Advantages Worked quite well - Reasonable value..
Disadvantages Did NOT live up to the 'low dust' claims..
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This replacement method is how I recently got to try out the Tesco Low Dust Lightweight Cat Litter, when it was sent in place of another Tesco Cat Litter product I had ordered. I wasn't overly concerned with the replacement being different to the original item I had ordered, as the sheer quantity of cat litter used in my household is immense - mainly due to my old feline having renal failure. This horrible health condition means that my girl will drink MUCH more water than healthier (and younger.. !) cats, which of course results in more urine being passed and subsequently, a need to replace the cat litter more often.This means of course that we use a lot of cat litter in our household and so I cannot always afford to purchase my first choice brand, due to it costing in the region of £9 per bag. I will therefore keep a small stockpile of other brands for when my first choice litter runs out, and a supermarket-own branded litter is usually my second choice.
The Tesco Low Dust cat litter is provided in a 10 litre bag and as this costs only £2.95, it makes the purchase highly economical in my opinion.The bag is fairly standard as far as I am concerned, comprising of the usual robust packaging to contain the litter within. What I did find with this particular product's packaging was that the handles provided at the top of the bag were of a good quality and were extremely robust; a MUST have when you consider the weight and size of the bag itself. I think it is worth mentioning that cheaply-branded cat litter products often have flimsy or cheap handles that often break off easily, making the bag extremely cumbersome and difficult to move about or carry.
The Tesco Low Dust cat litter is a pale colour in a pinky/orange type shade and I noticed immediately that the litter is much finer than other brands that I buy regularly. The little 'rubble' or 'grit' type stones have a much finer 'grain' to them and I wondered if this was what was responsible for the 'Low Dust' element to the product.I found that the Tesco litter felt slightly 'smoother' when pouring from the bag into the litter tray, but this was probably down to the litter feeling less 'jagged' and heavy than other brands that consist either of little 'pellets' or is made up of a coarser, more jagged white stone.
Whilst pouring the litter into the trays however, I noticed that there was a rather significant dust cloud present which surprised me as I had not been expecting this common litter side-effect to be particularly noticeable as the product is branded as being a "Low Dust" product. It is probably true to say that the dusty cloud produced was slightly less 'dense' than that produced by other cat litter products - and in particular, those 'budget' type cat litter products - but I'd probably not have guessed that the product was marketed as being a Low Dust product if I'd not seen the packaging. So, I feel that one point should be deducted from the overall product rating for this rather misleading claim.In terms of odour control, I''' found that the Tesco Cat Litter performed as well as other brands''' that I buy regularly, but not as well as those 'premium' cat litter products such as Catsan, that in our experience perform exceptionally well in this regard. It worked fairly well at keeping smells and urine odour at bay, but I did find that after a day or two I was having to remove soiled litter from the tray. This is something that I have to do with other 'regular' cat litter products too however, so I am well used to undertaking this task.
I found that the Tesco litter was rather messy, and the small grains did find themselves escaping from the litter box and onto the floor. Again though, this is something that I have found is the case with most other cat litter products that I buy regularly, so I didn't feel the Tesco product was at all under-par.I don't feel that the Tesco Low Dust Cat Litter is marketed as being a 'premium' cat litter product, so I didn't have particularly high expectations. I think this is probably why I found the litter worked fairly well and certainly just as well as other supermarket-own branded cat litter products that I buy regularly. I'm not sure that I would hunt out the product to repurchase it again, but I felt it performed well enough for my own cat's needs and I have no big real complaints about how it performed. If you are looking to buy this product for the simple fact that it is marketed as being 'Low Dust' however, I would advise that you buy something else altogether. The litter DOES produce a dust cloud due to the material that it is made of, and I felt this claim was rather misleading as a result.
As @ the time of writing (July 2012), you can purchase the Tesco Low Dust Lightweight Cat Litter in store in branches of Tesco, or online at www.tesco.com where the 10 litre bag will cost you £2.95.
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