I have been a mom to cats since 2014. All my cats are indoor cats, so aside from their food, the next important thing to take note of is their cat litter. After I got them, I have started experimenting a lot with different cat litter over the years and my latest try is tofu cat litter.
Tofu Cat Litter
The first time I read about tofu cat litter was on a post on Instagram (as usual). At that time, tofu cat litter was still new and not widely used. If you go to any pet shop, they did not sell them yet. I was super itchy to try this new cat litter because the Instagram post promoted that it has good odor control, flush-able (yes!!!) and last longer. I cannot recall which Instagram post was that, but it did get me hooked on the tofu cat litter train though.
However, the one reason why I did not try it out was the price. For such a small amount, the price was a tad bit expensive. I have 3 cats and one box ain’t enough. So, at that time, I had to shelf the idea of trying out something new and just proceed with my current cat litter brand which was OKO Cat Litter.
And Then They Were Everywhere
Okay, I kind of forgot about the tofu cat litter for a while. Then one day, I was scrolling on Shopee to buy my regular OKO cat litter when I saw something familiar at the corner of my eyes. Tofu cat litter???
Pause on that OKO and lets check out the new product on Shopee. So i type out tofu cat litter and BOOM! there you go. The price was okay and I thought, why the hell not try some.
So I bought 2 packets. One packet is 6 liter and priced at RM15.20 each. I do not understand why they had to package it in “liter” instead of the usual “kg”. The cat litter also comes in many scents. They usually have Green Tea, Original (Milk), Peach and Lavender. I chose Green Tea because they were out of “Original” at that time.
The cat litter arrived in a square shape vacuum-packed plastic package. Once I take the pellet out, I noticed the slight Green Tea scent. Not too strong but it was there. The litter was also in green color to go with the Green Tea theme.
The cat litter has a pellet shape but smaller and thinner than the regular rabbit pellet sold at the pet store. The pellet is dry but not brittle. I tried it out and my cats did not have any problem with using it over their regular cat litter at that time.
The cat pee clump was very easy to scoop at first. After my cat pee, give the tofu cat litter some time to hardened and once you scoop them up, the clump did not fall apart. As for their poop, give it some time for the pellet to do their job. Then just scoop the poop off and the leftover pellet will fall out between the spaces on your scoop. Easy peasy.
However, I did notice that the longer I used the same litter over and over, the clumping power will be reduced a bit. The litter also cannot mask the cat poop odor as well as during their first couple of use. But do not worry, the tofu cat litter still does the job well. Overall, I liked what I saw.
6 Months Experience
My first purchase cost me RM15.20 per packet excluding postage. After the first purchase, I decided to try out different shop instead because I was chasing either a cheaper price, cheaper postage fee or even a free postage promotion. So far the price range acceptable to me is between RM12.50 to RM15.20. I am still looking for the cheapest price if I can.
When comparing between the price of OKO cat litter and tofu cat litter, the tofu cat litter came out cheaper when calculating in RM/liter. So, aside from being good cat litter, its cheaper as well. The only problem I had with this cat litter was they sold it in 6 litre pack, I had to buy a lot of pack instead of just one pack with OKO cat litter.
Scent, Variations and Textures
Maybe some of you were thinking since I am looking for the cheapest cat litter, will it affect the quality of the product? To be honest, there are many brands out there. However, I am not concerned with the brand as much because, after a few purchases, I think they are all OEM.
Since its called tofu cat litter, it’s literally made from…(dum da da dummm)…you guess it…soybean!!! and other stuff as well but the main is still soybean.
After my first which was Green Tea scent, I prefer an Original (Milk) instead because I do not like colored products or additional scent. The simplest one should be the best. If you love different colored pellets or scent, then go ahead because I think performance-wise, they are all the same anyway.
After a few purchases, I did notice that the OEM does come in a few brands as well (ahahahah). So far I had noticed a few differences between those brands.
- The color of the pellet can be dark yellow or tofu white. (for Original/Milk scent)
- The size of the pellet can be long and thick or long but thinner.
- The “Original” scent can either be strong (soy milk scent, YUM!) or hardly any scent.
- The clumping power can differ but not too noticeable. They all still work well.
- The packaging might come in square vacum-packed plastic or non-vacuum plastic.
So far, I prefer a no scent, tofu white colored and has a long but thin shape pellet because that style of tofu cat litter has the strongest clump so far. But, I do enjoy the sweet soy milk scent of the other style of cat litter too.
How To Pick The Best Cat Litter
How to pick the cat litter that you prefer then? To be honest, when the seller on Shopee promoted the cat litter, you cannot know the shape or size of pellets because they promoted it in the same fashion. You need to buy them and try them. Then, be consistent in buying at the shop that sells the tofu cat litter that you prefer.
As for me, I prefer to buy the cheapest one so I cannot stick to one shop forever because I noticed my old shop increased their price and/or the free postage promotion runs out at Shopee. So I am always hunting for good bargains since those cat litter pretty much work out the same way anyway. My cats did not notice it and I sure as hell will leave it alone as long as it works as a cat litter supposed to work anyway.
I have been buying tofu cat litter for more than 6 months. So far, I love it and my cats seem okay with it. The clumping was good, the odor control was okay and since this is in a smaller pellet form, there is no cat litter tracking which is a BIG WIN for me.
Cleanup for stray pellets was easy because you just sweep them up using the broom. They last a while and are not dusty so my SO itchy sinus nose was not triggered at all. I flushed the pee clump and had no drain problem yet.
For now, I will be sticking to this type of cat litter for a while and after going through different kind of cat litter there is, I find that I prefer this one the most. If you like to try them out, buy a packet or two first (depending on how many cats you own) and test them out with your cats.