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Arm and Hammer 7 day odor free cat litter: Is it any better?

I'm given my own apartment and I get to test the expensive kitty litter too!
I'm given my own apartment and I get to test the expensive kitty litter too!
Photo by Wendy Warwick White

For months I have walked past the stacks of Arm and Hammer Clump and Seal cat litter in my local stores. Why would I want to spend more than $20 for a 14lb box of cat litter? I wouldn’t. However, when Target reduced the price to $10.99 I decided to give it a chance to demonstrate if it really does do what it claims.

There are three mature cats living in the house. Until recently they shared two 23”X14” litter boxes filled with a generic clumping cat litter (regular price $6.49 for 20lbs) and situated in a laundry room, door open. Both are scooped morning and evening. Regardless of litter brand used, visitors are surprised to discover there are cats in the house because of a lack of any tell-tale litter box smell.

Due to territorial issues and marking, one of the cats was recently given her own litter box area away from the others. It is kept in a rarely-used walk-in shower. Although the shower door is partially open the space is still enclosed and therefore made a perfect test area. Her litter box was filled with the entire contents of a 14lb box of Arm and Hammer Clump and Seal and the other two litter boxes contained one 20lb jug of the usual generic variety. Seven days later, the results are in.

Arm and Hammer advertises:

Not just a new litter. A new kind of litter. ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™ Cat Litter is specially formulated to provide exceptional odor control. Moisture-activated Micro-Granules form a tight seal around your cat's odors while heavy duty odor eliminators and ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda destroy sealed-in odors. It's the secret to keeping your house fresh for 7 days, guaranteed.

Of concern is how the product is advertised. With its purported claims and the TV advert it could give the impression that a litter box containing Arm and Hammer Clump and Seal doesn’t need to be scooped for 7 days. As with any cat litter, it still needs the minimum of a daily scooping. It also contains baking soda which some cats do not like.

Arm and Hammer claims:

Seals: Moisture-activated Micro-Granules form a tight seal around cat waste odor.
Yes, tighter clumps than the generic but both made odorless, easy-scoop clumps.

Destroys: Heavy-duty odor eliminators plus ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda destroy sealed-in odors on contact.
Apparently, but I didn’t notice any difference in the two brands.

7 Days Guaranteed: Experience the confidence of a 7 day odor-free home — guaranteed.
I am experiencing an odor-free home after 7 days with both litter brands.

No Crumbly Clumps: Plant-derived particles help create rock solid clumps for easy scooping.
The clumps are more solid and harder to break up.

Ultra Low Dust: Helps keep floors cleaner for a happy, healthy home.
There is dust. I don’t get a lot of dust with the generic unless I tip it into the litter box from a great height.

Low Tracking: Unique formula helps keep litter in the box instead of on kitty's feet.
No. It doesn’t appear to track as much as the generic but two large, hairy-footed cats are using those. One small hairy-footed cat still managed to track litter from the Arm and Hammer filled litter box and trail it across two bath mats onto a tiled bathroom floor.

Soft Touch: Made with fine microparticles, your cat will love the new, softer feel.
No one commented on a preference.

It does work and is good cat litter but is it worth the price? The Arm and Hammer granules are much finer than the generic and seem to settle lower in the litter box hence more litter is needed for a reasonable level of litter in the box. I don’t think it warrants the price range of $10.99 to $25.73 for a 14lb box compared to $6.16 to $6.49 for a 20lb jug of the generic. I won’t be changing unless the price comes down significantly.