Having a pet obligatorily entails certain expenses, as I’m sure most of you know. You need to have it groomed once in a while, if it’s a dog, and in all cases, you have to feed it. In the case of cats that are primarily indoor pets, you also have to give them a safe and comfortable place in which to do their… business, let’s say. This is not a major expense – food is much, much worse – however like everything else, it does add up. This is where Costco’s Qualicat Cat Litter comes into play.
We’ve had our cat for a little over 3 years, and he’s a mostly well-behaved, non-biting and fully-clawed little bugger called Tailchaser. We named him after the hero of Tad Williams‘ classic fantasy novel Tailchaser’s Song, one of my favorite books.
Available at Costco (and possibly elsewhere), Qualicat Cat Litter costs a mere $7.99 (Canadian) for a whopping 50-pound box. I don’t need to tell you that this is a LOT of kitty litter! If you were so inclined to see it in a more mathematical light, this comes out to a ridiculous $0.16 – sixteen pennies! – per pound of cat litter!
Besides its incredible low cost, Costco’s Qualicat Cat Litter offers solid clumping power, making cleaning the litter box a breeze. It also helps control odors quite well, as I am never left reeling from the stench of ammonia as I perform this less than desirable task.
On the negative side of things, it appears that clay kitty litter – which this is – is not too good for the lungs of your little furry friends, as it can lead to an accumulation of the stuff in their lungs, among other things.
For those who consider themselves to be Eco-warriors and conscious about all that environment stuff, know that this stuff is strip-mined, which is of course the worse thing ever. You can read more about it here and here.
All in all, I consider Costco’s Qualicat Cat Litter a very good purchase, as it gives me a lot of value for the dollar. I will gladly shift to another type of kitty litter once they decide they can offer me comparable price / value. Come on, this is stuff made for cats to poop in, it can’t be that expensive to make!
Late August 2014 – Update!
Even though my Costco cat litter is practically free, at 16 pennies a pound, I’m happy to report that our cat has been going outside this summer! He’s an indoor, apartment cat that has discovered the great outdoors since we moved out of the city. This means that he’s doing his business, so to speak, outside and not in the cat litter box, which means that I don’t have to buy as much, at least for the summer!
In all honesty, it’s not really the cost of litter that bothers me, but rather the weight! The box is so heavy that it annoys me greatly when I have to buy it, so the least often, the better, I say!
March, 2015 Update – While the Qualicat is still available at my Costco, it has been brought to my attention (by alert reader Aline) that the price of the litter has increased in the Windsor (Canada) Costco, to $8.49 per box. While this is not a crushing increase, it is annoying, especially since it’s going to happen more and more as the Canadian dollar falls against the US dollar. I have been noticing many price increases of imported goods. Of course, since Costco’s profit margins are so small, they would be among the first to raise prices, since no one in their right mind can sell something at a loss.