Clumping, Non Clumping or Plant Based Litter
You never thought you'd be discussing pet litter on a prepping forum, did you?
Litter for pets, either cats in your home, or small animals in the yard/barn, is an issue both for environment reasons as well as sustainability. As things get tighter in the Collapse you may need to close source the litter. Supply chain issues may prevent you from getting it at the grocery store. You can store extra in your pantry but even then, you may reach a point where its too hard to acquire.
You also need to consider the other end of the poop cycle and how you dispose of it. Composting is the gold standard, for both their waste and yours, so chemical clumping needs to be tossed out for something that will compost. On the other hand, wood chip litter contributes to deforesting (just like with toilet paper made from virgin trees). Paper based litter is an option as long as its recycled paper not virgin.
Thoughts from the pet owners here, or from those of you who raise small animals?