If you've ever wandered down the cat litter aisle, odds are you've seen Scoop Away clumping cat litter. As of 1999, Scoop Away is manufactured by Clorox Pets Products Co., a subsidiary of the Clorox Co.
Scoop Away first entered the litter scene in 1987, according to the company website. Originally A&M Products had a small manufacturing facility out of a garage. As the demand for clumping litter increased, Scoop Away started a national campaign in 1990 under the name Catsanova's Scoop Away; however, the Catsanova part of the name was quickly dropped. After achieving sales of more than $43 million, A&M Products was bought out by First Brands Co. in 1992.
With the continued demand for Scoop Away clumping cat litter booming, First Brands Co. started building a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Spring Hill, Kan., in 1994. The same year Scoop Away officially went national, making its place on numerous shelves across the United States. In 1999, First Brands Co. sold Scoop Away to Clorox.
How It Works
Clumping litter is made from a type of clay called sodium bentonite. This highly absorbent clay expands to about 15 times its size when Felix goes potty. As it swells, the granules stick together, forming a solid clump that you simply have to scoop out. Scoop Away clumping litter is made with specialized patented antimicrobial minerals that get rid of smelly odors by locking them in. Some varieties are also scented, masking Felix's business every time he digs in the litter box.
How to Use It
Scoop Away manufacturers recommend filling the litter box with 3 to 4 inches of litter. Scoop out solid waste and clumps several times per day and dump them in the trash. You should never flush Scoop Away clumping litter down the toilet, since it can bulk up in your pipes, causing clogs. After you scoop, pour in a little more litter to replace what you tossed out. As long as you keep up with daily maintenance, you'll only have to completely change the litter about once a month. If you have several kitties you may have to swap it out more often.
Scoop Away clumping litter should pass through your feline's digestive tract if he happens to swallow a little bit. However, if you have a kitten who curiously dines from the litter box, swallowing a large amount, manufacturers recommend contacting your veterinarian immediately. Large amount of clumping litter can get stuck in Felix's gut, causing blockage that requires immediate medical attention.
Melodie Anne Coffman specializes in overall wellness, with particular interests in women's health and personal defense. She holds a master's degree in food science and human nutrition and is a certified instructor through the NRA. Coffman is pursuing her personal trainer certification in 2015.