How to Make Your Own Kitty Litter

How to make eco-friendly kitty litter from recycled newspaper.

If you’ve got an indoors cat – then you need kitty litter.  Its not cheap to buy, but it needn’t be an expense.  You can make your own, really effective kitty litter from old newspapers.  Its cheap as chips, and its eco-friendly!

Here’s how its done:

  • Tear enough newspaper to fill your cats litter box into strips (or use a paper shredder).  This should make enough to last you and your cat 2-3 weeks – although it would be well worth considering making this in bulk so you always have some on hand!
  • Fill a bucket with warm water and add 3 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid (preferably the eco-friendly kind!).
  • Add your paper to the water and let it soak until the paper is mushy.  Then pour off the water.
  • Rinse the paper again in warm water (without any soap added this time).  Once the water has turned grey, pour it off again so you are left with just the mushy paper in your bucket.
  • Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda over the mushy paper then knead it, squeezing tightly to get as much water out as possible.  Its best to wear gloves to do this to avoid getting your hands stained with the remaining ink from the newspaper.
  • When you have removed as much water as possible, crumble the mixture into a baking tray or onto a screen and leave it to dry.  It can take a few days to dry out completely.

Use about 5cm of this kitty litter in the bottom of the litter tray.  As you do with ‘conventional’ kitty litter you should scoop out the solids daily and empty the tray each week, cleaning it with white vinegar to help keep it smelling fresh before you refill it.

As long as you keep it separate from your other compost, you can compost your kitty litter and cat poo.  Let it all decompose for a year before using and then use it only for ornamental plants NOT for anything you will be consuming!

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  1. Tiffany @ No Ordinary Homestead

    On October 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Hmm, this is really interesting. I just might have to try this. We get a ton of free newspapers every week. Although my husband might think I’m totally insane if I suggest this :)

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