I’ve used clay litter for years, and it’s all Bubba Cat’s fault.
When he was a kitten, he would not use the litter box. Instead, he would go right beside the box. I took him to the vet, and had him checked out. Bubba was healthy, so the vet suggested it may be the litter itself. I tried different brands until I found one he would use, and I’ve bought that same litter ever since.
But clay litter is so darn heavy, and with all of these new, “lighter” versions of litter on the market, I decided to give a few a try to see how they work.
Today I’m sharing my thoughts on Swheat Scoop, Tidy Cats Pure Nature, and Tidy Cats Lightweight.
Pure Nature is touted as a natural alternative to clay, which I don’t get, because clay is natural too. They strip-mine mountaintops for clay for litter. They clear-cut trees for cedar and pine, so I guess we’re even.
Pure Nature has the clean scent of cedar. It clumps fairly well, and is easy to scoop. Pure Nature is lightweight, and you’re going to find it tracked all through your house. But the worst part comes when you clean the litter box. This stuff leaves a slimy film on the litter box. You’ll have to scrub to get rid of it. Ugh!
Swheat Scoop is made from wheat. It bills itself as a safe and natural alternative to clay litter. Swheat scoop is not as small as the By Nature, so you’re not going to have it tracked all over the house.
But Swheat Scoop’s claims that it stops odors doesn’t hold up. It doesn’t clump well. And the worst part is the “used” litter looks like cookie dough. I’ll never bake cookies from scratch again.
Tidy Cats LightWeight looks like litter, but doesn’t feel like it. LightWeight clumps well and is easy to scoop, once you get used to it not weighing as much as clay. And I don’t have the same clean-up problem that I have with Pure Nature. Amazon reviews claim it’s dusty. It’s not. At least none of the product I’ve tried is.
But LightWeight IS like Pure Nature in that it ends up everywhere. Even using litter boxes with tops, I find the stuff tracked all over the house, including on my bed (no, there’s not a litter box in my bedroom). For LightWeight to be effective, you have to maintain the recommended depth of 3″ in the box. Otherwise, your cat is going to kick the stuff around and pee on the bottom of the pan.
So which product will I go with? I haven’t decided. I like the performance of the LightWeight, but I don’t know what the product is made of, so I’m not sure it’s the best choice. I love the smell of the Pure Nature, but the slimy film is certainly a deal-breaker. Perhaps if I found a way to line the litter pan, so I wouldn’t have to clean?
What kind of litter do you use? What’s the pros and cons of your choice?
Disclaimer: I bought the products I reviewed. All thoughts about each litter are my own.