Change from Litter to Pellets
Are you looking to make the switch to pellet litter but aren’t sure how to get your cat to do it?
Switching to pellet cat litter has many benefits. It is an affordable, environmentally-friendly, lightweight, and cost-effective alternative to regular clay litter. If your cat doesn’t like the change, it is not a problem.
1. How to teach your cat to use pellet litter
- A second litter box with pellets should be placed next to the current one. To make your cat’s familiar scent, place some “used” litter in the second litter box.
- Add pellet litter to the second box. Continue this process until you have enough pellet litter in the other box.
- Clean the litter boxes and empty out “deposits” twice daily. The litter box should be empty and washed once per week.
- Use positive reinforcement and patience when training cats.
2. How to transition from litter to pellets
- Begin with a 1-inch layer of pellets. Add two inches of your old litter to top it off, but don’t mix.
- After about a week, you can switch to a 2-inch layer of pellets and one-inch of your old litter.
- All pellets can be used after a week or so.
- Check out how your cat adapts. You’ve succeeded if your cat uses the litterbox as usual. If your cat is exhibiting unusual behaviors or seems hesitant, you can go back a few steps and start again.
3. If your cat is new to pellets
It’s important to remember that cats are very resistant to change if your cat is just starting to use pellets.
I really, really hate change.
Because the pellets have a texture and smell that is so different from clay litter, it can be difficult to transition. It can become stressful for your pet if you make the transition too fast.
Some cats might take longer to adapt to pellets even if you follow all the steps. You may need to repeat each step as many times as you like. Sometimes you may need to start over again and do it again.
4. What are wood pellets?
Wood pellets are sometimes called pellet fuel or wood stove fuel pellets. They can be a great alternative to regular cat litter and offer many benefits over traditional clay litter.
- What are the benefits of switching to wood pellets as cat litter?
- If ingested by paws, litters can cause gastrointestinal obstructions.
- Strip-mining is a method of obtaining clay, which can be harmful to the environment.
- Clay is not able to absorb odors well. Pine smells great. Everybody tells me that pine smells good.
- Clay litter is heavy and can make cleaning litter boxes difficult. After the cats have peed on wood pellet litter, it becomes a fluffy, light powder. It is lightweight and easy to clean.
- It is not possible to compost oiled clay litter. You can scoop the poop out of wood litter and place it in compost.
- Wood pellets can be purchased for a very low price. Wood stoves are very affordable. Feline Pine brand litter is more expensive but still very economical.
- Poop can be flushed down the toilet. Environmental advocates don’t agree because it can spread Toxoplasma to sea otters. However, that is your right. In small quantities, wood pellets won’t clog your toilet.
- How can you transition your cat to wood pellets or paper?
You can transition a cat from litter to pellets by gradually increasing the pellets’ bottom layer and decreasing the old litter’s top layer.
Allow your cat to adjust to every change for a week.
Avoid mixing litter. Keep the litter layers separated and let your cat discover the pellets by themselves.
5. How to get your cat to use pellet litter
- Deep Clean the Litter Box
After you have contacted your vet, it is likely that there are some things your cat does not like about the litter.
It’s often as easy as using a litter box.
You should sift the pellets daily and scoop out any solids as soon as you can. Pellets should be changed every day, even though they last on average four weeks. However, frequent urination or diarrhea may require a faster change.
Do not place litter in the trash can. Plastic litter boxes should be changed at least once a year. Plastic absorbs odors, which can cause the litter box to smell.
- Transition Gradually to Pellet Litter
Add an extra litter box
An extra litter box is necessary. You will need an extra litter box in case your cat doesn’t like pellet litter or has no other choice.
Start by placing approximately 1/2 inch of litter (this is all that you will ever need!) Place the litter box with the pellets about 1/2 inch in diameter. If the cats use the box regularly, you’re good! You are already a million miles ahead. You can start to transition their other litter box, as described below.
- The Two Litter Box Method
If this method doesn’t work, there are other methods that cats might respond to.
Your cat’s most used litter box should be empty and cleaned. Place the litter box in its current place and fill it with pellets. Place a second litterbox, with the same old litter, next to it.
Give your cat ample time to explore and play with the litter box.
The other litter box can be taken out if your cat is using the pellets regularly. Keep an eye on your cat for several more weeks.
- Ratio of pellets to original litter should be increased
After a few days, you will be able to start adding pellet litter to the original litter box. It is important that you do this slowly.
Begin with one cup of pellets and gradually increase it by one cup each day.
You can add 1/2 cup of pellet litter to your litter box if you clean it twice per day. You can add one cup of pellet litter to your litter box each day the next day.
You will eventually have a litter box that contains only pellets.
- Pick a Peaceful Place for the Litter Box
Sometimes, your cat might be anxious about the litter box’s location, even though they have used it without any problems in the past.
Do not place the litter box near areas that are prone to heavy foot traffic, sudden noises or where pets or dogs could cause disturbances. Even though the area appears peaceful, it could be causing disturbances that we don’t even notice.
Take a trip to a new place and stay there for several days.
6. Additional Notes and Tips
- Adult cats should be handled slowly, and I cannot emphasize enough how important this is. Adult cats are more rigid than kittens, and can be more flexible.
- This type of litter may not be preferred by some cats, particularly declawed cats. Pellets can cause pain for cats who are declawed. Feline Pine’s pine litter clumping litter is an alternative.
- You can keep the box smelling fresh by regularly removing poop and stirring the litter daily to keep it dry.
- When most of the pellets are dissolved into powder, you should remove the entire box.
- There are many options for litters. You can search for other types if your cats don’t like pellets.
Most Frequently Asked Questions
How to Switch from Traditional Litter to Pellet Litter
Like with any new product that you introduce to your cat’s life, you should take it one step at a time. Do not change your cat’s litter in one go. Your cat will react immediately.
Inverting the ratio of old litter to new litter over a period of about one week is the best way to go. You will replace about a quarter of the cat’s litter with pellet litter (1-inch thick pellet litter vs 3 inches old litter). You can change the litter every four to five steps.
Is it possible to switch from clay litter to wood pellet litter?
Even if your litter is clay-based, changing your cat’s litter can be difficult. Cats don’t like change, particularly when it comes to something so essential as their litter. It can be hard for cats to change from clay-based litter to pellet litter. Your cat will notice the differences in the texture and sizes of the two litter types.
How to Clean and Change Cat Litter Pellets
Cat litter pellets and litter are different ways of cleaning and changing litter.
- Take out the solid waste and dispose it. It is best to dispose of it properly
- Wood pellet or paper cat litter can be changed by using a litter scoop, or a sifting tray. This will separate the sawdust and dry pellets.
- Return the dry pellets back to the box
- Add fresh pellets.
- You can change the litter every four to six week or whenever your cat requires clean litter.
It can be hard for cats to make the transition from clay litter to pellet litter. A gradual transition is the best option for most cats to make the transition as easy as possible.
Whatever method you use, be sure to pay attention to your cat’s behavior during the whole process. If your cat is avoiding litter boxes, it could be that they aren’t used to the pellet litter or you’re just too fast.