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One might have to search for a scooper with holes or slots of adequate size to accommodate the litter characteristics - kinda li
on May 11, 2017
As for kitty litters …. well, let’s just say over the years I quite literally have run the gamut! Out of sheer frustration with litters which make empty promises, and in my relentless search for something more environmentally sustainable, I recently gave Hinoki wood & Green Tea litter a try. The price was almost a deal breaker, but I reasoned that if it performed as reviews suggested and the description for use indicated, it might just be the logical choice. So, I decided to give it a go.
First: It does clump!!! Priority #1, as I do not have all day to sift through the litter, and the urine smell is really the big offender (high ammonia content, et al.). It might be a bit ‘goey’ at times, if removed while still very fresh, but this stuff really forms a tight enough ball to be removed with gentle sifting actions. One might have to search for a scooper with holes or slots of adequate size to accommodate the litter characteristics - kinda like All Bran cereal (pardon the analogy) - but, this is a minor hiccup. A major plus is that there is no goop on the bottom of the litter pan. As long as the fill level is maintained at the recommended height, the pee clumps before it ever can reach the bottom of the pan. Contacted the company out of curiosity about what is used as clumping agent: potato starch. As long as you scoop daily, the clumps can be removed without leaving a mess in the pan.
Second: You actually can dispose of the urine balls by flushing!!! I was very reluctant to consider routinely doing this out of fear of clogging the pipes, etc. But (and to my amazement), this product rapidly dissolves into an easily flushable ‘slurry' within seconds of hitting the water!!! No more collecting all the 'pee balls’ into a separate bagging system to be disposed of later while the odor begins to permeate the room (especially in the more humid summer months). I am soo-o-o-o relieved that this is now a thing of the past!!!!!!!
Third: It TOTALLY eliminates any urine smell! Even though I fastidiously scoop twice (sometimes 3x) daily, I could still smell the urine odor from my male cat’s contributions. But, with the Hinoki & Green Tea formulation, the pee balls form tightly enough to be removed with gentle sifting action, and there simply is no offensive odor. On the other hand, poo is poo…it’s just gonna smell a bit until the Hinoki and green tea have a chance to neutralize it. Then, simply nothing; no smell.
Fourth: The tracking is minimal. I’m a realist, and litters are just going to have some tracking, no matter what. But, this is less than all others I have tried (clay, walnut, Okocat, Feline Pine, etc., etc.). Although I tried a clumping pine litter (Feline Fresh) just prior to this, it did not clump very well for urine removal (broke apart easily); really did not neutralize the urine odors; and it tracked a fine dust in addition to the litter particles throughout the closest two rooms to the little box... not the home run I was looking for. Enter Weruva, and problem nearly entirely solved. There are but a few granules within two feet of the box, and that’s about it. Easy enough to sweep and put back in the box. Essentially dust-free.
Fifth: That this is environmentally friendly is icing on the cake, to borrow an expression. It makes me feel good to know that I’m not adding yet another stressor to earth’s fragile eco-system by choosing this litter, and that it is ecologically being sourced.
In short, this is the real deal! This cat litter holds the bar against which others should be measured. Feels like I have finally found the Holy Grail of cat litter!!! Truly the best cat litter I have ever used. For what it’s worth, I rarely take the time to write about products -good or bad, but I felt I needed to make an exception in this instance.
P.S. - Went through one 11.7 oz. bag between two large litter boxes (6 adult cats) in about 3 1/2 - 4weeks. I only wish the product was offered in larger quantity: 15 -20 lb. bags. (May be an import issue as this is sourced/made in Japan.) In lieu of that, I'd like to see a discount offered for purchasing more than one large bag at a time...say, 10 - 20% (?).