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Skoon litter is an all-natural litter made of diatom pebbles that are manufactured using a low heat-thermal activation process. The porous pebbles and their manufacturing method create a high rate of absorbency along with being virtually dust-free and hypoallergenic.
The size of the pebbles almost completely eliminate tracking outside of the litter box, and the non-clumping formula reduces the amount of scooping that needs to be done compared to clumping litters.
- Variety of Products – 4/5
- Price Per Pound – 2/5
- Multi-Cat Formulas – 4/5
- Long-Lasting Odor Control – 4/5
- Natural/Alternative Options – 5/5
Overall Score: 4/5
How We Tested:
- We purchased three varieties of cat litters that Skoon has to offer
- We spent multiple weeks testing the litters on several cats
- We did not receive these products in exchange for a favorable review, they were purchased with our own money
Skoon is a more unique and unusual litter compared to most litters on the market. Its diatom pebbles are made from diatomite boulders, which after they are mined, are broken down into pebble-sized pieces. During the manufacturing process, the dust is removed and fragrances are added to the scented litter varieties.
The end result is a highly absorbent formula that is not only hypoallergenic, but is also biodegradable, organic, and helps to alleviate unwanted odors.
As for its benefits for cats, the pebbles may be larger than more traditional clay litters, but the pebbles themselves aren’t sharp or jagged and won’t be uncomfortable on your kitty’s paws. Also, the larger sized pebbles all but eliminate tracking and scattering outside of the litter box.
Products Included In This Review
|Name||Materials||Clumping||Life Stage||Additional Features|
|Skoon Unscented Litter||Diatom||No||All||Non-Clumping, Unscented, All-Natural, Hypoallergenic|
|Skoon Lavender-Scented Litter||Diatom||No||All||Non-Clumping, Lavender-Scented, All-Natural, Hypoallergenic|
|Skoon Lemon-Scented Litter||Diatom||No||All||Non-Clumping, Lemon-Scented, All-Natural, Hypoallergenic|
What Kinds Of Litter Does The Brand Offer?
Skoon litter offers three varieties for their original pebble formula – unscented, lavender-scented and lemon-scented. All three of these varieties are made using the same ingredients and manufacturing process, with the exception of the lavender and lemon formulas that contain added fragrances for additional odor control. Also, all three of these formulas are non-clumping litters.
All three Skoon cat litter formulas offer the following benefits:
- Made from all-natural ingredients
- Dust-free formula
This litter is different than many other litters on the market due to its ingredients and manufacturing process, and its uniqueness contributes to its outstanding absorbency, as well as its eco-friendly approach.
One of the upsides to Skoon is that since it’s very absorbent and non-clumping, it reduces the amount of time and effort you have to spend scooping out your litter box. Also, since the pebbles are so absorbent, you won’t get a lot of mushy or sludgy areas at the bottom of the box. However, due to its non-clumping formula, Skoon isn’t the best when it comes to feces. It’s great at absorbing urine and containing the urine odors, but not so great with fecal matter.
Also, the cost of Skoon is a bit higher than other available litters, but it does last for a long time before having to be dumped out altogether.
Skoon also offers a fine grain formula, but this review focused on the original pebble varieties.
|Product Name||Type||Price Per Pound||Overall Rating|
|Skoon Unscented Litter||Non-Clumping||$3.49||4/5|
|Skoon Lavender-Scented Litter||Non-Clumping||$3.49||4/5|
|Skoon Lemon-Scented Litter||Non-Clumping||$3.49||4/5|
The all-natural ingredients are made to be a more environmentally friendly option compared to a lot of other litters on the market. Even though Skoon isn’t flushable or compostable, it’s still biodegradable and more friendly to the environment.
The pebbles are definitely larger than what you would get with a more traditional litter, and there was literally no dust when pouring it or scooping it. Also, the diatom pebbles are extremely absorbent and don’t tend to get mushy over time.
With that in mind, the unscented formula does a fairly good job with odor control. And, even though it’s a non-clumping formula, it was very easy to spot which parts of the litter need to be scooped out due the discoloration of the pebbles. Also, keep in mind that Skoon’s non-clumping formula won’t do much for fecal matter, but even the unscented variety did a decent job with the odor control in that regard.
Also, keep in mind that Skoon is a more expensive brand of litter than many other brands, but the extra expense is for the all-natural ingredients as well as its lessened impact on the environment, and Skoon tends to last a lot longer than most litters out there.
|Easy to Scoop||3/5|
- Made from all-natural, non-toxic ingredients
- Virtually dust-free
- Extremely absorbent
- Not great with odor control
- Non-clumping formula
This litter comes in an 8-pound bag. And due to its diatom formula, it might feel a little heavy compared to other litters made from other, more traditional ingredients.
The hypoallergenic formula of Skoon Lavender-Scented Litter partners well with its lavender scent, helping to increase its odor control while also being all-natural. Also, its biodegradable formula makes it a more environmentally friendly option compared to many other litters.
The diatom pebbles produce almost no dust when pouring it out of the bag or when scooping, and due to the larger size of the pebbles compared to traditional clay litters, there is virtually no tracking or scattering around the litter box.
As for odor control, Skoon Lavender does a really good job at keeping unwanted scents at bay. Its non-clumping formula does a terrific job at absorbing urine and controlling urine odor, and it also does a good job with combating fecal odor. Again, it’s a non-clumping formula so it won’t do too much for feces, but it’s still very easy to scoop, as well as making it easy to identify what needs to be scooped out in the first place.
