Make Your Own Kitty Litter At Almost No Cost

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:

  1. Shred newspaper in a paper shredder. I collect the shredded paper in an unused litter box.
  2. 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.
  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 (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]

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Comments

    This would be no good for my two cats: Long-haired ragdolls.

    Anything that is even remotely rough will stick into their fur and be dragged all over the house. We use natural pine which controls the odor magnificently, and is flushable.

    To top it off, we're using Litter Kwitter to train them to use the toilet like we do - save on litter, mess, and get a cool party trick too!

      lol nice,,

      you go to use the toilet and its locked..
      you get a "miaoww miao miaaaow" response..
      translates to: "im in here, be out in 5" lol

    Does it matter if its a cross cut shredder or a strip cut shredder? Which works best?

    It does not work, it stinks and spreads disease. Go ahead and try it and you'll have crud all over your house.

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