Product Review: Fresh Step with Febreze Gain Scent

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Full disclosure I was offered the opportunity to trial Fresh Step Febreze Freshness Gain Scented Clumping Clay Cat Litter in exchange for writing a review thru a Chewy.com affiliate promotion.

I have a multi-kitty household that uses multiple litter boxes on each level of my home.  I was given enough litter (25lbs) to fill one extra large litter box and I picked the most used litter box on the main level of my home for this trial.A little background on my kitties, I have both healthy kitties and kitties with medical conditions.  The ones with health conditions that require litter considerations are as follows: one kitty is an adult short hair with a compromised immune system and respiratory issues, another is an adult short hair with cystitis (who is very particular about his litter box cleanliness and the litter it contains) and the last one who is a long hair Maine Coon with Chronic Kidney Disease.

The first thing I noticed is that this litter is in fact less dusty than I expected.  I wouldn’t say it’s 99.9% dust free but it certainly is less dusty than other Fresh Step clumping varieties and most other clumping litters I’ve used before.

When I first poured this litter into the litter box it was very aromatic but not overwhelming.  The litter really does smell like a Gain laundry product.  Within a day or pouring the litter into the litter box it has a light fragrance and after a couple of days you don’t really notice it unless you’re scooping the litter and stirring up the litter or if kitty is digging in it.

This litter clumps extremely well and absorbs urine quickly.  If kitty happens to urinate on the wall of the litter box vs directly on the litter let it sit for a few minutes before scooping and once the litter has “set” scoop from underneath the urine clump and pull up along the wall and it will detach easily with little residue.

The scent does not notably change or smell like ammonia when kitty urinates on it.  If kitty covers their feces afterwards most of the smell gets locked it quickly except for extremely smelly odors like from kitties with digestive issues which no litter that I am aware of can mask.

This is a low tracking litter, I can’t say it’s not tracking because there is some that gets carried out in paws and long hair or by kitties that tend to make fast exits out of the litter box but is definitely less tracking than I’ve experienced with other clumping litters.  I also have not noticed any wet clay litter tracks.

My kitty with respiratory issues used the litter box containing this litter with no issue but I still prefer to keep a litter box with unscented litter for him as I haven’t trialed this litter long enough to know how it actually affects his breathing.

The kitty that has Cystitis and is very particular about his bathroom environment was not deterred by the new scent of the litter and has had no accidents outside of the litter box.

And lastly for my kitty with Chronic Kidney Disease that urinates larger and more frequent amounts.  I tend to scoop the litter boxes frequently but I have not noticed any reduction in effectiveness in either clumping or odor control in the few days my kitties have been trialing this litter.

Overall I would not go out of my way to buy Fresh Step Febreze Freshness Gain Scented Clumping Clay Cat Litter again, but I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it if it were on sale.

–Steph Z.