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Flushable clumping letter

post #1 of 16
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For the 2.5 years I have had my cat I have used World's Best Cat Litter and flushed the clumps down the toilet as they occur, followed by one or two further flushes to make sure nothing at all remains in the bowl. This has been a first-rate method of getting rid of the waste. However, I only have the one bathroom, and my daughter and her husband are coming to visit me this summer for a month. In order not to gross them out and in preparation for their coming, I have quit flushing the waste and instead deposit it in a plastic bag to take down to the garbage. However, the resulting smell of this within a few hours is very offputting. What methods do you use for getting rid of the daily waste, and what do you think about flushing the clumps down the one and only toilet - from a hygienic point of view? I hate putting the stuff in a plastic bag - smells to high heaven, whereas the toilet method works really well.
post #2 of 16
I'd just continue to flush it, but clean the toilet more frequently.

Stephanie
post #3 of 16
I would never flush litter no matter what. The waste disposal stations are not set up to get rid of cat related bacteria which is far different from what humans carry. For that reason alone, flushing litter makes no sense to me.
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by hissy
I would never flush litter no matter what. The waste disposal stations are not set up to get rid of cat related bacteria which is far different from what humans carry. For that reason alone, flushing litter makes no sense to me.
Yes, I totally agree with that! I also use WBCL but I still don't flush it. I use this thing called the Litter Locker and that takes care of any smell. Before that, I would just put the litter in plastic bags and take them straight out to the trash can. The trash can is outside, so the smell wasn't an issue.
post #5 of 16
thats what i do. its better then flushing.
trust me.
post #6 of 16
I also am not comfortable flushing litter. I put mine in plastic grocery bags, twist the top, tie it up and put it in our covered garbage can in the kitchen. I have not ever noticed it smelled nor has anyone else.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Yosemite
I also am not comfortable flushing litter. I put mine in plastic grocery bags, twist the top, tie it up and put it in our covered garbage can in the kitchen. I have not ever noticed it smelled nor has anyone else.
I do the exact same thing and we have never had an issue with smells!

However, I do agree that if a bag has been lingering for a day or two (not in the bin) then it does pong a little!
post #8 of 16
Has anyone tried the Diaper Genie for their litter? We had one lying around and I decided to use it. I scoop the liter into a Wal-Mart bag, tie it off, and then put in in the diaper genie in the garage. I haven't smelled anything!
post #9 of 16
I buy the small 4-gallon scented bags from wal-mart. When I scoop the litter into the bags, I'll tie them up and put it in a trash-can that we have outside.

There is no way we could leave the bag indoors for any amount of time. We tried that once, but my cat got into it, brought the bag out onto the carpeting, and tore it open. Not only that, but he also urinated in the pile of mess he made as well. Think he was trying to tell me something?
post #10 of 16
I used to scoop the used litter into scented nappy sacks and take it to the rubbish outside. The nappy sacks help control the smell. I've recently started using a litter locker which is great (now that I've learnt how to use it - it took a while ) so I just dump the bags in there now and empty that 1-2 times a week (empty into the outside rubbish).
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by urbantigers
I've recently started using a litter locker which is great (now that I've learnt how to use it - it took a while ) so I just dump the bags in there now and empty that 1-2 times a week (empty into the outside rubbish).
I was looking at those in PAH and they are incredibly confusing things! (hence I don't have one! )

Can you not just put the scooped stuff in there or does it have to go in a bag first?
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by AnnasMom
Has anyone tried the Diaper Genie for their litter? We had one lying around and I decided to use it. I scoop the liter into a Wal-Mart bag, tie it off, and then put in in the diaper genie in the garage. I haven't smelled anything!
I USE IT! It works great.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Sar
I was looking at those in PAH and they are incredibly confusing things! (hence I don't have one! )

Can you not just put the scooped stuff in there or does it have to go in a bag first?
Yes you can just put the litter straight in there. I've only had it a few weeks and to begin with I thought I'd just do the tray how I normally do it while I was testing out the litter locker. Good job I did as the bag in the locker tore and I didn't realise for a while that the litter wasn't being sealed in - would have been a right stinky mess without the nappy sacks The reason I'm still using the sacks is that the litter locker has no handles and I keep it in the bathroom. It's not exactly heavy but its a faff to have to lug it back and forth so I find it easier just to stick with the nappy sacks then deposit them in the locker in the bathroom. The opening isn't all that wide either and knowing me I'd end up with a good amount of litter on the floor. Not great from an environmental point of view as I'm double bagging but I find it convenient and it safeguards against any torn plastic in the locker!

Now that I've worked out how it works (the instructions are rather vague - just small diagrams) I am pleased with it - it looks better in the bathroom than a pile of nappy sacks full of soiled litter!
post #14 of 16
I use WBCL and I do flush it. If I didn’t flush having a cat would not be possible. I live in an apartment and trash goes into the dumpster at the end of the building. Also I am partially disable at the moment and can not carry the trash out.

The way I get around this is with a trash compactor. I have someone who helps out every two weeks and takes the bag out to the dumpster.

There is no way I could compact the stuff that comes out of the litter box. And no way I could keep it around the apartment. The smell would be unbearable!

Before I got the cat I made it a point to ask my helper if she minded litter boxes. Fortunately she has four cats herself and understands.

I guess I am in the minority because I think flushable cat litter it the best thing ever invented. I never thought about what I was flushing because I live in the city and waste water is supposed to be treated.

Please don’t tell me it’s a bad thing because if I can’t flush I wouldn’t be able to keep Chester and there is no way I am giving him up!
post #15 of 16
Our home is in the country. We have a spectic system, so the issue of municipal waste treatment doesn't apply.

I would like to know if clumping litter will clog our drainage pipes, which lead into the septic tank?
At the moment, I am using half wheat litter, and half Exquisicat from Petsmart.
If there are better products, I would like to know. Economical products are something of an issue, since we are caring for seven kitties.
Thank you.
Judith
post #16 of 16
Judith,

We also have a septic system. If you are flushing clumping litter down the toilet than you should switch to a non-clumping flushable litter. When you consider the cost to repair a backed up septic, and even if you pour bacteria every month down your drains, the bacteria can't eat the clumping litter. The test would be- take a clump of the litter, a jar of water and drop the litter into the jar. Watch if for a few days and see what happens. Then make your determination from there.
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