Natural Cat Litter Comparison

Sun, Apr 27, 2008

Litter & Hygiene

NOTE: This is a follow-up to the original post, What’s In Your Litter Box? which outlined the dangers of clay and silica cat litters. If you haven’t already, please read the original post to learn more about this important topic.

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My natural litter comparison real-world tests have not been going so well — changing so many variables all at once has caused some protesting and a lot of spot-botting. So, in order to really compare apples to apples, I conducted some controlled tests using clean samples and water. Here are my findings:

Arm & Hammer High Performance
The package says that this litter uses “natural clumping ingredients instead of clay,” but it does not specify what it is made from. I did find a mention of the litter in a news release that says it is corn-based. This litter contains Arm & Hammer baking soda to help control odor.

Swheat Scoop
Swheat Scoop is made from naturally processed wheat, which has both natural enzymes for odor control and natural starches for clumping.

World’s Best Cat Litter
World’s Best Cat Litter, or WBCL, is another corn-based litter made from whole kernel corn.

Nature’s Miracle
Nature’s Miracle is also corn-based, however it is made from corn cob granules instead of kernels.


As I poured clean samples into the bowls, I checked each litter for it’s natural scent. The Arm & Hammer litter has a very strong, perfume-y scent that I can’t quite identify. It might be cedar. I find the scent to be a bit overpowering. Swheat Scoop has a very light scent of wheat or wheat flour, as you would expect. WBCL smells like a farm to me. The package says that “the extra strength formula contains a plant derived, natural scent that helps keep litter fresh for multiple cat use,” but I can’t stand the smell and it gets even stronger when wet. Nature’s Miracle has a light pine scent that is not too offensive.

Texture & Dust

Two other important characteristics are the texture of the litter and the amount of dust that it creates. The texture affects whether or not the cats will like it and how much it will track out of the box and onto the floor. The dust factor affects how much airborne dust is created when pouring fresh litter into the box and when cats dig around in it. Arm & Hammer and Nature’s Miracle have almost exactly the same texture. Both can be described as light and fluffy, meaning that they are more likely to stick to paws and be tracked around. This does also mean that the bag is much lighter to carry, which is a benefit, however if your cats are used to a heavy clay litter, they may need some transition time to get used to this lighter texture. Both of these litters produce very little dust. WBCL is very coarse with large granules, similar in size to many clay litters. It produces a fair amount of dust. Swheat Scoop has a variable mixture of coarse granules with some lighter pieces. Unfortunately, Swheat Scoop produces a ton of dust. I found this to be the worst by far, which worries me since I am gluten intolerant, although I have not been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, but I have read that some people with this problem can get sick if they inhale airborne flour particles, and I imagine that Swheat Scoop dust is similar. I have no concrete information about this, so if you know anything about it, please leave a comment.


Clumping is one of the most important factors in a good litter. You want solid clumps to make scooping easier. If the clumps break apart, you wind-up changing the entire contents of the box more often and scooping is just a pain. Arm & Hammer and Nature’s Miracle performed similarly, with only semi-hard clumping. You can see in the images above that both fell apart when scooped. WBCL had the best clumping ability, with solid, easily scoopable clumps. Swheat Scoop had the worst performance with clumps that fell apart into small pieces, making it very difficult to scoop. Note: I performed these tests with the regular Swheat Scoop. There is a multi-cat strength formula that claims to clump faster and firmer. It may have better results.

Environmental Concerns & Flushing

All of these litters are made of renewable, natural materials that do not require strip mining like clay litters. Also, all of them are completely biodegradable, meaning if they go into the landfill in a paper bag (not plastic), they will eventually breakdown, unlike clay litters that will stay in the landfills forever. Swheat Scoop and WBCL both say that they are flushable, but please be aware, flushing cat waste is strongly discouraged in order to maintain water quality and protect wildlife.


After looking closely at these four litters, it is clear that there is no perfect litter. In terms of clumping, it appears that Swheat Scoop has the worst performance and WBCL has the best. However, I dislike the farm smell of WBCL. The light and fluffy litters are very low dust, but their clumping is poor. I’m not exactly sure what to do. Perhaps try WBCL with some baking soda or other natural odor control product? Maybe try mixing some of these litters? In addition to these natural litters, there are also several pellet-type litters like Feline Pine and Yesterday’s News, but I have tried these before and they were immediately rejected by my crew. Many people swear by them, though, so I encourage you to try them for yourself. Also, you may feel quite differently about some of the litters tested here, so please feel free to share your comments. There are already quite a few comments on the original post, so be sure to check them out as you decide which litter is best for you.

