Disposing of Kitty’s Disposals, Part 1
So your kitteh has peed and pooped in their litterbox. What do you do with the used litter? Ann Roberts writes:
The best method for clean, safe and effective disposal of cat litter will depend largely on the type of cat litter you use within your home. For the average cat owner, a litter disposal strategy often involves decisions regarding the environment, the integrity of your plumbing, and some pressing hygiene issues. To achieve the safest and easiest mode of litter disposal, it may be necessary to change not only your disposal method, but the actual type of litter used as well.
General Litter Disposal
Most commonly, the equipment used for litter disposal consists of:
- A litter scoop
- Small plastic bags
- A surgical or particulate mask
The use of a mask is mostly optional, but for persons who use litter that is extremely fine and becomes airborne during litter cleanings, a safety mask can prevent litter particles from being inhaled or ingested. Litter scoops are relatively inexpensive and are sold at pet supply stores, as are small plastic litter bags. Many of these bags are also used by dog owners for picking up after their pet on walks.
To clean your litter box, simply scoop up the clumped litter bits and place them in the baggies, tying the bags tightly. If large portions of litter are removed during cleanings, be sure to refill the box to an adequate level. Once weekly, remove all litter from the litter pan and wash the pan with a reliable cleaner. You can also soak the pan in diluted chlorine bleach. afterward, refill the pan with entirely clean litter.
Hmm…I object, your honor. Not only is it illegal in some places (including California, where I live) to flush cat waste down the toilet, it could clog up pipes quickly. What a plumbing disaster! I don’t consider the status of my pipes when disposing of cat litter because I don’t flush it in he first place. Read what another site has to say on the subject:
…cat feces can contain a parasite, toxoplasma gondii, which can harm sea mammals. Cats that are allowed to go outdoors can pick up the parasite from eating small animals like birds. Cats are exclusively indoors cats aren’t usually exposed to this parasite (unless you’ve got a problem with mice). Flushing cat waste is suspected to be linked to the death of sea otters, whales and porpoises in the US and the UK. The parasite can survive sewage treatment and then travel down rivers until it gets to the sea. The only safe way to dispose of it is via land fill or incineration.
Furthermore, if said litter is so fine that it becomes airborne and the human scooper has to wear a mask, that’s the wrong litter! My goodness — that means the cat is inhaling these irritating particles as well, and consuming them when grooming. These (generally clay) litters are not good for cats and can cause respiratory and digestive problems over time, let alone aggravating the health of the cats’ human servants. The changes in my home’s breathing atmosphere after switching to non-clay litters were phenomenal. I wouldn’t return to dusty clay litter, especially since kicking asthma after 16 long years!