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Possible Substitute for Catpaper?

By August 31, 2010

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Updated 8-31-10

Since this blog was first posted in 2009, sadly, the company that made Catpaper went out of business. The reason given me some time ago was that with the poor economy, their *trusted* suppliers had all gone out of business, and they wouldn't settle for second-best. Since then, fans of Catpaper have clamored to find a substitution for that product. This morning I received an email from a Catpaper fan, that I'd like to share. Susan P. wrote:

Last week in desperation (I'm down to my final couple yards from the 800 feet of it I'd bought before the product was lost to us all), I did a Google search for "absorbent paper with polyethylene back" and found this link It's sold as a cover for lab tables, and my sample order arrived yesterday. It's not exactly the same, but it's as close as we're going to get to what we knew and loved as Catpaper. Please let your readers know that Ben Meadows (in Janesville, WI) will now mean not having to go back to using a plastic shower-curtain liner and newspapers!

I intend to order some of the product, and if it works as well as I hope, I'll write a review. My original blog:

Cat owners who have struggled with cleaning up litter box misses, oversprays, cat sickbed accidents, or messes in the cat carrier, will appreciate the tough strength and versatility of Catpaper. I have discovered several non-cat uses for this product, and I bet readers will find even more. It is so simple, yet so ingenious an idea that one wonders, "what took you so long?"

Litter box messes have been a perennial problem for cat owners. Even the tidiest cat will sometimes overshoot the box; high sprayers will decorate the wall behind the box, and most cats will either throw litter outside or deposit bits next to the box off their feet. It all goes with the territory. . .read more.


March 11, 2008 at 4:35 am
(1) E says:

Franny, since I always have litter on the floor around the boxes, I was wondering how this feels on kitty feet?

March 11, 2008 at 2:09 pm
(2) Jane says:

Years ago, I decided that what our litter boxes needed was a ‘saucer’ to catch kitty litter and accidents that went overboard. So when winter rolled around I bought a number of those ‘flying saucer’ type toboggans.

They are the perfect size and shape. And by putting something absorbent between the litter box and the saucer, even wet accidents are simple to clean up. I don’t use Catpaper, but it sounds ideal too. I think if I was using it with a saucer, I would put the absorbent side down though.

March 11, 2008 at 2:14 pm
(3) Jane says:

Maybe I should clarify that. If you were using Catpaper to cover the entire saucer, you’d want to use it absorbent side up. But I only put a small amount of paper directly under the litter box; it can’t be seen when the box is on it. So it you were using Catpaper like that the absorbent side would be best face down, I think.

March 19, 2009 at 9:28 pm
(4) Diane says:

Catpaper seems to have gone away. I’m devastated. I was just about to order a lot more . . .

September 5, 2009 at 2:20 pm
(5) Stephanie says:

I just learned about Catpaper in a book and I’m with Diane. I can’t find it and I need it! Anyone know where I might be found? Or what might make up a good substitute?

September 5, 2009 at 2:56 pm
(6) Franny Syufy says:

To those who miss CatPaper: I’m sorry to have to disappoint you, but the company has ceased operations. The reason given me some time ago was that with the poor economy, their *trusted* suppliers had all gone out of business, and they wouldn’t settle for second-best. I’m as disappointed as everyone else. :(

October 22, 2009 at 11:05 pm
(7) kathleen says:

so what is everyone using instead of Catpaper? I miss it very much and am worried about the laminate floors getting ruined. Can you suggest another alternative?

January 16, 2010 at 7:09 am
(8) Suzy says:

Is it definite that Catpaper is no longer on the market? Any suggestions for a replacement? PetSmart sells a product for training puppies that is appears to be fabric on one side.

February 3, 2010 at 11:16 am
(9) Amber says:

I don’t believe this. I just ran out of catpaper and was about to order another 100ft roll and now I learn it’s no longer offered. I have two cats and a ferret who is only 90% accurate. What am I suppose to use now?

March 19, 2010 at 7:19 pm
(10) Kitt says:

I’m in the same boat. Just ran out. Help! Has anyone found a viable substitute???

March 22, 2010 at 1:50 pm
(11) Gaye says:

I’m in the same boat as everyone else. I loved these papers. They worked so well and saved my walls! any suggestions?

April 23, 2010 at 12:14 am
(12) Kitty says:

Catpaper was one great product. There is nothing like it on the market. It was a superior product. I so wish it was still availabe. I now use puppy pads but it is not the same. Puppy pads are good on odor but run over the edges. Catpaper never ran over edges.

September 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm
(13) Laura J says:

I have been diligently searching for an acceptable replacement to the Cat Paper I’ve used and loved. I began by looking into absorbent paper with Polyethylene backing, because that’s what the Cat Paper was. Turns out, there are many varieties, so I’ve been buying a different role each time to find one that comes close to the original Cat Paper. I finally found it:
NalgeneŽ Super Versi-DryŽ Lab Soakers, 20″W x 250′L Roll
Others may make it as well, but this is the one I found and it’s exactly like Cat Paper. I bought it at a lab supply company online (Lab Safety Supply – http://www.labsafety.com). It’s not cheap, but for me, it’s worth it. I’ve got several cats each with their own particular litter foibles. Just wanted to share for those who miss the original product as much as I did.

August 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm
(14) Anne Lowdermilk says:

I, too, am upset about Catpaper no longer available. I may have enough left on my roll for 1 time. I have just read Laura J’s comment made on Sept. 28, 2011 about having found some absorbent paper from a lab supply company. She ordered a roll. Would you happen to know if she was pleased with the product?

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