How To Scoop Paper Pellet Litter

How To Scoop Paper Pellet Litter

Paper pellet cat litter is a popular choice for cat owners because of its environmentally friendly properties. It’s made of recycled paper materials, it’s hypoallergenic, lightweight, soft on your cat’s paws, and won’t end up in a landfill like clay-based cat litters. 

Paper pellet cat litter is shaped as pellets instead of granules, so it does not clump or scoop in the same way as clay litters, and as a result, scooping is going to be a little different. Also, the pellets are larger than typical granules and don’t fall through the holes in the litter scoop in the same way as clay litter.

Another issue is that clay and silica-based litters come from mining operations, which contribute to environmental damage. The nice thing is that litter made of recycled paper is sustainable, biodegradable, and does not end up in landfills. It takes paper about 2 – 6 weeks to biodegrade according to this site. However, you may have to change your scooping techniques to effectively clean the cat litter box.

Do You Scoop Paper Litter?

Yes, you can scoop paper litter. But, since paper litter won’t fall through the holes in the cat litter scoop in the same way as clay litter, using a litter scoop with long and wider holes can help with this issue. 

However, unlike clay clumping litters, you should be prepared to throw out some clean pellets when you scoop and remove your cat’s “deposits.” It might take some experimenting with scoopers to find out what type works best for you.  

You can always try using your current litter scoop and see how it goes. Paper pellet cat litter is also non-clumping, so the pellets won’t gather together when your cat urinates. 

Also, with paper litter, cat urine will drift to the bottom of the cat litter box, and the layer of paper pellets on the bottom of the litter box will soak up the liquid. When scooping paper cat litter, this bottom layer of moisture-soaked, darker-colored pellets is the one that needs to be removed.

How To Scoop:

litter scoop on top of disposal systemThere are several techniques for scooping paper cat litter, but here is our step-by-step guide.

  1. Using a cat litter scoop, first collect and remove any kitty feces from the litter box. This is pretty straightforward, and it’s usually recommended to remove feces first before moving on to cleaning urine-soaked pellets.
  2. After removing feces, gently shake your scooper, and tilt it down to loosen any unused, fresh pellets. This way the fresh pellets can fall through the openings in the scooper. This can be easy if you have a good scooper that is specifically designed for this.
  3. Place cat feces and soiled pellets into a trash container, or flush down the toilet provided you are allowed to do so.
  4. Next, remove urine-soaked cat litter by digging into the paper cat litter, and scooping it along the bottom of the litter box. This may take a bit of practice, and you may find that a wider scooper may work best to remove soiled pellets.
  5. Scoop out and remove the soaked pellets that are darker in color. You will notice that the urine-soaked pellets will also be larger than fresh pellets, as they expand as they absorb moisture. You can then dispose of these pellets.
  6. After disposing of the soiled litter pellets, add some more clean stuff to the litter box. The ideal amount of cat litter should be around three inches in depth.

If your current scooper is not doing the job, you can purchase a special pellet scooper that is designed for paper and pine pellets. They are designed with wider spaces between the blades to ensure that the clean paper cat litter pellets fall back into the litter box.

How Often To Scoop Paper Pellet Cat Litter?

How often you need to scoop paper pellet cat litter depends on how many cats you have, and if you have any cats who have medical conditions where they need to use the litter box frequently. Typically, most owners will scoop the litter at least once daily, and more often if needed. As far as replacing the cat litter, it also depends on your circumstances. You may find that you only need to replace the litter once a week or less.

Can You Flush Paper Pellet Cat Litter?

can you flush paper litterIt can be flushed, as they are pressed into soft pellets that can be easily flushed. However, some states request that owners do not flush their cat litter as it can cause havoc on your plumbing, clog pipes, and damage your septic system. 

Although flushable cat litters are made from sustainable materials, the fact that these are labeled “flushable” does not mean that it’s safe to flush them down the toilet. States such as California and Rhode Island have passed legislation prohibiting the flushing of cat poop and litter into sewer systems and septic systems.

Although the main reason that eco-friendly litter is popular is because of the litter itself, not necessarily how to dispose of it. There are a variety of flushable litter products out there that can also go into a garbage container and onto a landfill to biodegrade. If you want to be able to flush your litter, check with your state and town regulations. Some local governments may discourage flushing litter into sewer systems as they may cause clogging issues.


Cat owners who are looking for a more eco-friendly approach to dealing with cat litter might consider trying paper pellet cat litter because it is biodegradable, hypoallergenic, lightweight, contains smell, and is gentle on cat paws. It also won’t end up in a landfill like clay litters and will biodegrade over time. 

Although paper pelleted litter is a bit different from other litter, it does have several advantages when it comes to scooping and it leaves less of a mess around your home and on your carpets. If you follow the tips and tricks mentioned above, you’ll find that scooping paper cat litter is not more of a chore than scooping traditional litter.