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While crystal cat litter is nothing new, PrettyLitter takes it up a notch with the addition of pH-detecting particles. When exposed to urine, these particles change color to indicate the approximate pH of your cat’s urine. Changes in the acidity of your cat’s urine can be an early indicator for a number of health problems including struvite crystals, urinary tract infection, and kidney tubular acidosis.
PrettyLitter isn’t intended to be a diagnostic tool, but it can help you keep tabs on your cat’s health. The bag clearly indicates which colors suggest which conditions. Dark yellow/olive indicates urine within the normal pH range while blue, orange, or red indicate a problem. If you notice a change in your cat’s urine, you’ll be able to contact your veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment.
In terms of the litter itself, PrettyLitter is a very fine silica gel litter with a sandy texture. It’s very gentle on your cat’s paws but it does tend to track due to the particle size. This isn’t a clumping litter, but it does help control odor in another way. The silica gel absorbs liquid and dehydrates solid waste. You’ll need to scoop solids daily and stir the litter to keep it fresh.
PrettyLitter is available on the PrettyLitter website, or you can purchase it in Target stores or online. It comes in an 8-pound bag which should last a single small cat about one month. When you place a subscription on the PrettyLitter website, you can adjust the frequency of your deliveries a needed and add on extras like Pretty Please, the brand’s proprietary dry cat food formula.
What We Liked:
- Color-changing crystals indicate changes in urine pH
- May help cat owners detect developing health problems
- Absorbs urine quickly and dehydrates solid waste
- Lightweight, soft texture is gentle on cat paws
What We Didn’t Like:
- Not a clumping litter, should be scooped daily
- Needs to be stirred daily to distribute soiled litter
- Expensive, costs over $3 per pound