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For more information, please see our Natural Litter Comparison – Part 2.

Please read the following posts to learn more about flushing cat litter:

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57 Responses to “Natural Cat Litter Comparison”

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    We are dedicated users of Swheat Scoop cat litter. I recently purchased Swheat Scoop’s NEW “Multi Cat” formula. The clumping is 200% better than the normal formula. I would highly recommend it. It clumps as well as a clay cat litter which is a complete shock. I don’t know what they did to improve it but it’s definitely a better formula than the original.

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    Awww, I wish you’d have included the newer, clumping version of Feline Pine in your tests. I can’t stand the pellet-y stuff, but I find the clumping version to be pretty good. I like your experiment here, I’m just curious how the brand I use tests out compared to the others! :D

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    I have to comment here also in favor of Swheat Scoop. It was your first article in this series that made me switch cat litter in the first place. We have 3 cats, and one of them is a Maine Coon… so with two litter boxes, we were getting so much dust from the Costco ‘Scoop away’ that we decided to switch after reading your article.

    We picked Swheat schoop most because its basically rejected flour, and like the others, no clay/slica. For us, it clumps well, but we do notice the smell when its not cleaned in a day or two. (Note that our Maine Coon was recently diagnosed with diabetes, and he was using the box a ton before we got it under control, so our experience isn’t totally fair.)

    The dust was our biggest complaint about the ‘scoop away’, and the Swheat scoop has far less. I don’t notice the dust from it at all, but I may try out the WBCL just to see how different it is. But if you have a wheat allergy, then yeah, swheat scoop could be a problem. But at this point, we really like swheat scoop. (BTW, on our 40lb bag, there is nothing to say if its the new formula or not. It doesn’t say ‘multi-cat’ so unless I missed something, we have the regular one. Maybe that says more on how bad scoop away was…)

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    i use wbcl (the multicat formula) and haven’t had problems, but i haven’t tried other natural litters. we use a covered litterbox, so i don’t notice the smell, and when we can smell the litter it usually means the whole litter needs to be changed out.

    anyway, my comment is more just an additional environmental tip–my husband and i save paper bags throughout the day (coffee shop pastry bags, lunch bags, etc.) and bring them home to dispose of our cat litter scoopings. this way the litter will go to a landfill in a biodegradable bag and we’re not wasting bags which we would normal throw away/recycle!

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    I use a combination of the new, clumping Feline Pine (or other similar brands) and Swheat Scoop in the same box. I can’t recommend this enough! The combo clumps well and smells good. You could use WBCL in place of SS, but I don’t like the scent.

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    I also use the scoopable feline pine (don’t like the pellets either). I’ve tried them ALL and it’s the best one. WBCL caused me to get little fruit flies due to the corn base and I’m not the only one I know that it’s happened to. Also, I didn’t think it controlled the smell of a #2 well at all.

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    We use WBCL multi cat formula and it works well for us for odor control and clumping. I started with the orginal formula of WBCL and we did have some odor issues back then and when I got the new kitten I decide to try the Multi-cat and it was significantly improved odor control. I find that we have had no dust issues with either. This is all that have I used so I am not sure how the others compare but I do know a lot of people that use the swheat scoop and swear by it. But I have someone in my household that is Gluten Intolerant as well and I avoid anything wheat.

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    I totally disagree that clumping is an important factor. We use a compressed pine litter (not Feline Pine, but the same thing) and the urine breaks down the pine pellets and then dries into pine dust.

    The result? You only have to scoop the poop! I think this is FAR superior to having to also scoop the pee clumps, esp when you’re on vacation. Plus no smell!

    Not sure why so many don’t like the pellets, they rock!

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    I use a pelleted pine horse stall bedding for my rabbits’ litterbox. No smell, it doesn’t clump, but as evening said, it turns to dust.

    It’s marvellous. I thought it would work very well for the cat box too, but…

    My cat REFUSES to set paw upon it, she crinkles her face at it. So for the cat, it’s World’s Best Cat Litter.

    I think it’s interesting how the smell of this brand of litter bothered you, moderncat, but I can’t smell it at all. To me, it is the only litter I’ve ever experienced that is entirely without odor.

    Amazing how different noses work differently!

    Thanks for doing all this research and posting it. ; )

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    I’ve been using WBCL for several years. I highly recommend the multi-cat formula. I have 3 cats and and I find that the standard strength formula just doesn’t cut it. (I believe that you were using the standard strength formula in your test.)

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    We have 3 cats at home and force them to all use the same litter box because we literally have no extra room. (yeah, I know that’s not recommended) Needless to say there’s smell and tracking galore, and I’ve tested almost every litter out there. It’s not a dramatic winner, but the Swheat Scoop has top place for now. It clumps well and has minimal tracking (compared to the others).

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    Hi modernpet,

    A great and comprehensive review; unfortunately none of the litter products reviewed are available over here in Australia. I will however make a note for Buzzpet to do a similar review with Australian products, so will keep you posted (excuse the pun!). Will be interesting to see whether the results are similar.

    Keep up the great work.


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    Abby in Vegas

    I don’t have personal experience with this, but I think it might help some people: I have read that cats have an aversion to pine and citrus scents. So pine or cedar scented litter might be a bad idea. (As an aside: it is also not a good idea to use a citrus or pine/cedar scented detergent cleanser to clean your litter box… or at least air it out really well before expecting the cat to use it again.)

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    Abby in Vegas

    I had a question for anyone or the moderator to answer if they have info: do we know if other kinds of Arm and Hammer cat litter are made of environmentally friendly products, or is it just the High Performance kind?

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    DJ – You need to gradually convert them to the pellets. Start with a small amount of the new litter in the old litter, and gradually increase the new litter with each changing. They should be used to the new litter by the time you’re done with the old litter.

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    I think your review is spot on. Natural litters have a hard time clumping when you clean the box 2x/day.

    Feline Pine Scoopable is very similar to Nature’s Miracle, with a much lighter scent. The clumps are firmer than Swheat Scoop, and it’s also better at controlling odor. Unfortunately, Brice isn’t nuts about the sawdust texture.

    I’ve opted for a low-dust, high quality clay litter (Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Ultra). It’s truly unscented, with no added chemicals. I believe inhaling ANY dust or ingesting ANY clumping litter (whether corn, clay, or pine) is undesirable. My goal is to minimize this risk. Dr. Elsey’s litter fits the bill.

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    My aunt recently suggested using Chicken Lay Crumbles, which is just corn chicken feed. It is very inexpensive- I just bought a 25lb bag for around $8 and it seems to be the same stuff as The Worlds Best Cat litter. It’s a tiny bit more coarse but clumps just as well. I add baking soda to help with the odor.

    It’s available in feed stores and luckily there’s a horsey community not far from me in Burbank, CA where I can purchase it. I’ve also bought TWBC and mixed them together when I’ve run out and I don’t see much difference except for the price, TWBCL cost 4x’s as much!

    It’s a great option for people who live near rural or horsey areas and want to save money and still be eco-friendly. Make sure you get the crumbles, the other versions have bigger pieces.

    Chicken feed as cat litter, who whudda thunk it?

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    I use WBCL as well– switched after reading your previous article and realizing that the clay stuff was irritating the hell out of my lungs.

    I don’t think the smell is that unpleasant though. It almost reminds me of coffee grounds. Anyway– the cats adjusted to it with zero issue, and there is NO DUST (which is great for my poor little lungs in this tiny apartment).

    Just wanted to thank you for the earlier heads-up and compliment the photo-rich and super-useful litter review! You rock. :)

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    Hi, I’ve been a regular reading up on cool cat stuff from your site. I can’t help myself by wanting to share this joy of finding the BEST natural cat litter for my pet Muji. After much struggle with Muji’s protestion plus wastage of money on cat litter she will not try. The winner emerged and it’s “PEE WEE”

    PeeWee pellets are a purely natural product of wood without additives of any kind. PeeWee pellets are specially designed to have instant (within a few seconds) and high absorption power (300%) to synchronize with the PeeWee litter tray design. Other substitutes will not achieve optimal results in terms of urine smell absorption and cost savings.

    Information about Pee Wee

    Here’s the video :

    Hope you can get it in the States : )

    Maureen (Singapore)

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    One I have tried but didn’t see mentioned here is called SPACE. It is a silca based cat litter that is supposed to last twice as long by absorbing the liquid and trapping it in the silca. Well don’t bother Modern cat lovers! It’s horrible. It doesn’t absorb anything. The urine just pools at the bttom of your box and is an absolute nightmare to dispose of. But I a glad to hear about some of these other products. Thanks for taking one for the team MODERNCAT!!

