Make Your Own Cat Litter From Recycled Newspapers
Recycling old newspapers to make your own cat litter is an easy, environmentally-friendly way to save money. Here’s everything you need to know about making cat litter from newspaper.
Why Make Your Own Cat Litter?
There are a few key reasons why making your own cat litter is beneficial:
Store-bought cat litter can be expensive, especially if you have multiple cats. Making your own from old newspapers is virtually free. The only cost is the work involved in shredding and preparing the newspapers.
Most commercial cat litters are made from clay, silica gel, or synthetic materials. Recycling old newspapers into litter keeps them out of landfills and reduces your environmental impact.
You Can Customize It
With homemade newspaper litter, you can tweak the texture and absorbency to your cat’s preferences. It’s easier than finding the perfect store-bought litter.
Some store-bought litters contain chemicals, fragrances, and dust that can irritate cats’ paws and respiratory systems. Newspaper litter contains none of these hazards.
How to Make Cat Litter from Newspaper
Making your own cat litter from newspaper is a simple process. Here are the basic steps:
Gather and Shred Newspapers
Collect old newspapers – about 5-10 pounds per week for one cat. Don’t use glossy paper or colored inserts. Shred the newspapers into long strips using a paper shredder, scissors, or your hands.
Bake the Newspaper Strips
Spread the shredded newspaper loosely on baking sheets. Bake at 200°F for 30 minutes to remove any inks or chemicals. Let cool completely.
Fluff the Strips
Fluff and separate the baked newspaper strips so they don’t compact into clumps. Place in a container with an airtight lid.
Scoop waste and add fresh newspaper litter as needed, just like regular litter. Replace all of the litter at least once per month.
Add Baking Soda (Optional)
For more odor control, mix in a few tablespoons of baking soda per pound of shredded newspaper.
Tips for the Best Homemade Cat Litter
Here are some additional pointers to optimize your homemade newspaper cat litter:
- Use unprinted newspaper sections, not glossy paper or colored inserts
- Shred newspaper into narrow strips for best absorption
- Bake strips well to remove inks, oils, and chemicals
- Allow strips to cool fully before use to avoid burns
- Fluff the strips often to increase airflow and drying
- Add baking soda if litter develops odors between changes
- Change litter completely every 3-4 weeks for best results
Making your own cat litter from old newspapers takes a bit of work, but it can save you money while reducing waste. With some trial and error, you can make litter that your cat loves! Let me know if you have any other questions.