One of the most practical and fascinating features about feline behavior is the ease of learning to make needs in the cat litter box . Although some puppies may take a little longer to adjust to, most pups get the proper place to urinate and defecate in the new home in a matter of days, especially when tutors know how to positively encourage the kitten to do its needs in the box.
This facilitates (and greatly) daily pet and home hygiene care , requiring less time and effort from tutors. What many people do not know is that the quality and type of cat litter you choose can make it easier or harder to adapt the pussy to the box. Also, there are some products that can even cause allergies or inflammation in the cat’s mucous membranes because they contain irritating perfumes or chemicals.
To avoid these negative reactions or pussy rejection, many tutors are looking for more conscious alternatives and decide to make their own biodegradable cat litter. If you are also interested in adopting more economical, environmentally friendly and good habits for your cat, keep reading this article from PeritoAnimal to learn how to make cat litter at home.
What is the best cat litter?
Nowadays there are various types of cat litter to suit the different needs of each pussy and the economic possibilities of each tutor. Therefore, we recommend that you calculate your budget well to know how much you can and are willing to spend on a material indispensable for the welfare of your pet.
It is important not only to analyze the price when choosing the best cat litter and prioritize the cost-benefit of each product. For example, consider the lifespan of each type of cat litter to calculate how often you will need to change it. In addition, you can also think about practicality, as the sanding sand usually makes it easier to clean up the droppings.
On the other hand, cat litter made from biodegradable material has an important added value because it is made from plant materials that decompose easily and spontaneously in nature so as not to negatively impact the environment. While these products usually require a higher investment, it is possible to make home-made versions with affordable ingredients. In the next topic, we’ll teach you how to make cat litter simply .
Remember that regardless of the type of cat litter you choose to use, it is also important to know how to choose the box for your pet. Ideally, you should opt for a model made of sturdy materials , as they offer a longer service life and better hygiene. Also make sure that the size of the box is proportional to your pet’s body size. The animal should be able to make a complete turn around itself (360º) and squat comfortably inside the litter box.
How to make homemade cat litter
There are many natural and economical products with absorbent and / or binder properties that can be used to make homemade and even biodegradable cat litter . Here are three very easy options to make with ingredients that can be found in any market, fair or health food store.
If you have the possibility of using organic products , this would be ideal for completing a sustainable and conscious consumption cycle. In addition to ensuring that no chemicals used in the cultivation and manufacture of the product can affect the health of your pussy. If this is not possible, it also remains a great idea to make cat litter at home. Follow the instructions below!
Cat litter with cornmeal
Do you know that cornmeal that used to make delicious sweet and savory recipes? Yeah, it’s a great cat litter product, and it’s biodegradable. Upon contact with the cat’s pee or poop (which has a certain amount of liquid), the cornmeal forms solid , firm clods that make it easier to clean the kitten’s litter box. It is therefore an excellent alternative to replace industrialized binder sand.
To optimize the operation of cornmeal like homemade cat litter, you can add a teaspoon of baking soda to prevent bad smells from spreading around or soaking in the box. If you prefer, you can use the so-called canjiquinha with thicker grains instead of cornmeal.
Cat’s sand with manioc flour
Another affordable and biodegradable ingredient that can be used to replace cat litter is cassava flour. You can buy the same flour used to make farofa, pirão and many other typical Brazilian dishes, but if you get the thicker cassava flour, the result will be even better.
Cassava flour grains react upon contact with moisture present in the urine and pussy droppings, forming consistent blocks with a binding effect. It is a good idea to make cat litter with cassava flour and cornmeal to enhance the properties and offer a totally natural sanitary can to your pet.
The only possible disadvantage of cassava is that its aroma can be attractive to many pets. So maybe your cat or dog might feel like eating the contents of the litter box. You should be careful to choose the product that best suits your best friends’ tastes and habits to avoid these unforeseen events.
Homemade cat litter with wheat
As mentioned earlier, many people are becoming aware of the impact of irresponsible consumption on the environment and have decided to adopt more sustainable lifestyle and consumption habits. Realizing these changes in consumer attitudes, many brands have begun to make recyclable and / or biodegradable pet products available . A good example of this is cat litter made from natural products such as wheat without the addition of industrial chemical compounds (although not all of them are organic).
