Winning the Cat Litter Battle, Cheaply
Eliminating Kitty Litter Odors
Does anyone have any money-saving tips on kitty litter? We use the scoopable kind (which we like), but it gets expensive. Any suggestions?
The best and cheapest cat litter that I have found is at Sam's Club. It's called Litter Clean. It's scoopable, and it's about $8 for a 40-pound bucket. It scoops the cleanest of all the cat litters I have used. Clumps don't break, and solid waste dries out quickly. I have two cats that share a box, and two buckets last about six months.
If the reader has an Aldi (discount food store) in her area, she can buy a 14-pound jug of scoopable cat litter for only $2.49. I have yet to find a store in my area that sells it as cheap or cheaper. And the quality is great!
Loretta B. in Naperville, IL
Ground corn works beautifully. It clumps well, has a soft texture and is non-toxic. Adding a shake of baking soda after filling the litter pan increases odor absorption. After scooping out the waste, the remaining corn litter may be put into the compost or tossed around the yard for fertilization. Ground corn makes an excellent fertilizer with anti-fungal properties. It can also be mixed with water to make a soothing dip for pets with flea or skin allergies. Ground corn may be purchased at Feed Stores, Farm and Ranch Supplies and many Nurseries for about $6 to $8 for a 50-pound bag. Be sure to ask for ground corn, not corn meal.
Kristie in Boerne, Texas
My daughter has many cats and uses horse bedding as cat litter. It is scoopable, economical and is 100% biodegradable. It consists of natural wood fibers. She purchases 40-pound bags at a grain and feed store for under $7.
If you buy Fresh Step cat litter in bulk (like at Sam's or Costco), you can sign up for "Paw Points" on the Fresh Step website. You earn points every time you buy the bulk size of the kitty litter. With your points, you can buy different pet accessories or coupons for free litter.
Mix the scoopable brand of kitty litter with a plain generic brand of kitty litter. Do this at a 50/50 mix. This still allows the litter to clump up from the moisture, but will stretch the litter further. You might want to try to mix it with more of the generic litter, until you see that the litter doesn't clump anymore. My mother has done this for years, and it really works well!
Also, if you could be more flexible, shredded used paper (even newspaper) can be used instead of cat litter. There's no dust, and it's very affordable. Simply change the paper everyday. Line the pan with used plastic grocery bags before placing the paper inside, and it will be even easier to clean up.
Candy in Alabama
We buy a 50-pound bag of rabbit food (compressed grass pellets) at the feed store for $8. We put about a 1/2-inch in the bottom of the litter box and scoop out the clumps every evening and refill. It's totally safe to flush it down the sewer and biodegradable. It doesn't smell, doesn't make much dust, and our cat seems to like it well enough.
Brenda in Washington
Years ago, I taught our family cat to use the toilet. I got a kit that had a plastic insert that was set over the toilet bowl with a little kitty litter in it. Once kitty started using that tray, I cut out a little bit of the center, then a little more and a little more. Pretty soon, the cat just used the toilet all the time.
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