How To Make Homemade Cat Litter

homemade cat litter from newspapers

Hello my fellow cat lovers!

Are you tired of buying expensive cat litter from the store? I was too! That’s why I started making my own cat litter from scratch and discovered it’s cheap and easy to make

Follow my simple footsteps and today you will learn how to make it as well ( and hopefully your pet will love it too )

First things first, we need a couple of materials. You will need a couple of materials that you can easily find at the local grocery store:

  • Newspaper
  • Baking Soda
  • Large bowl

Also you may want to grab some items from around the house like:

  • A pair of scissors
  • A few drops of essential oil

Next we need to find a spacious area around the house and get ready to shred. Take your newspaper and start shredding it into small pieces. The smaller the better!

Once you finished shredding throw them all in the large bowl that you have.

Now it’s time to add the baking soda. Sprinkle a good amount over the newspaper that we just shredded and start mixing the bowl ( I do it by hand ). The baking soda helps with the odors, making it the best ingredient for homemade cat litter

After you finish mixing everything in the bowl give it another mix. You need to make sure that the baking soda is evenly distributed through the shredded newspaper

Now it’s time to add the magic ingredient, a few drops of essential oil. This is optional but it helps by adding a nice scent to your homemade cat litter. Just a few drops are enough, you don’t need to throw much as the scent is strong enough. You may use any essential oil you like, my fluffy kitty Coco likes the peppermint and lavender (he hates eucalyptus for some reason)

Mix everything together again to make the newspaper catch the scent from the oil and voila! You just made you own homemade cat litter.


I told you it won’t be hard!

Now comes the fun part. We need to find out if our pet likes the new litter. When I made homemade cat litter for the first time, he was a little hesitant to use it. But then, after a few tries, he just started using it and was acting like it’s the store-bought stuff. Plus, I saved a lot of money and felt like a total DIY queen. I have also made a homemade cat litter box as a side project

One thing that you need to be careful about is the fact that you will need to change the litter more frequently than the store-bought one. For me it wasn’t a problem as it’s a small price to pay for saving some cash, am I right?

In conclusion, making homemade cat litter is easy, cheap, and saves you lots of money in the long run. All you need is a newspaper, baking soda and a few drops of essential oil.

Give it a try and let me know how it goes for you and your furry friend!

Can you use rice as cat litter?
Hmm, good question, let me think
Well, technically you can but I wouldn’t recommend it. Rice doesn’t absorb as good as the cat litter or the newspaper so it’s better if you make your own out of a newspaper if you ran out of cat litter.

I mean, if you really don’t have anything around the house except a bag of rice to use and it’s an emergency, I guess you could give it a shot. A good Eco-Friendly alternative would be sawdust cat litter if you have any around the house.

But let’s be real, it’s not going to be the best option. I would very much prefer if you would eat the rice and not mix it in the cat’s toilet.

Rice might work as a makeshift litter, but I don’t think it’s a good long-term solution. So save the rice for your next stir fry and give your kitten something better to to their business in.

Can you use normal sand for cat litter?

Well, the answer is… it depends! (on some factors)

First things first, you can’t just use any sand that you see in front of your eyes. It can be dangerous for your cat and we don’t want to hurt our companions. Plus, it’s just not very hygienic for the cat and we all know how fussy they are when it comes to hygiene.

Instead if you get a bag of sand that is specifically designed for cat litter, you are in luck! I believe it’s cheaper that the traditional store-bought cat litter and can work the same way. It just depends if your furry friend will like it or not

Quick info: Sand is more eco-friendly than regular litter so if your cat likes it I would suggest to use it!

One thing to keep in mind when using sand is that it can become pretty dusty. So, if your kitty has any allergies you might want to consider different alternatives

What did people use before cat litter?

Back in the day, people used to use all sorts of crazy things while there was no cat litter around. Some used sand, dirt or even sawdust.

Can you imagine having to clean up sawdust and cat poop? Yup, that ain’t gonna happen for me!

Others used shredded newspaper which to this day is still a viable solution for homemade cat litter. Other people used to throw in ashes from the fireplace. I assume it would absorb the smell but doesn’t sound very pleasant to clean it.

But hey, at least we have self cleaning cat litter boxes these days right? Thanks goodness for modern inventions! (No, I don’t own one in case you are wondering. They are too expensive for my budget)

Do cats like more or less litter?


After doing some digging (not in the litter box), I’ve found out that there can’t be a one-size-fits-all answer to this question. A few cats prefer to be bathed in litter, while others prefer less. It all comes to the individual cat.

But there are a few things that we need to consider while filling up the litter box. First we need to make sure we have enough litter to absorb any urine and cover up any clunks so that they don’t step in it and spread it around the house.

Another thing is to check the depth. While some cats prefer a deep layer of litter it’s not recommended to overdo it.

You should try out a few different amounts and monitor your pet’s behaviour.

I like to keep my layers 3-5 inches deep as anything above this will just get spilled over when he starts digging to China in the litter box!

What depth do you keep?

Indre K Williams

Indre K Williams

Indre K Williams (DVM) graduated from the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, she brings a wealth of knowledge and a genuine passion for animals to their writing. With years of experience working closely with pets and their owners, she has developed a deep understanding of their needs and behaviour.

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