Cat Litter Disposal: Can Cat Litter Be Thrown Away?

What is the proper method for disposing of cat litter? If your cat isn’t litter trained, the answer is simple: wipe up the poop with tissue paper and rinse it off, blot up the urine with more tissue paper and rinse it off. But what do you do after your cat relieves himself in the litter box? Can you still get rid of her the same way? Can cat litter be thrown away?

That depends on whether it’s urine or feces, and what type of kitty litter you’re using. If you use litter for your cat’s litter box, you should not throw it away. Although not much litter will stick to the cat’s poop, your toilet will choke up in the long run. The same goes for the other two main types of litter: clay cat litter and clumping cat litter. The plumber’s bill to unclog your pipes will bankrupt you.

If you use crystal litter, which is made from silica gel, your cat litter removal job is a little easier. Crystal cat litter absorbs cat urine into itself without clumping, so it can be disposed of in small amounts. It also doesn’t stick to cat poop much, so you can flush it down the toilet too. However, it is still remarkable to do this advice regularly in the long run.

As for biodegradable cat litter, that depends. Some of them are made of quite large granules that can also clog pipes. Others are made of wood or sawdust and can pass through without a problem. Still, if you have a septic tank, keep in mind that these materials don’t necessarily degrade right away. We could be talking years, which could cause your septic tank to get quite full. Somehow the thought of used garbage and cat poop coming out of my clogged drains leaves me in a cold sweat.

Some manufacturers have started making cat litter, in view of demands for more convenience. Naturally, this cat litter costs more. To make cat litter disposable, they use various biodegradable materials that are supposed to pass safely through pipes. These new types of kitty litter won’t turn into a sludge that can clog sewer pipes, in theory. Some plumbers disagree. In the course of their business, they have gone into homes where the sewer pipes and plumbing were clogged with kitty litter. Or so said the embarrassed and distraught occupant of the house. Who lies here? I don’t know, but it’s probably not advisable to flush large amounts of rubbish down the toilet.

It’s still best to dispose of most of your cat litter the old-fashioned way, either bagged with the rest of your trash or carefully buried somewhere in the garden. In the garden, your cat’s urine and feces would make good fertilizer for lawns and flowers. Cat urine and feces can contain dangerous bacteria, so you shouldn’t use them to fertilize vegetables and fruit trees.

I must admit that a real disposable cat litter would be very convenient when it is snowing or raining heavily. It would really simplify kitty litter disposal.

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