I have two Burmese cats that both torment and enrich my life in more ways than I can count.  I have installed a cat door in one of my windows to allow them to go outside whenever they pleasure during the day. Since keeping cats inside prevents them from being a nuisance to my neighbors, killing birds and other wildlife, getting into fights with other cats, or even getting lost, I lock my two inside at night, forcing them to use the litter box.


When they decide to sit on my computer keyboard to get me to stop working and pay attention to them, it’s adorably infuriating and when they decide it’s their right to take over my pillow it’s something that I have to live with.

But living with the expense of buying kitty litter? That’s something I just can’t live with.  That’s why I have opted to make the kitty litter that my cats use.

The first step is to run newspaper through a paper shredder.  I use an unused kitty litter box to catch the shredded paper. Soak the paper in warm water mixed with a few squirts of gentle biodegradable dish soap, like Ecover.  The water will turn grey but the newspaper won’t come completely clean.

Next, drain the mixture through an old colander and repeat the soaking process without using the soap.   After draining the newspaper a second time, sprinkle it liberally with baking soda.  Be sure to squeeze the remaining moisture out of the newspaper before spreading it over a screen and drying it for a few days.

Once the kitty litter is dry, I add about an inch and a half to two inches to my cat’s kitty litter tray.  It’s important to remember to scoop out the solid waste from the tray on a daily basis and add a bit more to replace what you took out.  I completely clean out the litter box once a week in order to avoid odours.

Making your own kitty litter is far cheaper than buying the commercial brands.

If you use your local catalogs and free newspapers that get delivered to your house, the only real expense is a bit of baking soda.  If you choose this method, be sure to remove the staples so that your cat doesn’t cut its feet. This homemade kitty litter is odour resistant due to the baking soda and it doesn’t really track more than regular kitty litter.

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