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    Moderncat also inspired me to switch up my cat litter. One of my cats has mild asthma. I knew that those oil diffuser things make it worse but I had not considered the kitty litter that made me cough every time I changed it. Add in the environmental factor and it was time for a change.

    I tried World’s Best first because clumping is important for us, we have two boxes and 3 kitties. I noticed a scent that was a little like corn but it was pretty mild. I can see how the author found it smelled like a farm. It isn’t a problem for us, but we aren’t in a tiny condo either. Plus I am also pretty strange on certain scents. It is expensive, but it clumps well, we don’t go through as much as conventional clay clump, and I find the smell odd but mild. I have yet to notice any fruit fly issues. The damned stuff does scatter far if you have diggers. I have two.

    I also tried Arm&Hammer High Performance. It stinks. I tried this one in the bathroom litter box. For an apartment, we have a very generously sized bathroom but that horrid perfumey smell filled the entire room and wafted outwards. It smells exactly like cheap air freshener at fast food joints or gas stations. It also made one of my cats smell of it (the only cat who would use it). Considering diffused oil can make our AsthmaKitty cough, we are never trying this again, even if I could handle that smell all the time. It lessened over the next 48 hours but was still quite strong.

    So far, we are sticking with World’s Best. We might try swheat scoop at a later date. We’ve had enough litter switching for now.

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    I’ve tried all except the World’s Best. Right now I have Swheat scoop and I think it’s a pretty good product. There’s no weird smell (the Nature’s Miracle is a little funny) and yet it seems to cut the smell of urine and feces pretty well (sometimes so well that I forget to clean the litterbox). THe only thing I’ve noticed is that it doesn’t clump all that well and because it’s made of wheat, I noticed the soggy clumps of litter start to smell like dough.

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    John (DesignIt)

    I switched from Arm & Hammer clumping litter to the World’s Best Cat Litter after reading this review. WBCL works great and I don’t mind the “natural” odor at all. Best of all, my long haired cat has stopped spitting up as much. I think she was ingesting some of the clumping litter when she groomed and it was causing a nauseous reaction. Thanks again to Kate and ModernCat!

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    We switched from clay to SwheatScoop after I saw it advertised in a health food magazine. Compared to clay, the wheat litter is so much lighter to haul and easier to scoop. It clumps well enough if the litter is kept at a 3 inch depth. We have used this litter for 4 years. We have 2 litter boxes for 2 fairly large cats. The litter is scooped twice daily thus avoiding the soggy lumps someone described (as one cat tends to urinate in the same spot in the box). Odor control is very good so long as the cat covers the fecal matter.

    One litter box is in the garage. This spring, a mouse came in to eat the wheat litter. So I had to switch the litter in the garage to clumping Papurr which does not clump as well as SwheatScoop, but does not attract mice.

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    Le Chat Noir

    I use original WBCL with a small amount of the sawdusty (not pellet) version of Feline Pine mixed in. The Feline Pine helps with smell and WBCL clumps well so this combination works for me.

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    Issue: Corn-based litter appears to attract cockroaches, so I’ll have to switch to different type of litter.

    I did like using the Arm & Hammer HPCL because it was light in weight, clumped ok, and controlled odors well (didn’t stink when urinated on, like some others). I mixed it with Tidy Cats for Multiple Cats since the cats liked that & it clumped very well. However, I just noticed that the A&H HPCL has attracted cockroaches in my basement since it has a starch base (corn).

    I hadn’t had cockroaches here before, and after seeing one hanging out on the litter today, realized the litter was attracting them. Rather than calling an exterminator & going through that expense, I am just going to switch to different litter and use boric acid powder around the floor perimeter.

    I also understand that dogs will sometimes get into wheat litter (and probably corn) since it is a food. I don’t have dogs yet, but plan to add to my critter family. Now that I see the dangers of using clay & silica gel litters, I want to switch to all natural. I’ll probably try pine or paper due to the cockroach issue.

