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09:56 pm: For all you thrifty cat owners
Iris and I, for the last few years have been using a kitty-litter called Feline Pine. It is made from waste sawdust, compressed into pellets and is easily compostable. It doesn't make silica dust and reduces cat-box smell wonderfully. The only problem we had with Feline Pine was the cost. A 40 pound bag is about $25.

Earlier this year, passing through a hardware store, I noticed a product that seemed to be almost identical to Feline Pine: Wood pellets. Also made from waste sawdust, and also pressed through a 6mm die into pellets of identical diameter, wood stove pellets are nearly indistinguishable from Feline Pine. Only a 40Lb bag costs $6 instead of $25.

We bought a bag, and have now switched to using wood pellets as litter. The cats don't seem to notice the difference and the smell is basically identical. These particular pellets are fir instead of pine, so the color is slightly different, but beyond that I can't tell the difference. This works well and is cheaper and more environmentally friendly than any commercial kitty litter I've seen. I feel a bit foolish for buying all those bags of wood pellets for $25 a bag.


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Date:May 16th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Do you actually compost it? I'd be a bit wary of cat poo in the compost bin.
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Date:May 16th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
We scoop the poo out, put that in the garbage, then put the sawdust (which is what the pellets become once they are wet) in the green-waste bin. We have also mixed the sawdust into the soil in parts of the garden where we are not growing food.
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