Paper Cat Litter - Cat Info Detective

Paper Cat Litter

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Greetings fellow litter detectives! Skye Blake here, Cat Info Detective, tracking info about paper cat litter that you might find interesting.

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What Is Paper Cat Litter?

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Shredded Paper

Paper cat litter is made into pellets or granules (“crumble” form) from recycled paper.

It’s claimed to be three times more absorbent than clay.

Paper’s not great at odor control, but many people mix in baking soda, which helps a lot.

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Paper litter isn’t good for long haired cats since wet bits can stick to fur easily.

Paper pellets are non-clumping and absorb liquid well… often recommended by vets for use after surgery. Since it’s not dusty it will help protect incisions from infection.

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The granules clump and are extra soft but can track easily. Both are usually unscented and low-dust.

If your cat likes to chew on cardboard or paper, this is not the litter for you!

Paper Litter Brands & Reviews

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Here are some brands, along with manufacturer descriptions and some user reviews.

Read the labels and product descriptions carefully to be sure you’re getting the one you want.

This list is not exhaustive and is provided for your convenience. I make no money from them.

ExquisiCat Naturals Paper Crumble Multi-Cat Litter

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This fragrance-free paper crumble litter is made from recycled paper, baking soda, and zeolite.

Some people found it great for allergies both for themselves and their cats. Others were “allergic” to it (sneezing, etc).

Reviewers disagreed about dustiness. Some people said it wasn’t dusty and others that it was too dusty.

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  • Crumble is easy on sensitive paws
  • Easy to sweep up
  • Controls odor well
  • Low tracking


  • Need to use high sided box since it’s lightweight and can be thrown outside of box by enthusiastic digging
  • Smell was horrible after a couple days with 2 cats
  • Some cats didn’t like it.

Fresh News Unscented Non-Clumping Paper Cat Litter

Paper Bits

Fresh News is made into soft pellets from 100% recyclable paper and is non-allergenic, dust-free. Baking soda is added to help with odors.

Reviewers disagreed on whether or not it works with the TidyCats® Breeze® system.



  • Flushable
  • Almost no tracking since pellets are large
  • Some say there’s no smell
  • Resealable bag
  • Not dusty
  • Good for allergies


  • No odor control
  • Pellets are coated so litter doesn’t absorb well
  • Smells bad when wet
  • Large pellets are hard to scoop
  • Many unused pellets get thrown out with used ones
  • Pellets are hard and sometimes sharp
  • Sometimes have plastic bits in them

Frisco Unscented Non-Clumping Recycled Paper Cat Litter

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Frisco is made with 95% post-consumer recycled paper and baking soda into non-clumping pellets.

The company claims it absorbs 3 times faster than other paper litters and control odors. It’s dust-free and comes in a resealable bag. Works for single or multi-cat households.

Reviewers disagree about dustiness.

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  • Lasts longer in between cleanings
  • Cats like it
  • No odor
  • Doesn’t track
  • Doesn’t stick to cat’s feet


  • Hard on sensitive paws
  • Uses more litter since pieces don’t sift through scoop well

Hartz Multi-Cat Unscented Clumping Recycled Paper Cat Litter

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This scoopable litter is made from 80% recycled paper, 70% lighter than clumping clay litter, and 99% dust-free. Makes tight clumps that trap and absorb odors.

The litter turns blue when soiled and won’t stick to the box.

Reviewers disagree on odor control… some say there’s low odor, others say it doesn’t control odor very well.

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  • Clumps and scoops well
  • Lightweight
  • Changes color when wet
  • Doesn’t stick to paws
  • No dust


  • Price has jumped up considerably
  • Tracks a lot but easy to clean up
  • Sticks to box
  • Pellets on the floor not pleasant on bare feet
  • Hard to separate used and unused litter unless scoop has large holes
  • Bottom of box gets paper dust that turns to concrete

ökocat® Natural Unscented Non-Clumping Paper Cat Litter

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ÖKOCAT® is made in the USA from reclaimed, clean white paper fiber, free of inks, dyes and scents. Pellets are soft ground and absorb 5+ times their weight.

It’s dust-free, clumping, flushable and anti-bacterial. Good for cats or people with respiratory problems.