    I also saw on this site that if a cat ingests clay/silica litter when grooming, and it can cause them to throw up, which my cats sometimes do. However, food could be a cause of that, too, in our case. I do see that they don’t throw up as much now that I feed them more wet food & less dry food, and the dry food I use now is grain-free (Orijen, Evo). Actually, Avoderm chicken & herring dry agreed with their systems and reduced their throwing up , although it had grain, but the pet store here stopped selling it. It seemed the grocery store brands of dry food, like Purina One for Sensitive Systems, Meow Mix, & Friskies made them throw up more. That may have been due to having poorer quality of grain in them than Avoderm, or maybe the avocado in Avoderm counteracted the grain effect. At any rate, the wet food (Wellness & Avoderm) & grain-free food (Orijen, Evo) seems to be doing well.

    Thanks for the great tips, products, photos, and research on this site. God bless! :-)

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    We have 7 cats with 7 litterboxes (all manual), & have tried a number of natural litters (Swheatscoop, WBCL, PaPurr, Yesterdays News, Cat Country [a wheatgrass pellet litter], Nature’s Miracle/Fresh Results, & others I can’t rememeber).
    The one that works the best for us is the Fresh Results/Nature’s Miracle litter. Fresh Results is the exact same litter as Nature’s Miracle (I called the company, 8 in 1, to make sure), but it’s almost half the price ($5.88) & is sold only at Wal-Mart (comes in a purple bag with a white kitty on it). Our cats like the texture (it’s very close to sand or sawdust, so it’s soft on their paws – good for kitties with sensitivities in that area). I was concerned about it having a pine-based scent, but while it’s a little strong when you very 1st pour it out of the bag, the scent dissipates quickly & becomes barely noticeable (my husband has bad allergies, so this was an important factor for us). It controls odor well. It has very little dust (really – I was surprised at how little), but it does track quite a bit – no more than the Swheatscoop or WBCL, & since it’s such a fine texture it isn’t as obtrusive wherever it does end up. I find the clumping to be adequate, though not as good as WBCL. The only times I have trouble with clumps breaking apart are when one of our extra-covering-happy kitties scratches the litter around excessively & scratches through clumps, or when I accidentally break through a clump with scoop (the only litter those haven’t ever been an issue with is WBCL).
    Most of our kitties didn’t like the texure of the pellet-based litters, & I found them difficult to scoop (especially the urine; they aren’t clumping litters, but I still like to remove the wet waste daily). The Swheatscoop was pretty dusty, attracted ants & other bugs, & one of the kitties would eat it sometimes. WBCL was also pretty dusty & attracted ants & bugs, but worked well otherwise (very solid clumps – the best of any litter we tried). PaPurr was just too “pefume-y” smelling for us, so we didnt use enough of it to make a fair assessment.

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    I’m pretty disappointed in the continued promotion of ‘natural’ cat litters. I have friends that have tried pine or newspaper pellets, and I was not impressed, as the pellets were just as likely to be tracked around as regular clay litters and they did not work very well (I know, because their one bathroom in the house had the litter box in it, so I had plenty of time to contemplate the litter.)

    I have followed the recommendations of and switched to a low-dust clumping clay litter, Dr. Elsey’s (recommended above). While I understand the problems of strip-mining bentonite (full disclosure: I am a geologist) and I feel for the plight of the breeder whose story I originally read, I have been using clumping cat litter for years, with and without rescue kittens, without any of the problems mentioned by I believe that because cats are guests in our homes, we must do our utmost to make them comfortable and keep them healthy, and this means choosing the litter that is best for THEM, and not that which smells nicest to us or salves our eco-conscience.

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    I have a gluten allergy, and recently brought a cat into my apartment. I had a bag of Sweat Scoop kitty litter, and without thinking about it put it to use. It upset my stomach immediately. I noticed the dust in the air when I poured it out. I find I am very sensitive to its smell as well. At first I thought is was my imagination, but I have been home full time from work this week and feeling miserable all week. It wasn’t until i searched on the internet that my fears were confirmed. I think wheat based kitty litter should be avoided by anyone with a wheat or gluten allergy.

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    I use, and love, Feline Fresh. It’s a pine shaving litter. It clumps into soft clumps, but it’s just fine. It smells wonderful when poured into the litter pan, and if I ever have a problem, I just mist it with Nature’s Miracle spray.

    All natural, flushable clumps, my cat likes it just fine. I’ve cycled through a number of others and now really very much prefer this one.

