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Forum topic by scottkeen posted 04-30-2016 06:05 PM 417 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-30-2016 06:05 PM

Not sure what forum this belongs on :-)

I think I found use for a pallet I took apart and ran through my thickness planer. I ended up with 2 garbage bags full of wood shavings (like you’d find for guinea pig cages).

The pallet was stamped “HT” which I think means Heat Treated. Apparently this makes the wood safe for cats because it gets rid of the phenols in pine.

Anyone use wood shavings or sawdust for kitty litter? Any issues with doing this? At $12 a bucket for kitty litter, running through a couple of palllet boards to make another bag of kitty litter shavings is money in the bank. I’ve got enough pallet boards to probably yield at least a year of kitty litter.

Hey, c’mon, times are tough… Every cent counts.


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#1 posted 04-30-2016 06:38 PM

I would be careful as you do not know what was on the pallet. I would not risk my pet … but that is just me. I am very cautious.

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#2 posted 04-30-2016 06:40 PM


I would be careful as you do not know what was on the pallet. I would not risk my pet … but that is just me. I am very cautious.

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#3 posted 04-30-2016 11:11 PM

I don’t see anything wrong with pallets when they’ve been used for shipping metal or plastic products. I wouldn’t use any that had been used to ship chemicals on. I use them sometimes when we get an order in. They are always new and nothing shipped that was hazardous. Basically I wouldn’t use them unless I new what had been sitting on them.
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#4 posted 05-02-2016 12:47 PM

nothing wrong with it. But I think it would suck to scoop cat doo doo out of a pile of shavings, versus the clumping clay kitty litter, where you can grab all the “chunks” with a slotted scoop.

I think keeping a clean and non-stinky (as possible) litter box would be a lot harder with sawdust.

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#5 posted 05-02-2016 01:21 PM

Your cat is gonna track saw dust all over the house and there will be dust in the air when they scratch the box.

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#6 posted 05-02-2016 01:26 PM


nothing wrong with it. But I think it would suck to scoop cat doo doo out of a pile of shavings, versus the clumping clay kitty litter, where you can grab all the “chunks” with a slotted scoop.

I would just dump out all the wood shavings and cat waste every couple of days, then replace with new wood shavings.

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#7 posted 05-02-2016 01:32 PM


Your cat is gonna track saw dust all over the house and there will be dust in the air when they scratch the box.

The litter box is inside a bathroom cabinet where I put a cat door on the side (keeps the dog from eating cat poop) and motion activated light.

The wood shavings are chunky not powdery. They’re like chocolate shavings you’d find on a cake.

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#8 posted 05-02-2016 02:01 PM

I’d vote against it. I did a little with pallet wood, it was treated poplar. When ever I cut it there was a definite septic odor and I ended up with a sinus infection. Learned my lesson and have sworn off pallet wood permanently.

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