You tried the old shredded-strips-of-newspaper trick, but it looked like your cat was "constantly throwing a kitty ticker tape parade" by dragging the strips around on her paws. Here's a better way to save money with homemade kitty litter.
Allie, of tipsite Allie's Answers, shares how to make a two to three week supply of homemade kitty litter in about half an hour:
- Shred newspaper in a paper shredder. I collect the shredded paper in an unused litter box.
- Soak the paper in warm water mixed with a few squirts gentle, biodegradable dish soap (like Ecover). The shredded paper takes on a cooked oatmeal consistency. The paper won't come completely clean, but the water will turn grey.
- Drain the water (an old colander works wonders) and repeat the soaking process minus the soap.
- 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).
- Squeeze the remaining moisture out until it's as dry as you can get it.
- Crumble over a screen and leave to dry (it takes a few days)
The benefit of using Allie's method over store-bought kitty litter is that you'll save money and use a more eco-friendly product without dealing with inky paw prints or an impromptu parade. According to her, this kitty litter even works better than a store-bought solution.
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Make Your Own Kitty Litter [Allie's Answers]