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.

| February/March 2015

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.

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2/8/2018 10:05:54 AM

I use shredded news paper for my cat's litter. It took a few days for my cat to realize that this is her litter box but now she is adjusted to it. We have been doing this way for many years now. Though there is still odor, it's completely free! I get a local free news paper, rip the paper along the grain to make thin strips and put them on top of solid sheet of news paper at the bottom. Using a paper shredder does not work, the paper clogs the shredder, plus the cats tend to kick it out of the box more.

1/28/2018 7:56:42 AM

I use the Horse pellets (pine if I can find it or Spruce, no Cedar or hemlock) too but I wet them first. A large horse feed scoop and 1 full spray bottle worth of water in a bucket. It all expands and I get twice as much use out of it. I do this because I have one cat that thinks the pellets are poop and will refuse to go in :) Works great.

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