Chewy was nice enough to send us a box of the all new fresh step for review. However, this does not in any way sway our review of this product.
There is a new litter out on the market called Fresh Step Clean Paws Calm Low Tracking Rose & Chamomile Scented Clumping Cat Litter! Of course, we had to put the litter to the test against our household of 5 furry friends who love leaving us with litter box messes.
What is Fresh Step Clean Paws Calm Cat Litter
Fresh Step Clean Paws Calm Low Tracking Rose & Chamomile Scented Clumping Cat Litter is infused with a relaxing scent of rose, chamomile and natural hempseed oil, this low-tracking litter helps create a tranquil litter box experience for your feline friend.
The active charcoal helps neutralize odors for up to 10 days, while the low-tracking particles are specifically engineered to help keep your purring pal’s paws clean, and your floors, too! This litter absorbs liquids and traps odors quickly, creating tight clumps for hassle-free pickup, with virtually no crumbles after scooping. And since it’s 99.9% dust free, it will help keep surfaces cleaner and the air in your home clearer! This litter is suitable for kitties from all life stages.
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Key Pros to Fresh Step Litter
- Formulated with a relaxing scent of rose, chamomile and natural hemp seed oil.
- The cat litter particles are larger to help prevent litter from sticking to your sidekick’s paws and tracking throughout your home.
- This litter clumps really quickly, great if you have an automated litter box.
- Delivers up to 10 days of odor control.
- 99.9% dust-free litter helps keep surface cleaner and air clear.
The Cons to Fresh Step Litter
Here are some of our criticisms of this litter.
- If you are sensitive to scented items this is NOT an unscented litter.
- This is not an overpowering fragranced litter, if you are looking for something that will act as an air fragrance, this is not it.
How is the Smell?
I was excited to smell this litter! Okay, maybe I have become the ultimate crazy cat lady but with the last year I am into all things calming. I was expecting something more fragrant but the smell is so subtle, so subtle it was like there wasn’t any smell at all.
In my book no smell is a good smell as even with more than a week of using the box I don’t smell anything bad in the litter box room still! I also think of our cat pheromone diffusers in the house. They have a great calming effect on our cats and we can’t smell it all but it’s definitely working.
Does FreshStep Work with Litter Robot?
As a litter robot box owner myself this is always a question at the forefront of my mind when assessing any litter. The good news, YES, it works flawlessly with the Litter Robot. The litter clumps quickly helping get those pee clumps right in the bin below. As well the litter easily sifts and doesn’t get caught in with the waste. We have tried other brands only to find that bunch of it ended up in the waste bin before it was even used.
Why Use a Clumping Litter?
So clumping litters have two advantages. First they make cleaning the box easier. Once moisture is mix with a clumping litter it hardens and forms together. These made for easy scoops to identify and easy removal too.
Second is with clumping litter I find there is lest waste. You clean out the clumps your cat leaves you every day and top the box off and you are good. When you don’t have a clumping litter you would have to completely empty and refill the litter box more often.
It is important to note that even clumping litters should be completely replenished every so often. With our multi cat household we do this once a month or so.
Should I Switch to Fresh Step Clean Paws Calm Cat Litter
It think it just depends on your needs and your cat’s needs. If you want something that is going to track less around your house. I highly recommend this litter. This is not a fine litter it’s very course, almost pebble like, which makes it harder to stick to your cat and track around your house.
It’s not fool proof there is some litter on the floor right outside the box. It is however less than half of the pile that builds up in our other litter box that’s a different brand and much finer material.