Brands don’t come much bigger in the cat litter world than Frisco. They’re one of the big beasts of the industry, and over the years they have hard earned a reputation for providing no-nonsense quality at reasonable price points.
Today we’re going to see if Frisco has managed to keep to the high standards their customers have grown to expect from the brand over the years – or if they’ve let things slip a little…
We’re going to look at some of their most popular cat litters in great detail and list what we like (and don’t like) about them. We’re going to share a few money saving tips, and we’re going to look at what real customers think about their products (from hundreds of verified reviews).
To conclude we’ll give you a list of pros and cons, and our overall recommendation about the brand.
Let’s get started.
Different Types of Frisco Cat Litter
So let’s start this off by looking at the different types of Frisco cat litter on the market. Below are some of the most popular products you’ll find from Frisco, it’s not a complete run down of their entire product range – but we think that we’ve got the most notable litters they produce covered here.
Frisco Multi-Cat Clumping Cat Litter
This is the cornerstone of Frisco’s business. It’s one of the most popular cat litters in the world due to the awesome performance it provides and the great price point it’s sold at (it has over 3000 reviews and is rated 4.1 stars on Chewy.com).
This is a no-nonsense litter that doesn’t rely on gimmicky materials or additives to get the job done. Instead, it focuses on doing the essentials properly to create a well rounded, effective product that cats and their owners love.
It’s a clay litter that has a strong clumping action. The clumps dry quickly and form hard large balls that are very heavy. This means that any soiled litter is very unlikely to become attached to your kitty’s fur and leave the tray (and the dry litter is heavy and low tracking too).
It’s an unscented litter, which means that it relies on odor elimination instead of obfuscation. The natural antimicrobial properties of the clay attack the bacteria in your cat’s pee that create the ammonia smell upon contact. When combined with the strong clumping action it creates a fresh and clean litter tray that’s not going to smell like cheap perfume with a low-quality scent.
The efficiency and power of this product mean that it’s rated as a multi-cat litter and will be more than up to the job of handling the “business” of two or more cats.
Despite being a clay litter, it’s also a super low dust product – which is unusual.
Frisco manages to do this through the use of a proprietary dedusting system which removes much of the dust before it reaches the bag. It’s not a completely dust free formula (no clay product can be 100% dust free) but it’s one of the least dusty clay litters on the market. If you want the benefits of clay, but you’ve got sensitivities – this is a product you should be adding to the top of your shortlist.
Frisco Fresh Scent Multi-Cat Clumping Cat Litter
This product is almost identical to the product above in every way. The only real difference is that it’s scented instead of unscented.
We’re always cautious when we recommend a scented litter, often times they can make the smell worse instead of better if they’re not of a high enough quality.
Cat pee smells bad, but cat pee mixed with a weak cheap air freshener smells worse…
However, this isn’t a low-quality product, it’s one of the few scented cat litters we feel comfortable recommending. The clumping action of the clay and the natural antimicrobial properties it contains ensures that smells are neutralized and locked away efficiently. This means that the scent has much less work to do (and much less smell to cover up).
The fragrance of this litter is fresh, light, and delicate – but it’s more than enough to cover up the small amount of smell that’s not been locked away in the first place.
Frisco has other variations of this product on the market that are more or less the same, the only difference is the kind of scent that has been added to it. The lavender one seems to be very well received, as does the tropical scented product too.
Frisco All Natural Grass Clumping Cat Litter
This is one of the most eco-friendly products on the market, as the name suggests – it’s made from all natural grass. This means you don’t have to contribute to the huge industrial sized mining operations that dig clay from the ground – but you can still have many of the benefits of the material.
It’s a clumping litter that contains no added chemicals or other artificial nastiness – it’s just pure dried grass. The grass is super absorbent and the clumps it forms are reasonably strong and lock smells away pretty well – although clay is better. It’s super easy to clean, and if you’re careful it’s unlikely you’ll get many clumps breaking apart when you clean the tray.
Grass feels nice and soft underneath the feet of your cat’s paws, and the chances of them rejecting this litter are low. It’s an unscented litter, and instead relies on the scent of grass and the clumping properties of the material to lock away smells and cover them up naturally.
It’s a super low dust formula (like almost all grass litters) and it’s so absorbent that it’s rated for use in multi-cat households. It’s almost twice as expensive as Frisco’s clay litters, but many people feel the added cost is well worth it, and it’s one of the highest rated litters they have on the market.
Frisco All Natural Pine & Corn Clumping Cat Litter
We hope by now that you know we’re not like the other review sites out there. We’re not going to tell you great things about every product on the market to try and earn commissions whatever the cost…
When we see a terrible product, we’re going to tell you about it.
And this is one you should avoid.
On the whole, Frisco makes excellent litters, they’ve earned a superb reputation over the years (and we feel they deserve it).
But Frisco must have given this development of this litter to the work experience intern because it’s terrible.
It’s supposed to be a clumping pine and corn litter, but the clumping action is almost non-existent. We’ve seen pictures of reviews that show almost no clumping at all taking place which results in a smelly tray and makes it super hard to clean.
The litter is also quite roughly textured, and many anecdotal customer reviews said that their cats rejected the litter and chose to do their business elsewhere in the home.
On top of all these negative points, it’s not a cheap litter either. It costs around $5 more than their excellent clay litters for half the amount of product (20lb of grass instead of 40lb of clay).
There’s no reason at all for you to consider purchasing this litter.
If you want something natural, choose the grass litter above – it’s much better in every single way. If you don’t care about the eco-friendly nature of the product, then get the clay litter – it’s also better in every single way, and it’s much cheaper.
Frisco should really stop producing this product in our opinion, it’s slightly tarnishing the excellent reputation of their other products.
(Sorry, that’s the end of our rant!)
Frisco Cat Litter Coupons
Frisco do occasionally release paper coupons in newspapers and magazines, but they’re few and far between – it’d be foolish to try and seek them out intentionally (but they’re worth keeping an eye out for).
However, you can still save on Frisco cat litter if you find a pet supply store that’s running a promotion.
For example, Chewy.com have an incredible 30% off promotion running at the moment that includes many products – including Frisco’s cat litter.
Frisco Cat Litter Reviews
So now we know a little bit about Frisco and their excellent litters. But what do real customers think?
We’ve poured through hundreds of online reviews to see if we can find trends and commonalities that customers like (and don’t like) about their products. This is what we found…
Disclaimer: We’ve excluded the terrible pine and corn litter from this section, almost all the reviews of it were negative in some way and they would have skewed the results of the analysis. We don’t recommend you purchase it
Scent – People absolutely love the scent of Frisco litter, especially the Lavender version of their clumping clay litter. However, the fact that there was a choice in the first place seemed to please customers much more than the scents themselves. It’s not common to be able to choose the scent of a litter, so we take our hats off to Frisco for this.
Clumping – The clumping action seemed to be almost unanimously agreed upon as being excellent in reviews – especially with the clay litters. The clumps formed rock solid balls, and anecdotally they almost never broke apart. The grass litter also deserves a special mention here as it’s a material that can be a little fragile usually. However, somehow Frisco have made it form hard and durable clumps that pleased many customers.
Value – Good value litters don’t always have to be the cheapest litters – but Frisco manages to do both. By focusing on the essentials and not resorting to gimmicks and flashy marketing, Frisco has managed to make a product range that provides excellent performance without demanding a premium price tag. Their clay products are exceptional value for money in particular and $13 for 40lb of a clay litter of this quality is brilliant.
Dust – The proprietary dust extraction system that Frisco has developed for their clay litters is something that many customers seemed to appreciate. It’s impossible to have a dust-free clay litter (as it’s a naturally dusty material), but Frisco goes to great lengths to remove as much of it as possible. People were commenting on how clean the area around their litter tray was when using a Frisco clay litter. They were also saying how much nicer it is to scoop and pour without having to inhale clay dust throughout the process.
Pro’s And Con’s
- Clumping action of the clay litters is excellent
- Excellent odor control and elimination
- Choice of fragrances with scented litters
- Reputable brand with a long history of producing quality products
- Most litters feel great underneath your cat’s paws
- Low chance of rejection
- Incredible value for money considering the quality of their products
The pine and corn litter has opportunity and should be discontinued
Is Frisco Cat Litter Good For Multiple Cats?
Frisco’s products are “over-engineered” in general, and the majority of them are suitable for multi-cat households. However, there are a few of their products that are only rated for use by a single cat – so be sure to double check before purchasing.
To make things easier, here are some of their multi-cat products that we recommend:
- Frisco Multi-Cat Clumping Cat Litter
- Frisco Fresh Scent Multi-Cat Clumping Cat Litter
- Frisco Lavender Fields Scent Multi-Cat Clumping Cat Litter
- Frisco Tropical Breeze Scent Multi-Cat Clumping Cat Litter
- Frisco All Natural Grass Clumping Cat Litter
- Frisco Lightweight Multi-Cat Clumping Cat Litter
So there you have it, that’s all there is to know about Frisco’s cat litter.
They’re one of the most reputable and longest established cat litter brands for a very good reason. It’s not possible to survive this long in the cat litter world if your products aren’t providing great value – repeat business is the lifeblood of the industry.
They’re providing premium quality products, without the premium price tag, and as such, they’re a brand that’s more than worthy of your consideration.
(Just avoid their pine and corn litter, please!)