Swheat Scoop Cat Litter
Swheat Scoop cat litter is a natural litter that works much like those clay based clumping litters but is safe to dispose of in your septic system and is chemical free.
Ease of Use/Performance: 4/5
How much I enjoy 3/5
I avoid shopping at Petco and PetSmart as I prefer the lower costs of stores like Wal-Mart for supplies but at times I do shop there as well as get information and advice. Cat litter is a constant recurring cost of having cats and I am always looking for either a lower costing solution or one that works better.
Swheat Scoop is a natural product made entirely from wheat but the wheat that did not meet food grade standards and is heated to kill potential infestation as well as make the product do what it needs to. Swheat Scoop uses the starch and heat treatment to provide an absorbing material that does clump for the liquid cats are going to be adding to the litter tray.
Swheat Scoop is flushable due to the light and 100 percent biodegradable content but I am not sure I would want to add my cats litter to my sewer lines because of my particular home problems. I have had problems with sewer lines clogging up so I want to reduce how much stuff goes down my sewer to prevent clogging and more plumbing problems.
If flushing your cats litter is a major feature you want like apartment dwellers to reduce the amount of garbage you need to deal with Swheat scoop makes perfect sense. Flushable litter does attract many buyers and Swheat Scoop does have people’s attention but some clumping issues does not have me convinced enough to change my litter choice.
Clumping is a major factor of today’s cat litter and Swheat scoop is supposed to be a great clumping cat litter but my second photo shows a bit of a different story. Clay based litters are great for clumping and my two favorites are a Sam’s Club brand called LitterClean and Arm & Hammers Double Duty cat litter.
Swheat Scoop clumps fairly well but as you can see in my demonstration picture the wheat based litter does fall apart when you try to get the clump out of the dish. The clay based litter does clump much better and you can easily pick the clump out with your fingers in this example.
Scooping the Swheat Scoop clumps out of my cats litter tray was an exercise in chasing down the smaller clumps when the big ones fell apart but for the most part it worked well. The clay does make harder clumps and if good clumping is important Swheat Scoop did not clump as well as other clay based litters that I have used.
I used the 14 pounds of Swheat Scoop pretty quickly and started to have to add some other clumping litter once the straight wheat based litter started getting low in the pan. To start using the Swheat Scoop I poured the litter into a clean pan and the cats had no problem taking to the different litter type without fuss.
When poured out of the bag Swheat Scoop smells just like fresh ground wheat and has very little smell when the cats use it but just like clay litter frequency of cleanup is important. I clean up my cats pan every night and had no problems with smell from the Swheat Scoop but I also have no problems with smell from clay litters.
The litter does have some dust when pouring and scooping out clumps but not as much as the cheaper LitterClean litter and the Arm & Hammer litters I have used in the past. I regularly use clay litters that cost 29 cents per pound for the Sams Club litter and 38 cents per pound for the Arm & Hammer version.
Swheat Scoop costs about 92 cents per pound which is pretty pricey when you look at the fact that all you’re doing is throwing it out after a few days. If flushing the cats stuff down your septic system is important then Swheat Scoop does work well and I did have no problems in a couple of test flushes.
The cost and the lack of firm clumps does leave me a bit hesitant to recommend this but if flushing is more important than cost and solid clumping Swheat Scoop is well worth a look.