Monday, 2 February 2009

The great kitty litter scandal

Since our cats arrived a year and some months ago, we tried a few of the cat litter options available from our local supermarket (supermarché). They ranged in price, from expensive to very expensive, and effectiveness. In the end, we decided the costlier option lasted longer and retained more smell, so was better value for money.

That was until Her Outdoors had Another Great Idea.

I don't know where it came from - maybe because cutting our own wood creates a lot of sawdust, or that we use sawdust in the chicken house, or that we'll be using sawdust in our compost toilets - but I can tell you what it is: Sawdust.

We’ve litter-tested the concept for long enough now to announce that it is by far the cheapest and most effective non-product not on the market. Our cats have absolutely no problem with it (we introduced the sawdust little by little over a few days before going completely litter-free). And it is 100% compostable (although we’re composting it separately for a while before feeding it to plants).

There's probably a gag here about reducing litter, but I'll leave you to look for it.

7 comments:

jo in the UK said...

Um, don't mean to burst any litter related bubble here, but our cats have been enjoying the toiletting benefits of sawdust for 16 years . . . . sorry.

devolutionary said...

And how's the compost? How long do you leave it before putting it on the plants? More details please.

Jo said...

With 3 cats and 2 litter trays, we have too much for our small garden. We could/should take it to the allotment but I always thought that the very strong male cat wee would kill off any goodness we've got going there. . . . am I wrong then??

Jo said...

the wee is strong, not the male cats. They are teddy bears. . . .

devolutionary said...

I haven't got a clue. There are very knowledgeable people on the forum at selfsufficient-ish (linked on the right). They know everything. But human male wee is much better for compost than female wee - I wonder if it's the same with cats. Or teddy bears.

Jo in the UK said...

Yeah, I get guy to wee on the compost heap every time we're at the allotment whereas I just cross my legs. Bean, on the other hand, ingeniously perches on the edge of an old tractor tyre.

oh, TMI?!

devolutionary said...

Possibly