Alternative Cat Litter – Many Options Today

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Cat litter. Not a very exciting topic, but the question does come to mind if there are any alternatives to the store bought, and commonly used clay litter. And why should this topic even be considered? There are a variety of reasons listed below.

1. Cost: As a cat(s) guardian, you probably know the high costs for cat litter all too well.
There are alternatives to those products that are much more economical.

2. Regular clumping clay litters are not bio-degradable: Clay cat litter can remain in a landfill for years not breaking down and degrading.

3. Unsafe chemicals: Traditional clay cat litter contains chemicals that are not exactly safe for you or your cat. Silica dust is one of the by-products that comes from clay particles and should not be inhaled as it has been linked to upper respiratory problems in humans and cats. In “clumping cat litters” sodium bentonite is mixed in. If a cat ingests  it can cause gastrointestinal distress that in some cases can lead to death. Also, the clay commonly used can be derived from environmentally destructive strip mining.

4. Messy: Clay litter will track all over your house because of the particles that adhere to your cat’s paws.

The good news is that there are alternatives these days.

I have listed some alternatives, for a safer household and an eco-friendly experience.


Great Choices

Frugal eco-conscious cat owners can repurpose everyday throw-away items to make their own cat litter. These would include sawdust and newspaper. (See below)

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DIY Newspaper Litter – 1. Shred newspaper in a paper shredder and collect it in an unused litter box.
2. Soak the paper in warm water mixed with a few squirts gentle, biodegradable dish soap. The shredded paper takes on a cooked oatmeal consistency. The paper won’t come completely clean, but the water will turn grey.
3. Drain the water (an old colander works wonders) and repeat the soaking process minus the soap.
4. Sprinkle baking soda liberally on the wet paper. Knead it in to the mixture (you might want to wear gloves to avoid getting ink on your hands).
5. Squeeze the remaining moisture out until it’s as dry as you can get it.
6. Crumble over a screen and leave to dry for a few days.
7. Once it’s dry, put about an inch and a half to two inches of the paper crumbles in the litter box. Scoop solids daily and change it once a week. It takes about a half an hour to 45 minutes to make a 2-3 week supply of litter.


To see how to use shredded paper for kitty litter watch this video.


  • Stove Wood Pine Pellets or Horse bedding – This is my preference as an alternative cat litter. These tiny pellets, are compressed wood shavings and they are very economical in price for around $5.00 for a 40 pound bag! Feline Pine is a branded equivalent but more costly.

  • Saw Dust – Besides being inexpensive, saw dust is easy to handle, lightweight has a pleasant odor, and is biodegradable and compostable.

  • Wheat Litter: This product keeps odors at bay through the power of
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    natural enzymes in renewable wheat crops. It has low-dust and therefore low-tracking in the house. An added bonus is its category of biodegradable and compostable. An example brand is SwheatScoop Natural Wheat Litter.


  • Corn Litter:  This is not as economical a choice for an alternative litter, but it is beneficial for your cats
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    in its ability to easily clump and therefore easy to clean out of the box. Its clumping characteristic closely mimics that of clay litter. It also can be dust creating and doesn’t control odor as well as other alternatives such as wood pellets. Some brands include:Benevo Cat Litter, World’s Best Cat Litter, SwheatScoop Natural Wheat Litter.

 


Do you use an alternative cat litter listed in this article, or do you have your own system? Leave a comment below.

Advantek GFA Catch & Release
Live Animal Trap Review – Rescue a Cat

trap imageProduct: Advantek GFA Catch & Release Live Animal Trap
Price: $29.99
Best Place to Buy: Tractor Supply
Large Trap Dimensions: 32″x 12″x 10″
Small Trap Dimensions: 24″x 7″x 7″
Warranty: Lifetime
My Rating: 10 out of 10


If you are going to rescue a cat that you see running around your area, you are going to need a safe way to trap it, both for you and the animal. An effective and humane trap is the Advantek GFA Catch & Release Animal Trap sold at Tractor Supply.

This fully assembled trap that measures is ideal for containing stray cats, but also can be used to rescue raccoons, woodchucks/groundhogs, opossums, armadillos, and other animals in this weight and size range.


A Bonus!!

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It is a great deal with its bonus small trap that comes with the larger trap. These dimensions are best suited for catching and releasing chipmunks, squirrels, flying squirrels, rats and weasels, for relocation of the animal.

Having had the experience of capturing feral, and non-feral cats, I have found that this trap is just what I needed to get the job done. It has a step trigger in the rear of the cage. I entice the animal with food in the back area of the vessel, and the release works well to slam shut without a possible escape or injury.


Design

The design of the trap, with its smooth edges prevents harm to the animal, which is what is preferred when catching a scarred animal such as a stray cat, that needs to be rescued and re-homed.

Storing the Advantek live animal trap is also easy enough, as it is lightweight enough to hang on a shed or garage wall through one of its mesh openings. Cleaning it can be done by hosing it down and letting it drip dry or pad it down with a rag. I have not experienced this item to rust in any weather. With its lifetime warranty, I don’t have to worry, although it has proven to be very durable and is thus a great bang for your buck!
I know I will be using mine for many years to come, for my cat rescues.

Have you rescued a cat to re-home or keep as a new family member? The Advantek Live Trap may be for you! Leave your comments below.