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Does flushable litter clog the toilet?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hi Everyone,

I want to start using flushable litter (such as World's Best). But I was reading some reviews and some people stated that even though it states it's flushable, they've had problems with it ruining their septic tank.

So I wanted to know if anyone's toilet has ever been broken by flushing the litter?

Any comments would be great. Thanks!
post #2 of 27
They claim it doesn't but I don't take the chance on any of the "flushable" litters - just put it in a paper/plastic bag and put it in the trash. Unless you want to risk plumbing problems.

I do know that if you have a septic tank, you'd better NOT do it!
post #3 of 27
We have flushable litter (also our plumbing systems might be different here in the UK). But... when we clean we put the little pressies that the kitties leave us in the toilet with little bits of the flushable litter and it goes down just fine. The rest of the sawdust that the pellets break down to, we put in a the refuse at the end of the week. We don't risk putting the whole lot down the toilet.
post #4 of 27
Hmmm, not sure I would trust it
post #5 of 27
I have been flushing WBCL for a year and no problems at all.. knock on wood.
post #6 of 27
i only do on occation ...
post #7 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses everyone. I am going to try to flush just the poo clumps (they smell the worst ). The urine clumps I fear might cause some trouble if I flush.
post #8 of 27
You are never supposed to flush the entire box down the toilet! Yes, that would block the plumbing beautifully!

Only the pee and poo clumps go in the john with Nature's Miracle, and this eighty year old building (with very wonky plumbing) has suffered no ill effects. There is no reason why the urine clumps should cause trouble.

Never flush clay litter, even if it says it is 'flushable'. Only the organic litters truly are.
post #9 of 27
Cats are using feline pine and I just flush the poo since their pee breaks down to saw dust and I just bag it and toss it in the garage can. It's biodegradable so technically, I could use it for flower beds but I'm going to pass on that. Never tried other kinds but pet store workers doesn't recommend it if it's not organic litter to flush even if the bag labels "flushable".
post #10 of 27
I use the Feline pine too....i flush the poo. I have the feline pine litter box so its a breeze to empty the bottom in a trash bag and throw it away.
I have always poured a bottle of ammonia in our toilets once a month. A plumber told me to do that long ago...just have continued the habit.
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by reddicequeen View Post
I use the Feline pine too.....
your little kitty with the folded ears is ADORABLE - what a face!!
post #12 of 27
I tried flushable a long time ago and didn't have a clogging problem, but it seemed sort of clumsy - it would splash going in. Maybe I'm the clumsy one.
post #13 of 27
We used clumping flushable litter for what seemed like forever without a problem. However a few months ago, everything got stopped up and a plumber had to come out and dig up some pipes in our yard. The problem? The clumping litter had been getting caught a little at a time and finally blocked a main pipe. Apparently, over time, it turns to cement!! The entire pipe had to be removed and replaced!! Now I just keep a box of freezer bags next to the litter box. The daily waste goes into those, gets sealed up and put into the trash. No smell....no clogged pipes!!
post #14 of 27
We used Cat's Pride flushable litter and didn't have a problem. We do not have a septic tank however. I wouldn't use it even if we did. The problem was that it was really dusty and made a mess so once it was time to be changed I stopped using it. I went out and bought a Petmate Litter Locker and it's been a great solution so far.
post #15 of 27
I've used an arm and hammer flushable litter before and it did clog up my toilet. So I gave up on it.
post #16 of 27
I've read that if your toilet is prone to clogging easily then you probably shouldn't use it, especially if you have old plumbing.
post #17 of 27
Since you are in California, I wouldn't recommend flushing at all. A new law just passed there that requires litters to discourage people from flushing them. Apparently a microorganism commonly found in cat feces (Toxoplasma gondii--the same one that pregnant women should avoid) is getting into the oceans and killing the sea otters.

http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/whc/se...esources.shtml
post #18 of 27
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cloud_shade View Post
Since you are in California, I wouldn't recommend flushing at all. A new law just passed there that requires litters to discourage people from flushing them. Apparently a microorganism commonly found in cat feces (Toxoplasma gondii--the same one that pregnant women should avoid) is getting into the oceans and killing the sea otters.

http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/whc/se...esources.shtml
thank you for sharing, I didn't know about that!

