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 are hazardous to your health and your cats health.
The good news is that there are alternatives these days.
I have listed some alternatives for a more green and eco-friendly cat litter:
- DIY Newspaper Litter – for instructions and video to learn how to make your own newspaper-based cat litter click here
- Shredded news paper – To see how to use shredded paper for kitty litter watch this video.
- Feline Pine -this product is a name brand of quantity of 20 pounds, of high absorbent pine pieces. It neutralizes pungent cat urine and feces odors on contact because of the ammonia particles that are binded to the pine. It is also very absorbent.
- Saw Dust – by product of wood cutting and is lightweight
- Pine chips used for horse bedding
- Pine wood pellets used for fire burners
- SwheatScoop Natural Wheat Litter
- Yesterday’s News
- NEPCO’s Cedarific Natural Cat 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.
Some of these products such as the Pine Chips and Pine Wood Pellets do not have to be any specific brand, and can be purchased at a local Tractor Supply Co, or home improvement store. They usually come in 40 lbs bags. This is my choice of clay litter alternative. It has a pleasant rustic aroma, and its disposal is eco-friendly because it will easily biodegrade as pine wood.