Did you know that you can make your own cat litter with organic wheat, 100% biodegradable and much more economical than the products offered in pet shops and supermarkets? In fact, if you can’t get organic wheat or any more economical solution, you can also opt for regular wheat. However, we do not advise using common flour because it is very refined and may contain some industrial waste. Also, as it is so thin it tends to spray and can leave your house dirty and full of white paws.
Therefore, the most natural, practical and safe is to buy the wheat grain and grind using an electric grinder until you get a relatively fine bran , but not a flour. You can also ask health food stores whether they offer ground wheat to make your job easier. So just cover your kitty’s toilet with this wheat bran with a little baking soda to avoid the strong odors. If you want to improve the binder action of homemade cat litter, just add some cornmeal or manioc flour.
Cat litter with sawdust
Unsurprisingly, wood is a super versatile material, but it also stands out for being biodegradable and fully renewable. Of course, sourcing needs to be well planned to avoid deforestation and to certify the sustainable origin of the raw material. An interesting idea to replace industrialized cat litter is to take advantage of sawdust and sawdust that is often “wasted” by the construction and carpentry industry.
Remember the importance of certifying the origin of the wood before exposing your pussy to sawdust to avoid exposure to chemicals or artificial products used in cultivation or wood treatment. Ideally, you should get organic sawdust (or your own sawdust wood) or at least green wood from reforestation and sustainable soil management initiatives. As already mentioned before, to avoid the bad smell you should put some baking soda .
Cat litter with dirt or common litter
Sand is present in many parts of the world naturally and can also be manufactured for various uses in the construction industry, gardening and other activities. Cats, like most felines, are “attracted” to their needs on land or on sandy grounds, including nature itself. One reason is that they can bury their droppings so as not to attract predators or simply tell other animals that their presence is peaceful and not a threat.
An economical alternative is to use sand or common to coat your pet’s toilet box. Collecting beach sand is not recommended, because if we all did that, we could seriously damage these ecosystems . You can choose building sand and natural land that are easy to find at affordable prices. Remember that these materials should not accumulate moisture or impurities to prevent the proliferation of microorganisms.
A good idea is to mix these two elements together, as the sand tends to stick to the paws of the pussy and spread easily around the house. If you want a more clay-textured substrate, one measure of sand for every two of soil (for example, two cups of common mixed with one cup of sand). If you prefer to make a more classic cat litter (ie sandy texture), you should reverse the proportions and use two measures of sand for each average soil. In either case, you will be able to combine excellent absorbent and binder properties that make cat litter cleaning easier.
Cat litter with recycled papers
Another economical and environmentally friendly option is to reuse certain materials that would simply be discarded and give these elements a new life. Rather than buying new products and spending more, you reuse, for example, newspapers, magazine sheets, and shredded paper to prepare your pet’s toilet box.
How to make cat litter with paper
In this case, you will need to follow these steps to make cat litter with newspaper:
- Mince or shred the newspapers , magazines and papers that will be used to make “sand”;
- Soak shredded or shredded papers with a little warm water and neutral or biodegradable detergent to moisturize and give consistency to the preparation;
- When the preparation is already at room temperature, it is time to strain with a sieve and put it back in a clean container;
- Add some cold or room temperature water and baking soda. Then knead the preparation to homogenize and compact it (ideally use gloves). The idea is to form balls or small blocks of compressed paper, imitating what would be industrial sand or silica grains;
- Strain again to remove excess water and allow the preparation to dry naturally;
- Ready! You can now use your eco-friendly cat litter to coat your pussy box.
With this cat litter option you will be making absorbent litter . If you want pee and poop to form more solid blocks for easy daily cleaning, you can add cornmeal or manioc flour to the dry preparation before using it to coat the toilet bowl.
Is that you? Do you know other ways to make homemade cat litter? Collaborate with the SmartPetsWorld community and leave your recipe in the comments!