Things You May Have Never Considered


More common than you might think, many people opt for alternatives to retail cat litter and find their own substitutes.

Some pet owners want to stop purchasing cat litter as a result of allergies.

While commercial cat litter products can be very effective, sometimes it's just a matter of finding a super-fast solution for a stray cat you just brought into your home.

Other cat owners have environmental concerns.

Find your new litter go-to with these 7 alternatives.

1. Newspaper

This cat litter is made using shredded paper, dish soap, and baking soda. You can make this kitty litter substitute in roughly 30-45 minutes.

2. Horse Bedding Pellets

Equine bedding pellets are a great alternative to cat litter. Mix the pellets with baking soda and a bit of water. They are usually available for purchase online and some specialty pet stores.

3. Chicken Feed

Mix chicken feed with baking soda for odor control. When using chicken feed as a cat litter replacement, ensure the feed has a crumbly texture and is free from chemicals and additives.

4. Wood Shavings

Wood shavings and sawdust are great for absorption and, especially if you have a woodworking shop, are easily obtained. If you plan to use shavings and sawdust, use untreated wood that is chemical-free.

5. Wood Pellets

Hardwood and softwood pellets, designed for burning in wood stoves, are generally easy to come by. If you purchase wood pellets from hardware stores, ensure no additives are used, such as accelerants.

6. Whole Wheat

Whole wheat berries can ground into a coarse powder (or a smooth consistency if your cat prefers) and spread in your cat litter box. You can also mix in oats, depending on texture preference.

7. Sand

Sand is easily obtained, purchased in bulk, and most times easily stored since it can be kept covered outside.

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