Skoon is definitely a pricier brand compared to many other litters on the market, but it lasts for a long time before it needs to be completely dumped out. And, its hypoallergenic, all-natural formula is something that can’t be overlooked.
|Easy to Scoop||5/5|
- Hypoallergenic, biodegradable formula
- Extremely absorbent
- Very little tracking and scattering
- Non-clumping formula
- Pricier than many other litters
This litter comes in an 8-pound bag. It may seem heavier and more dense than litters made from other ingredients when it comes to pouring, but it’s really not too difficult to manage.
The diatom pebbles used to make Skoon use a low-heat thermal activation process, which makes it highly absorbent, along with being all-natural and hypoallergenic. The pebbles are also biodegradable, making Skoon a more environmentally friendly option for litter.
As for the pebbles themselves, they are definitely larger in size than most traditional clay litters, but they are still comfortable on a cat’s paws and help to reduce tracking and scattering outside of the litter box.
The lemon scent is fairly unique when it comes to odor control, but it still does a good job with managing the pungent scent of cat urine. Along with the odor control, the absorbency is great, and it’s easy to identify and scoop out the soiled pebbles because of their discoloration after use. As far as feces, keep in mind that Skoon litters are non-clumping, but the odor control is still impressive.
Skoon is going to cost you more than traditional, clay-based litters, but the all-natural, hypoallergenic ingredients, along with the lack of dust and tracking, make it easy to justify the extra cost.
|Easy to Scoop||5/5|
- Virtually dust-free
- Highly absorbent
- Good odor control
- More expensive than other litters
- Non-clumping formula
This litter comes in an 8-pound bag. The weight and density of Skoon might seem a bit daunting, but it’s actually very easy to pour and scoop.
What Do Customers Think Of Skoon Litter?
All three Skoon varieties that we reviewed scored very high with customers, with the Unscented formula scoring 3.1 stars on Chewy and 3.7 stars on Amazon; the Lavender-Scented formula scoring 3 stars on Chewy and 4.1 stars on Amazon; and the Lemon-Scented formula scoring 3 stars on Chewy and 3.8 stars on Amazon.
As with all litters, there are both good and bad reviews, so you may have to do some experimenting to find out what works best for your cats and what works best for you.
Keep reading to see positive and negative reviews for the varieties of Skoon Litter featured above:
“I have 9 cats. 8 of them like clay and Skoon. 1 loves Skoon only. He wasn’t using any of the 13 litter boxes I have placed strategically around the house. He’s a special needs kitty that can’t clean his paws well. Thank god I found this. The big chunks are soft and don’t get stuck in his paws. We’re both much happier. My other cats like it too.” –DoeCdo, reviewing Skoon Unscented Cat Litter
“I like the absorption of this cat litter and the fact that it also absorbs the smell for multi-cat households. I gave 4 stars for easy to clean because it sometimes gets kind of gross at the bottom of the cat bin if you don’t remember to mix the litter daily.” –Jody reviewing Skoon Lavender-Scented Cat Litter
“So it is one of those things where the product does what it says it does, but if the cat doesn’t like the product and doesn’t really take to it, what do you do? You don’t continue to use it, so I won’t bash the product, but I’ll warn you that if your cat is finicky don’t switch to this litter.” –Malcolm reviewing Skoon Lemon-Scented Cat Litter
“It’s not the worst litter I have tried, but not the best either. It has less dust than regular litter and seems to last longer. I was mostly disappointed about odor control, but it may just be my situation. Both of my cats hop in the box and squat so there is one giant wet spot. The instructions say to stir the litter for best odor control, and I confess I may not have done this as often as I should have, but I still don’t think it would help given the way my cats use the box.” –T2para, reviewing Skoon Unscented Cat Litter
“I’ve been using the original unscented litter for over a year. Thought I’d try the scented. Not a fan. As it gets used it starts to smell like any other scented clay litter. And it has a pinkish color to it accompanied by dust of the same color.” –Kelly reviewing Skoon Lavender-Scented Cat Litter
“I was excited to get the order of Skoon because it was so light and easy to carry. Learned that although it was light, it was not a hit with my cat. I ended up having to discard half the litter box contents and adding her regular litter. I’m back to my heavyweight litter, but at least one of us is happy!” –DeeDee reviewing Skoon Lemon-Scented Cat Litter
How Much Does Skoon Cat Litter Cost?
Skoon Cat Litter May seem a little more expensive than many other litters out there, but it’s also long-lasting, and its hypoallergenic and environmentally friendly formula make it worth the extra cost.
All of the Skoon formulas that we reviewed cost the same at $3.49 per pound. It may seem a little pricey compared to most traditional litters, but Skoon is long-lasting, highly absorbent, and environmentally friendly.
Overall, Is Skoon Cat Litter A Good Choice?
We have a lot of positive things to say about all three varieties of Skoon that we reviewed. Ultimately, all of the varieties did very well with only a few downsides. And, the downsides really depend on your personal preferences.
Between the three Skoon varieties, the only difference was with the scents. Whether it’s the unscented, lavender-scented or lemon-scented, they all have the same properties as far as absorbency, scoopability and lack of dust.
That being said, be mindful of what scents might work best for you and your cats, how much you want to spend on your litter, and how important the environment is to you.