If you're tired of using traditional clay cat litter, especially throwing it out in the garbage, you have an alternative. As its name implies, Swheats Scoop cat litter comes from wheat, not clay. That means it's not harmful if Kitty eats it. You can dispose of it down the toilet.
Why wheat instead of clay? Wheat starches naturally form solid clumps when wet, making waste easy to scoop out. The enzymes in wheat litter break down odors and involve much less dust than clay counterparts. That helps if you or anyone in your household has respiratory issues. Kitty is less likely to track litter box remnants around the house. Use Swheats in standard or automatic litter boxes. You might find it lasts longer than clay litters. For best results, Swheats recommends leaving a 3-inch level of litter in the box. Making the switch from clay to wheat usually isn't a problem for felines -- Swheats resembles standard cat litter.
Not only is Swheats much softer than clay litter, it contains no chemicals. There's no fragrance added -- the smell is pure, natural wheat. That's why it's safe for kittens and cats recuperating from surgery. Because declawed cats often dislike clay litter, Swheats is a good alternative for felines with delicate paws.
Made in America
According to Swheats, the wheat source for its cat litter products is grown "in the heart of the Great Plains states." It's made from non-food grade wheat with natural processing. Swheats is available in original and multi-cat versions, each available in 14-, 20- and 40-pound bags. You can purchase it in supermarkets or pet supply stores, with prices comparable to clay cat litters.
Clay litters aren't biodegradable because the earth can't absorb them, but Swheats scoop cat litter is earth-friendly. It dissolves relatively easily, which is why you can flush it down the john. It's safe whether your home relies on sewer or a septic system. To dispose of Swheats properly, break large urine and poop clumps down into smaller pieces before placing them in the toilet. Use the leftover Swheats that your cat didn't soil as compost for ornamental plants. Don't use it in your vegetable garden or on any plants or trees whose produce is intended for consumption.
Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.