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    We use Swheat Scoop and as someone else mentioned it clumps much better if you maintain about 3 inches in the box. I am anxious to try the new multi-cat formula, though, since with two cats we still get large clumps that reach the bottom of the pan and turn soggy. Odor control is great, except when one of the cats doesn’t cover his #2. There IS a lot of dust. We have a utility shelf in the room, and you can see the dust all over it. There’s a fair bit of tracking too. But I tried WBCL and didn’t like the smell either so SS seems like the best option.

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    Swheat Scoop is NOT for us! While it’s a great cat litter, using this is how I found out that my cat has a wheat allergy. I no longer have anything wheat in my house that Noodle can be exposed to. We now use WBCL and sometimes rotate through a variety of natural cat litters depending on what’s on sale.

    PROS: Great litter, low odor, clumps fairly well, eco friendly
    CONS: Contains a top pet allergen, Clumps can sometimes be a little too soupy, very high dust

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    Sylvia Percy

    I was really glad to see these articles in Modern Cat. I am retired now, we have 7 cats that are indoors all of the time, and I maintain 9 regular litter boxes. Our kitties like the uncovered boxes the best, but they do use the 3 covered ones some. I tried the pine pellet litter a few months ago, and I really liked the odor control. However, the cats did not approve of it generally. Some of them would urinate in the pine, but none of them would deficate in it at all. I tried increasing the number of pine litter boxes, and they over used the other clay boxes. I talked to our vet about this, and she did not think they would switch to the pine pellets. I recently started a new trial with Swheat Scoop, but I do not remember seeing the Multi Cat type in the store. I tried this one because the texture appeared to be similar to the clay litter, and they are using it much better than they did the pine pellets. So far I have it mixed with the clay in only one litter box, but it is the one in the kitchen that they tend to use a lot. I was delighted to read all of the suggestions and comments above, and I actually took notes while reading so I can try other types of litter if the SS does not work out. The SS clumps do tend to fall apart, and it does not neutralize the urine odor as well as the pine. I liked the idea of mixing it with the scoopable pine litter, and I may eventually try that. Cats are not very open to change in some areas, and all of ours have used clay litters all of their lives. Our oldest will be 9 years old in January, and the youngest is about 18 months now. None of them have any litter box issues, and I am extremely grateful for that. I wanted to get away from clay litter after reading several articles and opinions of cat breeders about various health problems related to its use. We love our kitties very much, and occasionally I ask my husband if he thinks we spoil our cats. He always says, no, we just cater to their every whim. Thank you Modern Cat for all of the information that you provide us, and I am really glad I found your website.

    Retired Stay at Home Kitty Mom

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    My search for a “natural” litter that my two cats will use had dwindled to two: Cat’s Pride (approved by the ASPCA) & Tidy Cats (blue). Low dust, no strong perfume, and clumping. Over two weeks ago I bought a bag at Target of Arm & Hammer’s High Performance (now called Essentials) kitty litter. I put half the bag in just one of my three litter boxes. My two cats will “hold it in” as long as possible if they don’t like the litter or the box is dirty; not good for their health. I have been surprised at the number of clumps & stools I have found in the Essentials box. Essentials had no dust to bother my allergic nose; the scent seemed citrus-based, it was not unbearable. It is better that the smell of corn or wheat. The clumps are not super hard but they hold together in the scoop. Clumps & stools are also well covered with litter; isn’t this sign that cat likes the litter? My poor back didn’t hurt from lugging a heavy bag of kitty litter. I have yet to see signs of bugs. When I tried World’s Best litter, I saw critters growing in it after a while and dust got me sniffling. So far so good with Essentials; I went back to Target today & bought two more bags. The shelf was empty; they had to get my bags from the storeroom.

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    I used to use WBCL, but just switched over to chicken feed (Purina Layena). It works just as well as WBCL and the cats haven’t noticed a difference. I was worried about rodents with chicken feed (litter boxes are in the garage), but I bought a galvanized steel can to hold the litter and with 4 cats to patrol the garage, we should be OK. I’m saving 73 cents a pound on cat litter. The chicken feed clumps almost as well as WBCL and I’m very happy with it. I highly recommend it.