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  • No dust
  • No fragrance
  • White color makes it easy to see what to scoop
  • Less waste of litter
  • Absorbs very well
  • Lightweight
  • Clumps well and easy to scoop
  • Pellets are small


  • Tracks some but easy to clean
  • Hard to scoop
  • Doesn’t control odor
  • Can get caught between cat’s toes
  • Pieces of clumps fall back into litter, makes it hard to get all dirty pellets out
  • Controlled odor for awhile but once it began to smell had to be completely replaced

Yesterday’s News Original Unscented Non-Clumping Paper Cat Litter

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Stacks of Paper

This non-clumping litter is made from recycled newspaper into non-abrasive pellets that are 300% more absorbent than clay and 99.7% dust free.

Reviews show disagreement on it’s ability to control odor.

A user suggested not to use it like clumping litter. Put a thin layer, scoop (don’t try to separate used from intact) and add new every day.

Change completely every week (or every couple days). This method controls odor better.



  • Lasts well in between cleanings
  • Cats like it
  • No fragrance
  • Dust free
  • Doesn’t track
  • Doesn’t stick to cat’s feet
  • Works well for a diabetic cat
  • Lightweight
  • Good for long haired cats since it doesn’t stick to fur


  • Not scoopable
  • Not flushable

Yesterday’s News Softer Texture Non-Clumping Paper Cat Litter

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This version comes in scented or unscented.

Its softer-texture pellets are made from recycled paper, 99.7% dust-free, economical, and tough on odors.

Reviewers disagree on effectiveness of odor control. Some say it’s fine, others that it smells faster than others.

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Some feel more frequent changing is worth it for the benefits and that baking soda can be added on the bottom to help it last longer.

One reviewer said: “Sure, they’ll scatter across the floor like any litter–but I would MUCH rather clean up 20 pellets than 50,000 grains of nasty gravel getting into every crevice of my house.”

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  • Less messy
  • No dust
  • Doesn’t stick to paws
  • Smaller size than the original so cat likes better
  • Nice for senior cat


  • Darker litter can make it a bit hard to distinguish wet litter from dry
  • Some tracking

Yesterday’s News Clumping Paper Cat Litter

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This clumping version (scented or unscented) is made with recycled paper and wood shavings.

It uses natural guar gum for clumping and mineral oil to minimize dust.

The clumps dry quickly and absorb well for strong odor control.

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This version is gentle on paws.

10 lbs gives the same volume as 20 lbs. of clay clumping litter.

There are disagreements in reviews about odor control. Adding baking soda seems to help reduce or eliminate smell.

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  • Less messy than other litters
  • Clumps well,
  • Lasts awhile
  • No dust
  • Very absorbent
  • Cats seem to like smaller pellets
  • Doesn’t track
  • Chemical-free
  • Safer for cats


  • Can be difficult to scoop and clean (some people feel this makes it not worth the price)
  • Texture makes it difficult to find and separate clumps
  • Pieces are much bigger and thicker than “normal” litter (have to get used to scooping differently)

Videos About Paper Cat Litter

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Review… “Top 13 Best Cat Litters (We Tested Them All)”, All About Cats, April 1, 2020

Do-It-Yourself… “DIY Newspaper Cat Litter”, Cacahouette, April 4, 2020

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Sources used on this website are either primary or secondary.

Primary are always preferable and have the most reliable information because primary sources are original and directly referenced.

Scientific abstracts and data are good examples of primary sources.

Secondary sources are weaker because they usually consist of opinions or articles that give no sources of their own.

However, sometimes they refer to primary sources.

Thus, when I use secondary sources most are those with some authority, such as veterinarian or cat behaviorist books and articles.

List of Sources

Please note that some of the sources listed below sell litter products or link to places that do. These are for your convenience. I make no money from them.

Product Information and User Review Sources:,,

“5 Best Types of Natural Cat Litter”, by Amy Livingston

“The Benefits of Natural Litter”, by Jackson Galaxy

“The Best Biodegradable Clumping Litter”, by Susan Leisure

“Best Cat Litter for Kittens”, by Mallory Crusta

“Cat Litter”, How Products Are Made

What Is In Cat Litter? Understanding Clay, Silica and Biodegradable Cat Litters“, by Lorie Huston, DVM,