MAKING YOUR OWN CAT LITTER September 13, 2011 09:00

We’ve been hearing about more and more cat owners going über-green and making their own cat litter.  We’re intrigued by the creative options.  Here’s what some are trying:

Newspaper and Junk Mail

One of the easiest materials to obtain is newspaper and junk mail (who doesn’t have an ample supply of junk mail lying around?).  You’ll want to shred the paper by hand or use a shredder to save time.  Line the bottom of the litter box with a layer of folded newspapers.  Sprinkle baking soda on top of this layer, and then put in a generous amount of shredded newspaper/paper.

Newspaper (Shredded and Soaked)

One of the more interesting alternatives we came across was this method invented by Allie over at The Greenists.  She shreds the newspaper but then soaks it to remove the ink.  The result is what looks more like clumped newspaper.  It’s a little more labor intensive to be sure, but it looks like it might be a bit neater around the litter box.


Instead of trying to keep your cats out of the sandbox, invite them in!  Add a bit of baking soda to the sand to help with the odor.


Now this is one of the most unique materials we’ve heard of, but one customer swears by it.  Bulgar is made from dried whole wheat and can be bought in bulk.


Found in large bags at feed stores, sawdust is sold for use in horse stalls.  Just add a little baking soda for improved odor control.