In order to use newspaper for homemade cat litter, you will need to shred it. A shredder can make this a quick and easy job. Shredded paper works best if it is shredded in long, thin strips and a generous amount is added to the litter box. Unless you have a woodworking shop, this is not quite homemade but it can work very well.

It is also fairly inexpensive. Most feed stores have shavings baled up for use in horse stalls. These shavings are very inexpensive and can work very well as a litter box liner. Since wood has a natural scent, it can often cover up the ammonia smell caused by cat urine. While this may be very absorbent, it would also potentially attract mice, rats and bugs. If you decide to try this idea you will need to monitor the kitty litter very closely to ensure that it isn’t causing a problem. It’s no secret that cats seem to be attracted to children’s sandboxes.

You can create the same attractive setting inside by using sand in the kitty litter box. For added odor protection, add about one cup of baking soda to the sand and mix it well. The down side of using sand as kitty litter is that it is easily tracked all over the house in your cat’s paws. A litter box mat can help cut down on the tracking. The process takes about an hour. You shred the paper and add the water and dish soap.

You drain it, rinse and add baking soda and then crumble and dry. The consistency that results is more like conventional kitty litter than any of the other options. Why Not Just Buy Litter? There are many valid reasons to avoid the use of commercial cat litters. Expense — Commercial cat litters can be expensive, and you have to purchase them often. Health concerns — Clay based litters are thought to have a carcinogen in them, and they can create allergy and asthma problems. Environmental concerns — Clay for the kitty litter is strip-mined while flushable litter may contaminate the water.

A desire to be more self reliant — As more people choose to follow a simple lifestyle, the idea of making your own products is gaining in popularity. You can use other items besides commercially produced cat litter to fill your cat’s litter box, although it may take quite a bit of experimentation to find which litter works best for both you and your pet. Homemade kitty litter can be better for the environment and your budget than other options, but it will probably take a lot of patience and trial and error for you to find a homemade litter that really works for you. Why wasn’t this page useful? Why Is My Cat Missing Fur? Moles are carnivorous creatures that feast on insects, but their hill- and tunnel-digging can quickly destroy your yard or vegetable garden.

As moles dig tunnels, they scrape the soil away from the roots of plants, causing them to die. Voles, a close relative, often travel through mole tunnels to devour bulbs and plant roots. Once a mole finds a yard that’s well-stocked with grubs, worms and other insects, it’s unlikely to leave until the food is gone. If you have a cat, you can use its soiled kitty litter as a humane way to deter moles from your yard. Deter moles with plain, used cat litter. Look for symmetrical piles of dirt in the yard to determine whether you actually have moles in your yard. These conical piles are mole mounds, used for entering and exiting tunnels.

Look for the tunnels, which look like long, raised ridges across the lawn that resemble the veins on the back of your hand. Fill a bag with urine-soiled cat litter. Do not use fresh litter or litter in which cats have defecated. Locate the mole mounds and tunnels in the yard. Dig a few inches into a mound. Move to a mound about 3 feet away, then dig again. Repeat the digging every 3 feet to cover your entire yard. This will help the urine odor penetrate the mole tunnels more easily. Pour about 1 cup of soiled cat litter into each hole. You can also pour the cat litter directly into the tunnels.