Uses for used cat litter?

Want to talk about how to keep stuff out of landfill? Here is your place to do it.
The Prehistorian
Jerry - Bit higher than newbie
Jerry - Bit higher than newbie
Posts: 36
Joined: Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:44 pm

Uses for used cat litter?

Post: #131829 The Prehistorian
Tue Nov 18, 2008 11:12 am

Any ideas of what we can use our used cat litter for?

The cat is locked in every night as we don't want another one to end up flatted on the road outside. This means that she uses the tray every morning, both number 1s and number 2s. Her poos are a little runny (she's getting on a bit - vet has checked her out and says there is nothing wrong) so we can't pick out the 'little messages' that she has left...it's all a bit sloppy. Seem to get through a lot of cat litter and it feels wrong binning it every day. Any ideas?

Loobyloo
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 388
Joined: Mon Sep 01, 2008 3:44 pm
Location: Edinburgh!

Re: Uses for used cat litter?

Post: #131832 Loobyloo
Tue Nov 18, 2008 11:31 am

Mmmmm your description was very detailed :pukeright: but missing an important element:

What kind of cat litter is it?


(Sympathies for the flatted cat, we lost both our young uns within 3 weeks of each other last month, so I know how crappy it is.)


:cat: x

The Prehistorian
Jerry - Bit higher than newbie
Jerry - Bit higher than newbie
Posts: 36
Joined: Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:44 pm

Re: Uses for used cat litter?

Post: #131833 The Prehistorian
Tue Nov 18, 2008 11:49 am

ah, good question, normally whatever the shop has left, mostly Thomas's naturally absorbant one in a yellow bag, sort of white gritty stuff.

User avatar
Penny Lane
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 510
Joined: Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:35 pm
Location: Wales
Contact:

Re: Uses for used cat litter?

Post: #131864 Penny Lane
Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:06 pm

I've been looking for an alternative to landfill for kitty litter for years. We have 17 cats and they all stay in which means litter trays are changed daily!

We use the smart price litter & so far haven't found a way of getting rid of it other than the tip.
There are alternatives for paper base litters though, I'm sure someone will pipe up and say what they are! Good luck :flower:

User avatar
Thomzo
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 4245
Joined: Thu Feb 01, 2007 1:42 pm
Location: Swindon, South West England

Re: Uses for used cat litter?

Post: #131883 Thomzo
Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:27 pm

Well, it does depend on the size of your garden but when my old cat needed litter, I used to tip it out around the boundaries of the garden, hiding it under shrubs or hedges. That way it helps to scent-mark the garden for your cat and lets other cats know it's someone's territory. I wouldn't recommend it if you have young children though.

You could dig a hole and bury it. Bit of a nuisance if you have to dig a new hole every day though. I suppose you could dig a hole big enough for a week and tip the stuff into it each day. Then cover it up at the end of the week and dig a new hole.

I used to wrap the paper-based litter in newspaper and pop it on the Rayburn. Don't try it with an open fire though.

Cheers
Zoe
Think globally, shop locally
Check out my blog at http://designedbyzoe.blogspot.com/
http://www.thomzo.co.uk

contadino
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 474
Joined: Mon Mar 26, 2007 4:39 pm
Location: Apulia, Italia

Re: Uses for used cat litter?

Post: #131885 contadino
Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:33 pm

Used cat litter makes a great substitute for Instant Mashed Potato. :pukeright:

evelyn
Barbara Good
Barbara Good
Posts: 158
Joined: Sun Oct 19, 2008 4:07 pm
Location: Manchester

Re: Uses for used cat litter?

Post: #132409 evelyn
Sun Nov 23, 2008 8:28 am

I have 8 cat's (all rescue) of all ages and some with bit's missing.

I used litter many years ago but found it very messy and expencive and i felt guilty about putting it in the bin to, so i started using old news paper insted, just a few sheets in the bottom and a few shredded so they have something to cover there poop over with, it still goes in the bin but i dont feel so bad as i am recycling news paper, and the added bonus is that as my neighbours save there news papers for me it costs me nothing.

Eve

User avatar
Rosendula
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1743
Joined: Fri Jun 13, 2008 4:55 pm
Location: East Yorkshire

Re: Uses for used cat litter?

