Detecting Potential Health Problems with Pretty Litter


Our regular readers know that last year our cat Lucky had surgery to remove bladder stones. Since June’s surgery, he’s had several urinary tract infections. Lucky’s young (he just turned two) and energetic so, until we’ve seen blood in the urine, there’s been no indication through his behavior that anything was amiss. No licking, no straining, no obvious discomfort.

Lucky, like most cats, is a master at hiding discomfort. This survival instinct helps cats in the wild–but it makes it difficult for pet parents to detect problems and seek treatment before they turn into big problems.

Pretty Litter BagRecently we learned about Pretty Litter™, an innovative cat litter that is designed to help you spot issues in your cat’s urine by changing color.

The super fine litter, which looks like white sand, is specially designed to monitor your cat’s health, to provide early detection for many problems, and also to be eco-friendly.

When your cat urinates in a box filled with Pretty Litter, the litter looks for problems that can range from diabetes to urinary tract infections using multiple indicators:

  • pH
  • bilirubin
  • blood

When Pretty Litter detects a problem, the litter changes color:


If you see a color change, you then know it’s time for a vet visit!

Along with health monitoring, Pretty Litter is also dust-free, odorless, and scent-free. The clumping litter is delivered to your door each month. I was pleasantly surprised how inexpensive this litter is; a 3-pound sack, which should last a month, is on sale right now for $19 (and it’s less expensive if you order larger amounts).

A big paws up for Pretty Litter for providing us with a tool for helping to keep our cats healthy!

We received a complimentary sack of Pretty Litter for review. All statements and opinions are entirely our own.

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  • Liz Chesterton Morris

    I wish I could afford this. If I only had 1 cat or 2, I’d certainly buy this forever.. What a great idea and it would be a relief to use something that would help detect problems.

    • I think it’s a really neat product, even if you just use it occasionally to check and see how the urine is registering!

      • Liz Chesterton Morris

        You know what, I didn’t think of that (using it occasionally). I have 5 cats and 4 litter boxes.

        • I hear ya…with four cats here, we go through a lot of litter!

  • I’m going to have to look into this. My kitty has Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorder and I’m always worried there’s something else going on. I’ve gotten him to be better about using his litter box with Cat Attract litter, but this sounds like it could keep me from worry about how he’s doing!

    • It is SUCH a worry; our cats are so good at covering up their illnesses!

  • Cathy Keisha

    Is this litter 100% accurate? I’d hate to go to the vet and find out I got a false positive. It does sound cool though.

    • They say that a change in food, stress, etc. can change the cat’s pH levels so they recommend, if you do see a color change, that you watch your cat and continue to monitor the litter for 24-48 hours. If you continue to see the color change when your cat goes to the box during that period (or if you see symptoms of a problem), then they recommend heading to the vet.

      • Cathy Keisha

        That makes sense. Thanks.

    • Becs

      I recently tried 4 bags. I definitely noticed a color change when I switched my cats to a new wet food. It made me panic at first (because I didn’t read the entire bag – oops) but I noticed everything was back to normal the next day.

      It also kind of seems like all 3 of my cats enjoy urinating in the same corner of the same box and that portion changes to green often. I don’t know if it’s because 3 streams of urine combined makes it more acidic or what the deal is, but it’s never an issue if the urine doesn’t accumulate in one area. Just something to keep in mind if you have more than one cat.

      Here’s a full review if you’re interested:

  • dawn rasor

    Wow, this is pretty cool stuff!

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