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Author Topic: Swheat Scoop alternative - moth problems  (Read 17793 times)
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threedawgnight
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« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2007, 03:01:21 AM »

I also am a professional petsitter specializing in cats and dogs.I completely change the litter about once a month.It is easy to scoop,I have no problems.I used to buy the giant bags from the online pet stores,but got tired of paying shipping.So now our local grocery stores carry it in a normal sized box.I buy 2 everytime I go to the store.
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« Reply #16 on: July 27, 2007, 09:01:14 AM »

Great comments & product recommendations, everyone--thanks, it's very helpful.  I checked out the sweatscoop cost yesterday when pet food shopping & it wasn't as high as I thought.  I'm going to try that one, and will see about the availability of the 2 corn cob litters you linked to, kittylyda & eckybay--those both look good.  I tried a cob litter before, but it was just crunched up cobs for rodent cages & didn't really hold liquid very well.  These look different.  I really like the idea of using recycled products like this. 
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« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2007, 10:38:08 AM »

Swheat scoop experiment complete:

I bought a 40 lb bag for $34 a few weeks ago for my 6 cats & their 1 litter box.  It performed exactly like the clay clumping litter with all it's great & bad faults.  My one cat that hates wood pellets started pooping in the box again instead going %50 of the time right outside of it (how nice!).  It does track & is rather crunchy underfoot, but doesn't spread as far as the sawdust from the wood pellets.

Unfortunately, I had emptied the last of the bag into the box on day 9 & by day 11, the remainder was a very smelly solid brick that had to be hacked out of the bottom of the box.  It doesn't help that I'm feeding all the cats canned food with water added!  At this rate of use, it would take at least 2.5 bags a month for this crew.  To keep using it, I would have to feed them crappy food in exchange for better litter. 

I also forgot how much gets scooped out every day in the form of urine clumps--what a job with a pissy bunch of cats going in one box!  Almost easier just to dump the box every 3 days like I have to do with the wood pellets.  The sawdust from wood stove pellets seems to weigh less in the garbage can for some reason, and it never does get smelly from ammonia.  At $4 for 40 lb that lasts almost a month, I'm afraid I'll have to remain with the 'untrendy version' of cat litter.  If for some reason I get a chance to go on a vacation & have a pet sitter, I'll use Swheat Scoop instead of the clay clumping litters like I have in the past.



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« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2008, 01:37:54 PM »

I have tried using wood pellet horse bedding. 40 lb bag for about $4.50 or so.  It works WONDERFULLY!!!   I was told it was used in a local shelter, and also by a friend with many cats.   As mentioned above, it never seems to smell of amonia, for some reason.  The pellets quickly turn to a powdery substance.  It lasts a long time without smelling at all.  And cleaning the boxes is GREAT.  Nothing sticks at all, you just tip up the box and it all slips out into the garbage bag so easily and smoothly leaving a clean bottom on the litterbox, and it is LIGHT to lift up, for some reason.  AND it doesn't smell bad for the garbage men.

I had concerns with one of my old cats having an allergic reaction to it, (maybe that's what it was, maybe not!??)  so I stopped using it in his room and in the adjacent room, but I still use it in a room farther away from him.  In the other room, I use Swheat scoop which I like except for the fact that it does turn to cement on the bottom if left too long.  I have many cats, and numerous litter boxes. 
I have started putting Exquisite cat pine pellets on the bottom, for easy cleaning out, and Swheatscoop on the top to encourage the cats to use it.  they aren't crazy about the Exquisite cat pine pellets.

In the other room, the wood pellet horse bedding seems to be used very successfully, but I can't use it near the allergic cat.

I am in NJ and a 40 lb bag of Sweatscoop costs usually about $22 at Petsmart.   
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