I intentially bought non-clumping, non scented, etc., hoping to get laterite that could hold up. What I got looked like it, the the old fashioned litter I knew growing up also called (oil dry) and can retain some substance when wet, but I took a big tupperware bowl full added some water to rinse it, and it literally turned into mostly liquid mush. It changed imediatlely with very few pieces retaining some individual shape or form. I am now convinced that they get the laterite clay from different sources and some sources are more quality (harder/stronger) than others. I bet I could go test several basic brands and find one that holds up enough to suffice as a substrate, but I didn't want to go that far. So Rex is right in the fact that different areas have different products in the bag marked "Special Kitty".