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Crystal Litters Flushable?

post #1 of 4
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I totally dig crystal litters because absence of urine clumps = more space in litterbox = less cleanup = cleaner paws

However, I was wondering if crystals were flushable...I hear varying opinions on this and wanted to put it out there. I currently use Target brand crystals (LOVE IT, $11.00/8lbs.), and my kittens take very well to digging around in there.

post #2 of 4
I would say no since they arent a nautral biodegradable substance
post #3 of 4
I want to start by saying I have never used a crystal litter. I believe the crystals are made of Silica gel. Someone correct me if I am wrong, please.
It is not actually a gel, but a porous, granular form of silica. Its the same thing that is in all those little packets you find in boxes and purses and just about everything, lol, they usually say do not eat on them. Silica gel can absorb about 40 percent of its weight in moisture. When it becomes saturated, it can be dried out in a conventional oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit and used again and again (although you probably wouldn't want to try it with the kitty litter). Silica sand (smaller granular) is used for drying flowers and it would be good to dry it out and reuse it . Although Silica gel is inert and non-toxic some litters have other ingredients mixed with the crystals that are not good to flush. I would do a search on the product and see if you can find a MFG FAQ to answer your flushing question. Did you look for recommended disposal on the package?
post #4 of 4
You could flush the poop, I suppose, but when it's time to dump the box it would be best to put that in the trash.
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