Best Cat Litter for Asthmatic Owners

There’s nothing that can make you give up your furry child. They’re everything, dearer to you than the air you breathe. But what happens when they literally take your breath away?

Every time you clean your little fuzzy friend’s litter tray, you don’t just have to battle the foul odor of their excretion, you have to fight to keep your windpipe open.

And every time you fill the tray back up, a billion motes of airborne poop-collecting dust fill the room and fight for pride of place in your lungs.

Just the thought alone is making you wheeze, but before you start creaking like a barn door in a storm, grab your inhaler and have a little read of our list of the five best cat litters for asthmatics.

We’ll find you the puuurfect product for you and your kitty.

Just to make sure you say goodbye to catsthma and not your cat, we’re going to include an in-depth buyers guide and FAQ segment because until your cat learns to use the toilet like a civilized member of society, this is going to be a recurring problem.

So, without further adoodoo, let’s go!

Top 5 Best Cat Litter for Asthmatic Owners

OUR TOP PICK

Stretching out into our number one spot is this super innovative paper cat litter from Purina sure to leave your little lungs in peace.

This lovely litter is made from 100% recycled paper, so it’s going to help the earth breathe as well. It’s called yesterday’s news because it’s made from old newspapers. This means that it biodegrades quickly and safely.

The paper is rolled and pressed into pellets that are nice and soft for your little beauty to paw and scrape. It should make them feel very comfortable, and because it’s paper, it should absorb about three times more than traditional clay-based litters.

Paper litter also makes mess easily identifiable, so no more using your nose. You’ll be well aware when you need to do a little bit of scooping.

With no loose or fine particles, It’s 99.9% dust free and made with only natural clumping agents and non-clumping agents. Clean up is as easy as possible for you, while keeping your cat well away from any harmful chemicals.

Another important aspect of this perfect paper is that it’s totally unscented. This means that there are no intrusive chemical smells to set your asthma off or confuse your kitty. All the odor-reducing qualities stem from the natural properties of the litter. Pawesome, right?!!

Pros

  • Made from recycled paper. Good for the planet
  • Has ease of cleanup associated with clumping
  • Has the absorption associated with non-clumping
  • Biodegradable
  • No irritating scents
  • Natural odor reduction
  • Makes mess easily identifiable
  • Affordable for specialized litter

Cons

  • There are none!

EDITORS CHOICE

Making the cat-life bearable in our second spot is this magnificent formula designed for healthy yous and healthy mews.

This all-natural cat litter is made entirely from whole kernel corn which is completely safe for all your furry princesses and princes. This means it has absolutely no chemicals or toxins in it at all, and it’s 99% dustless, perfect for me and all the other wheezers out there.

The corn also has really great natural odor-reducing properties so you don’t have to go into the cleaning process in a hazmat suit. It’s also completely unscented. You won’t feel like you’re suffocating in a cloud of Febreze, which is pretty awesome.

This litter is quite expensive, but if it keeps you and your cat breathing fresh, clean air, it’s definitely worth it. It’s advertised as a long-lasting litter, so you’ll definitely get your money's worth. It’s a quick-clumping litter that makes cleanup really easy, but it may not be as absorbent as non-clumping products.

It’s also flush safe. It can be disposed of down your toilet without causing mayhem in the pipes, but only do this with non-soiled refuse. Cat refuse is toxic to humans so mixing it in with our water supply is never a good idea.

Pros

  • All-natural ingredients
  • 99% dust-free, so no inhaling particles
  • Corn is healthy for cats and humans
  • Flushable (but don’t!)
  • Biodegradable
  • Odorless
  • Long-lasting formula
  • Natural odor-reducing properties keep things fresh

Cons

  • Expensive
  • May not be as absorbent as non-clumping litters

BEST VALUE

Everyone go nuts for our bronze medalist, a walnut based product sure to save you money on your medical bills...unless you’re allergic to nuts.

This exclusive litter is mostly made out of walnut fibers, and the walnuts themselves are cultivated using 100% solar energy. It's totally biodegradable and safe for the environment.

But more to the point, it’s safe for us and our cruel affliction. It’s a dust-free formula, so no more closing your eyes and holding your breath during refill. Now you can actually aim.

And as a good litter should be, it’s unscented by any nasty chemicals. You’ll just have a natural slightly nutty smell.

It also has a completely non-stick effect on your cat’s fur, so no more chiseling residue from your cat’s beans, or impromptu baths that end up being more of a wrestling match: Psycho Puss vs The Clean Freak.

Just like our second pick, this litter can run a little expensive, but it’s said to last three times longer than your average clay litter.

Pros

  • Exclusive walnut formula is all-natural
  • No dust to irritate your breathing
  • Unscented 
  • Walnuts are grown with 100% solar energy
  • Biodegradable
  • Doesn’t clump to your cat’s fur
  • Quick-clumping makes for an easy cleanup
  • Lasts three times as long as the average clay litter

Cons

  • A little expensive
  • Not suitable for those with nut allergies

RUNNER UP

Filling our number four spot is another really forward-thinking litter made with great natural ingredients that will keep us respiratory challenged chaps feeling fine.

This litter is made primarily of pine, which is a really interesting approach. The only other ingredient is a bit of baking soda to help facilitate a little bit of safe, natural odor reduction.

It has no added scents because there are no chemical additives. You just get that lovely pine smell you normally have to pay out the ear for to keep your car smelling fresh. Bonus, right? 

The pine is all responsibly sourced. Every bag of Feline Pine is made from 100% reclaimed lumber shavings, so it’s an incredibly green approach to waste management. This litter is also super lightweight which makes big cleanups and storage easier than ever.

