I have nine cats, the result of some volunteer work with a trap, neuter/spay/vaccinate, and release program. (I had trouble with the release part!) With the price of cat litter soaring, I decided to try to use my daily Chicago newspaper, which is large, in litter boxes.
Starting by switching one box at a time (I have six!), at first I shredded sheets, which turned out to be a big chore and also resulted in tracked shreds. Then I tried laying down whole sheets and just tearing one page in strips, and that worked very well, with all the cats accepting the change. Although now and then a strip gets out of the box, it is nothing compared to the tracking of commercial litters. I completely change the used paper each day, so it is no smellier than my old boxes.
Since I need enough paper to avoid puddling underneath each newspaper section and strips, I bulk it up with all my other paper and light cardboard that I would recycle if I weren't reusing it. This uses up all my junk mail, including catalogs. Along with saving money, I have saved myself a lot of hauling of heavy litter. I still have to haul the used paper, now as garbage, but the bags are much lighter than those with litter.
By Barbara from Burlington, WI
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Linda from Dalton, GA
By Dianne Upstate NY
I myself have decided to use organic Wheat Grass Cat Litter. I like the wheat-grass litter for 2 reasons: The first reason is why I bought it in the first place, because I can compost it for later use in my flower garden (Obviously, it's not for use in Veggie gardens!) I just rake the litter into an area behind my back yard and make sure to rake it in with the some dirt and grass clippings. Then in several years if I choose to, I can use it as mulch. And the second reason is, I absolutely LOVE the way the wheat grass litter blocks all the odor. It's simply amazing! ... The odor blocking properties of wheat grass is far superior to any other litter I've tried! All that and it won't hurt the environment.
Here's a Tip I posted about the many kinds of Natural Cat litters and using them as mulch:
Thank you for posting this idea about shredded paper for cat litter... I never would have thought of it... Hey? Is your paper shredded into those tiny "diamonds" or is it shredded into sthin trips or does this matter? (07/18/2008)