Wheat Cat Litter

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Wait… wheat?? Isn’t that made into flour and bread?? What’s it doing in my cat’s litter boxes? Skye Blake, back at it again… this time finding out about wheat cat litter for you.

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Isn’t Wheat a Food Grain?

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Yes, wheat is a type of grass grown for it’s seeds. There are different types of soft and hard wheat used for different purposes. Most are used worldwide as a staple for bread and pastry flour, brewing, cereal, and many other food products.

Wheat stalks are used as straw (after the seeds and chaff are removed) for many things, … “including fuel, livestock bedding and fodder, thatching and basket making”.1“Straw”, Wikipedia

Wheat is another biodegradable cat litter that’s beneficial because it clumps easily, controls odor, creates little dust and is low tracking.

Some veterinarians recommend it for kittens and post-surgical cats. However, as with all clumping grain-based litters, there can be problems with cats eating it (especially young kittens) and getting intestinal blockages and dehydration, which are life-threatening emergencies!

Can Bugs & Mold Affect It?

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Grain litters can also attract bugs and rodents, mold and bacteria if not properly stored. This can occur anywhere in the production and distribution process, as well as in your home.

Another thing to consider is if you have wheat or grain allergies that can be triggered from breathing or handling the litter, you’d best find a different type of litter.

Wheat Litter Brands & Reviews

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Below are some wheat cat litter brands with a few reviews. This list is by no means exhaustive. It’s for your convenience only… I make no money from it.

sWheat Scoop Natural Fast-Clumping Wheat Litter (blue bag)

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sWheat Scoop Natural litter is made from secondary wheat (not usable for food) and uses enzymes for long-lasting odor control. It comes in regular (blue bag) and multi-cat (green bag) options. This litter is low-dust, low-tracking, and compostable. It’s lightweight, soft on paws and feet. Wheat starches clump quickly and firmly for easy scooping.

This litter contains no silica dust, sodium bentonite or chemicals of any kind.

sWheat Scoop has an interesting video showing the harvesting and production of wheat litter.

There are also some helpful YouTube video reviews…

sWheat Scoop Litter Review, NJ family, November 13, 2018

sWheat Scoop Natural Wheat Cat Litter, Chewy, May 19, 2017

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The majority of reviewers loved this litter. They liked that it’s good for the environment, clumps well, and is easy to scoop. Some also mentioned it’s lightweight and lasts much longer than clay litter.

There was disagreement about dustiness and tracking. Some found it had very little dust and didn’t track, while others had dust everywhere and tracked a lot. Previous users said sWheat Scoop has gotten dustier than it used to be and the bits are smaller, more sand-like, which they didn’t like.

Some reviewers felt odor control was good as long as the box was cleaned daily. Others said the smell was horrible even after a few hours. One person tried it in his Litter Robot and it didn’t work… smell was awful and the clumps had disintegrated into a mess. (Not sure if this litter is intended for use in Litter Robot or other self-cleaning boxes.)

A few had trouble with their cats eating it.

sWheat Scoop Multi-Cat Litter (green bag)

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The sWheat Scoop multi-cat version has strong long-lasting odor control and clumps quickly. It has no additives or fragrances. It’s completely biodegradable, flushable and compostable.

Reviewers mostly loved this litter and were satisfied with clumping, absorption, and odor control. Some said their cats took to it right away.

Those who didn’t like it said it smelled bad and didn’t control odor. A few mentioned it tracked too much and went everywhere.

sWheat Scoop Premium Clumping Litter (red bag)

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sWheat Scoop Premium is unscented and has more powerful odor control than the original version. It also has faster, firmer clumping for easy scooping. Noble Ion Technology infuses wheat ions with noble ions to naturally break down odors.

The majority of reviewers had positive things to say. They loved that the premium made solid dry clumps and was easy to scoop. They said it controlled odor well and liked that it’s flushable. (Always test with a small amount when flushing and be sure it’s allowed in your area.)

