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My Kitties’ Humans Desperately Needed a New Litter: You’ve Saved Our Olfactory Glands, Cat’s Pride! (A Commercial Starring Our Family & Win 100$!)

I’ve gone to the dark side. I’ve officially become a cat lady. Here’s the evidence: Kitty CollageI used to be a dog person until my dog Shelby passed and my traitorous daughters insisted we get a cat. Notice the word “a” in that sentence – non-plural, yet somehow we managed to adopt “two” cats, because after my daughter fell in love with a tiger-striped tabby named Beanie:

I simply couldn’t resist the zaftig, sensuous, moderately tartish Marilyn Monroe:

Marilyn Monroe Pic

I take a lot of time to care for our cats and make sure they’re always happy. When we first got them, I spent a lot of time looking at things like cat shampoo reviews to make sure what I was buying them wouldn’t irritate them.

I just can’t quit them. So when #BlogHer connected me with Cat’s Pride ® Fresh & Light® Ultimate Care™ to take the 10-day odor control challenge as a sponsored advocate, how could I possibly say no? Because #kittylitter is an 11-letter word in our home.

My daughter Bridget’s bedroom adjoins the bathroom wherein two kitty litter boxes lay in wait to accost our nostrils. My poor daughter’s bedroom always harbors a hint of eau ‘d cat pee. Fortunately her nose has become so desensitized that she rarely notices it anymore, but the rest of us have to equip ourselves with gas masks before entering her room.

So imagine my hopes and dreams when the Ultimate Care package arrived at my doorstep. I politely asked my husband, Henry, to swap out the old kitty litter (because changing kitty litter makes me vomit a little into my hands) for Ultimate Care and our noses waited.

And waited. And waited.

We smelled, well, nothing. Who knew how good “nothing” could smell?

So let’s go over all the reasons Ultimate Care works so well (there will be a quiz right after).

1. It’s a lightweight litter that doesn’t use fillers like paper or wood chips or light density rock, but uses high absorbing clay–the same clay used to filter impurities out of cooking oils and absorb moisture from major league baseball fields.

2. Cats are highly sensitive to strong perfumes and added scents, which is why they often reject heavily perfumed litter. Because of its high absorbing clay, Ultimate Care doesn’t need to use heavy perfumes to control odor, which makes for a happy cat (cats can sense 100x what we do, but are vulnerable to Kryptonite).

3. Ultimate Care forms super hard clumps that don’t break apart so it’s easy to clean and scoop which is less work for cat owners.

4. It’s 99.9% dust free which makes it easier to breathe for sensitive cats and owners, plus there’s less dusty residue to have to clean up.

5. It makes cleaning the litter box more pleasant. Let’s face it – cleaning poop isn’t a glamorous job, but all cat owners have to do it and Ultimate Care makes it a better experience. So if you love your kitties and want your home to smell and FEEL cat free (because you know with those other brands you’re always finding kitty litter tracked onto your pillow by crusty kitty paws) you should definitely give Ultimate Care a whirl.

Sweepstakes: Enter for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card by answering this question in the comments below: “What’s the most important quality for you and your cat when it comes to choosing a litter?”


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1. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

2. Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

3. Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older (or nineteen (19) years of age or older in Alabama and Nebraska).

Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 2 business days to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here. This sweepstakes runs from 3/3/2015 – 4/12/2015 Be sure to visit Cat’s Pride brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!

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  1. Kelly D
    Kelly D 3 March, 2015, 08:58

    The most important quality is for the litter to clump well and not to track.

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  2. Julie Wood
    Julie Wood 3 March, 2015, 09:05

    It has to be that the cat litter has good odor control and I do not smell anything after cat uses!

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  3. Junebug
    Junebug 3 March, 2015, 11:06

    I currently have NO pets, but if I had a kitty….would like to know that a stranger entering my home, could not tell I was a cat owner by the smell.

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  4. Reticula
    Reticula 3 March, 2015, 13:05

    Cat litter that controls odor is a must. I feel sorry for people when I go to their homes and the first thing I smell is their cat’s litter box. It’s not the way to make a good impression. Scented candles, by the way, do not hide the odor of cat urine. They just make cat urine smell like the cat ate apple pie.

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  5. OFG
    OFG 3 March, 2015, 13:12

    Covering up those awful odors!

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  6. Mami2jcn
    Mami2jcn 3 March, 2015, 14:22

    Litter that clumps is important.

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  7. Mami2jcn
    Mami2jcn 3 March, 2015, 14:23


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  8. Elena
    Elena 3 March, 2015, 14:46

    The most important it odor elimination.

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  9. Natalie
    Natalie 3 March, 2015, 17:27

    The most important qualities that are the most important in my cat litter are its ability to mask odors and its ability to clump. I also want cat litter to be a color that hides any “presents” my cat leaves!!

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  10. B-Li
    B-Li 3 March, 2015, 18:04

    Non-tracking please! How litter makes its way from the downstairs bath to the upstairs hall baffles me.

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  11. heather
    heather 3 March, 2015, 19:00

    The most important thing for me when picking a cat litter is dust free, scent and price.

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  12. Lisa Brown
    Lisa Brown 4 March, 2015, 05:51

    I look for low or no dust and one that has low or no perfume or scent.

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  13. nicole d
    nicole d 4 March, 2015, 07:10

    The most important quality when it comes to choosing a litter is how well it controls the smell and that it does not clump.

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  14. Betsy Barnes
    Betsy Barnes 4 March, 2015, 13:10

    The most important quality when it comes to choosing a litter is that it controls order well.

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  15. Melissa M
    Melissa M 4 March, 2015, 13:11

    Odor control and clumping are the two things I look for.

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  16. steve weber
    steve weber 4 March, 2015, 14:25

    litter with odor control is most important for me.

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  17. Becky Horn
    Becky Horn 5 March, 2015, 16:57

    The most important is that it has great odor control and my cat likes it.

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  18. Erika
    Erika 6 March, 2015, 19:45

    I would think low odor would be most important.


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  19. Mical
    Mical 7 March, 2015, 03:25

    Good odor control.

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  20. rachel
    rachel 7 March, 2015, 10:59

    Smell is huge! I can’t handle smelling cat pee and such.

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  21. Cindy
    Cindy 7 March, 2015, 15:53

    Clumping and it does not stick to the bottom of the litter pan.

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  22. Jessie C.
    Jessie C. 7 March, 2015, 21:12

    Easy to scoop clumps is important when it comes to choosing a litter.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  23. Jessie C.
    Jessie C. 7 March, 2015, 21:13


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  24. Shannon
    Shannon 8 March, 2015, 07:37

    Hands down odor control!

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  25. Sarah H.
    Sarah H. 8 March, 2015, 11:06

    The litter needs to be odor free and dust free.

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  26. LaTanya
    LaTanya 9 March, 2015, 06:03

    odor elimination

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  27. Stacey b
    Stacey b 9 March, 2015, 06:09

    The most important quality to me is odor control and it must be a clumping litter!

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  28. ginette4
    ginette4 11 March, 2015, 11:34

    For me it would be on how well this kitty litter handles the strong smell of cat urine

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  29. Patricia C.
    Patricia C. 12 March, 2015, 20:31

    For my cats, the most important qualities are the smell and feel of the litter. For me, how well the litter masks the smell of my cats’ business.

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  30. Madeline
    Madeline 13 March, 2015, 08:38

    The most important quality to me is that it doesn’t spread dust all over our basement. I used to get a litter that clumped well but it really made a mess, so I don’t buy that one anymore.

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  31. D Schmidt
    D Schmidt 14 March, 2015, 17:25

    We got our first cat six months ago and for us the most important qualities are scent and the ability to clump well

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  32. sandra
    sandra 16 March, 2015, 08:42

    odor control and clumping ability

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  33. wuvsnoopy
    wuvsnoopy 16 March, 2015, 21:53

    Odor control & easy on the paws

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  34. tina m
    tina m 20 March, 2015, 19:44

    odor control!! i want my house smells good.

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  35. Rebecca
    Rebecca 21 March, 2015, 10:55

    My most important quality would be that it does not smell!

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  36. Katherine
    Katherine 24 March, 2015, 15:59

    Odor elimination and dust free

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  37. Kristen
    Kristen 24 March, 2015, 17:20

    I can’t say what it is the cat likes…it just has to “feel right”…inexplicable! For me, it must control odor!! MUST!

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  38. Cynthia C
    Cynthia C 25 March, 2015, 05:31

    I don’t like sweeping up dust tracked throughout the house or breathing it, so I look for a dust-free litter.

