Tofu cat litter sounds bizarre – but here’s what happened when we used it

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There’s no doubt that the thought of tofu cat litter sounds a little, well, unconventional to say the least. Are we really expected to sit our cats in a tray of large bean curd? Won’t that just be a tad uncomfortable? 

After a good read of the packaging of some products and a hefty bit of research, however, we started to feel persuaded. Maybe this off-beat sounding substance for cats to poop and urinate in will work wonders. Teamed up with the best cat litter box, perhaps it will even prove to be a winning combination.

Cue Nova, our lovely, willing “volunteer”, a moggy who is well-loved and knows a good thing when he sees it. If anyone would be able to give us a good assessment of whether tofu cat litter is going to work, it will be him. So it was time to try it out and see if tofu cat litter really is something worth considering.

What is tofu cat litter?

Now this is a very valid question. After all, tofu cat litter sounds as if it’s something you may even want to eat – it’s certainly an appetizing foodstuff for millions of vegans and vegetarians. In truth, though, this isn’t going to form a delicious protein-packed meal. Instead, the cat litter is made from food-grade soybean fiber residue that would otherwise be thrown away. It’s mixed with cornstarch, guar gum and pea fiber among other natural ingredients.

The whole point of tofu cat litter is that it’s an eco-friendly cat litter alternative. Aside from the environmental benefits, it's pretty much dust-free. It also barely sticks to a cat's paws which means you're far less likely to see little bits of litter strewn around your home. Since it's great at absorbing waste, it's also odor-free which is a big plus in our book. What's more, it's soft and inviting, making it sound as if Nova is going to take to it well.

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Tofu cat litter can also come in different colors (Image credit: Getty)

Is tofu cat litter good for cats?

Safety is a big concern. No-one is ever going to want to use a product that is even a teeny, weeny bit harmful. And the good news is that you don’t need to worry. Tofu cat litter will cause very few problems for your feline friends so long as you treat it well by scooping it daily.

How long does tofu last in cat litter?

Knowing how often to change cat litter is important. Not only do you want to ensure a hygienic environment for your kitty, you also want to make sure your cat is encouraged to use it. In general, how often you change tofu cat litter depends on how you’re storing it. The litter’s granules can easily develop mold if they're not being kept in a dry, cool and well-ventilated space. In the correct conditions, however, you'll find tofu cat litter lasts a good while – as long as a month in some instances although it could depend on the time of the year. It’s also worth learning how to clean a litter box for maximum efficiency.

Does tofu litter clump urine?

There are various types of cat litter and their suitability often comes down to whether it clumps urine or not. Tofu cat litter does clump – and it does so quickly. Experiments with Nova show it can absorb much more moisture than clay, for example, which goes a long way toward making it odor-free. And get this: tofu litter is flushable cat litter so down the loo it goes. Unless that is, your home has dodgy plumbing, in which case, you may just want to compost it. 

We tested some leading tofu cat litter - here’s what we found

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PetNF Tofu Cat Litter

Best premium tofu cat litter

Clumps quickly
Cat took to it well

If you can get past the cost of this cat litter (and it's fair to say that many people will wince at the price), then you and your kitty are in for a treat! Pouring the cat litter into the tray was dust-free, as expected, and while we felt there was an ever-so slightly odd yet not unpleasant smell, it proved very effective when being used, preventing the odor of urine well. In that sense, it did its job, with the urine clumping quickly and poop being easy to scoop. Very convenient and impressive.

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Youdupes Tofu Cat Litter

Best smelling tofu cat litter

Great smelling cat litter
Another fast clumped
Cat ate a very small amount

It seems a little strange to take a tofu cat litter – which is supposed to have odor-free properties as “standard” – and then add green tea extract for odor control. But it works so who are we to argue, giving the immediate area a pleasant fragrance that got the thumbs-up in our household. Once again, it clumps quickly and hard and it's pleasing to note there was no dust when tipping it into the litter tray. Nova ate a little of this one but didn't have any adverse effects.

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Chow Sing tofu litter

Best budget tofu cat litter

Easily flushed
Controls odor
Eliminates tracking
Some don't like the smell

This product proudly states that it's toilet flushable. That, however, is the case for all tofu litter so it's not particularly special in that sense. In our test, we placed a small amount into the loo (our plumbing isn't the best so we didn't want to do much more) and, lo and behold, it went down well. As with the other products on test, this also proved a great choice. Odor was controlled, there was no dust and it eliminated tracking. It's also very reasonably priced.

Does tofu cat litter actually work?

Quick answer? Yes, tofu cat litter works. Some users have claimed it's a game-changer and it certainly does have a heap of advantages. Our only concern is the price but if you can afford it and want to tap into the benefits, there should be very little else to hold you back.

David Crookes

David Crookes has been a journalist for more than 20 years and he has written for a host of magazines, newspapers, websites and books including World of Animals, BBC Earth, Dogs and Canines, Gadget and The Independent. Born in England, he lives in a household with two cats but he’s also keenly interested in the differences between the huge number of dog breeds — in fact, you can read many of his breed guides here on PetsRadar. With a lifelong passion for technology, too, he’s always on the lookout for useful devices that will allow people to spend more time with their pets.