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If you own several cats, you should know all too well the cost that comes with them and their litter. What if there was an alternative cat litter that was cheaper and actually better than the regular clumping clay stuff? Well, no worries, I know quite a few alternatives to your cat litter that you would have never thought of before!

First, why is regular clay litter something that should be replaced? If it works, why fix it, right? Wrong.

Regular clumping clay litters are not bio-degradable. They sit in a landfill for years and years completely unaltered by the elements. Not to mention that the dust from clay litters can cause some major breathing problems for your kitty. Why not look around for a natural alternative cat litter that will not only cost less, but work better for your cats?

Pellet Stove Pellets:
My top pick for an alternative cat litter is regular pellet stove pellets. These little pellets, usually made out of various wood shavings, can be purchased for around $5.00 for a 40 pound bag! This is WAY cheaper than the regular clay litter plus it provides several benefits as opposed to the clay litter.

There is a "made for cats" pellet litter out on the market called Feline Pine, however, this is the exact same stuff as the cheaper wood pellets. Other benefits include scent control, leaving a nice wood scent when your cats use the restroom and easy clean up. When the cats urinate, the litter falls apart and stays at the bottom while the other stuff is easily sifted out.

This is by far one of the best alternative cat litters to use when you have multiple cats because of the scent control. One more pro? It doesn't track all over your house because the pieces don't get stuck to the bottom of your cat's paws!

Onto the cons of wood litter and, from what I can tell, there is only one: You have to train your cats to switch over. To do this, you start out by adding the pellets into your normal litter over the course of about a week until you have completely gotten rid of the regular litter. If you do this, your cats will have no problem transitioning.

Corn Litter:
The other alternative cat litter I like to recommend is the corn litter. It isn't as cheap as the previously mentioned wood pellets, but it does provide quite a bit of benefits for your cats, one of which being easy clumping and clean up. For some reason, this is one of the only natural litters that clumps similarly to the clay counterpart. Not to mention it is flushable in small quantities making clean up very easy for those of you that live in apartments. While the price of corn litters is about the same as the clay ones, it actually lasts longer due to the corn's natural ability to suppress ammonia. However, some cons are that it's extremely dusty and not the best for multiple cat houses due to the lack of complete odor control.

These two alternative cat litters are fantastic for those of you looking to do something better for the environment and have a healthier cat. Not to mention, the pine pellets are FAR cheaper than it's clay counterpart! Know of any great cat litter alternatives? Leave them in the comments below!

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I will definitely try using wood pellets. I have a savannah cat and he goes through so much litter its crazy. He'll take a leak and half the litter is gone! its costing a fortune to buy litter and he'll go on clothes or even my step-daughters bed if his box isnt clean enough for him. It seemed ridiculous to be spending so much. The only tip Id say is baking soda. Might work well in the pellets ill have to give it a try. I hope it works cuz 40 lbs for 5 dollars is a miracle compared to the alternative commercial litters... wow how much is it a lb for kitty litter By Scott on 12-09-12 at 12:41am
(crushed) walnut shells by blue buffalo clump better than the clay, wheat or corn litters i've tried; you could probably play hockey with the clumps of urine and the feces dry out well too. it is pricey and there is some dust, but i wouldn't say it is more dusty than clay. i don't think that it is the best for odor control; the litter seems to get saturated with odor after a couple of weeks (which may be good to others, i'm a first-time cat owner so for the price, i thought it would hold off a little longer). It also has a very very faint scent from the get-go, which i prefer to something strongly scented (even pine). I have switched to yesterday's news compared to walnut shells because of the price of the walnut litter and because i wanted to see if there is something that can control the odor better. so far i am happy with it but i will probably try the 'softer pellets' next time. I'll not go back to clay litter, mostly for environmental reasons: there's enough crap (literal via litter, and metaphorical for stuff) that isn't going anywhere anytime in my or even my niece's lifetime taking up space in landfills and apparently waste treatment plants (from morons flushing the stuff). Also, it is non-renewable, reusable or recyclable. And i've read that the base in clay litter (sodium bentonite or silica) is stripped mined, which is no good for the environment either. By Anonymous on 14-11-12 at 01:50am
Beware of corn cat litter because cats do like to eat it. My experience with clay was mixed: it was fantastic in terms of no dust, no tracking, easy to scoop, minimal smell. The bad news is I had a Spider beetle infestation from it and my cat started eating it. If it clumps from the moisture in their urine, imagine what it does in their stomach. Eating clumping litter is deadly. Spider beetles live off of corn. When I got rid of the corn litter, I got rid of the beetles. I haven't seen them since. At the height of the infestation, I was finding
0-30 a day throughout my apartment, including under the litter box and IN MY BED. I live in a 4th floor apartment in NYC and this is the only bug issue I've ever had in 16 years. My verdict is that, if my cat wasn't eating it, I would have tried various mehods to get rid of the beetles but keep using the litter. By Mick on 23-11-12 at 12:14am
I've been using the wood pellets for a few months now and I really like it. And you cannot beat the price! If you lightly spray the pellets with plain water it'll break apart into saw dust and won't be so large. That's the only issue. I wish the pellets were smaller. My cats transitioned pretty easily. By Anonymous on 21-10-13 at 08:00am
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