I’m a big fan of the cat litter normally available at Costco, Qualicat. I’ve been using it for years, and it performs admirably. It keeps the nasty ammonia smell away, mostly, and is surprisingly easy to clean thanks to its clumping capabilities. My local Costco sells pallets and pallets of the stuff every week, thanks no doubt in great part to its excellent price, only $7.99 for 22.7 kilograms, or 50 pounds.
Imagine my surprise when I noticed a new brand no earlier than two weeks ago. The Simplicity Yours cat litter brand is now available at Costco, at least in Canada. Visually speaking, the box is exactly the same size and weight, 22.7 kilograms, except it has a slightly more modern design and graphics. As far as the litter goes, it looks exactly the same as the Qualicat, except maybe a tiny bit more finely ground. Not much, but a bit. This may help improve clumping.
As you can see on the picture above, Simplicity Plus Cat Litter positions itself as a better-clumping, dust-free cat litter that is designed to handle the waste of several cats at once. Here are some of the details:
- Made from 100% natural clay, which is unfortunately strip-mined
- Contains Baking Soda and Odor Check; great idea. I hope there’s a lot.
- Moisture activated herbal botanical essence, which is in theory a great idea.
- Immediate extra-strength odor control; we’ll see about that
- Harder and faster clumping; I’m tempted to believe that one, based on the litter consistency
- 99% dust-free; compared to what? 1% can still be a lot.
- Claims to be safe for cats and kittens; good! Isn’t it made for them?
I’m sorry I’m being cynical here, but come on. This is cat litter, made from strip-mined clay with some baking soda and scent added. I’m certain it works well, and I understand they have a product to sell, but I find it increasingly difficult to take packaging claims seriously, let alone at face value. Like the guys making bacon who had the great idea of labeling it ‘Gluten Free!’ to get on the bandwagon. Give me a break. Feel free to follow this link to learn about other types of cat litter.
Of course, everything else being equal, the Simplicity Plus Cat Litter offered at Costco has one advantage over Qualicat: it is a whole $0.20 cheaper. Not per pound, mind you. Twenty cents cheaper. Per box. It costs $7.79 instead of the outrageous $7.99 Costco charges for Qualicat. I’ve decided to save 20 pennies and give it a shot, to see if the product measures up to the hype on the box. I’ll update this post in the future with the results. In the meantime, if you’ve tried it before, go ahead and chime in in the comments!
UPDATE – November 10th, 2014
This litter *sucks*. The whole basement smells like the worst kind of litter, never mind the “odor control formula” and the clumping is just a terrible, terrible joke. My cat’s number one business clumps fall apart at the first sign of scooping, requiring me to change more litter than I should, and number two business doesn’t really require clumping, now does it?
I would be better off with a box of sand.
I will go through this box – quickly, I might add – and go back to Qualicat cat litter, which has found its place anew at my local Costco. Goodbye, Simplicity Plus Cat Litter! You’re a horrible product and I’ll be thrilled to see the last of you!