Idea for Alternative Cat Litter

With this idea for using alternative cat litters, you can save money and avoid the unpleasant smells that many traditional cat litters emit.

Alternative Cat Litter

Avoid cat litters that contain chemicals and other unwanted substances by opting for a more organic spread.

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I didn’t like the artificial perfumes in my cats’ litter, nor the waste that the litter created. Even the “eco” litters were lacking — they smelled bad, didn’t clump and were expensive. So I spent months experimenting with materials to use for an alternative cat litter, and I eventually found that straw or pine pellets, which are usually sold as horse bedding, worked best.

I used the straw pellets until my local Agway stopped carrying them. Now I use the pine pellets, which work just as well. These pine pellets have a number of benefits. They’re cheap — one 40-pound bag costs $6 and will last my two cats close to a month and a half. And they don’t smell bad — if anything, they smell kind of woody or grassy. Plus, liquid causes the pine pellets to immediately disintegrate into sawdust, so it’s easy to spot and remove urine.

Hannah Dobbz
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania