Flushable Cat Litter
Problem with flushable cat litter is that it doesn’t always flush – properly, that is. The result, always, is a shi*load of trouble, literally. Your plumbing is blocked, the entire house reeks of you know what and heaven knows what you’d do if you had to go.
It is convenient when used cat litter clumps, and can be scooped out. The same convenience holds whether you are flushing the litter or disposing of it in sealed pack. It is not easy to find cat litter that is flushable and also clumps. Nevertheless, we found some for you.
Flushable cat litters that also clump will never clump as well as litters that contain sodium bentonite.
We would never recommend sodium bentonite litter for your cat.
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You could be killing marine life with flushable cat litter
Flushable cat litter, when it works, is also an environment-friendly option since you are not adding to the landfill. Even compostable litters would take ages to biodegrade in landfills on account they are tightly packed and covered in plastic bags to begin with.
Unfortunately, there’s a caveat with pretty much everything in life that appears convenient.
Here’s the thing: cat poop may carry toxoplasma gondii, a parasite responsible for killing marine life. An amendment to the California Fish and Game Code (Section 4500-4501 ) says the following:
4500. (a) It is unlawful to take any marine mammal except in accordance with provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (Chapter 31 (commencing with Section 1361) of Title 16 of the United States Code) or provisions of Title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations, or pursuant to subdivision (b) of this section.
(b) At such time as federal laws or regulations permit the state to assume jurisdiction over marine mammals, the commission may adopt regulations governing marine mammals and the taking thereof.
(c) For purposes of this chapter, “marine mammals” means sea otters, whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and sea lions.
4501. (a) The Legislature finds and declares that several types of nonpoint source pollution are harmful to sea otters, and that scientific studies point to links between cat feces, the pathogen T-gondii, and sea otter mortality. The Legislature further finds and declares that efforts to reduce the flushing of cat litter and cat feces are steps toward better water quality in the sea otters’ natural habitat.
(b) Any cat litter offered for sale in this state shall contain one of the following statements:
(1) “Encouraging your cat to use an indoor litter box, or properly disposing of outdoor cat feces, is beneficial to overall water quality. Please do not flush cat litter in toilets or dispose of it outdoors in gutters or storm drains.”
(2) A general statement that encourages the disposal of cat feces in trash and discourages flushing cat feces in toilets or disposing of them in drains.
If you are living near the sea and do not have a septic tank that is self-containing (as opposed to a toilet connected directly to the sewer), you might want to pack the used litter in disposable bags. And this, even if your state does not explicitly forbid you to flush used litter.
This is something you’d want to remember if you have been using the self-flushing Cat Genie automatic litter box, as well.
If you are not living near the coast, please feel free to flush to the fullest.
What kind of cat litter is flushable ?
No cat litter is a perfect choice for everyone (or every cat). However, the ones we have shortlisted in our post on the best flushable cat litter brands are all eco-friendly, bio-degradable and viable alternatives to clumping clay litter. These are all natural flushable cat litter created from renewable resources. Some of them are good for declawed cats as well. Hopefully, at least one of these will serve your need for using flushable cat litter.
While this post addresses the safety issues related to the use of flushable cat litter, there seem to be a whole lot of other confusions and queries. We created a Frequently Asked Questions cum Guide post that should answer most common questions about flushable cat litter.
Please bear in mind what we have mentioned earlier:
If you live near the coast and use a sewer based toilet system, you would be endangering marine life by flushing used cat litter down the toilet.
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