As they are used, the liquid breaks the pellets down into a sawdust-like form. I then take them out to the back forty (no more bagging up and sending to the landfill!). There the poop breaks down, the pellets break down even more in the rain, and it then becomes mulch for my non-edible plants, such as roses.
I wouldn't use anything with cat poop in it to mulch tomatoes or anything edible, although when I use them under my rabbit cages, that all goes into the compost, which eventually ends up in the vegetable garden. (Rabbit manure is safe for vegetables).
I have, at times, used the product designed for horse stalls. The brand name is Dry Den and it has an odor control in it and the pellets are slightly smaller and break down easier. It is also more expensive. When I moved, I couldn't find anybody in this area who sells it so I went back to the stove pellets.
You can sprinkle with baking soda, if you like, to help control odor. And I imagine cats not familiar with the pellet form might hesitate, at first, to use it but you could mix with their familiar litter at first until they are adjusted.
By Janis from Cinebar, WA
Open a garbage can liner into your litter box, fold the top back over the outside of the box and tuck the ends underneath the box. Lay a thick layer of old newspaper in the bottom of your litter box. Sprinkle on a generous coating of baking soda. Add approximately 1 1/2 inches of sand or even plain old dirt, just make sure it is dry.
I keep a 5 gallon bucket of sand sitting by the litter box. Each day, I add another 1 inch of sand. Every third day +/-, depending on how many cats you have and how often they use it, lift the bag out, seal it, and throw it away. Refill the box. It takes about 5 minutes.
If changed often, there are no odor problems. If you sit your litter box on a rubber backed doormat, it will prevent them tracking sand all over the house.
By slee15 from Alabama
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By Karin from Benbrook, TX
The "dust" in my area is purchased at a garden supply store and costs under $7. It lasts 30 days because I have more than one cat and change it so often. It is economical, but it is also much better for the environment then other litters. It can be used in compost.
I have a lasagna vegetable garden and used it last year with newspaper to start the process. It absorbs moisture and helps breakdown the paper. The brand I am using now is called American Choice Mini Flake. Put the box in an area that is easily swept because it will track a little on paws. I purchased mine in NJ from Rosedale Mills.
By Barbara W.
I also use newspaper (I get the newspaper from the neighbors) for the litter box AND all my porous JUNK mail. I can guarantee you, no one wants my name and address after the cats have had their way with the junk! Not to mention I don't incur any expenses in clay litter and the cats seem to prefer the paper. They can wipe their paws far cleaner and no scattered litter!
By the way, I traverse the neighborhood and people throw out their plastic chest-of-drawers, the large ones. People break one drawer and so the other three or four get pitched, along with the frame. I pitch the frame and use the drawers, individually, for the cat "litter." Every day, I switch to a clean drawer, reline it, pitch the poopy papers from the cats, hose down the drawer, let it dry and start over again the next day with a clean drawer. So, so easy and a much cleaner method (and cheaper) of litter removal.
By Jana L. from San Antonio, TX