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Cat Litter Alternatives?

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Created December 26, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Does anyone know of any environmentally friendly alternatives to store bought cat litter? I heard that store bought cat litter can be environmentally harmful, along with costly.

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on July 24, 2013
at 09:17 PM

errr.... i don't live in the usa. am i exempt?

Acb677529a6974737bf1905ccfc7f748

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on July 24, 2013
at 12:03 PM

Keep your cats indoors. Housecats in the US kill a billion songbirds and rodents every year.

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on December 26, 2012
at 07:59 PM

I'd rather have my animals bury their waste in corn than eat the corn anyway :) Besides, you never know if the corn used for World's Best is somehow subpar for animal feed. Kind of doubt that, but you never know.

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on December 26, 2012
at 07:23 PM

We also use murdered trees to wipe our own rears, and drinkable water to flush it away... But I will second the corn litter, the one I use is http://www.worldsbestcatlitter.com/ Its unscented, and clumping, and flush able if that's your thing. I clean my cats litter 2x daily and have never had a problem with odors. I am always impressed at how long a bag lasts.

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on December 26, 2012
at 02:59 AM

Using animal feed to absorb cat waste is that messed up or what? We are such a wasteful society it boggles the mind.

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on December 26, 2012
at 02:56 AM

Mine all love the pine pellets.

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on December 26, 2012
at 02:53 AM

I LOVE the corn litter. If you'd like to save some money and have access to a store that sells feed for poultry, this might do the trick: http://catsadored.com/NEAR%20PERFECT%20LITTER/NEAR_PERFECT_LITTER.htm

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on December 26, 2012
at 12:53 AM

My kitties didn't like burying their poop too much with the pine, another reason to move on! The corn is expensive but so convenient!

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on December 26, 2012
at 12:37 AM

I second this -- the corn stuff is spendier but lasts longer and works better. Some cats really dislike the smell of pine, I tried Feline Pine and my kitty wouldn't go anywhere near the box.

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on December 26, 2012
at 12:28 AM

There is Feline Pine made with small bits of pine wood, and there is also World's Best Cat Litter made with dried corn bits. These are both products of leftovers, not clay, and I think they are both flushable aside from being biodegradable. I prefer the World's Best to Feline Pine. The corn really absorbs urine and covers the scent, and it doesn't track that much, whereas the pine one has lots of light little shavings that can track.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on December 26, 2012
at 12:53 AM

My kitties didn't like burying their poop too much with the pine, another reason to move on! The corn is expensive but so convenient!

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on December 26, 2012
at 12:37 AM

I second this -- the corn stuff is spendier but lasts longer and works better. Some cats really dislike the smell of pine, I tried Feline Pine and my kitty wouldn't go anywhere near the box.

E791387b2829c660292308092dc3ca9b

(831)

on December 26, 2012
at 02:56 AM

Mine all love the pine pellets.

E791387b2829c660292308092dc3ca9b

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on December 26, 2012
at 02:59 AM

Using animal feed to absorb cat waste is that messed up or what? We are such a wasteful society it boggles the mind.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on December 26, 2012
at 02:53 AM

I LOVE the corn litter. If you'd like to save some money and have access to a store that sells feed for poultry, this might do the trick: http://catsadored.com/NEAR%20PERFECT%20LITTER/NEAR_PERFECT_LITTER.htm

61848fb3934eb0f08abacf0b920bf81b

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on December 26, 2012
at 07:23 PM

We also use murdered trees to wipe our own rears, and drinkable water to flush it away... But I will second the corn litter, the one I use is http://www.worldsbestcatlitter.com/ Its unscented, and clumping, and flush able if that's your thing. I clean my cats litter 2x daily and have never had a problem with odors. I am always impressed at how long a bag lasts.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on December 26, 2012
at 07:59 PM

I'd rather have my animals bury their waste in corn than eat the corn anyway :) Besides, you never know if the corn used for World's Best is somehow subpar for animal feed. Kind of doubt that, but you never know.

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on December 26, 2012
at 01:05 AM

I feel your pain. I tried several clay-litter alternatives when I first got my current baby, Hatfield, and it was a frustrating road.

First I tried the pine kind. My cat, like many cats, hated it, presumably based on smell. I also tried the recycled-newspaper kind, and Hatfield seemed to like it just fine. It worked pretty much like regular non-clumping litter, only probably not quite as long-lasting. The problem was that my cat is white, and the fur between his toes and then going up his ankles started turning grey. Not cool. I went back to regular old clay litter and dealt with it.

I now use the Breeze system. (I'm not affiliated, don't take my glowing love of it as an advertisement!) It works just as good as advertised. Basically, it consists of a two-layer box, one for the non-porous litter where you scoop the solid, and below a grate, a pad in a drawer that soaks up the liquid. They recommend changing the litter 1x per month and the pad 1x per week.

The litter itself is made of pellets, instead of clay. It isn't listed on the box, but from what I can tell online it is made of zeolite, which is reported as very environmentally friendly. Do your own research from that standpoint, though. What I do love about the Breeze system is the convenience and that it lasts. They say not to wash and reuse the litter, but I find I can buy two bags, use one while the other is drying out, and switch 1x per month and use the same bag 2-3times. I haven't tried this part, but you could also use any kind of absorbent material to soak up the liquid in the drawer- cut up your own newspaper, or whatever. Probably wouldn't last as long as the maxi-pad type thing they market, but would be more environmentally friendly.

Bonus: my cat has no problem with it, and there is MUCH less smell, and clean-up, than with traditional clay litter. If your cat kicks a few pellets out, just throw them back in- no sweeping necessary.

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Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

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on December 26, 2012
at 08:02 AM

My cats live half indoors and half outdoors, so I don't use a cat box. However, in the past I have always had building sand available as a kitty litter substitute.

Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

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on July 24, 2013
at 09:17 PM

errr.... i don't live in the usa. am i exempt?

Acb677529a6974737bf1905ccfc7f748

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on July 24, 2013
at 12:03 PM

Keep your cats indoors. Housecats in the US kill a billion songbirds and rodents every year.

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on July 24, 2013
at 12:08 PM

I use Swheat Scoop. It's made from wheat, so at least there's some kind of use for wheat in our home. ;-) It works rather well, and is easy to clean.

As opposed to clay which you should never flush down the toilet, septic or not, after soaking a bit, Swheat flushes cleanly. This worked great when I lived in an apartment (and I also cleaned everyday, so it was never a big load).

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on July 24, 2013
at 10:22 AM

I use the brand Yesterday's News. It's great because it's made of old newspapers. It's very absorbent, and my cat doesn't seem to mind it. I can get it at the regular grocery store by my house (Shoprite). Very environmentally safe.

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on December 26, 2012
at 07:23 PM

I use one made out of old crunched up walnut shells, made by Blue Buffalo I think. It works for my cats.

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