Last Updated on: October 14, 2020
Maybe you’ve come home from doing the grocery shipping after a long day only to find you missed a few essentials off your list, including the cat litter!
A cat faced with an empty litter tray is likely to go and find somewhere else to do their business, such as your beautiful new potted plant or behind the bathroom door.
We’ve rounded up 12 cat litter alternatives that you can turn to in a pinch. Some of these do require a little planning, and others can be used straight away in case of an emergency.
Also, some commercial cat litters aren’t particularly eco-friendly in terms of production or disposal, so you might be looking for a greener alternative that can be composted down rather than added to a landfill. In that case, we’ve got you covered! We’ve also included a recipe for homemade clumping cat litter at the end. This is biodegradable and cost-effective and can be composted. It sounds like a winner to us!
1. Wood Shavings
2. Potting Soil
3. Whole Wheat
4. Puppy Training Pads
5. Shredded Paper
7. Artificial Turf
8. Alfalfa Pellets
9. Horse Bedding Pellets
11. Chicken Feed
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12. Homemade Clumping Cat Litter
How to DIY : If you’ve got newspaper or scrap paper, baking soda, and dish soap, then you can make your own homemade clumping cat litter! You’ll need to soak the shredded paper in a mixture of warm water and dish soap. After 30 minutes, drain the paper and rinse in fresh water. Drain, then sprinkle all over with baking power. Squeeze out all moisture, and spread out to dry for at least two days. Crumble into small pieces and that’s your new homemade cat litter!
Wrapping it up
It’s always useful to know what you can turn to in a cat litter emergency. You might have also been inspired to have a go at making your homemade cat litter. If you decide to try it out, let us know if it was a success. We’d love to hear from you!
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Roland has been an animal lover all his life, with cats holding a special place in his heart. He is owned by three felines: Wheely, KitzKitz, and Nugget (all rescues) who bring all the laughter and mischievousness one can expect from the feline master race. As the creator of ExcitedCats, his mission is to assist in the search for the best gear to help improve the health and wellbeing of cats everywhere.