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.