Sweet Critique: Arm & Hammer Ultra Last Clumping Cat Litter

So, yeah, I know.  Homeschooling to cat litter?  Well, I do lots of product reviews here on Sweet Phenomena, and I generally try to review things that we can personally use.  Hence, the litter.

All Hail Princess

That right there, to the right, that’s our cat Princess. She’s a princess if I’ve ever seen one… She came to us when she was about two, and was already named Princess, so we decided to just keep her name.

Little did we know how well that name fit her…

It took her months to get used to us, and at least a month to come out of full-blown hiding.  When she did, she let us know she was particular about things.  She wants stuff her way and that’s all there is to it.  And generally, she gets it, because she’s just so darn pretty.

After a little over a year, she finally came around and has began acting more like a lap cat.  She’ll sit with us from time to time, and show a teeny bit of love.  You just have to take it when you can get it, however, and always let her run the show.  When she’s done, she’s done, and she’ll let you know it…

Princess Needs Litter


Yes, all cats need litter, but Princess like really needs it.  It has to be fresh and scooped and free of little girls {the jury is still out on little boys}.  Well, the room has to be free of little girls {more on that later}.

If her litter isn’t quite up to par, she will relieve herself, um, elsewhere…  She’ll even do it with you watching.  She’s evil like that.

Given all of this {and the fact that I don’t want my house to smell like a toilet}, we’ve tried to be very particular about the quality of litter we use and how often we scoop/change it.  Of all the types I’ve tried, I’ve enjoyed the Arm & Hammer varieties most.  I like the fresh scents {without being too perfume-y}, the fact that it has baking soda in it {it’s a miracle product I tell you!}, and it clumps well.  TMI? Maybe, but we’re talking litter here, so we have to go there.

I was excited to try their new variety, Arm & Hammer Ultra Last Clumping Cat Litter.  Every granule is coated with baking soda AND odor-destroyers, meaning it works really hard!

When Babydoll first switched out the litter, she noticed right away that it had a powerful scent, but not overpowering.  With other litter brands, I’ve had to hold my breath because the perfume smell was too much for me.  Asthma would ensue.  Not so with this stuff.

It smells fresh and clean, and clumps really really well.  I was surprised; I didn’t know things could clump that well.  Which, for us, is important, because Princess doesn’t like any remaining clumps.

The granules are a good size, not so big that it’s weird for your cat, but not so small that it gets stuck on them and tracked all over the house.

And yes.  It really does smell great.  It had been at least 24 hours since the litter was scooped {normally Babydoll’s chore, but she was heading to someone’s house}, and by the time I got up there to do it, you’d never have known.  Freaking sweet.

I definitely recommend the stuff if you’ve got a cat.  You can get it at Walmart, and it’s a reasonable price in my opinion.

Oh, and about the little girls.  I don’t know about your cat, but Princess will not use her litter box if there are people by it.  She has her area up in the room above the garage, which is also where toys and books are located.  Generally, Babydoll and her friends sleep up there when they have a sleepover.

I found out the hard way {read: urine on my oversized chair…} that she will not use the litter if they’re up there.  Does anybody else’s cat do that?  Or is it just her?

True Confessions: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf Arm & Hammer and received a product coupon to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.