I have three cats. They’re sweet and loving. They are cuddlers who want lots of attention. And, they need cleaning up after… in particular, I’m talking about the litter box.
I’ve been using Scoop-Away Multi-Cat for some time now and it works beautifully. But, this time I was lured by a decent price, the promises on the box, and the ability to buy it right there instead of spending additional time and gas going to where I can purchase my brand after finishing my shopping at this new store. I ended up purchasing a 40 lb. box of Paws and Claws Multi-Cat Scoopable Cat Litter. As you can see from the picture of the box, it boasts of the ability to neutralize ammonia odor AND lasts 8 times longer. Whooo hooo! Great price, same odor control as what I use now (since it “neutralizes” it), and lasts 8 times longer! What a deal.
(I posted the bigger picture so that smaller words could be seen. The white spot in the middle is the flash from my camera, not part of the box.) Read on…
Being confident in the “promises”, I bought a 40 pound box. I am now finished with the 40 pounds of litter and it’s time to review the product.
Promise: Ideal for Multi-Cats
In my opinion, this isn’t a multi-cat litter. Why? Read on.
Promise: Lasts 8 times longer
I’m not sure what brands they are comparing their litter to at this point or if they’re comparing it to another formula of their own litter. So, my question is, “It lasts 8 times longer than what?” (I should have asked that before purchasing it on impulse.)
I am comparing it to the brand I usually use. I buy the 34 pound box of Scoop-Away Multi-Cat. That lasts me for approximately two weeks with three cats.
I purchased this litter exactly 7 days ago. I scooped the last of it out of the litter box this morning. That is 40 pounds of “multi-cat” litter used up in 7 days! At that rate of usage, the litter is EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE.
Why did it get used up so quickly?
I have to say it clumps well. There was very little loose wet litter. (I’m saying very little, not none.) When a cat pees, a whole bunch of the litter soaks up the pee and suddenly I have a brick (a really heavy one at that) to get out of the litter box. I am talking 1/2 to 3/4 the size of a real, honest-to-goodness building brick. (Perhaps all week long my three cats took to peeing in the exact same spot as the cat that went into the box before them.) My usual litter clumps well, too. It clumps urine into small balls that are easily removed. But, urine seemed to go down to the bottom of the litter box with this litter and clump everything, top to bottom, soaking up a bunch of litter each time and turning it into a huge clay brick that stuck to the sides and bottom of the box and was difficult to get out of the box unless you have a huge, sturdy scoop.
That, my friends, is why this litter was used up so quickly. It soaked up far more litter than expected each time. I only have three cats. This is supposed to be for “multi-cats”. So, again… I’m not sure what the company is comparing this litter to when it says that it lasts 8 times longer.
Promise: Advanced Odor Control
I don’t know how to say this except to be very straight forward. This past week my house stunk so badly that I could hardly stand it. The promise of “advanced odor control” may be in comparison to some other litters out there. I hear that some of them are really bad. Suffice it to say, I’m glad I didn’t try them if they are worse than this.
I’m back to my usual brand and the awful stink that was lingering in my house all week is gone.
I would much rather have given a good product review. But, it is what it is. This product did not work for me at all on any of the three levels promised and I will not be buying it again.