Use a vacuum to deal with cat litter. It's faster, easier and more efficient than sweeping.
Even if you don't want to vacuum daily, the litter can still be swept into a corner with a broom or dustpan and brush and then vacuumed when you are ready.
Some people comment that the vacuum cleaner will smell like cat litter.
This could be the case if very large amounts of litter are being vacuumed however we are talking about the overflow from the cat litter tray or mat so it shouldn't be an issue.
In a hurry? Head straight to Recommendations (link in the Contents) for a quick summary of what we currently recommend.
The vacuums reviewed below are all "pet" friendly as part of their function is to pick up animal hair.
I have to say that Dyson products are brilliant. When I first opened my Dyson I thought it looked a bit plasticky, especially for the price however I have come to realize that it is a tough machine and the range of motion is excellent.
In addition to picking up litter and cat hair and everything else in normal household life, it is handy to use to vacuum the cats bedding or where the cat mostly hangs out.
I can even vacuum around my ageing cat and he doesn’t budge, so it’s obviously not scaring him. However we both know our boundaries, so I try to keep out of his way.
This model, the V8 is specifically designed for homes with pets. The price can be a sticking point and I totally understand that as I was the same. I now realize I will have my Dyson for many years and vacuuming is no longer a chore and I do mean that. This model is a V10.
It is so easy to whip out of the cupboard that I tend to vacuum smaller areas but more frequently because it is not an issue, compared to having to get out the old vacuum cleaner, pull out the cord, plug it in and them move to another plug, untangle the cord and so on.
This machine can change from a stick to a small handheld in seconds and I continually swap between the two with no problems at all.
I hardly need to say, that it works exceptionally well. I am always amazed at the dust and debris in the container even when I think the floor is clean. It is easy to empty.
This product does have a HEPA filter. Mr Dyson has done a good job! I can’t recommend this machine highly enough.
The Dyson is an expensive purchase and I did a fair amount of research before buying. I expect a large cost item like the Dyson, to last for years and years.
This stick vacuum converts to a handheld vac and is super lightweight. I recently had problems using my right arm and had no choice but to vacuum using my left arm (well I could have not vacuumed at all but that wouldn’t be good either). It was then that I appreciated having a lightweight vacuum was a big bonus.
It has really good suction and will handle cat litter however you may have to go over the same area several times as you would with any larger pieces of debris being vacuumed. This is not a deal breaker.
It is electric so will still need to be plugged in. It has a pet hair attachment.
It does not have a HEPA filter however it has an easily removable sponge filter that can be washed and replaced.
For the price, a hard to beat product and you would surely use it for more than just picking up cat litter.
This vacuum is specifically targeted towards pet owners and features an Integrated Pet Hair Lifter, and a pet Turbo Brush tool.
In addition to picking up cat litter efficiently, it gets the big thumbs up for removing animal hair from both cats and dogs.
It is bag-less, so no purchasing bags, a big plus in our view and it is electric with a 23 ft cord length.
It does not have a big profile so it’s easy to store without taking up much space.
Great idea! A carpet sweeper definitely has the convenience factor. Vacuuming a whole house can be tiring so using a carpet sweeper as an in between clean is an attractive idea and it can be used daily to pick up cat litter.
There are two models reviewed below. The first model reviewed is battery powered and the second model reviewed is human powered, meaning that is not electric and does not have a battery.
For easy everyday cleaning at a good price and most importantly it does handle kitty litter.
Depending on your needs it is a good accompaniment to the regular vacuum cleaner used for a whole house.
It is rechargeable and the charge lasts about 30 minutes.
It has a folding handle which is useful for swivel steering.
This carpet sweeper is fine for any floor surface,hard floors or carpets.
It is lightweight and super effective at picking up cat litter on tiles and carpets.
There is no power either electric or from a battery, just muscle power.
It won’t get into small crevices because it doesn’t have attachments like vacuum cleaners however if you want something portable, lightweight and does the job quickly and easily this is a good choice.
A hint when using a carpet sweeper is to first of all sweep the litter to one area so that it is easier to pick up.
A handheld is a great idea if the vacuum cleaner is doing a good job but a quick fix is needed.
A quick whizz around and it’s done.
This is the corded product as opposed to the cordless handheld vacuum Pet Eraser also made by Bissell.
This one is favored because the cordless model can have battery issues plus this model is cheaper and does the same job.
You will just need to plug it in.
Bissell customer service is very good so whether you buy this model or the cordless you can be assured of good customer service if needed.
Bissell is a reliable brand but hey even the best of best can sometimes be faulty.
It works really well for dry kitty litter and dry cat food. It is super useful around the home, great for upholstery and cleaning the car.
It is easy to store and bag less so no purchasing new bags (that can be such a nuisance as new models come along and the bags change).
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A HEPA filter traps pollens, allergens, dander, dust mites, tobacco smoke, mold, bacteria and other allergens by using a mechanical filter.
Vacuum cleaners can suck up these allergens however not all vacuum cleansers have a HEPA filter.
Just in case you were wondering what HEPA stands for - it is High-Efficiency Particulate Air.
There's more information here about HEPA filters.
If you want a handheld vacuum, the small corded and very affordable Bissell is unbeatable. There is not the worry of batteries malfunctioning which can happen in some of these smaller handheld vacuums. The Bissell is specifically for pets but of course can be used elsewhere in the home. A super handy appliance to have in the home for all sorts of small clean up jobs.
As far as stick vacuums are concerned, the Shark Rocket True Pet is hard to beat. There is no bending to vacuum as with a small handheld. This model does also convert to a handheld so does both jobs. It is electric and needs to be plugged in.
If you want the creme de la creme and are prepared to make a big purchase that will last for years, the Dyson V8 is amazing. I love that I don't have to go and get out the vacuum cleaner, plug it in, pull the cord free from the unit and then pull the cord around furniture. I just pop the cleaning head I want onto the stick and off I go, no cords. It does need to be charged but I find that no problem at all because I now vacuum in smaller spurts (you know what I mean) because it is so easy. It is also far more effective for pet hair than nay other vacuum I have ever owned.
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