The pine is formed into highly absorbent pellets that keep your cat's litter box fresh as possible. It’s not completely dust-free, but it is advertised as a ‘low dust’ litter, so you’re still going to be much better off with this over a cloudish clay option.

Pros

  • Pine is highly absorbent
  • Biodegradable
  • Baking soda will reduce odors
  • Likely to have a nice natural scent
  • Very lightweight
  • All-natural formula
  • Responsibly sourced pine

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Cat might not like larger pellet formula

RUNNER UP

Our next waste collecting wonder is a safe clay formula that your little poop machine will be familiar and comfortable with.

Although this is a clay litter, it’s designed to be 99.9% dust-free by using only heavy non-tracking and medium-grain clay granules, so your windpipe should be in the clear. It’s made from all-natural ingredients so don’t worry about those nasty chemicals found in some cheap litter materials.

This litter is unscented so you don’t have to worry about respiratory irritation on that front. It also has really good natural odor control for those of you with sensitive noses, and it’s hypoallergenic too!

It’s a clumping litter so you may need to add a bit more than other materials to stop moisture from reaching the bottom of the tray. Clean up should be pretty easy though.

My big problem with clay litter is that the residue can stick to cat’s paws and then ingested during their grooming process. Natural clay is called bentonite and it can be very harmful to cats.

It can cause pretty severe intestinal issues which in some cases can be fatal. That said, if you need to go with a clay litter for whatever reason, this is one of the better options.

Pros

  • Supposedly dust-free
  • All-natural ingredients
  • Strong clumping abilities
  • hypoallergenic 
  • Cats are likely familiar with it
  • Easy to dig

Cons

  • Clay can be bad for cats
  • There is likely a larger dust content than claimed
  • Customers have noticed a recent drop in quality

Best Cat Litter for Asthmatic Owners Buying Guide

Budget

Choosing specialized litter over the standard store option is definitely going to hit your wallet pretty hard. You go from spending around 2 to 3 dollars on a bag of clay litter, to $19 + for your quality bag.

As this is a matter of health, I recommend making cuts elsewhere in your life and making the change to the quality product that doesn’t close up your windpipe.

Low Dust product

Some cat litters have more of a dusty structure to them. They’re the ones that send those lung shrinking particles into the air. Gravel and clay litter are the worst for this, so they should be avoided unless they’re specifically designed to be low dust.

It’s called silica dust and as harmful as it is to our airways, it’s worse for cats. This dust is kicked up into the air around your cat as they dig and then breathed in. A residue also settles on their fur and sticks to their paws. It’s then ingested during their grooming routine, which can really harm them.

Alternative Substances

To reduce the risk of a litter affecting your asthma, it's important to look for products that use alternative materials. As you’ve seen on our list, companies are getting really creative with their formulas.

An added bonus to using these products is that they’re normally better for the environment, your cat, and you.

That said, just because a litter is made from a renewable substance doesn’t necessarily mean it’s dustless. It’s just more likely to be. Always check specifically if it’s a low dust product.

Check in with Your Cat

Your cat isn’t just a creature of many mews, it’s also a creature of habit.

Even small changes to their schedule can cause them a great deal of stress. It’s not uncommon for cats in this situation to start defecating on the floor just beyond the walls of their litter tray. Both yours and your cat’s health is a priority in this case, so it’s important to try and find a solution that works for both of you.

This means that you might have to try out a few different products and see what works best for them. The chances are they were litter trained using clay. They may be suspicious of different materials and shapes.

If you can’t find a litter that works for both of you, you might have to try and retrain your kitty.

Scented vs Unscented

Some cat litters are chemically fragranced to better veil the odors of cat defecation. This can seem like a pretty attractive option as we all know how rancid cat feces can be. They’re too cute to be that gross, I know, but unfortunately, they are.

But, as pleasant as it may be to have a litter tray that smells like a summer meadow, I’d strongly recommend avoiding perfumed formulas. These chemically infused scents are just going to pose another risk to your respiratory health. Think about those times when you’ve sprayed too much deodorant and had to make a rush for your preventer. 

Even if a cat litter is naturally scented, it’s going to confuse your cat. Cat’s don’t particularly like strong scents around their food, water, or litter tray. It’s in their nature to use their strong sense of smell territorially. An alien scent in their territory will aggravate them.

Instead, search for cat litters with natural odor-reducing qualities. This way you’ll keep bad smells to a minimum and you and your cat won’t be inhaling loads of synthetically modified air molecules. 

Allergies

Make sure you’re up to date on your own and your cat’s allergies before busting the bunk on a bulk order of your new asthma-friendly litter.

The last thing you want is to make your cat ill or to solve one problem and cause another for yourself.

Ask a Doctor

During your next checkup, why not ask your doctor if they have any experience dealing with attack-inducing pet products.

They may be able to suggest something or give you some key medical advice on what’s good or what to avoid.

Ask a Veterinarian

The same goes for your vet. Next time you’re there, ask if they have any recommendations.

A lot of companies claim that their product is veterinary approved, but it can’t hurt to hear it straight from the horse doctor’s mouth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can cats suffer from asthma?

Yes, asthma is quite common in cats.

Roughly 1% of the world cat population suffer from varying degrees of asthma.

Is clumping better than non-clumping

They’re both good for different things, but clumping has more useful qualities overall.

Non-clumping is far more absorbent, whereas clumping is easier to clean and doesn’t need changing quite as often.

Inhaler, Exhaler

So, there you have it my fellow asthmatics: five of the very best cat litters to keep you breathing nice and easy.

Now you and your cat never have to part. Maybe now that issue is all cleared up, you can get another cat...and another one, and another, and then another one. Get all the cats.