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    I am a cat lover and currently the owner of 4 cats. I have had cats all of my life and have used many different cat litter products over the years. More recently, I switched from Natures Miracle to A & H Essentials (formerly called High Performance). I do prefer the A & H Essentials but have found it difficult to find. It is a superior product for odor control, dust is zilch, tracking is minimal, clumping is sufficient. However, in reading through these posts, I came across an interesting comment which explains something I couldn’t quite undestand – until now. Over the last 2 months of using this product, I suddenly had water bugs (large flying roaches) coming into the house – and I usually saw them hanging around the litter box area. In 20 years of living here, I’m lucky if I saw 5 in my house (we live in a humid area where these bugs are quite common). It seems this litter attracts them – go figure! What is odd though, is that I did not seem to have this problem when using the Natures Miracle product, which is very similar to the A & H Essentials product. Maybe it’s the PINE scent in Natures Miracle that keeps from attracting these bugs like the A & H does. I must say the A & H Essentials does have an odd perfumey scent that takes getting used to, but it does control the cat odors exceptionally well. Not sure what to do, now, but with the mystery explained, I think I will return to Natures Miracle to avoid any more run-ins with these unwelcome and unsightly creatures – YUCK!

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    I have discovered that I am terribly allergic to the Swheatscoop. I have a wheat/gluten sensitivity, and the dust from it is killing me. Thanks to your review, I will try the others. Thank you!

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    Right now I am trying the Nature’s Miracle, I am wondering about the scent though. I thought it was fairly strong, when the bag was opened, does seem to calm down some in the box. I know it is made from corncob, seems to work pretty good, but, is the scent from chemicals ,perfumes or anything else that I really wouldn’t want my kitty to be so close to on a very regular basis?

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    I have been trying out the World’s Best corn litter, and I think we have attracted mice–I am seeing droppings, but have not caught a mouse in the act yet. So I think I will check out some of the other litters like Papurr that do not have a food-based component.
    I was wondering why there were droppings near the litterbox, but not many near the birdseed…
    Now if only my cats would fix the problem for me! : )

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    We have two cats who share a box who have an “issue” with covering up their stuff although they seem to take their time in there. I have been using the unscented Arm & Hammer, but the cat’s end up stinking of it when they leave the box. Although it is “unscented” I still find it is quite fragrant. Thanks for all your posts – I will be sure to make my next purchase based on your comments.

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    I had an opposite problem with the Swheat Scoop original formula actually. Urine would become glued to the bottom of the litterbox! It was literally painful to scratch and scrape it all off. I went through about 5 or 6 boxes of the stuff and every one was the same. Then I tried the SS multi-cat formula and it was MUCH better. Clumped very well and did not adhere to the bottom of the pan! The smell is worse though. Overall I would recommend it.

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    Randall Flagg

    With five cats, I prefer World’s Best Extra Strength. It clumps well and I NEVER have to change it–just add more to it. There’s no objectionable odor from the cats using it.

    We tried SwheatScoop and after a few days’ use, it smelled awful. It must be changed frequently.

    I used to use wood stove pellets–very cheap. Instead of clumping, it changes to sawdust. The odor wasn’t too bad, but it must be changed–weekly for me. I liked it, but didn’t like the frequent changes, soooo . . .

    World’s Best really is . . . Best, that is.

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    I used clumping clay litter for years until one of my two cats developed a persistent coughing problem. I tried SweatScoop initially and it gave ME allergy problems because of all the dust.

    I switched to WBCL Extra Strength mixed with a bit of the clumping version of Feline Pine and have had no problems since. I have been using this combination for over a year. No bug sitings nor any issues for me, my older cats, or my two new kittens.

    I scoop the boxes every day and wash out the litter box occasionally as well. I have to use a high sided, covered box because my kitties really like to dig! WBCL clumps and controls odor very well.

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    I’ve used Arm and Hammer Essentials and the Fresh Results one from Walmart, never had a problem with either one. I have 3 cats and a bag probably lasts me a month. They aren’t too expensive, clump pretty good, and I think both smell so fresh and clean out of the bag….I recommend both of them! The Fresh Results is usually a bit cheaper but they both work great :-)

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    I have used Chicken Lay Crumbles for over 7 years now.
    I have been very happy with it.
    It clumps nicely and is easy enough to clean out throughly.
    It does track a bit but most litters do.
    I can get it anywhere I go. We are retired military so we moved a lot and we never had to worry about getting litter all we had to do was look for a feed store.
    And cost is a BIG Plus!
    It has gone up a lot since I first started using it.
    I used to buy a 50lb bag for a little over $6 and now I am paying $10 to $14 depending on gas prices I assume as it has gone up and down lately.

    We have been very happy with it through the years.

