by Barbara Spyrou
Been using Swheat Scoop Cat Litter for couple of years. Love that it's natural and doesn't choke me, or my cats, with the perfume smells. I didn't find it a problem when I had my litter boxes in my basement. Moved to a new home and unfortunately, need to keep the litter boxes in a room in my house. Finding it to be extremely dusty and my cats are tracking it everywhere... AND I have a mat followed by those "cat tracking" mats they sell outside the litter boxes.
Recently started using Natural Pine litter in one box to see how it works. NO dust at all, very pleasant smelling... tiny bit of tracking, but because the pine pellets are so big I'm afraid my cats are not loving it... God knows I don't want them to decide they like a soft carpet or bed better.
I need something natural that my cats will love that's no dust or very, very low dust, and non tracking... is there something out there for us????Editor Comment:
While we don't have a specific brand recommendation, look for textures that are similar to Swheat scoop as cat's prefer textures that were familiar to them, particularly when they were kittens.
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I have 6 cats and 3 litter boxes which are scooped 3x daily. The tracking of this litter is terrible. Each time the boxes are scooped the floors must be swept and this is with large rugs under the litter boxes
Swheat Scoop Problem
by Page Williams
(Houston TX USA)
Terrible 6/02/10 posted by Page Williams
I've just had a terrifying health crisis with my two petite Burmese cats, both fanatic groomers, who simultaneously quit eating, drinking and eliminating. Fecal and blood tests negative. Obviously environmental. Searching for clues, I realised that latest supply of Swheat was very abnormally powdery - sticky dust adhered to my hand when I put it in the bag. Remembered I'd recently seen white footprints around house. Took bag of Swheat to Petco - three employees including manager agreed it was very different and powdery. Showed my vet and he suggested that I save the bag. Phoned Swheat customer service on 5/27/10 to ask if they had been adding something, because I was looking for clues for my cats' illness. The lady told me that there were no additives - but on further questioning, she remembered that she had been told that on 5/24/10 a torn screen in plant had been replaced and that they had told her that it was discovered that the screen was torn worse than they had realized when they changed it. I cannot prove that it was related, but with a vet bill of almost $800 to cover hospitalization, rehydration (both enema and subcutaneous) and appetite stimulant, and with entirely different litter with very minimal dust, my cats gained half a pound each and, so far, seem well on the road to recovery. I am frightened that, if this litter was the cause, some other cat owner might not notice in time. I wrote the company on 5/29, enclosing a sample of the litter and suggesting a recall. If I am wrong, I owe Swheat an apology, but nobody should use such powdery stuff in a litter box - I am kicking myself for not noticing earlier. My cats are indoor, and there was no other change in their environment. Update: There was no response to my letter, so I emailed with no response, finally UPSed company, signature requested, enclosing another sample of dusty litter and copy of my vet bill. Incredibly, Mr. Hughes responded that the litter I sent was "not what he likes to produce" but could not have harmed my cats as it is biodegradable and he "has been eating it for 17 years!" The vet had told me to change litter immediately, and save the bag. The Petco manager phoned them 4 times, with no response, and finally emailed her phone numbers but nobody phoned her back.
The litter that my cats used for a year was fine. The product that was packaged with a broken screen almost killed my cats and Swheat Scoop has issued no recall or warning and does not respond to customers (or Petco manager) or feel responsible for the financial damage it caused, much less for the suffering of my cats. And I'm not the only one; on June 11, another person posted a similar experience on rateitall.
Shweat Natural Cat Litter
I loved it but my one cat hated it and started urinating on my couch. I have tried it 3 times and each time, he went to the couch. Now looking for a dust free one that the cat and I like.