Getting a Cat to Use Shredded Paper Litter

I have made an improvised litter for my tabby cat. My previous Shirazi cat doesn't have any issue with the shredded newspaper as litter, but my tabby cat seems to have no interest of using it at all, instead, he always likes to poop on the rags or worst, my laundry.

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What can you suggest on how to encourage my cat to use shredded newspaper as litter?

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January 2, 20170 found this helpful

You seem to have been lucky with your first cat. Most cats don't like the shredded paper because it sticks to their paws because it stays wet. There is also the disadvantage of ink exposure. You are better off with regular cat litter, and just using shredded paper in a pinch.

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January 2, 20170 found this helpful

The first post is right, it is rare for a cat to use shredded paper. It is also lighter weight and easier to be tracked out of the litter box. In addition, once they get the ink on it wet, they can track black ink marks around the house.

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Can you keep the rags in a tote with a lid and the laundry up so that he does not have access to it?

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January 3, 20170 found this helpful

I don't think shredded paper is a sensible thing to use for cat litter. All of the other posters have given you reasons why not to use it. As well, cats like to dig, and the paper would not be satisfying for that. Also, it would do nothing to keep down the odor, which cat litter does. As a long time cat owner, my advice is to go get a bag of cat litter.

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January 5, 20170 found this helpful

Cat litter can be an expensive commodity, especially when you have more than one cat.

I have had cats and more cats for over 60 years and I have never had one that would use shredded paper. I really never liked it myself.

My daughter uses horse bedding as her cat litter. She likes because it is scoopable and economical.

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She says it is also biodegradable. I believe it consists of natural wood fibers?
It can be purchased at feed stores and is very economical.

I have used ground corn and it can also be purchased at feed stores and some nurseries as they use it for other things.
Just be sure to ask for ground corn, not corn meal.

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January 8, 20170 found this helpful

I use the hardwood pellets that are made for pellet stoves. My cats never had a problem with them. The poop sticks to them and the urine turns them into sawdust. They last a long time but as you see over half of the pellets turning to sawdust it is probably time to discard them and put new pellets in. If you put enough pellets in, you can prevent the bottom of the pan from getting wet with urine, so clean-out time is easy.

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If you spray the bottom of the pan with a product like Natures Miracle or even Rid X for septic systems the urine will not smell even if it reaches the bottom of the pan. The friendly bacteria in the product will prevent the urine from turning to ammonia. I get the pellets from Home Depot or Loews. A large bag is only around six dollars. Good luck

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