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  39. auntmimi210
    auntmimi210 25 March, 2015, 14:47

    The most important quality for me when it comes to choosing a litter is that it clumps well & does NOT stick to the bottom of the litter pan. That is so annoying!! Sometimes it takes all my strength to get it off the bottom. =( … I think our cat would say the most important quality for him would be that it not have too strong of a deodorant/perfume. … Thanks for the great sweepstakes & glowing review. I am definitely going to try Cat’s Pride ® Fresh & Light® Ultimate Care™!!

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  40. Karin A.
    Karin A. 26 March, 2015, 09:18

    I want litter to absorb and eliminate those pesky smells.

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  41. Elle
    Elle 28 March, 2015, 10:22

    I like litter that isn’t too dusty but my most important needs are that it covers odor and clumps well so it’s easy to just scoop and doesn’t break apart and make a big mess in the litter box.

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  42. Susan P.
    Susan P. 29 March, 2015, 03:57

    I need a cat litter that clumps, controls odor and is dust free. One of my cat’s is bothered by dust and perfumes so this Cat’s Pride would be perfect.

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  43. SKlocinski
    SKlocinski 29 March, 2015, 07:39

    It is important that it has great odor control and of course that the cat likes it and will use it. I detest the smell of cat urine

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  44. Tara O.
    Tara O. 29 March, 2015, 09:21

    Odor control definitely the most important to me!

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  45. Julia Barnes
    Julia Barnes 29 March, 2015, 10:15

    Odor control is most important!

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  46. Margaret Smith
    Margaret Smith 29 March, 2015, 16:03

    I look for a litter that helps keeps odors under control. Thanks so much.

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  47. Stephanie V.
    Stephanie V. 29 March, 2015, 18:41

    natural, non-toxic and no odor!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  48. Gina M
    Gina M 30 March, 2015, 04:46

    I look for good clumping litter at a reasonable price. Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  49. Gina M
    Gina M 30 March, 2015, 04:48


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  50. Debbi Wellenstein
    Debbi Wellenstein 30 March, 2015, 09:26

    If her litter box does not smell perfect, Miss Kitty will not use it. Odor control is most important to both of us!

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  51. paige chandler
    paige chandler 30 March, 2015, 13:24

    It must smell good…PERIOD!

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  52. Kimmy Ripley
    Kimmy Ripley 30 March, 2015, 17:06

    No odor is the most important factor in choosing a cat litter.

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  53. HilLesha
    HilLesha 30 March, 2015, 17:41

    I always look for little that helps control odor. 🙂

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  54. Sarah Hirsch
    Sarah Hirsch 30 March, 2015, 18:54

    the most important thing about a kitty litter is odor elimination

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  55. PuffyBiggler
    PuffyBiggler 31 March, 2015, 00:31

    The most important quality for me and my cat when it comes to choosing a litter is odor control. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  56. Chi Shannon
    Chi Shannon 31 March, 2015, 12:25

    For me, it’s the smell that the most important thing. Other benefits are great, but if it smells bad, it’s not worth it! 🙂

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  57. Kelly R.
    Kelly R. 31 March, 2015, 16:24

    Since I have 3 cats, I need my litter to eliminate odors and to clump very well! Ease of scooping (and not having to scoop with a gas mask on) is super important!

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  58. Janice
    Janice 1 April, 2015, 09:28

    has to cover the smell.

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  59. BusyWorkingMama
    BusyWorkingMama 1 April, 2015, 12:11

    I really like a dust-free litter. I don’t like to smell it on my cats after they use the box, nor do I want them breathing it.

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  60. Rebecca Graham
    Rebecca Graham 1 April, 2015, 20:34

    A litter that clumps is very important.

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  61. Ashley C
    Ashley C 2 April, 2015, 17:48

    I want something easy to clean that keeps smells away!

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  62. tiac32
    tiac32 3 April, 2015, 16:09

    The price is very important when choosing a litter.

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  63. Barbara Montag
    Barbara Montag 3 April, 2015, 19:01

    The litter must clump well to prevent odors.
    Your cats are neat – can tell they’re buddies!
    thank you

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  64. Janice Cooper
    Janice Cooper 4 April, 2015, 15:27

    Definitely the odor is the most important thing when choosing cat litter.

