December 10, 2018 3 min read

Want an alternate solution for cat litter? We have compiled six substances for organic cat litter which are much better for the environment.

Cat litter. While most cats and cat caretakers are familiar with the clay litter, some choose to use ones made from different materials. The debate for organic cat litter produced from plant substances is that it is less demanding on the environment, it normally weighs less than standard clay litters, and cats enjoy it.

However, how simple is it to clean up organic kitty litter? I have not used every alternate cat litter on Earth, so I asked a few of my fellow cat bloggers about their encounters. Here is the scoop.

1. Corn

Cat litter made from corn, if you are using a commercial item or antibiotic-free chicken coating crumbles, has advantages and drawbacks. I have been utilizing corn kitty litter for many years, and I have enjoyed it for a lot of reasons.

To start with, it is not perfumed. Secondly, my experience was that it clumps surprisingly well. However, corn kitty litter doesn’t hold a whole lot, regardless of what you're doing, and thus some additional cleaning of the litter box is needed should you choose to use it.

2. Grass

"I have been using grass litter since last autumn, and it is astonishing," she states.

On the flip side, grass litter may be too lightweight for bigger cats. Connie Smith of Tails in the Foster Kittens, states, "I loved the grass litter, however, it was too lightweight for the 14-pound kitty.”

3. Green Tea

I have used green tea litter previously and I discovered it worked quite nicely for odor management and had potent clumping properties. Green tea litter comes with a clumping formula along with a bark formulation. Also, similar to many clumping litters, the green tea one does get muddy and my cats also had a mat.

But some testimonials on retail sites have suggested insufficient clumping along with an additional need to get a distinctive spade to the pellet formulation.

4. Walnut Shells 

I've used walnut shell-based mess, once I confirmed with the ASPCA Poison Control Center that certain walnut shells are not poisonous for cats. It hastens surprisingly well and commanded odor at least as good at the corn jumble.

I am not the only person to have tried it. "I tried the walnut litter, however, the kittens did not like it, and when they used it their white toes turned brownish," Connie says.

5. Wheat

Wheat litter is quite lightweight and has a pleasant, natural odor. But it did not work for me with regard to odor management, and it got everywhere. On the other side, many cats and people love it.  "The cats and I really like it," states Alexandra-Deztinee High of All Deziz World. "It works good, takes good care of odors beautifully, clumps nicely and may be scattered [in many areas ]."

6. Wood Pellets

 I have also tried pine pellets in the past years. While they seemed to work fine, it was tricky to scoop out poop since the holes in regular scoops are too small to allow the pellets to fall out. Pee turned the pellets into dust which got everywhere.

Hardwood pellets are also available, but you should be confident they don't include any adhesives, finishes or fixatives since those could be poisonous to cats. "Although they're not a commodity created for pets, even my cats enjoy the very best [hardwood] pellets," says Bernadette Kazmarski of Cat. "They barely create any sawdust as the pine pellets do."

A Last Word about Organic Kitty Litter

How easy or hard is it to clean up after organic litters? The consensus from folks who have used them is that they do tend to become dusty and since they're lightweight, they could perform worse than ordinary clay litters.

Nevertheless, a vacuum cleaner, a broom, and a duster are all it takes to wash up following the use of natural litter. Remember that organic litter can function differently in high-humidity regions than in drier ones. 

One final thing: even if a litter claims to be flushable does not signify that it ought to be. Some states do not allow flushing of kitty litter, and flushing clutter -- the organic substance -- may cause septic clogs or harm the sewage lines.

Kawaii Meow
Lover of Japanese culture, cats, and self-help hacks. The biggest cat online store.

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