Homemade Cat Litter
For the economic and environmentally conscious there are ways of making your own reasonably inexpensive and green cat litter. One of the better ways is to utilize used news paper and make a pulp washing as much of the undesired inks away. The Pulp is then laid out on a screen to dry in a layer about ½Ē thick. Sprinkle baking soda through the drying damp mixture and later as it is more damp than wet. In a day or two you will end up with a large sheet of ½Ē thick crumbly fluffy greyish newspaper puffs in a sheet. Just break the sheet up into tiny pellets or balls and you will have a shopping bag or more full of cat litter. The paper used will be recycled from weekly circulars and advertisements. The newspaper itself is biodegradable, as is the catís waste. The baking soda is the only real expense and its function is to neutralize the odour of the catís waste products. Making this will only take about an hour and you should be able to make batches of the cat litter that last about a month at a time.
Green Alternative Cat Litter
If the homemade cat litter is not your choice, then there are other green choices now becoming more popular in the market place. There is wheat based cat litter that is made of 100% wheat by product and is great at absorbing the wetness. The pluses are that the wheat is 100% non toxic and is even safe for accidental consumption. It is 100% biodegradable. In the negatives the wheat product may be a bad choice for people who are allergic to wheat products, or are unaware of a wheat allergy and there are some complaints about the post composition of the wheat product when cat urine is absorbed into the wheat cat litter product. Instead of clumping loosely the complaint is it may pack hard and become like cement.
There is corn by products that work as well however the cat litter is denser and the litter itself is larger in size. In some cases this litter is a much more preferred litter for its loose consistency and great absorbency and low odour release. It is also 100% biodegradable and some product is even flushable. Drawbacks are that some consumers do not like having to clean up larger cat litter from their floors or have large litter carried through their home in accidents. Bags are usually less expensive in a bulk size of 20kg so many consumers do not like storing such large size cat litter bags.
Making Green Choices Is Better No Matter The Cost
Regardless of our overall choice a greener alternative to a non green product is ultimately the best choice to make. It is in the power of us consumers to make the choices that will dictate to manufacturers what we want and in what direction they should go. Green is the choice to make, and a choice as big as going green is not going to be an easy one for anyone, including our cats litter, but in the end our generation and all the others that follow will benefit from every single green choice we make even when it goes right down to a choice like what cat litter we choose today.
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Article Added on Wednesday, May 13, 2009
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