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  65. Kathleen
    Kathleen 4 April, 2015, 19:08

    The most important quality in choosing a cat litter would be odor control.

    kport207 at gmail dot com

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  66. Linda C.
    Linda C. 5 April, 2015, 11:21

    Most important is odor control.

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  67. Denise L
    Denise L 6 April, 2015, 11:20

    Odor control is the most important quality in a cat litter.

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  68. Kerry
    Kerry 6 April, 2015, 16:10

    Odor control!

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  69. Betsy Barnes
    Betsy Barnes 6 April, 2015, 20:58

    When we had two cats, the most important quality for our home and our cats was choosing a cat litter that controlled odor.

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  70. joni
    joni 6 April, 2015, 23:14

    I like a litter that does not track all over the house.

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  71. Norma
    Norma 9 April, 2015, 00:41

    Odor control is number 1! Second is litter that doesn’t leave a cloud of dust when it’s poured.

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  72. LAMusing
    LAMusing 9 April, 2015, 00:42

    Odor control without that nauseous heavy perfume smell.

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  73. Erica B.
    Erica B. 9 April, 2015, 09:17

    No dust!

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  74. Rosanne
    Rosanne 9 April, 2015, 11:32

    Beside odor control I like one that is scented

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  75. maria cantu
    maria cantu 9 April, 2015, 12:27

    The odor control is most important.

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  76. Susan Smith
    Susan Smith 9 April, 2015, 16:46

    The most important quality when it comes to choosing a litter is that it controls odor well

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  77. Sydney
    Sydney 9 April, 2015, 19:48

    Smell control is the most important factor when choosing a cat litter in our house!

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  78. angie
    angie 10 April, 2015, 07:15

    My very tight budget dictates that price is the most important thing, unfortunately.

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  79. Christina O
    Christina O 10 April, 2015, 08:19

    Something that covers up odors!

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  80. Ashley
    Ashley 10 April, 2015, 11:30

    The most important qualities is odor control, and dust free!

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  81. Lisa
    Lisa 10 April, 2015, 12:59

    We like litter that keeps odors at bay and for the litter to not be clumping litter. It becomes too expensive and a mess that way. We like clay litter.

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  82. Stephanie
    Stephanie 10 April, 2015, 13:06

    What’s most important in a litter is that it covers up bad odors and clumps!

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  83. Daniel M
    Daniel M 10 April, 2015, 13:58

    it has to control the odors

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  84. Bruce
    Bruce 10 April, 2015, 18:00

    Odor control

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  85. Denise S
    Denise S 10 April, 2015, 18:07

    The most important quality is that it controls odor.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

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  86. Debbie B
    Debbie B 10 April, 2015, 20:28

    i think the most important quality is odor control

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  87. Tina Reynolds
    Tina Reynolds 10 April, 2015, 21:53

    It must be good at dealing with the odors

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  88. joe gersch
    joe gersch 11 April, 2015, 01:48

    the most important thing is odor control

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  89. Kim H
    Kim H 11 April, 2015, 04:03

    For me the odor control is the most important to me! ky_grandma40@yahoo.com

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  90. Ed
    Ed 11 April, 2015, 11:01

    Odor absorption

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  91. Shannon
    Shannon 11 April, 2015, 12:23

    Definitely needs odor control please!! 🙂

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  92. Kathy Pease
    Kathy Pease 11 April, 2015, 13:36

    The most important quality for me having 4 cats would be odor control

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  93. Stephanie Larison
    Stephanie Larison 11 April, 2015, 15:23

    The most important thing to us is that the cat litter has amazing odor control.

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  94. Lisa V.
    Lisa V. 11 April, 2015, 15:24

    I like to find litter that clumps and is easy to remove from the box.

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  95. CharityS
    CharityS 11 April, 2015, 15:47

    Odor control is a very important quality.

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  96. Darcelle
    Darcelle 11 April, 2015, 16:40

    Odor control will be of utmost importance in the next few weeks for me! We’ve just taken in a sweet abandoned cat that unexpectedly gave birth to 7 little cuties that we will be caring for until they are old enough to go to good homes. We are trying not to let our two dogs in on our secret as long as possible!

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  97. Jenna D
    Jenna D 11 April, 2015, 17:02

    Odor control is the most important quality to me when choosing a litter.

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  98. zmdarling
    zmdarling 11 April, 2015, 18:09

    Most important thing is that it doesn’t track all over and make a mess!

