Owning a cat generally means maintaining a litter box. Tending to the litter box frequently will keep your cat healthier and limit the risk that they will develop bathroom-related health problems, or simply lose their litter box training when the box becomes unusable.
Clumping cat litter is designed to make it possible to remove solid and liquid cat waste from existing powdered litter by turning cat urine into solid lumps.
Then, with a scoop or a sifting pan, you can scoop out fecal waste and urine from dry sandy litter, refill the litter box with fresh litter, and leave your cat with a fresh, clean litter box.
Double-bagging the urine clumps and fecal waste is a good idea, to reduce odors in your home. Additionally, you’re less likely to have to deal with a tear in the bag that can turn a simple cleaning chore into a disaster.
Per pet experts with The Nest, be sure to place the used litter into a trash container with a lid to keep scavengers away from the smell.
Can You Flush Cat Litter?
Nearly all commercially produced cat litters use clay, except for the Cat Genie 120, and clay should never be flushed. It’s heavier than water, so it will sit at the bottom of your plumbing lines and cause clogs.
Clay absorbs water, so any clay left in the plumbing lines will eventually swell and cause problems.
Tidy Cats say that their cat litter should never be flushed. The clay in this product is chemically treated for odor control and absorption, and will cause clogs in your plumbing line.
Biodegradable Cat Litter
It is possible to use biodegradable products in your cat’s litter box, and many of these products can be recycled.
- Sawdust is a product that can easily break down and still offers your cat a place to scratch and bury their waste.
- Commercially produced wheat cat litter is also loose enough to be scratched and mounded, and can be composted.
Keep in mind, not all litter boxes are compatible with these types of litter.
Per environmental authorities with Glenbrook North Zero Waste, shredded newspaper products and finely ground pine or cedar shavings can make an effective litter box fill that won’t need to go to a landfill but can instead be composted.
Any compost made with cat waste should be applied to ornamental plants only. If you would like to add this compost to your garden, extend the composting process to complete the breakdown of any fecal matter that can foster harmful bacteria.
Should you notice any litter box odor coming from your compost pile, simply cover it with another layer of sawdust, soil or other organic matter.
Frequent aeration, either with pitchfork or by tumbling, can also reduce this odor. The safest cat litter compost use is around the base of ornamental trees and in flower beds.
No matter which type or brand of litter you use, keeping the litter box clean and usable will go a long way to keeping your cat healthy, happy and trained.
Make monitoring the litter box a part of your daily routine to keep odor and hygiene issues under control.