What Can I Use Instead of Cat Litter?


Keeping a cat or cats has become more and more people's choice to keep them company. She or he brings laughter and joy into owners’ lives.

But there are a lot of items that owners have to pay for their ‘friend’, such as cat food, cat litter, nutrition ointment, shampoo, etc.

Among them, cat litter is one of the big areas since you have to clean cat litter frequently to avoid bad smells.

However, cat litter sometimes becomes a burden for owners, costing $0.03~0.08 per ounce.

Many people look for cat litter alternatives for various reasons. There are two main reasons: some want to save money while others want to know what they can use in case their cat litter runs out.

Luckily, there are several suitable substitutes for cat litter. This blog is designed to help cat owners find the right alternatives fit for their cats.

Alternatives to Cat Litter

We have found the following types of alternatives for you. You can choose one for your cat according to the actual requirements.

(1)Newspapers Shreds and Junk Mail

If you have no idea what to do with a collection of newspapers and mail in your letterbox, it would be a good choice to shred the newspapers and mail to substitute for cat litter.

Before the rise of commercial cat litters, cat owners used newspapers for their pet cats.

But the newspaper shreds can’t be directly used, you have to make a handmade cat litter using newspapers. It is not complex and is to prevent the leftover ink from messing with your cat’s paws.

(2)Wood Shavings or Sawdust

Wood shavings or sawdust were used as cat litter. If you live not far from the woodworking shops and you can buy them from a lumber company at a low price or even for free or you do any woodworking, that would be an excellent choice.

Just simply add wood shavings or sawdust to your litter box at a depth of about 3 inches.

The natural smell of wood will mask the smell caused by cat urine.


Sand has been used as cat litter for a long time for outdoor cats.

It may be the most economical way to use sand as litter for your indoor cat.

There is a disadvantage that you can’t ignore: sand doesn’t seal odors. You can mix a cup of baking soda into the sand and mix them well before pouring them into the litter box.

(4)Small Animal Bedding

Small animal bedding is easy to find and made of things like all-natural aspen shavings.

Absorbent as it is, you don’t have to worry about the awful odor of cat urine and feces. But look at the ingredients carefully to avoid putting your cat in danger.


Training your cat to use the toilet for humans may be the most effective way. Once your cat gets the hang of using the toilet, you won’t buy the expensive cat litter anymore.

It will take a long time to help your cat learn it, just like teaching a baby to learn it. Be patient!

(6)Cat pad

Cat pad is a good option for dealing with an immediate need because it’s easy to use and carry.

But the one-off cat pad is not cheap, you can take this approach when you have to take a trip with your cat or when your cat litter runs out.

Cat Litter Storage Container

No matter what you are using or are going to use as cat litter for your cat, you have to consider how to store the used litter.

Fortunately, Litter Genie and Lionpapa Litter Genie refill are designed to help you.

Litter Genie, a convenient cat waste disposal system, helps you keep your home smelling fresh.

Lionpapa generic Litter Genie refills are designed as the best partner of your Litter Genie, composed of high odor barrier materials and keeping your room fresh and comfortable. The 11 layers of EVOH materials of our litter genie refills make them stronger and more durable than normal litter pail refills.

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