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How Do You Get Rid of Used Cat Litter?

post #1 of 71
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Believe it or not, I actually want to run an article about this

So, doing some initial research here. If you could please share which type of litter you use and how you get rid of it? All stories, ideas, tips and comments are very welcome - thank you!
post #2 of 71
I am using a clay based clumping litter (generic). My brother-in-law collects and spreads the used litter around his garden to try and deter deer and other animals from eating their asparagus.
post #3 of 71
I use a very fine grain clumping litter. I scoup twice a day and put it in scented nappy (diaper) bags, then put them in my trash bin
post #4 of 71
We use just a regular clumping litter. When we scoop, we just put it in a wal-mart bag and put it out in the trash.
post #5 of 71
which room

one has clumping clay

one has some all swheet scoop , some half swheet /half essentials

other room essentials and chicken feed ..

I use grocery bags and throw in trash can outside
post #6 of 71
I use clay litter with an additive (Litter Mate) that allows it to clump. When my yard has gopher/vole runs, I sprinkle the used litters on the mounds to encourage them to go elsewhere. Otherwise I scoop into plastic grocery bags and throw in the outside trash can.
post #7 of 71
I use Tidy Cats Crystals Blend. I scoop once a day into a grocery bag, (usually Walmart) & throw it into the trash can outside.
post #8 of 71
We use Yesterday's News and put it in the recycle can.
post #9 of 71
I use a clumping litter and I scoop 3 times a day, my one cat has two litterboxes. I use a good brand but can't remember, we pour it into a big tub, makes less mess with spilling all over the floor and easier to move around. My sister uses her used cat litter to put around the garden, it deters the other cats in the house next door from coming round.
post #10 of 71
I use World's Best Cat Litter. I put used litter in biodegradable doggie poop bags that I then put in the garbage.
post #11 of 71
clumping litter, put it in the trash
post #12 of 71
I use the Tidy Cats Breeze system, scoop once every day or so, and throw it in a small Walmart or empty bread bag and throw in the dumpster outside.
post #13 of 71
I am assuming you are asking how to get rid of the litter and not the pee/poo in the litter?

I do scoop everyday, but when its time to throw the litter away and start over, I double bag large garbage bags and dump the whole thing inside and then straight to the outside garbage can. I use Tidy Cats.
post #14 of 71
My city just recently started allowing used cat litter to be put in our green boxes (curbside pickup composting).
post #15 of 71
I use Fresh Step Lavendar Valley (for Cosi's litter box), and Fresh Step Mountain Fresh (for Savannah's litter box). Both cover up the nasty smell. I also scoop them out once in the morning, and once during the day. Cosi's box is on our 1st floor, so I scoop hers and throw it in the trashcan on our front porch (it has a bag in it.). With Savannah's, I grab a plastic bag and scoop hers out into that and then throw it out in the trashcan outside. Savannah's box is on the 3rd floor.

I also pour a little more litter in the box every week. Then dump the whole thing out (in a large garbage bag) once a month, wash the pan, and pour new litter in it. No one knows I have cats. I am meticulous about keeping my house clean and smelling fresh.
post #16 of 71
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Originally Posted by gemlady View Post
I am using a clay based clumping litter (generic). My brother-in-law collects and spreads the used litter around his garden to try and deter deer and other animals from eating their asparagus.
Hopefully not actually on/near the asparagus?!? I've always been under the impression that animal waste, even when composted, should only be used on non-edible crops. Can anyone else verify this?

I use a small bucket with lid and line it with a small plastic bag. Scoop/empty contents of litter box 2x daily into bucket. Once the plastic bag is filled I tie it off and off to the dumpster it goes. I've been contemplating digging a deep hole fairly small in diameter and simply depositing the waste daily, then covering with a small layer of dirt. Repeat until hole is refilled, dig new hole. Thoughts?
post #17 of 71
I use Fresh Step clumping litter (for now, so dusty). I scoop once a day and place the pee/poo in a biodegradable bag. Then every 3 weeks or so I empty the whole litter box into a cardboard box and throw it in the trash.
I try not to use trash bags since they are not biodegradable.
post #18 of 71
We use swheat scoop or world's best, collect a week's worth in our homemade litter locker (in a kitchen garbage bag) --this would include whatever we scooped plus what was in the litterbox I cleaned totally that week.

It goes out with our weekly trash.
post #19 of 71
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Originally Posted by FuzMugly View Post
Hopefully not actually on/near the asparagus?!? I've always been under the impression that animal waste, even when composted, should only be used on non-edible crops. Can anyone else verify this?
No, the old litter does not go on the garden itself. BIL has had the Master Gardener classes and knows about composting.
post #20 of 71
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Originally Posted by gemlady View Post
No, the old litter does not go on the garden itself. BIL has had the Master Gardener classes and knows about composting.
Awesome. How big is his garden? Since you supply the litter, do you get a cut of the bounty?
post #21 of 71
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Originally Posted by FuzMugly View Post
Awesome. How big is his garden? Since you supply the litter, do you get a cut of the bounty?
Yes, I could, but I don't like asparagus. Not sure of garden size.

Sorry for the thread hijack, Anne.
post #22 of 71
With the previous cat I had, we used clay litter. I would hurl the stuff onto the lawn. It was like putting lime on the lawn (with added nitrogen from the pee). A few days after the next rain you could see the grass green up in big arcs all over.

With my current two cats I use both clay and clumping litter. Now I have a low spot in the front lawn where some sidewalk stones were removed and I'm depositing it there to fill in.
post #23 of 71
I use a very fine-grained clay litter (Golden Grey Master), scoop at least twice a day, and put the waste in a Litter Locker. The plastic-wrapped contents of the Litter Locker go into our regular trash bin once a week. When I'm away, DH scoops into thin plastic sandwich bags, which go directly into the trash bin.
post #24 of 71
I use World's Best (multiple cats) and I flush.

Because I am partially disabled and live in an apartment building disposal is a problem. I am able to take my trash out in small bags. But The trash bin where it would go is not accessible to me. (A problem that I did bring up with management when I moved in.) So flushing is the best option.

When I decided to adopt an indoor cat I researched automatic cat boxes and cat litter. The automatic boxes sounded like a good idea because they eliminate the bending to scoop. But you end up with a container of waste the needs to be disposed of. The same can be said of regular clumping litter.

My cleaning help comes every two weeks so any waste would have to sit in my apartment longer than I would like. So flushing was the only suitable option for me. I decided to use World's Best because it was the only litter that the pet supply store has that is flushable.

So far flushing has not caused any plumbing problems. I live in a city and my building is connected to a sewer system. Also, the litter box is in a guest bathroom and this makes it very easy.

If I have to do a compete change I will do it on a day when my cleaning help is here and pay her a little extra for the visit.

She doesn't mind scooping if the box needs it but I feel that doing a complete change is over and above her regular duties.
post #25 of 71
I wish I had a more environmentally friendly way of doing it, but for now:

- Arm & Hammer Fragrance Free Clumping Clay Litter
- Scoop clumps into plastic bags leftover from grocery shopping (I always end up with some, despite having the re-usable bags)
- Toss plastic bag into garbage can in the garage
post #26 of 71
I do like many here and scoop into Wal Mart/supermarket bags and deposit in the trash, although I hate doing that - there has to be a better way. I LIKE the biodegradable doggie bags - where do you get those and how big are they? (I have 5 cats, so a larger amount of waste than say, Jamie's mom - a sandwich bag would NEVER do, LOL!)

Anne, are you writing the article for TCS? I'm sure we'd love to read it.
post #27 of 71
We use clumping, in the Litter Robot, so the kitchen trash bag goes out once a week to the trash can, and I assume the big green truck takes it to the dump...
post #28 of 71
I use WBCL, and scoop it right into my kitchen trash

maybe thats gross, but its what works for me

also, people always ask me where im hiding the litter box (not hidden in the kitchen), so it must smell ok!
post #29 of 71
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Originally Posted by kluchetta View Post
I do like many here and scoop into Wal Mart/supermarket bags and deposit in the trash, although I hate doing that - there has to be a better way. I LIKE the biodegradable doggie bags - where do you get those and how big are they? (I have 5 cats, so a larger amount of waste than say, Jamie's mom - a sandwich bag would NEVER do, LOL!)
The doggie poop bags can be found at Petco and PetsMart in the cleanup/stain removal section. There are lots of different brands. Not all are biodegradable.

I have 4 cats and scoop twice a day. They are big enough for me even if I forget and only scoop once a day.

This link doesn't say this particular product is biodegradable but when look in the store you'll be able to easily spot the ones that are. This is what they look like though:

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2752030

Here is a picture with this mornings collection which probably a little less than average:



And a closer look at the size of the opening:

post #30 of 71
I use chicken feed, scoop it into a used store plastic bag, and put in the trash, usually two days at a time. I try to make sure the bag is almost full.I put it in the trash more frequently in the summer. Chicken feed has a corny smell. The biodegradable bags are not big enough, the opening is too narrow, and they are just too expensive. I wish all the grocery store bags would be made biodegradable. that way the cost would be spread out and it would be affordable.
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