my girlfriend moved in a couple of weeks ago. she brought her cat here too. Right now the cat is an in door cat. I am looking an alternative to the cat litter that you normal buy at the grocery store. something free or super low cost like sawdust or shredded paper bits. does anyone have an experience with this?
My cats are outdoor, but as kittens they needed a supplemental litter box, and the few times I've had to doctor them indoors for several days or a week they needed a litter box. I just put sand/dirt in it from outside. IMO, cat litter STINKS. I think it literally enhances the ammonia smell of cat urine. Dirt just... gets wet. It's heavy though. But on the other hand you can also just dump it back outside anywhere, get more dirt, and fill the box back up.
Jen Fan - while I agree that you can dump your used dirt/litter outdoors, it's a good idea to dump in away from areas where root crops are being planted or children will be playing in the dirt. Cat poop can harbor toxoplasmosis, a dangerous parasite, that can among other things cause blindness. One of my kids has it, it's nothing to play around with. I'm not saying that you are, but be careful.
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posted 6 months ago
thank you for your feedback. cat pool goes in the dumpster where I live.
To keep barn cats from going on the floor I gave them a cardboard box of oats. In a house they would need replaced as often as any litter because of the urine smell, but for a barn I keep scooping the poop and the box and oats dry out. The same box of oats has lasted 5 years without the oats spoiling.
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