And thank you everyone for your repsonses. I'll be refraining from flushing the litter. I can't stand a clogged toilet-- nasty.

The reason why I wanted to start flushing the litter is because I am going to be living on the third floor of an apartment building and the trash dumpster is FAR AWAY. I use plastic bags and tie them, but somehow I still smell the odor. I am thinking of trying a litter locker.
post #19 of 27
I haven't tried the LitterLocker, but instead I usually just line a litter bucket with a plastic bag, and take that out when it is full. That way, I don't have to deal with daily bags, and the lid keeps most, if not all, of the oder inside the bucket.
post #20 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by cloud_shade View Post
Since you are in California, I wouldn't recommend flushing at all. A new law just passed there that requires litters to discourage people from flushing them. Apparently a microorganism commonly found in cat feces (Toxoplasma gondii--the same one that pregnant women should avoid) is getting into the oceans and killing the sea otters.

http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/whc/se...esources.shtml

Wow I never thought of this. I mean, I knew about Toxoplasma but never thought of it killing critters of the sea.
post #21 of 27
I started using Odor Lockers flushable litter 2 weeks ago and haven't had any problems with it clogging the toilet. It's cool how when you drop the clumps in the toilet they immediate start breaking apart. I think I remember reading on their website that Odor Lockers is safe for septic systems as well but since I'm on the city sewer system I'm not so concerned about that. I got the unscented kind so there's no strong smell. It works great for eliminating waste odors except when Junior decides not to cover his stool. But I just use the scoop and cover it up for him.

Has anyone else had a good/bad experience with Odor Lockers?

Mez
post #22 of 27
Never put flushable litter down a septic tank. I don't recommend you do it for any toilet - even if the litter says its ok. What's the big deal in just putting it in a plastic bag and tossing it in the normal trash?
post #23 of 27
I wouldn't even try it. I dont have septic but city sewer system.But
who needs this hassle, not me. I keep newspaper close by and
put the nasty's in the paper wrap it up and take it the down do my attached
garage where I have an old litter plastic bucket with a plastic large kitchen
size trash bagit it. Throw out with normal trash once a week.
post #24 of 27
I know some litters are natural and flushable but will say on the package that they are not septic tank safe (I think Tidy Cats High Performance is one of those), Worlds Best says this on their website:

WORLD’S BEST CAT LITTER™ is clumpable and scoopable. AND it is septic safe, so you just scoop the clump and flush* it, eliminating the need for changing the litter box!

*The State of California encourages the disposal of cat feces in trash and discourages flushing cat feces in toilets or disposing of them in drains.
post #25 of 27
I have been using WBCL and chicken feed (same thing minus the odor addatives) and have just started using the "papurr scoop" litter.

No problems with flushing any of the three...
That said, when flushing a load (clumps of both types) I let it sit in the toilet and "break down" some before flushing.

Also, I don't know about WBCL, but papurr's website says that it is "septic safe"... Which is great considering that I have a septic tank... I figure with the amount I flush each day, it's equivilant to having 1 more adult person in the house (volume wise).

Art
post #26 of 27
You know, I always try to go by the rule, if you didn't eat it don't flush it. Of course toliet paper is an exception.

I would worry that over time it would build up in the U bend or somewhere else. It would be too easy to clog something. I mean, you wouldn't flush gravel would you?
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by EnzoLeya View Post
You know, I always try to go by the rule, if you didn't eat it don't flush it. Of course toliet paper is an exception.

I would worry that over time it would build up in the U bend or somewhere else. It would be too easy to clog something. I mean, you wouldn't flush gravel would you?
I'm of the same mind. I once tried flushing the stuff I scooped out of the box (I used WBCL) and my toilet backed up so I had to use the plunger. That scared me enough that I never tried flushing again.
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