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Using shredded paper as cat litter?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Pets & Pet Care
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Pets & Pet Care
Hey all,

Just doing next months grocery budget, and my word we don't half spend a lot on cat litter for our 6! :eek:

I use paper cat litter, for a number of reasons and don't want to change. Has anyone used shredded paper from their shredder to bulk up cat litter?

I don't mind if it goes everywhere when they scrabble around in it, as we have to hoover up litter regularly anyhow.

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  • I haven't but in theory don't see why it wouldn't work - the only thing I might worry about is that the edges on the paper which comes out of my shredder can often be quite sharp and it's really easy to get a paper cut.

    Also .... hope you don't mind but I just wanted to give a quick (((hug))), your sig has brought tears - I can't even imagine......
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  • albacookiealbacookie Forumite
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    I'd be concerned about paper cuts too - especially on sensitive areas!
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  • Another thought .... would you be shredding newspapers etc or using "normal" bills etc?

    Newspaper may be better as many bills / printer papers etc have a waxy substance on them which may not be absorbant!
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  • bramble1bramble1 Forumite
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    I use shredded paper from work as lining for my rabbit hutch, have done for nearly a year now. Free bedding! It works fine for her so think it would be okay in a litter tray.
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    I've used shredded paper for small animals and it has no odour control at all, so expect a bit of a wee odour until you clean the tray (which will need to be frequently).
    Do you buy litter from supermarkets along with your other groceries? You may find it cheaper to go to a petshop and buy a larger bag which will last longer (and be cheaper to buy in larger volumes).
  • bramble1bramble1 Forumite
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    Krlyr - i've never even thought about the odor contol, but haven't noticed Stinky's cage to smell any more or less than it did before.
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  • Hi I used to work at a vets as an VN we only used newspaper for the litter trays, we lined them with a folded sheet then tore the paper into strips across the narrower part as it tears better, shake the strips out and put into tray, works well and costs nothing apart from the paper :)
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    When times are hard I use shredded newspaper in the litter tray, as pinetree said: line it first with a couple of sheets and then put shredded on top. I have used shredded office paper but found it is not very absorbant so mix it with newspaper. Litter can last my one cat (the others go outside) about 4 days but I need to change it every day if I use shredded paper.
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  • spike7451spike7451 Forumite
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    SAGZ wrote: »
    When times are hard I use shredded newspaper in the litter tray, as pinetree said: line it first with a couple of sheets and then put shredded on top. I have used shredded office paper but found it is not very absorbant so mix it with newspaper. Litter can last my one cat (the others go outside) about 4 days but I need to change it every day if I use shredded paper.

    Same here,I line her tray with newspaper & often use it as litter when I'm skint,I've switched to Tesco's value litter (£1.44) which lasts Miss Daisy a month...
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