sWheat Scoop offers a natural clumping litter option made from wheat.
But is this renewable litter free of dusty particles that can irritate cats?
Natural litters often produce fine dust when urine causes the grains to expand and stick together.
sWheat Scoop's wheat kernels bind together as they absorb moisture. This reaction generates dust.
Moderate Dust Levels Reported
Reviews indicate sWheat Scoop produces a moderate amount of dust. It likely releases less dust than clay but more than crystals.
In general, dust may aggravate some cats' airways or coat surrounding areas.
What Causes Dust in Wheat Litters?
Dust is an inherent side effect of wheat-based litters like sWheat Scoop due to the natural process that occurs when the wheat kernels absorb liquid.
As the individual grains expand from the moisture, they create friction and pressure against each other, especially when poured or disturbed.
This causes the outer bran layer to flake off into fine particles that become airborne dust. While this dust is moderate compared to other natural litter, those with sensitivities may still be affected.
How Does sWheat Scoop Compare to Other Litters?
To understand where sWheat Scoop falls on the dust spectrum, it helps to compare it to other litter options.
Clay clumping litter produces a lot of dust from its lightweight particles during pouring. Crystal litters like silica gel have no dust since the beads don't break down.
Wood pellet litters also generate dust as the pellets expand and disintegrate from urine.
Other grain litters that clump through absorption, like wheat, exhibit similar amounts of dust.
Given these comparisons, sWheat Scoop creates less dust than clay or wood but more than crystals or non-clumping wheat.
Tips for Cat Owners with Dust Concerns
Cat owners concerned about dust can follow several tips when using sWheat Scoop litter.
An air purifier can help capture airborne particles near the box. Switching to non-clumping wheat litter or pellets that are fully replaced often is another option.
For cats prone to respiratory issues, vets can recommend low-dust litters to avoid aggravating their condition.
With some adjustments, most cats can still reap the natural benefits of renewable wheat litters while minimizing dust issues.
4 Tips to Control Wheat Litter Dust
sWheat Scoop is a natural, plant-based cat litter that is known for being low-dust.
However, it is still possible to create some dust when pouring the litter into the box.
Here are some tips to help manage sWheat Scoop's dust:
1. Slowly pour the litter into the box.
Pouring the litter from a height can create a cloud of dust.
Instead, slowly pour the litter into the box, careful not to disturb too much.
2. Consider adding a lightweight litter mat.
A litter mat can help catch excess dust tracked out of the box.
3. Spot clean dust build-up around the litter box periodically.
Use a damp cloth to wipe up any dust that builds up around the litter box.
4. Use lower-tracking litter-like crystals in high-traffic areas.
If you have a high-traffic area in your home, you may want to use a lower tracking litter like crystals in that area.
This will help reduce the amount of dust tracked around the house.
Clumping Wheat Litter Appeals to Many Cats
Litters such as sWheat Scoop utilize wheat kernels as the base.
These wheat granules offer a more natural, soil-like texture under the paw that mimics materials cats would dig and eliminate waste in nature.
Additionally, sWheat Scoop highlights the sustainability benefits of using renewable wheat sourced from American farms rather than strip-mined clay.
However, while renewable wheat litters appeal to cats and owners alike for texture and sustainability, they pose some drawbacks.
One of the biggest concerns frequently raised is the potential for increased dust levels compared to heavier clay clumps.
While not completely dust-free, sWheat Scoop emits less dust than clay with proper handling.
With a few precautions, cats and owners enjoy its natural clumping.
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