Eco-Friendly Kitty Litter

January 2nd, 2009 BY jennl | No Comments

Have
you been trying very hard to look for an eco-friendly kitty litter or
perhaps wondering how to make your own so as not to bother the
environment quite so much? You’re in luck then! Allie’s Answers posted a recipe on their blog that they came up with for homemade
kitty litter, which also isn’t expensive at all to make (nice bonus,
huh?). It takes a little while to make it, but in the end isn’t it
worth it? If you find that you don’t like this version of homemade
kitty litter then go ahead and use what you can for now, there isn’t
any shame in it as long as we try our best in some areas of our life
to protect this environment.

To
learn how to make the kitty litter that Allie’s Answers came up with
try their recipe here:

“Shred newspaper in
a paper shredder. I collect the shredded paper in an unused litter
box.

  1. 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.

  2. Drain the water (an old colander
    works wonders) and repeat the soaking process minus the soap.

  3. 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).

  4. Squeeze the remaining moisture out
    until it’s as dry as you can get it.

  5. Crumble over a screen and leave to dry (it takes a few days).

Once it’s dry, I put about an inch and a half to two inches of
the paper crumbles in the litter box, scoop solids daily and change
it once a week. It takes about a half an hour to 45 minutes to make a
2-3 week supply of litter, and it’s kind of fun, in an elementary
school art project way.

With the exception of a few cents worth of baking soda, it’s
free. I use the circular newspapers and Pennysavers (make sure to
remove staples) that come to our house. The baking soda does a good
job of controlling odor, and it doesn’t track very much. I think it
actually works better than most of the store bought products I’ve
tried.”