Post: #132412 Rosendula
Sun Nov 23, 2008 10:30 am

Am I the only one whose cats (every cat I've ever had), when they have used litter trays stands in the tray and poops over the edge on the floor? :shock: :? :roll:
Rosey xx

User avatar
Camile
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 293
Joined: Wed Apr 26, 2006 11:16 am
Location: North East Co. Galway - Ireland

Re: Uses for used cat litter?

Post: #132420 Camile
Sun Nov 23, 2008 12:13 pm

Hello,

we have a few cats ourselves and my oh swears by this litter:
http://www.zooplus.ie/shop/cats/cat_lit ... tter/14001

I would imagine you could find it in the UK.

And the joy of it is that being wood based, we end up burning it in it in the wood stove.

Camile

Shirley
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 7025
Joined: Fri Sep 30, 2005 9:05 am
Location: Manchester
Contact:

Re: Uses for used cat litter?

Post: #132422 Shirley
Sun Nov 23, 2008 12:43 pm

http://www.worldsbestcatlitter.com/Prod ... fault.aspx

Apparently you can even flush this down your loo! I've not tried it though. We use Bio Catalet (we buy it via our food co-op) and that works well.

Have a look at this link (not promoting them as I've never used them so can't vouch for them) - it's got all of these on offer, and another one called Yesterday's News which is made from recycled newspapers. http://www.pet-supermarket.co.uk/erol.html (if that link doesn't go direct to the cat litter section then it's on page 2 of the cat litter section)
Shirley
NEEPS! North East Eco People's Site

My photos on Flickr

Don't forget to check out the Ish gallery on Flickr - and add your own photos there too. http://www.flickr.com/groups/selfsufficientish/

MikeM
Barbara Good
Barbara Good
Posts: 141
Joined: Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:41 pm
Location: St Albans, Herts

Re: Uses for used cat litter?

Post: #132436 MikeM
Sun Nov 23, 2008 5:48 pm

Rosendula wrote:Am I the only one whose cats (every cat I've ever had), when they have used litter trays stands in the tray and poops over the edge on the floor? :shock: :? :roll:



nope, and it was especially nice when one of them had the squits, that left some interesting stains on the kitchen floor :lol:
Hypocrite slayer for hire. So many hypocrites, so little time.

jenko
Tom Good
Tom Good
Posts: 99
Joined: Sun May 04, 2008 12:21 pm
Location: Derbyshire
Contact:

Re: Uses for used cat litter?

Post: #132446 jenko
Sun Nov 23, 2008 6:44 pm

you could always put some of it beneath the soil in plant pots, or mix it in with your neet compost, say one shovel of cat litter to 3 or 4 of soil, which would help with drainage in wet areas or again in pots??

Greenbeast
Jerry - Bit higher than newbie
Jerry - Bit higher than newbie
Posts: 44
Joined: Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:05 pm
Location: Northiam, East Sussex

Re: Uses for used cat litter?

Post: #133613 Greenbeast
Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:22 pm

we too lock our cats in at night, but never use a litter tray, they're stuck in from 8pm and then have breakie at 7am before being let out

they know they can go in the morning and so we never have any trouble

saves on litter and smell!

User avatar
pouch
Jerry - Bit higher than newbie
Jerry - Bit higher than newbie
Posts: 38
Joined: Tue Apr 01, 2008 3:34 pm
Location: Bristol
Contact:

Re: Uses for used cat litter?

Post: #135176 pouch
Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:45 pm

we've use wheat cat litter with our 2 cats.

They are also locked in at night because our last cat got run over so I completely sympathise with you :)

I found this seller on ebay, it's the cheapest I could find, it comes in a huge sack via a courier so make sure you have somewhere to store it if you do decide to buy it, we've had 5 or 6 bags off him over the past couple of years, it lasts for ages.

http://tinyurl.com/9soh2g

it's completely biodegradable, we flush it down the loo

User avatar
earthmotherwithin
margo - newbie
margo - newbie
Posts: 7
Joined: Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:48 am

Re: Uses for used cat litter?

Post: #135225 earthmotherwithin
Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:35 am

We use a recycled paper based product for our cat. We usually scatter the tray in the garden, away from the vegetables because we are told by experts that it should not be used that way.

I have just received a book from the Good Life book club in which there is a picture story of a person who made a worm farm just for pet litter. They used an old bath, and the product from the worm farm goes to feed the trees on their property.
Perth Western Australia


Return to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest