Kitty Poo Club Review: A Litter Box System That Puts Sustainability First
More and more, people are incorporating sustainability into every aspect of their lives, from how they shop for clothes to how they eat, even how they care for their pets. According to Nielsen, sales on sustainable products jumped from $107 billion in 2014 to $128 billion in 2018. And that figure shows no signs of stopping with total sales for sustainable items forecasted at 25 percent of total sales in 2021 (1). For cat owners, cat litter and litter boxes are one key area to make a sustainable shift. Enter, the innovative company Kitty Poo Club, a purveyor of biodegradable litter boxes that come pre-filled with cat litter.
What is Kitty Poo Club?
For cat parents who seek sustainable products, Kitty Poo Club comes delivered to your door monthly with a patented box with the actual litter itself. Eliminating the annoying periodic task of cleaning your litter box and replacing it, Kitty Poo Club makes it so that you simply swap out the old box for the new every month—and in a sustainable, eco-friendly fashion.
Traditional plastic litter boxes are non-renewable, after all. When they’re discarded, they don’t just disappear. They’re in a landfill taking up space somewhere. In an effort to minimize the amount of plastic, Kitty Poo Club offers subscribers cardboard boxes, which are biodegradable, recyclable, and can ship without any extra packaging.
As a result of their business practices, Kitty Poo Club recycles about 8,600 pounds of cardboard and 600 pounds of plastic per month. They then reuse about 4,100 pounds of cardboard per month.
Kitty Poo Club Product Line
Kitty Poo Club offers everything from recyclable litter boxes and different types of litter to food and accessories. Here, you’ll find an overview of all the products this subscription and delivery service sells.
Kitty Poo Club Litter Boxes
Kitty Poo Club has only one type of litter box for $22.99 per month (which comes with the litter of your choice). You can also opt for the box only without litter for $11.99. A more eco-friendly option than plastic litter boxes that eventually make their way into the landfill after use, the Kitty Poo Club litter box is made out of 100 percent recyclable materials (89 percent recycled cardboard and 11 percent recycled plastic) and derived from natural materials. It also boasts a leak-proof coating that will last 30 days. After use, there is no need to clean it. You just simply recycle it with the rest of your cardboard waste.
They measure 19 by 15 by 10 inches, and are ideal for cats up to 25 pounds. Want to add a cardboard dome to yours for an additional $5.99? That’ll make its height 15 inches, which is more than enough for a cat’s entry and exit.
Kitty Poo Club Bags of Litter
Not all litters are created equal. And typically, cats also have a preference when it comes to where they do their business. Some clump, while others don’t. Some are known for odor control, while others offer non-tracking varieties. The biggest difference between Kitty Poo’s litter types are the materials they’re made out of. Read on for details so you can compare and choose the one that’s best suited for you and your cat:
- Diatomite: This non-clumping variety is known for odor control and absorbency. Made from natural sedimentary rock, this is also low-tracking and hypoallergenic.
- Clay: If you want a cat litter that clumps extra hard, this one’s for you. Made of 100 percent pure and natural clay, this variety has proven to be soft on cat paws (due to its sand-like texture). Amazingly, it’s dust-free and provides decent odor control. No chemicals, dyes or scents are used in its formula. One thing to consider: Clay litter does tend to be heavier than the others.
- Silica: This non-clumping cat litter is made from natural minerals. Trapping and eliminating urine odor, this low-tracking, practically dust-free variety also has no scents, dyes or chemicals in its formula.
- Fine-Grain: Trapping and eliminating odor, this fine-grain litter (which has the most reviews and highest rating on Kitty Poo Club’s site) also won’t clump. While you may get moderate dust, this litter that’s derived from natural minerals doesn’t have much of a scent—which both cats and cat owners appreciate. It’s also chemical- and dye-free.
- Organic Soy: This litter, which does clump for easy clean-up, has odor control. Made of plant-based pellets, this variety has virtually no scent and provides low-tracking.
