Last updated February 24th, 2018
When you have a panel of ten insatiably curious experts that poop in a box every day, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to try new litter products; especially if it promises less litter cleaning duty, is dust-free and has superior odor control. What? Where’s the catch? Let’s find out as we review our experience with Neon cat litter.
Neon litter comes in a variety of fun neon colors and they have this to say: “NEON Litter takes the “uggh and yuck” out of scooping the litter box…” So, let’s see what other cats are raving about and what’s so different about Neon litter.
Disclosure: We received four free bags of Neon cat litter in exchange for our honest review, but this did not influence our opinions at all. We only share information that we feel is relevant to our readers. Neon cat litter is not responsible for the content of this post. Our opinions are based on one month’s use of the product by the Chirpy Cats testing team! Stay tuned until the end of this post for an exciting giveaway!
What is all this raving about Neon litter?
Neon litter claims to have superior odor control, is dust-free, up to 70% lighter than clay litters…. and…..only twice-per-week scooping! We were curious to see how this stacks up against the litter our cats currently use. Most of us cat guardians, just like our cats, are fastidious when it comes to cleaning, especially in the litter box department. We scoop our litter boxes twice a day for ten cats, so it was interesting to see how Neon litter would allow us to reduce this schedule.
During setup of the new litter, I had some curious cats walking, sniffing and watching as the cascade of neon colors flowed from the bags into a nice fresh litter box. Now I had an audience, but some cats looked at me quite indignantly as if saying: “Lady don’t get smart with us, we like what we’re using, don’t go changing anything!” But no sooner had I finished setting up the test litter box, than we had our first eager litter expert jump right in.
I was pleasantly surprised at how light the bags are, allowing me to easily pour and top up litter as needed.
Neon litter has a micro-crystal sandy texture which is soft on paws. It is a well-known fact that cats love sandy textures because that is what they would use as a substrate in the wild. I was concerned about any type of crystal litter as I have tried these in the past and my cats outright rejected it. But this litter seems to be something that they naturally gravitate towards.
My husband, who is largely responsible for litter duty, reports that the cats seem to be using the Neon litter in favor of their normal boxes. When trying out a new litter it is always recommended to start off by mixing old litter with the new for the cats to get accustomed. But I knew this step would be unnecessary because of the sandy texture and the cats took to it right away.
Neon litter has great odor control. Because the silica gel crystals absorb the liquid waste inside their structure the smell will be trapped inside. The crystals also serve another function; to dry the solid waste by pulling moisture that escapes from the solids out of the air, trapping it inside its crystal structure. It is for this reason that they also don’t recommend putting the litter box in an area with high humidity such as the bathroom as the silica gel will absorb moisture in the air and thus lose its efficacy.
What can you do with more time? Have a cup of coffee, go for a walk, or better, interactive play with your kitty! I like the latter, more bonding time with cats and less fussing about cleaning is just fine by me. I can see why they recommend scooping only 2 or 3 times per week. The crystals do a fantastic job of absorbing urine and odors, and solids are really dry when it’s cleaning time. I would say if we had all 12 litter boxes filled with Neon litter then we would, without doubt, be able to reduce our litter cleaning schedule. The frequency of cleaning would largely depend on how many litter boxes you have and whether you’re a single or multi-cat household. You would still need to clean out the solids more often as cats do not like to step on someone else’s litter logs!
Neon litter comes in bright orange, pink, purple, green and blue. The tiny crystals resemble little round sprinkles, except you’re not decorating a cake but topping up a litter box. When scooping the clumps you can be forgiven if the first thing that pops into your head is some kind of round sponge cake covered in pink and orange sprinkles! But maybe that’s just me. If anything, it makes topping up and scooping a little more interesting and a little less boring! If you have kids, the fun colors may encourage them to take on some litter box chores. Within reason, very young kids should be supervised.
NEON Litter is made of non-toxic silica gel crystals and the product does not pose a health risk to cats when grooming their coats. Guar gum made from natural peapods is the clumping agent that allows the crystals to form a clump. The colors used to make the colors are food coloring.
NOTE: Silica Gel is NOT crystalline silica. Crystalline Silica is a form of quartz similar to asbestos that OSHA regulates and can be found in some clay litters. Silica Gel has a similar name but is non-toxic and is often used to protect medicines, electronics, and food from moisture damage.
How does it clump?
SIlica gel crystals do not clump on their own so a food starch, guar gum is added to bond with the crystals over time to form a clump. A hardened clump will form after a few hours but it’s best to wait 24 hours for solid clumps for easy removal. But while it’s clumping any odor and moisture is quickly sucked in and locked into the crystals.
Watch our fun video below to see the three testers in action.
Weird fun fact alert!
Did you know you can make litter art? They even have a Litter art gallery showcasing some insane and unique customer litter art masterpieces. To check out how to make litter art that’s rave-worthy visit the Neon Gallery for instructional videos.
So clearly I missed these instructions when attempting my own litter art. I don’t think Jimmy was impressed.
Giveaway time, calling all cat ravers!
Start the New year with a bang of color and rave!
We think the perfect way to start the New Year is with a splash of color and what better way than to be one of a few lucky cats to try Neon cat litter. Enter for a chance for your kitty to try out the funky colors and feel the silky micro crystals underneath his paws. For fun, make some litter art or just mix the colors randomly and allow your cat his own freedom of expression by making his own art in the litter box. Give your cat something to rave about in the New Year.
Neon litter is generously offering a few lucky readers a chance to try out their funky litter
The Grand prize: one entrant wins 6 bags of Neon litter
Second prize: one entrant wins 4 bags of Neon litter
Third Prize: 3 entrants will win 2 bags of Neon litter each
To enter simply leave a blog comment below and complete your entry by filling in the Rafflecopter widget below. Tell us, what are your favorite colors and does your cat rave?
Happy Neon Year and good luck to the humans and the kitties!
The giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents, 18+ years of age, except where prohibited by law. The winners will be selected randomly and contacted via email. The winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize, and a new winner will be randomly selected. The giveaway closes on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at midnight EST.