    I have two kittens right now and one doesn’t like using the lay crumbles for what ever reason.
    They both had issues at first but one is coming around already but the other is being a little more hard nosed about it.
    She is the first I have come across that doesn’t like them in all the years we have used them.

    I recently went to the pet store trying to find a litter she would use and the price on the WBCL and Sweat Scoop almost choked me cause they are the basically the same thing as the chicken lay crumbles.

    I have gotten her brother to start using the lay crumbles so I am going to work on her next.

    I have 6 cats right now and I don’t have a problem with odors in my house . I find that as long as they cover it the crumbles take care of the odor pretty well.

    I would highly recommend the lay crumbles.

    I have found on line where several breeders use it too.

    I have 8 boxes, 6 cats and I scoop a minimum of 2 times a day and up to 4 times depends on whats going on and whose gone where ect. Sometimes one box gets used more than others as they are spread out for convince to the furries.

    Anyway saw where someone had posted about the Chicken lay crumbles as litter and wanted to post about it also.

    I did see a post on one of my list about lay crumbles growning fungus that made a ladys cats sick but there was not follow up post that actually confirmed this and on another post she had started cats were all special needs etc.

    And even at this I have to question the proper care of the boxes such as how often scooped, where were they kept such as in a bathroom and did they use the lay crumble with medication in it or without?

    I use with out as I feel the more additives or bells and whistles the more to go wrong.

    Anyway I just wanted to post this in order to maybe help someone else find a resonably priced litter for their kitties in this economically challenging time.

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    I completely disagree with your assessment of Swheat Scoop. It has very little dust, especially when compared to clay litter. I don’t mind a little dust, and none of them are entirely dust-free.

    As far as clumping goes, I think it clumps equally well as WBCL and clay litter. I think your test must be flawed. Maybe you scooped it too soon after the cat peed or something. I find it to clump great. I have three cats and they all use the same large litter box. We have no problems with it, and I find it actually lasts much longer than clay litter.

    I tried World’s Best Cat Litter right before I tried Swheat scoop, and I greatly prefer Swheat Scoop. WBCL totally stinks. At first it has a barn smell, which I don’t really mind. But after just a single day it gets smellier and smellier. My whole apartment smelled terrible, like a gamey poop smell. By comparison, swheat scoop has a pleasantly mild, sweet wheaty smell, and it absorbs the urine and poop odors better than any litter I’ve ever tried, hands down!

    Also, after about five days WBCL starts to track yellowish powder everywhere. Which is really gross.

    So yay for Swheat Scoop! I’m so glad I found it. And, by the way, I don’t think you should review or promote things when you don’t even know what the ingredients are. Not all so-called “natural” products are created equal.

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    After reading these reviews , where are we? I do not want BUGS in my condo . Where does the pine scent from Nature’s Miracle come from anyway ? I don’t need my cat licking the rest of her fur off her legs.
    Would you switch to NM?

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    I dont know who is doing this comparison but your findings are waaay off, i got high pressured saled from some one selling the corn litter, WBCL worlds best dust cloud me and my sister call it,and sweat scoop by far blows them all away by comparison, very low dust,,, i cant fgure out why you would say very high dust. my bags dont carry much dust at all. try that corn litter on dark furniture see the paw prints on it from the cat that just walked out of the corn litter, you need more open testing. by more peoples than your self

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    We have tried almost everything in our litter boxes for our cats! We used SWeat Scoop for years before switching back to clay. We are now using WBCL multi cat formula. Other than the popcorn type smell drifting through the house it is great! The smell was removed by vacuuming the cats’ room once a week. The tracking issues are non existing as we use homemade versions of the CleverCat litter box.

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    Patty M

    I recently switched from Swheat Scoop to WBCL. The reason I switched is because I saw a couple of fruit (?) flies in the litter. Sooo, I guess from the prior post concerning the same for WBCL, this may be an issue with plant based litter.

    I thought there was noticably more dust in Swheat Scoop. My observation was based on how much my cat, who is an incredible digger and flinger, sneezed with that brand. I am not noticing any sneezing with WBCL yet, but I was really suprised to see that he had a very noticable two inch high dust mark on each leg. It was a significant amount of dust on each leg, and of coarse he licked his legs clean.

    By the way, I could detect no odor with the WBCL, but I did not use multi cat as you did. If not for the dust, I love it. It is far far easier to remove clumps and they do not fall apart.

    Thanks for the article.


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