Wheat Cat Litter - Cat Info Detective

Wheat Cat Litter

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Wheat cat litter, huh?? What’s made into flour and bread, so what’s it doing in my cat’s litter box?

Skye Blake here, back at it again… this time finding out about wheat cat litter for you.

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The information here is for general knowledge… always see your vet with questions about your cat’s individual needs. 

Who Is Skye Blake?

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Skye Blake, Cat Info Detective, is a curious cat researcher (not a veterinarian) who sniffs out expert, reliable sources about cats, studies their information, then passes it on to you! 

Sometimes there’s not enough evidence for easy answers, so Skye gives you all sides, explains the situation as thoroughly and clearly as possible, and links you to experts on each page.

Sources are given at the bottom of each page so you can do more snooping.

Isn’t Wheat a Food Grain?

wheat cat litter

Yes, wheat is a type of grass grown for its seeds (discover more at “Grass Cat Litter“).

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

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.

kitten with cloth heart, wheat cat litter

However, as with all clumping grain-based litters, there can be problems with cats eating it (especially young kittens).

They can get intestinal blockages and dehydration, which are life-threatening emergencies!

Can Bugs & Mold Affect Wheat Cat Litter?

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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.

woman sneezing - allergies, wheat cat litter

Another thing to consider is if you have wheat or grain allergies that can be triggered from breathing or handling the litter.

If so, 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.

I make a small commission on some of the links below… and I get to share profits with qualified cat rescues!

Check descriptions and reviews carefully for any products you wish to buy… quality, sizes, colors, etc., can’t be guaranteed by anyone but the manufacturer.

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

cat's paw and toe beans, wheat cat litter

sWheat Scoop Natural litter is made from secondary wheat (not usable for food) and uses enzymes for long-lasting odor control.

This litter is low-dust, low-tracking, and compostable. It’s lightweight, soft on paws and feet.

ginger cat sneezing; wheat cat litter

Wheat starches clump quickly and firmly for easy scooping.

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

The majority of reviewers loved this litter.

They liked that it’s good for the environment, clumps well, and is easy to scoop.

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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.

wheat-green unripened, used in cat litter

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.

A few had trouble with their cats eating it.

cat going into self cleaning litter box

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… many are not.)

sWheat Scoop Multi-Cat Litter (green bag)

wheat field, cat litter

The sWheat Scoop multi-cat version has strong long-lasting odor control and clumps quickly.

It has no additives or fragrances and is completely biodegradable, flushable and compostable.

white cat using scratching post

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 (orange bag)

grey cat's head and paw; wheat cat litter

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.

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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.)

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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.

sWheat Scoop Fresh Linen Clumping Litter (purple bag)

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This version is basically the same as original but has 100% natural fragrance in it.

It clumps quickly for easy scooping, is low-dust, flushable (always test first) and biodegradable.

sWheat Scoop Wheat & Corn Blend Clumping Litter (yellow bag)

feed corn kernels mixed with wheat in cat litter

This litter is a combination of wheat and corn. The starches in both make the clumping ability 3 times stronger than the original formula and good at controlling odors.

Frisco Unscented Clumping Corn & Wheat Cat Litter

wheat in field used in cat litter

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.

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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).

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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.

There is some manageable dust and tracking but not more than others.

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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.)

Wheat Litter Videos

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There’s an interesting video from SWheat Scoop showing the harvesting and production of wheat litter.

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

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

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

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

More Litter Options

If you need more info about what’s “best” for your cat, discover more at “What Are the Best Types of Cat Litter?” and “What’s the Best Cat Litter Box?

Or follow these trails if you’re curious about other litters…

Yuca (Cassava)

If you’re dealing with inappropriate peeing or pooping outside the litter box, take a look at “Why Is My Cat Peeing Outside the Litter Box?” and “Why Is My Cat Pooping Outside the Box?

Of course, if you have a cat peeing outside the box, you’re probably frustrated about cleaning it up.

Discover what you need to know at “Cleaning Cat Urine” and “Enzyme Cleaners for Cat Urine“.


Sources used on this website are either primary or secondary.

Primary sources are always preferable and have the most reliable information because they’re 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.

When I use secondary sources, most are those with some authority, such as veterinarian or cat behaviorist books and articles.

List of Sources

“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

Product Information and User Review Sources

Amazon, Chewy, Petco, Petsmart

Updated March 12, 2023

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