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Scooping Up Savings

The cost of litter stinks. Have you considered wood stove pellets? Many organizations swear by them. Staff at Oakland Animal Services in California, Home at Last Humane Society in Oregon, and Oromocto & Area SPCA in British Columbia—among others—all dig pellets. More importantly, their cats dig them as well.

Generally, staff find that the pellets result in less eau d’urine in the cat rooms, less dust—which means less sneezing—and easier cleanup. The lower cost, usually about $6 for a 50-pound bag, is nothing to pooh-pooh either. Cats rarely object to the pellets, but it’s a good idea to keep some conventional litter on hand for the occasional picky customer. Ricardo Gaitan of the City of Sacramento Animal Care Services shelter in California thinks pellets are great, with the caveat that you shouldn’t use pellets that contain any additives for binding or increased flammability; these can be bad for cats. (If you’re unsure about additives, call the manufacturer.)

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