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  99. Lisa Garner
    Lisa Garner 11 April, 2015, 19:26

    The biggest decision for my in choosing cat little is the way it handles odors.

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  100. Jean D.
    Jean D. 11 April, 2015, 20:39

    The number one thing I research when choosing a cat litter is whether it’s safe for the environment for for my kitty. (And of COURSE odor control is important.) Nothing but the finest for my meow-er and moi.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  101. Richard Hicks
    Richard Hicks 11 April, 2015, 23:11

    Good odor control is important as is being dust free as much as possible!

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  102. Annette
    Annette 12 April, 2015, 00:18

    I have 3 cats, so the most important quality for me and my cat when it comes to choosing a litter is the ability to control odor. Also, it can’t be too scented, because one has asthma.

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  103. Aurelie Red
    Aurelie Red 12 April, 2015, 02:04

    My cat litter must clump and mask odors !

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  104. Leela
    Leela 12 April, 2015, 02:51

    Clumping and odor sealing.

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  105. Amanda Sakovitz
    Amanda Sakovitz 12 April, 2015, 06:21

    Odor control is the most important!

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  106. Tracey byram
    Tracey byram 12 April, 2015, 06:23

    Low price and no odor

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  107. Heidi B
    Heidi B 12 April, 2015, 07:06

    The most important thing in our house is that my cat likes the smell, texture and feel of the litter otherwise she won’t use it and will go outside her box.

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  108. April V.
    April V. 12 April, 2015, 07:14

    The litter has to have low dust because if that stuff irritates my nose then it will definitely irritate my cat’s nose and same with the chemical scents.

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  109. Wanda McHenry
    Wanda McHenry 12 April, 2015, 09:36

    The most important thing is that he’ll use it. It may sound silly, but if he doesn’t like the smell of the cat litter he won’t use it and would rather go outside.

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  110. WHITNEY
    WHITNEY 12 April, 2015, 10:06

    My cat litters always need to have really good odor control!

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  111. Ellie Wright
    Ellie Wright 12 April, 2015, 10:38

    The most important is odor control. I want my house to smell like I don’t have cats. Or I should say their house since they do seem to own it.

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  112. Thomas Murphy
    Thomas Murphy 12 April, 2015, 11:09

    The most important quality is Odor control.

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  113. Stephanie Phelps
    Stephanie Phelps 12 April, 2015, 11:54

    The most important thing to us is to have the least amount of dust

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  114. Francine Anchondo
    Francine Anchondo 12 April, 2015, 12:09

    something that control the odor.

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  115. Betty C
    Betty C 12 April, 2015, 12:40

    I have to have a litter that controls odor. Other things are nice like good clumping and trackless, but odor control is the most important.

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  116. Rajee Pandi
    Rajee Pandi 12 April, 2015, 12:54

    I love to keep the cat fresh and clean

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  117. Dawn Monroe
    Dawn Monroe 12 April, 2015, 13:32

    I look for quality, no harsh chemicals and price.

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  118. Birdiebee
    Birdiebee 12 April, 2015, 13:59

    The most important quality is the odor control.

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  119. KathrynC
    KathrynC 12 April, 2015, 14:11

    For me it boils down to the dust factor (don’t need that dust!) as well as the price

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  120. Sarah L
    Sarah L 12 April, 2015, 15:04

    Cat litter should clump well, keep odors down and not track all over the house.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  121. thischickwins
    thischickwins 12 April, 2015, 15:09

    Odor control is the most important

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  122. erica best
    erica best 12 April, 2015, 15:27

    great odor control

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  123. Tabathia B
    Tabathia B 12 April, 2015, 16:11

    A freshly scented litter with great odor control

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  124. Tabathia B
    Tabathia B 12 April, 2015, 16:13

    tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/587391740937539584

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  125. Jerry Marquardt
    Jerry Marquardt 12 April, 2015, 16:14

    Two things determine whether it is a great cat litter when you buy it, clumping and scent to cover all.

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  126. Jerry Marquardt
    Jerry Marquardt 12 April, 2015, 16:18

    I publicly Tweeted this giveaway (EDITed because sample was too long): https://twitter.com/versatileer/status/587394005908004865

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  127. CHIRT143
    CHIRT143 12 April, 2015, 19:58

    Odor control is most important; love the unscented option.

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