Wood pellet cat litter is made of compressed wood fibers recycled from used lumber and wood products and is a popular choice for cat owners who wish to use renewable, biodegradable, and eco-friendly products. This type of litter won’t end up in a landfill like traditional cat litter, it won’t stick to your cat’s paws and it absorbs odors fairly well.
However, many cat owners who are used to clay litter may wonder how often to change wood pellet cat litter, and how to dispose of it. There are several differences between wood pellet litters and clumping and non-clumping clay litters, and this article will look at these topics and others.
What Are The Benefits Of Wood Pellet Cat Litter?
There are several benefits to using wood pellet litter, and some of these are listed below.
- Wood pellets don’t weigh much.
Clumping and non-clumping cat litter can be heavy, and if you have multiple cats, you may notice that the soiled litter can weigh several pounds. Wood pellets on the other hand are much more lightweight, and when your cat uses this kind of litter, the pellets turn into sawdust when wet. This way you won’t have a heavy bag of urine-soiled litter to place in your trash bin.
- Soiled wood pellets are compostable.
Unlike clay litter that is produced from mining operations, soiled wood pellet litter can be composted as they decompose naturally into a fine, sawdust texture. This can greatly reduce household waste, and give your garden a bit of a boost.
- Wood pellets can be disposed of easily.
Cat poop can be removed from pine pellets with a traditional litter scoop, or a scooper designed for pelleted litters. There is no need to go excavating as you may have to with clay litters to clean soiled areas.
- Can get it very cheap.
You can buy it from wholesale farm stores as horse bedding or as actual cat litter from websites like Feline Pine.
How Often To Change Wood Pellet Cat Litter?
How often to change wood pellet cat litter depends on how many cats you have, the size of your living space, and where you have your litter boxes. Some wood pellet manufacturers suggest changing the litter when all of the pellets have dissolved, and that for a single cat household, this happens about every two weeks. However, if you clean daily or regularly, wood pellet cat litter may not need to be changed that often.
Some owners may notice that they can get away with changing the cat litter every four to six weeks. The reason for this is that dry matter such as feces can easily be removed without soiling clean cat litter pellets, and pellets soiled with urine can also easily be scooped out from the bottom of the box. Soiled pellets are typically reduced to sawdust, a powdery texture that drifts to the bottom of the box, making for easy scooping without contaminating the remaining clean litter pellets.
Also, wood pellets have a pleasant woodsy smell, and many owners will find that they can top off the top layer of the cat litter every so often to keep it smelling fresh. Owners with multiple cats may find that they need to change the cat litter more often, as do owners who live in apartments or condos.
If your litter tray is located in an area away from human living spaces, such as in a mudroom or a garage, you may get away with changing the litter once every two months or so. Also, you may notice that wood pellets may not have to be changed as often as non-clumping litters, which have a saturation level of absorption. However, how often to change wood pellet cat litters depends on several variables, and is really up to the owner’s preference.
Is Wood Pellet Cat Litter Biodegradable?
One of the popular characteristics of wood pellet cat litter is that it is biodegradable. Since these pellets are made from recycled wood, they eventually dissolve into fine sawdust, making them ideal for composting. As mentioned above, traditional clay litters come from mining operations and are not biodegradable, so these types of litters often end up in landfills. Wood pellet cat litters are completely different. As the wood pellets break down, they naturally biodegrade into fine sawdust, which makes them ideal for composting.
How To Maintain a Litter Box Used for Wood Pellet Cat Litter:
Maintaining wood pellet cat litter is fairly easy and straightforward. As mentioned above, you may have to change the cat litter every so often, and add a layer of clean pellets as needed, but scooping this type of cat litter is similar to scooping clay litters. However, if you find that your clay litter scooper does not filter out the clean pine pellets as much as you would like, you can consider purchasing a special cat litter scooper designed for pellets.
These scoopers have specially-shaped holes and openings that can allow for removing soiled pellets without mixing in the clean pellets. You can also get a sifting litter box. The way this works is that when the wood pellets absorb cat urine, they turn into sawdust. To remove the sawdust from the rest of the litter, you sift the litter box until the sawdust goes through the sifter and separates from the clean cat litter. Throw out the used pellets and sawdust. You can also make your own DIY sifting litter box.
Maintaining wood pellet litter boxes should not be much different from other litter, and it also depends on how many cats you have, where you have your litter box, and what your preferences are.
How To Dispose Of Wood Pellet Cat Litter?
There are two ways to dispose of wood pellet cat litter. The first is to dispose of soiled pellets in the trash. This is fairly easy, and you can be rest assured that even if these pellets go to a land-fill, they are 100% biodegradable and will dissolve naturally in time. The second is to compost the used wood litter. Because wood products are naturally biodegradable, they make great material to fertilize gardens and lawns. Don’t use it to fertilize gardens where you are growing food, only use it for a garden made for visual purposes.
Some cat owners will simply clean the soiled wood pellet litter, and dispose of it onto a compost pile or container. In time the wood will biodegrade, and mix with the other materials in the compost, making for a nutrient-rich fertilizer for your flowers.
There are many ways to manage wood pellet cat litter, and how often owners should change this type of litter depends on several factors, including how many cats they have, the size of the household living space, and the location of the litter box.
The nice feature of pelleted wood pellet litter is that it gives off a pleasant woodsy smell, efficiently absorbs odor, is eco-friendly, and may not need to be changed as often as traditional clay litters as clay litters may not absorb as much moisture as wood pellets.
If you are looking for a more sustainable way to deal with cat litter, you may want to consider trying pine pellets.
Carol is a veterinary technician and has 15 plus years of experience working in the veterinary medicine field. In her free time, she likes to write about pets.