Environmentally Friendly Cat Litter Alternatives
As we all learned in grade school, there are three simple watchwords to remember when considering environmental friendliness – reduce, reuse, and recycle. While your cat’s litter is hard to recycle, you can still be environmentally aware by using alternatives to conventional cat litter such as recycled biodegradable products.
Wood Chips – Wood chip litter comes in cedar and pine varieties and is a byproduct of wood production. Though this type of litter covers the cat waste smell very well, some types of this litter do not clump, and pet owners have sometimes complained that the cats “saw dust” around the house after use. Be sure to do your research before buying.
Corn Cob Litter – This litter is made from corn byproducts. It clumps, neutralizes odors, and does not create dust.
Recycled newspaper – This type of litter is super absorbent and like corn cob and wood chip litter, does not track dust, and is relatively odor-free.
If using biodegradable litter, be sure to also use biodegradable litter bags. There is generally no need to buy special litter bags – a plain brown paper bag will do the trick.