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How Much Does Cat Litter Cost Per Month – Prices & More


If you own a cat or are thinking about getting a cat, the chances are that cat litter is on your mind. There are so many types of litter out there at so many different price points. I think we all want to save as much money as we can when it comes to cat litter, especially if it’s something that we dispose of often.

Cat litter can costs $10.00 – $40.00 per month. The brand, how many cats you have, how efficient you are with your litter, and what type you decide to use all impact the monthly costs of cat litter.

While we all want to save a buck, there are different types of litter and different features. The cost per month of cat litter will ultimately be based on your decisions regarding what you are looking for in a cat litter. If you are looking for the most basic, most inexpensive cat litter and only have one cat, you could possibly come in around $10-$12 a month. The more features you add, such as scented, clumping, or organic, the more your cost raises. If you have multiple cats, you should also expect to spend more on litter every month.

Cat Litter Price Comparison Chart

To better understand cat litter costs, I’ve put together this helpful chart. It compares various types of cat litters from bargain all the way to luxury. It also compares some popular litter features such as scented or clumped.  

Cat Litter Type Average Price Range
Bargain Litter $8.30
Medium Litter $18.45
Luxury Litter $36.32
Clumping $10.57
Crystal $32.67
Scented $9.52
Unscented $10.36

If you’re more of a visual person, here’s a helpful graphic charting the information above. Have a look at it below! 

cat litter comparison chart

How Much Cat Litter Do You Go Through In A Month

Cat litter consumption isn’t an exact science, but a reasonable estimate is about 15 to 20 pounds a month. Of course, many variables determine how much cat litter you will use in a month.

First off, it depends on how many cats you have. I would say that 15 to 20 pounds is a good estimate if you have one cat. If you have more cats, you will be using more litter more frequently.

Other factors that might affect how much you go through in a month are how high you fill the litter box, how frequently your cat uses the litter box, the type of litter you use, how often and how efficiently you scoop the litter box and your preferences on how often you change the litter.

How Much Cat Litter Should I Use

The amount of cat litter you use is really a personal preference, but typically anywhere from 2-4 inches is good. Try experimenting with 2 inches and then with 4. You will find that your cat may actually have a preference.

Cats don’t like the litter to be too high. However, there needs to be enough litter in the pan for the cats to completely cover their mess without seeing the bottom of the pan. If there is not enough litter in the box, it won’t take long for cats to start looking elsewhere in your home for a place to do their business.

How Long Does A 25 lb. Bag of Cat Litter Last

Ideally, a 25 lb. bag of cat litter should last anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks. Nevertheless, this is a rough estimate because, again, how long a 25 lb. bag of cat litter will last hinges on circumstances. If you have two cats, it may only last you half as long. If you have a single cat, fill the pan up with 2 inches of litter instead of 4 inches, and have a good filter scoop and scoop daily, it may last you longer.

It depends on how determined you are to make it go as far as possible. A good healthy recommendation is about six weeks, though. You want to make sure that the litter box is staying clean and that the litter is being changed regularly to keep your cat and other members in your home healthy.

What Is The Best And Cheapest Cat Litter

Fan favorites from which you will get the most bang for your buck are Dr. Elsey’s Ultra Cat Litter and Frisco Multi-Cat Clumping Litter. Both of these are affordable, clay-based litters with tons of great reviews. You will find a vast number of different types of litter to choose from in all different price ranges.

While some are cheaper, many customers see many higher-end benefits from these 2 in particular, such as reduced litter tracking, excellent odor control, less dust, and clump well. Many litters perform differently, and there is no perfect litter, but you can find one that works best for you and your needs. Try a couple of different kinds and see which one you and your cat like best.

Is There An Alternative To Cat Litter

Yes, there are a couple of alternatives to cat litter. One option is to install a cat door and let your cats go outside when they need to use the restroom, similar to dogs.

Another option is toilet training. You can actually train your cat to use the toilet. There are toilet training kits available on online to help train your cat to use the toilet. Most kits are a 2-3 step system where the cat starts with a small litter box over the toilet. The next step is a ring filled with litter, and then a smaller ring (in some kits) until eventually, the cat is going directly in the toilet itself.

Another thing to think about is alternative cat litters. Most people think of clay-based litters as the go-to litter to use because that is what is most widely sold; however, there are cat litters made from all sorts of materials, including:

  • Wheat
  • Newspaper or paper
  • Corn and cassava
  • Sand
  • Bamboo
  • Grass
  • Coconut
  • Wood
  • Tofu
  • Other plants

So, if it’s the dusty, clay-based litter that has you rethinking litter, you can think about an alternative, but maybe also consider an alternative litter base.

What Might Add To The Cost Of Cat Litter

There are many things which could cause you to pay more for cat litter. The first and obvious one is the number of cats you own. The more cats you have, the more litter you use.

Another aspect that affects cost is the material from which the cat litter is made. Clay-based litters are usually going to be your cheapest option. If you want to go with a more “natural” litter like corn and cassava or bamboo, you are going to pay a little more.

On the other end of the spectrum, crystal cat litter is made from silica gel and is more expensive because of its ability to absorb odors and moisture. It is also an easier litter to deal with for people with asthma, allergies, and other respiratory issues.

Clumping litter will cost you more than non-clumping litter because it makes scooping more convenient, and you may pay a little more for scented or unscented depending on the market trend. Right now, unscented is the trend, due to sensitivities and allergies. However, if the litter has partnered with a big brand known for pleasant smells like Gain or Febreze, it might cost you a little more.

On that note, you may merely be paying extra for the brand name itself or even the packaging.
Many variables could add to the cost of your cat litter.

10 Ways To Save Money On Cat Litter

In the end, cat litter is something your cat will use and dispose of. So, why not save on it? Below are 10 simple ways you can save money on cat litter every month! 

1. Buy in bulk or at farm supply stores. Farm supply stores are geared towards a demographic that raises large groups of animals. Because of this, the price per unit is often lower, leaving you with a great deal.
2. Coupons. Cat litter coupons are a frequent flyer in newspapers and are sometimes even on a coupon book at the shelf right next to the cat litter. Ask you your friends and family to save any cat litter coupons they come across
3. Use clumping litter combined with straining scoops or litter boxes.
4. Use careful portion control
5. Scoop Daily with your straining scoop
6. Choose a litter that offers reward points that allow you to redeem them for free boxes or litter bags.
7. Use a subscription service that offers a reduced price in exchange for your subscription.
8. Buy a cheaper cat litter.
9. Buy online
10. Toilet train your cat or train them to go outside.

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