Most people felt it controlled odor very well but a few said it didn’t. There was no indication of how long people left the box before cleaning.

The negatives were that some found it was very dusty and tracked too much. Some also thought it was too expensive for multiple cats. A couple people had trouble with bugs.

Here’s a helpful YouTube video review…

sWheat Scoop Premium+ Litter Review: We Tried Wheat Cat Litter, Wildernesscat, July 28, 2018

Frisco Unscented Clumping Corn & Wheat Cat Litter

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Frisco litter is made from a mix of corn and wheat, good for single or multi-cat households. It has a patented odor-blocking technology that keeps odor-causing ammonia from forming. It clumps up to 3 times stronger than other litters, is easy to scoop and clean and has no chemicals, added fragrances or dyes. Claims to be low-dust and is not flushable.

The majority of reviewers were happy with Frisco litter. No to low odor, clumps well, and easy to scoop (some said the clumps fall apart easily). Tracking was about the same as clay but some found mats to be helpful. Since this litter is soft it’s easier to sweep and doesn’t hurt when stepped on.

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There is some manageable dust and tracking but not more than others. They also liked that it lasts much longer than many other litters.

Those who didn’t like it felt it was a mushy mess and couldn’t get it through the scoop holes. (There are different types of scoops with different size holes so they could have used the wrong kind for this litter.)

Here is a helpful YouTube video review…

“Comparing Wheat & Grass Cat Litter”, Mobile Paw Spa, August 7, 2019

More Litter Options

Follow these trails below if you’re curious about other litters…

Bamboo Biodegradable
ClayCoconut
CornGrass
HempPaper
Pine/WoodSilica
TofuWalnut
Yuca & Cane

Why Is My Cat Peeing Outside the Litter Box?The Cat Box…Location, Location, Location
Deciphering Cat Pee PatternsCleaning Cat Urine
The Territorial CatWhat’s the Best Cat Litter Box?
Symptoms of Illness in Your CatWhat Are the Best Types of Cat Litter?
Why Is My Cat Pooping Outside the Box?

Sources

Sources used on this website are either primary or secondary. Primary are always preferable and have the most reliable information because primary sources are original and directly referenced. Scientific abstracts and data are good examples of primary sources.

Secondary sources are weaker because they usually consist of opinions or articles that give no sources of their own. However, sometimes they refer to primary sources. Thus, when I use secondary sources most are those with some authority, such as veterinarian or cat behaviorist books and articles.

Please note that some of the sources listed below sell litter products or link to places that do. They are for your convenience only. I make no money from them.

List of Sources

Product Information and User Review Sources: Amazon.com, Chewy.com, Petco.com, Petsmart.com

“5 Best Types of Natural Cat Litter”, by Amy Livingston

“The Benefits of Natural Litter”, by Jackson Galaxy

“The Best Biodegradable Clumping Litter”, by Susan Leisure

“Best Cat Litter for Kittens”, by Mallory Crusta

“Cat Litter”, How Products Are Made

“Kitty Litter”, by Amanda Yarnell, Chemical & Engineering News, Volume 82 Issue 17, p. 26, What’s That Stuff?, Issue Date: April 26, 2004

Noble Ion Technology

“Straw”, Wikipedia

sWheat Scoop

What Is In Cat Litter? Understanding Clay, Silica and Biodegradable Cat Litters“, by Lorie Huston, DVM, PetMD

“Wheat”, Wikipedia

YouTube Videos:

“Comparing Wheat & Grass Cat Litter”, Mobile Paw Spa, August 7, 2019

sWheat Scoop Litter Review, NJ family, November 13, 2018

sWheat Scoop Natural Wheat Cat Litter, Chewy, May 19, 2017

sWheat Scoop Premium+ Litter Review: We Tried Wheat Cat Litter, Wildernesscat, July 28, 2018

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