Swheat Scoop Litter Support Declawing

by Michael
(London, UK)

I would just like to pick up on the point that Dr. Hofve makes about this make of cat litter. She says that the company that manufactures it promotes cat declawing, which is certainly true. Well at least they support declawing by stating in a promotional video that one of the benefits of their litter is that is it recommended by veterinarians for declawed cats. It is meant to be softer on toes I suppose. Which incidentally confirms how sensitive and tender declawed toes are.

Obviously Swheat Scoop saw no problem is making that claim. It was a totally natural thing for them to say in promoting their product.

I think this just shows how deeply ingrained into the American psyche declawing is. For many millions of people it is as natural as any veterinary procedure that improves the cat’s health, when declawed damages the cat’s health and wellbeing

There needs to be a change in the mind set and attitude. That will take a long time because it has taken a long time for the incorrect attitude to declawing to be so deeply ingrained.

Useful links
Anxiety - reduce it
FULL Maine Coon guide - lots of pages
Children and cats - important

There was obviously a time when there were no declawed cats in the United States – not one! It must have been about 80 years ago as a wild guess, perhaps longer.

Then there was a gradual shift to greater consumerism. The consumer product became all important. And that meant treating the cat as a consumer product and the need to protect those all important and precious household objects from the destructive cat companion!

For people outside that mindset, declawing seems bizarre and very odd. It just seems so wrong yet people who have their cat declawed just don’t get the point.

The product is sold on Amazon:

Dr. Hofve suggests that we boycott this product. We could also leave one star ratings on Amazon.com. I would hope that that was possible and that the reviews would not be deleted.

Comments for
Swheat Scoop Litter Support Declawing

Click here to add your own comments

Sep 17, 2011 To anonymous
by: FW

Anonymous it is blatantly obvious you know nothing about cats by your reference to sharpening their claws.


The ignorance you display is the reason why declawing goes on!

Sep 16, 2011 NOT ‘sharpening’ their claws
by: Ruth

What you call a mutilated cat ‘sharpening’ their non existent claws is in reality the poor cat desperately trying to exercise as cats need to by digging in their claws to stretch their muscles !
Because they can’t do that many develop painful arthritis as they age.

Many try so hard to exercise this way they develop calluses on their stumps.

With some cats the bone eventually protrudes through the flesh.

It doesn’t matter how soft the litter, a newly declawed cat has to dig with painful stumps.

Imagine yourself after your finger ends had been amputated trying to do the day to day necessary things ! You’d eventually adjust to being disabled and that’s what cats do. They adjust to having been painfully and unnecessarily crippled for ignorant or uncaring people who pay a vet to carry out this legalised abuse on their behalf.

Declawing is banned in most civilised countries and it’s high time it was banned in the USA and Canada too.

Kattaddorra signature Ruth

Sep 16, 2011 Why it’s for post-operative paw surgery
by: Anonymous

When they say it is suitable for declawing, what they mean is that during the healing phase, swheat scoop won’t introduce dirt into the wound, unlike clay based litters. It isn’t because it’s softer…Yesterday’s News is a litter recommended for that purpose and it’s anything but soft! Have you ever seen a declawed cat, by the way? They “sharpen” their non-existant claws on everything from tweed to wicker, grab things hard with their toes, jump around like any other cat…soft litter isn’t a consideration.

Jul 25, 2011 I agree
by: Kathy W

I agree with the fact that there is just too much promotion of the declawing issue that people continue to practice this horrible act. I have used this litter and it wasnt the greatest. It didnt do too much for the odor. I would never buy it again. Just recently when we had our male nuetered the first thing they asked me was if I was also having my cat declawed. I was freaked out and almost cancelled the apt. Then Jeff wanted his claws clipped and I told him to be careful that they dont take that request for a declaw. I was freaking out the whole time he was there but all was well and we got him back claws and all.

Jul 24, 2011 Michael is right
by: Ruth

I agree with Michael !
I watched the video and declawing was mentioned just as if it was as ordinary a procedure as neutering. Which makes that firm guilty of supporting it or at the very least condoning it.
‘Recommended by veterinarians for declawed cats’
sounds to me that way anyway.

Kattaddorra signature Ruth

Jul 22, 2011 What I mean
by: Michael

What I mean is that they indirectly through their acceptance of declawing support it.

It is like watching someone being beaten up and doing nothing about it. You are culpable.

by: Anonymous

It might be better to ask Swheat Scoop to mention in their ads that they don’t support declawing instead of boycotting their products. Or at least ask them to make a statement about their opinion. I don’t think that it is fair to say that they “support” declawing based on what you said.

Note: sources for news articles are carefully selected but the news is often not independently verified.

Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

You may also like...

4 Responses

  1. Jan Griffiths says:

    I use Swheat litter as bedding for my ball pythons. Not as cat litter. I would not buy it otherwise, but it’s the best material I found for my snakes. I have 3 cats as well; all with their claws.

  2. Jennifer says:

    I adopted a cat that was already declawed. He has some litterbox issues because he is sensitive to what will be on his feet. I need to know what litter will work for him. I don’t support declawing, but I DO need to know if a litter works for declawed cats, and it helps to research this before spending money on it. Just saying. Incidentally, my baby was sent to the shelter for ruining couches by peeing on them, thus negating the declawing benefits, I guess. I think a lot of declawed cats develop this issue.

    • Michael Broad says:

      H Jennifer. Yes, more declawed cats that the vets like to admit have problems, some of them serious. There is no commercial product that is highly suitable for a declawed cat who is sensitive to litter material that I know of except for the one referred to in the article. Paper works but that is a temporary measure. Sand might work but it is not cat litter and has no absorbent properties etc..

      Your cat was not recently declawed so he has real problems. He probably needs repair surgery. There are vets who do this. He probably has fragments of bone in his paws. This is typical of botched surgery.

      I’d consider contacting The Paw Project for advice on repair surgery. You need the right surgeon for this. You can find The Paw Project online. Good luck to you both.

    • Jan Griffiths says:

      I would never adopt a declawed cat. I could not take the behavioral issues caused by the mutilation. Should have looked around for and adopted a normal cat.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *