Tidy Max LightWeight Clumping Cat Litter Review – Lightweight but Extremely Effective

Published by Annie Anderson
Last updated: August 30, 2021

If you’ve bought cat litter recently or at least browsed the shelves at a pet store or online, you’ve probably seen at least one product from Purina’s Tidy Cats line of products.

It’s one of the most popular cat litter brands today for a reason – it offers good clumping action, the price is reasonable, and there’s a wide variety of specialized variants available just like the okocat.

Today I’ll be taking a look at their Tidy Max LightWeight cat litter and the two variants of it that they offer and giving you my thoughts on what’s good and what’s bad about them, as well as telling you which one you should get.

So stick around and read my full Tidy Max LightWeight review!

A Little Bit About the Tidy Cats Brand

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Tidy Cats is easily one of the most popular brands of cat litter out there today, and it’s not too difficult to see why that’s the case.

Part of the Purina megabrand known for providing great pet supplies for decades – primarily cat and dog food – they designed Tidy Cats to be an affordable and versatile type of cat litter.

The main draw of the Tidy Cats brand is the supreme clumping ability that it has combined with its relatively low price and a wide variety of products made for different purposes like the premium choice litter.

They offer a lot of different sizes and package deals all the time and, though they’re mostly an online brand without much presence in pet shops, they are more popular than ever.

Take a look at what I think about one of their most popular products, the Tidy Max LightWeight Clumping Cat Litter and find out if you might want to try it.

Tidy Cats Tidy Max LightWeight Clumping Cat Litter Review

This variant of the Tidy Max cat liter from Tidy Cats is made to be as light as possible while still providing much of the benefits that their other cat litter products do.

Does it manage to do that? Read on and find out.

1. Tidy Max LightWeight 24/7 Performance Clumping Cat Litter

What this version of the Tidy Max LightWeight cat litter promises is that it will be able to eliminate the odor of urine and feces at all times, even if multiple cats use the litter. Let’s see if it does what it claims to do.


  • Lightweight Just like the name says, this is an extremely lightweight type of cat litter, and it certainly lives up to that promise. The pieces are relatively small, and it’s easy to carry this litter around and throw it out after cleaning it up. If you need to move your cat’s litter box often, this will be a great relief, and it will reduce the weight you have to carry by about half when compared to most other cat litters. You don’t have to use too much of it per filling either, so it saves you money as well.
  • Good Clumping For the most part, this litter is able to for good, strong clumps that are easy to scoop out, which is the hallmark of Tidy Cats litters. Most of the time, clumps won’t even break apart while you’re scooping them up, which is a common problem with other clumping litters that I used.
  • High Absorption Rate Despite how it may look, this lightweight litter has a surprisingly high absorption rate, and it can take in a lot of liquid before you need to clean it up.
  • Odor Reduction The odor control here is amazing, and it seems to reduce the odor to basically nothing in a matter of minutes or less. It stays that way too, and you’ll barely feel any cat urine smell coming off it even while you’re cleaning it up. On that account, it completely delivers on the promises it makes.


  • Dusty Due to having such small, lightweight pieces, this litter can get incredibly dusty, incredibly quickly. You’ll have a lot of issues with it if you have any kind of respiratory disorder and your cat will have a hard time as well. There’s little you can do to prevent this except placing the litter box in a fairly isolated area, but your cat will still suffer in that case.
  • Lots of Tracking This is another downside of the litter being so light and having such small pieces. It easily sticks to the paws of a cat and gets stuck between their toes, so it ends up all over the house. This is not non-tracking litter by any means. No matter how large your litter mat might be, that won’t stop your cat from tracking this litter around your home. Be prepared for a lot of cleaning.
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Tidy Max LightWeight 24/7 Performance

2. Tidy Max LightWeight Instant Action Clumping Cat Litter

The ‘Instant Action’ variant of this litter is designed to clump up as quickly as possible, allowing you to clean the litter box without worrying that wet litter will get everywhere. Can it actually do that? Let’s take a look.


  • Lightweight It lives up to the name and weighs much less than most other litter and the regular Tidy Max litter as well. This means you’ll have to use less of it and carrying it around is quite easy.
  • Quick Clumping This litter is able to clump as well as the 24/7 Performance variant, but it does so in less than half the time. I’d say that it’s easily able to clump up completely in a matter of 15 minutes or less. This makes it particularly great if you have multiple cats. This makes it much easier to scoop out and reduces the chance of it getting stuck on your scooper or falling apart and scattering everywhere.
  • Good Odor Control While the odor control here is not quite as good as in the case of the 24/7 Performance variant, it’s still quite good. The smell peters out incredibly quickly, but it might still smell a bit when you’re extremely close to it or when you’re cleaning it out.
  • Highly Absorbent This litter is also able to absorb more liquid than you might think it can at first glance, and it does so fairly quickly and efficiently.


  • Lots of Dust Because of the small, lightweight pieces, this litter can easily get ground up into dust by your cat, which can create a whole host of problems, especially if someone in the house has a respiratory condition.
  • Sticky When Wet While it does clump up and dry rather fast, it seems to be stickier than most other litter I’ve used when it’s wet. If you happen to catch it before it dries out completely, it will stick to everything, and it’s difficult to clean off.
  • Tracks Everywhere Again, just like with the other version of this litter, it’s so light that it always gets stuck on your cat’s paws and gets tracked wherever it goes. It won’t just stay on the litter mat or somewhere close to the litter box – you’ll probably find it in places where you wouldn’t even imagine it could end up in.

Tidy Max LightWeight Instant Action


Overall, both variants of the Tidy Max Lightweight litter achieve what they set out to do and perform rather well.

The main benefit they both offer is the extremely low weight combined with clumping action and absorbency that’s almost equal to their heavier counterparts.

The odor control is also great in both variants, though the 24/7 Performance litter does a better job of completely eliminating it.

On the other hand, the Instant Action litter does clump up and dry out much faster, though it is stickier while it’s still wet, but it doesn’t’ stay wet for long.

Both litters, however, are quite dusty and your kitty can easily track them around the house, which is a negative that you’ll have to deal with. Don’t get it if anyone in the house has respiratory problems – especially the kitty.

If you need fast-clumping lightweight litter, both variants of the Tidy Max LightWeight cat litter will be great for you. For more odor control, get the 24/7 litter and for faster clumping get the Instant Action litter.

So, what do you think? Have you tried the Tidy Max LightWeight litter, and what are your thoughts on it? Tell me in the comments below, and I’ll see you there!

If you have any questions or would like to share your reviews on the Tidy Max LightWeight Clumping Cat Litter, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.

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