The pinch hitter of litters (Day 19)…


There’s a reason Lewis Carroll used the British Blue as a model for the Cheshire Cat in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: this breed can be downright evil. If I forget to give Sophie her Feline Greenies treats (Nantucket Bay Scallop flavour) before I leave in the morning, I can expect to come home and find strategically placed poop either on the rug or, if her cranky pants are really chafing, on the bed.

Recently, however, she’s been good, and I think part of the reason is that I switched her litter for a greener variety. For a while I was using the standard clumping clay stuff, which is apparently akin to letting your cat smoke a pack of Gauloises a day. Then I switched to the silica pebbles, but they kept tracking and were almost sharp enough to draw blood if you stepped on them.

So then I tried World’s Best Cat Litter — which I thought was a fairly presumptuous title — but hey, it earns it. Made from whole-kernel corn, it’s safe enough to ingest (in case you’re running low on groceries or something), clumps perfectly, has a soft texture, barely tracks, is biodegradable, dust-free and scent-free. Seriously, you should just marry this litter, without a prenup.

Prices vary; I got mine for about $16, which seems a little steep, but a little goes a long way and, in the end, if it means I don’t have to come home every night to stinky droppings of wrath on my bed, it’s worth it.

Also, Thistle reader Carissa sent me an e-mail about Swheat Scoop litter, which is made from wheat and has the same benefits — plus a cuter name. Maybe you could even mix the two and call it muesli.

11 Responses to The pinch hitter of litters (Day 19)…

  1. Lori V. says:

    Way cool litter! I haven’t seen this brand. Although, I think my husband has already run off & married the Swheat Scoop here. With FOUR furballs to contend with, we were ready to be very, very picky about the performance issue, but he says it clumps better than the strip-mined clay clumping variety (because of the gluten). If this litter ever breaks your heart, this one’s totally marry-able, too. 😉

  2. Lori V. says:

    BTW, Sophie is beautiful! And I don’t think I’m gonna tell our dogs that cats get FLAVOR CHOICES in Greenies… they’ll be totally Greenie with envy! LOL!

  3. Vanessa says:

    Haha — I won’t tell Sophie you said that; her ego would go through the roof. I’m definitely coming to you for feline-related advice. Four cats is a lot. I once interviewed this guy who had over 100 in his little bungalow … brought new meaning to “industrial-size” litter boxes.

  4. Emma says:

    Sophie’s pretty clever. If she can turn on faucets, predict oscars, and catch birds without claws…then maybe she actually cares for the environment!! xo

  5. JP says:

    Since it’s made from corn I guess you can dump it in the green composting bin (unless you live in an apartment like me, in which case the city is taking forever to roll out the program, grrr..) Actually you can probably compost the clay stuff too eh? Does anyone know?

  6. Alina says:

    Hey there. I have been battling these litter issues myself lately. Can you answer a question for me? How often do you have to change this wonder-litter? I was quite put-off by the fact that I have to change my forest litter twice a week…

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  8. Clare says:

    I love that litter! My bunny lives in my bedroom with me and I use that litter in his box. I scoop it every day (approximately–of course, he doesn’t bury like cats do, but the wet bits are still quite scoopable) and just dump what I’ve scooped into the trash can. My room doesn’t start smelling bad until the trash can is nearly full. It rocks.

  9. Karen says:

    I’ve tried the wheat litter and hated it! It was harder to scoop than the traditional clumping clay stuff and the smell of it when the cats would have a piddle…ugggh. Corn though. Hmmmm, I’ll have to keep an eye out for it. And I totally agree about the crystals and tracking. Although the claim that they’re supposed to result in LESS tracking was one of the reasons I tried it, I’m still finding those darn crystals all over my apartment and it’s a year later…

  10. Kim says:

    Shweat scoop is great. We were using it for our bunny, but when we brought our kitten home she ignored her fancy mint-scented cat litter and started sharing with him! Plus, bunnies like to eat their litter, and both litters you mentioned are safe for that.

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