Kitty Poo Club Accessories
Kitty Poo Club also offers all of the other things that make your cat litter situation optimal. Order a cardboard dome ($5.99) for your Kitty Poo Club cardboard litter box to keep things private and clean.
Kitty Poo Club Food & Treats
Kitty Poo Club also offers healthy cat meals and treats in the form of dry/kibble, wet/pouch, freeze dried, and more; grain-free, high-protein, low-calorie, raw, and special diet. They carry several well-known brands, such as Blue Buffalo, Greenies, Iams, Nutro, Purina, Rachael Ray Nutrish, and Temptations (just to name a few). Basically, Kitty Poo Club can become your one-stop shop for all of your cats’ needs, so you’ll never have to go to a pet store again.
Kitty Poo Club Toys
Kitty Poo Club’s toy offerings include several items that will keep your cats happy and healthy. Choose from toys in the form of balls, mice, birds, wands, and more. Catnip, grass, and scratch pads are also available.
Putting Kitty Poo Club to the Test
Upon receiving the packaging, I was put at ease. No extra cardboard to throw out aside from the litter box itself. Thank goodness. The thought of disposing of even more waste monthly just because something is being delivered to us was a daunting one. Amazon—with all that packaging material—is not always your friend.
We tried the fine grain litter. For some background, we’ve always used World’s Best Litter in unscented, clumping. The fine grain variety from Kitty Poo Club was the closest swap to our usual.
We simply replaced our plastic litter box with the Kitty Poo Club cardboard litter box and fine grain litter for about a month. (We saved our old plastic litter box just in case this experiment didn’t work out.) My cats didn’t seem skeptical at all. They used the new litter box and litter without much of a transition period. Keep in mind, my cats have always been super-easy when it comes to doing their business. In our seven years of having ours, we’ve never had any incidents of them not using their box.
My biggest complaint—if you can call it that—is that this swap didn’t solve our tracking issue. We’ve always gotten a little dust with our old litter, and this one didn’t really eliminate that problem. It was an even swap. We’d probably have to switch to a different type of litter entirely, but our cats may not love it. Basically, if you want your litter to clump, be prepared to have some form of tracking or dust.
Now that we’ve given Kitty Poo Club a go, we are planning to make it a permanent switch. As for our old plastic litter box? We don’t want it to go to a landfill, which would defeat the purpose of going the sustainable route. So, we’re going to donate it to a cat shelter or to a new cat owner who needs it so we continue on this zero-waste path.
Things We Like
- The packaging was easy to open, put together and dispose of.
- The cardboard litter box did not leak.
- The litter did what it needed to do: our cats liked it and it was easy to clean at month’s end.
Things to Consider
- If you have more than one cat (I have two), you may need an extra bag or two of the litter on reserve for refills when the litter gets a little thin.
- Putting together the cardboard litter box will take some getting used to. Once you’ve done it though, it’ll become an easy part of your routine.
- There’s really no such thing as a mess-free litter box. As cats get in and out, you will get a little mess—though minimal.
- Definitely get the dome no matter what. It’s more money, but worth it for less mess.
Kitty Poo Club: Our Verdict
Upon embarking on this Kitty Poo Club journey, I didn’t know what I’d think. After receiving the packaging and learning of the impact that this company makes, I can’t say enough good things. Not only will you feel great about being more sustainable about your cat litter situation, you won’t have to do the pesky monthly clean-up that is required when you have a traditional, plastic litter box. However, you will have to assemble your new cardboard box monthly, so add that to your time spent.
One of the factors I was most concerned about when it comes to delivery is having to deal with extra packaging. But, each Kitty Poo Club box is shipped in itself, if you don’t buy it in bulk. That means, there really isn’t anything else to throw out but the litter box itself after use. And when it comes to cost, it’s pretty comparable to those you buy at a pet store. In fact, if you choose the fine-grain option, you may even be saving some money, as many similar clumping options on the market can run over $25 for a monthly supply. At the end of the day, it’s ultimately up to your cat. Let’s hope your cat isn’t a giant, likes at least one of the litter options provided, and finds the box (which only comes in the one size) big enough.