Tidy Cat was created over 50 years ago and was one of the first cat litter brands on the market. Before Tidy Cat, people kept their cats outside, or used ashes, dirt or sand as cat litter when it was necessary to keep them inside.
Tidy Cat litters are mostly limited to clay litters, they do offer many variations of types of clay and features depending on you and your cats preferences. If clay litter is not your thing, they do offer litters made with recycled paper, cedar, corn, and pine.
Now Tidy Cats offers Tidy Max formulas which they call the “latest online-only cat litter innovation”. This new litter has ammonia blockers and absorbent power pieces to provide maximum odor and moisture control. They come in regular and light weight formulas.
- Variety of Products – 5/5
- Price Per Pound – 4/5
- Multi-Cat Formulas – 5/5
- Clumping Ability – 5/5
- Long-Lasting Odor Control – 4/5
- Natural/Alternative Options – 1/5
Overall Score: 4/5
How We Tested the Litter:
- We were sent 4 of the new Tidy Max cat litters for testing
- We spent a few weeks testing the cat litters on several cats
- We did not receive these products in exchange for a favorable review
In January 1947, Edward Lowe’s neighbor asked him for some sand to use as cat litter because her sand pile was frozen. Instead of sand, Lowe gave her some clay called Fuller’s Earth, a set of clay minerals capable of absorbing their weight in water. It worked far better than sand or ashes.
The highly-absorbent clay was a far more adequate solution over sand, sawdust, ashes, and soil. Edward Lowe packaged the clay into 5 pound bags marked “Kitty Litter” and began marketing the product to stores and cat shows.
By 1964, Edward Lowe Industries introduced the first nationally produced and marketed cat litter known today as Tidy Cat.
Today Tidy Cat is owned by Purina, one of the largest and most reputable pet supply brands in the world. Not only do they manufacture cat litter, but dog food, cat food, and pet treats as well. Purina’s Tidy Cats line offers over a dozen different cat litters and litter products.
What Kinds of Litter Does the Brand Offer?
Tidy Cats litter offers a wide range of products, most of which are clumping clay litter, including the Tidy Max formula. For those who prefer non-clumping litter, Tidy Cats has five different non-clumping clay litter products.
Tidy Cats also has a small selection of alternative biodegradable litter. Purina has more than a dozen litters on the market, but in this review we will cover the new Tidy Max cat litter products.
The four formulas we will cover are Tidy Max lightweight formulas, and clumping formulas.
What Do Customers Think of Tidy Cat Litter?
Tidy Cats is one of the most reputable and well known brands in cat litter. But like everything, it has had its share of controversy, with cat owners claiming it causes respiratory issues.
Because every customer’s experience is different, here are some positive and negative reviews for the cat litter formulas featured in this review.
I have three cats and that means more to worry about when it comes to keeping my home clean and smelling fresh. Tidy Cats 24/7 Tidy Max Performance Clumping Cat Litter does an excellent job at keeping odors at bay while also keeping the litter confined to the litter box. The result is a cleaner, fresher smelling home and happier felines! –Glorum69, reviewing Tidy Max 24/7 Performance Continuous Odor Control
I recently received this as a free sample & love it! Love that there is not a ton of dust! Love that it clumps so well! So easy to use. I can honestly say I will be buying this for sure because it works so much better than the cheap stuff I have been buying. So glad I actually was able to try this before buying because I would have never spent money on something not knowing if it actually worked. I was shocked how well it hides odors too! 2 cats and no smell! -Annissa, reviewing Tidy Max Instant Action Clumping Cat Litter
This litter is an amazing find! My cat tends to be quite smelly and this has contained that nicely. The fresh scent helps cover over the less than stellar scent cats leave behind, and the light weight formula makes it easy for even someone like me to carry from my car to the cat box without needing help from my husband. Definitely recommend. -Gollumina, reviewing Tidy Max’s LightWeight 24/7 Performance Clumping Cat Litter
It’s an okay litter if your primary concern is clumping into tight, hard clumps. Personally, I don’t love the idea of using clay litter—so I doubt I would repurchase it in the future, but I can see why some people might like it. Since it’s a dense clay, the granules don’t scatter as much as wheat and walnut-based litters, but don’t be fooled, because it DOES track out of the box, and there IS still some dust, albeit less than something like the dreadful Tidy Cats Naturals, which blows around n the slightest breeze and leaves a thick coating of pale dust on every surface. -Replicant, reviewing Tidy Max’s Instant Action Clumping Cat Litter
Tidy cat lightweight instant action clumping cat litter delivered a less than average ability to block odor and has horrible ability to keep the tracking down. I received a free sample of this product to try and I would not buy this product. However I am not a fan of the lightweight litters I also found the products ability to block odor below par. -Chricket, reviewing Tidy Max’s Instant Action Light Weight Cat Litter
My only complaint is the old version had a handle so it was easy to carry. This version has no handle and makes it very awkward and hard to carry. I hope they add the handle back to the package design. -Kimg, reviewing Tidy Max’s 24/7 Performance Clumping Cat Litter
How Much Does Tidy Max Cat Litter Cost?
Tidy Cats litters offer an excellent value for your money, including Tidy Max. The large, 38 pound box of Tidy Max Cats is around $24. The lightweight Max formulas will cost you around $25 for a 17 pound box.
Overall, Is Tidy Max Cat Litter a Good Choice?
If you want a tried and true cat litter brand that will not drain your bank account, Tidy Cats is a great choice. The Tidy Max formulas are quality litters for an affordable price, and the various products all offer superior odor control.
Tidy Max Cat litter not only provides strong clumping action, making clean up easier, it is also great for multiple cat homes.
The light weight formulas are convenient and work just as well as the regular formulas, but will cost a bit more.
Overall this is a convenient way to get your litter since these large sizes are only available online and shipped directly to you.