong as clay clumps and can break apart or degrade slightly before you come to clean out the tray. It’s not a problem with Feline Pine’s products in particular, and you’ll find several other similar “complaints” from other pine-based litters on the market.
Tracking – The tracking of these products got reasonable reviews, but there were a few complaints. The pellet based litter is super low tracking when the litter has not been used, but as it breaks down into sawdust when it comes into contact with moisture – it can track a little bit. The clumping litter had the opposite “issue” the clean litter is small and light, and it tracked a bit through the house – but the large clumps usually stayed put in the tray.
Note: We don’t want you to think that this is a huge problem, we’re just pointing out extreme opinions we found in the review sections. By and large, people were very happy with the low tracking nature of both products – the non-clumping litter was especially well received.
Rejection – There were a huge amount of positive comments talking about how fussy cats that usually dislike clay litters loved using Feline Pine’s products. Pine litters feel great underneath the paws of your cat, and judging from these customer reviews – if you’ve got a fussy kitty, these products could solve your problems.
Odor Elimination – The natural odor killing properties of pine were talked about regularly in customer reviews – almost always positively. Customers remarked at how long the litter tray stayed fresh for and how their home smelled much better as a result. This is impressive enough on its own, but when you consider that there are no artificial chemicals or other nasty stuff inside – it’s even more impressive.
Dust – As this isn’t a clay litter, it’s already going to be less dusty than the vast majority of products on the market. The clumping litter from Feline Pine may have a very small amount of dust present, but it’s essentially dust free. The pellet litter, however, has no dust at all, and if you’ve got a sensitive kitty (or you’re sensitive yourself), both of the products we mentioned today are going to please.
Scooping And Cleaning – There was a distinct divide between opinion when it comes to scooping and cleaning out Feline Pine litter. The clumping litter got excellent reviews, and while the clumps broke apart a little more than clay litter (which is normal for pine litters) people seemed to be very impressed on the whole.
However, there were several notable reviews that talked about how the non-clumping litter was very hard to scoop efficiently. The sawdust that the pellets break down into gets mixed up with the unused litter, and many people found they were wasting quite a bit of litter when trying to extract the dirty stuff on its own.
Pro’s And Con’s
- Highly absorbent material
- Excellent odor control from the natural properties of pine
- Low chance of rejection, even from fussy kitties
- Free from nasty chemicals and artificial additives
- Pine litter is great for the environment compared to clay litter
- Clumps are not as strong as clay
- Can track a little bit more than clay litter
Is Feline Pine Cat Litter Good For Multiple Cats?
Both of the litters we’ve talked about today are unsuitable for multiple cats. It’s unusual to find a pine litter that can stand up to the waste and smells that are produced when more than one cat uses the tray (but they do exist).
So if you’ve got a multi-cat household – you should probably check out a different brand or material.
So there you have it, that’s all there is to know about Feline Pine and their two most popular cat litters.
We feel that if you’re looking for a pine or wood based litter, then Feline Pine are more than worthy of your consideration. There’s no denying that there are several downsides to wood-based litters compared to clay products (weaker clumping being the main one), but there are several benefits too.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly litter that has natural odor control capabilities and a low chance of rejection from your cat – check out Feline Pine.