flushing kitty litter down the toilet

ahlamadadraMarch 1, 2009

This is one of many warnings about flushing kitty litter and/or feces down the toilet:

According to Dr. Melissa Miller of the California Department of Fish and Game, cat feces can contain Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that gets into feline systems from the eating of infected rodents, birds or other small animals. When cats later expel these parasites in their droppings  sometimes hundreds of millions at a time  each can survive in soil for over a year and also contaminate drinking water.

Most municipal sewage treatment systems are not designed to filter out Toxoplasma, and so the parasites also get into storm drains and sewage outflows that carry them out to near-shore ocean waters. Here, researchers have found, sea otters prey on mussels, crabs and other filter feeders that can concentrate Toxoplasma. Hundreds of sea otters have been found dead on California beaches in recent years with no obvious external injuries, and Miller and other scientists think that Toxoplasma may be the cause.

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jannie

OOOH, that sounds nasty. Toxoplasmosis is awful-very dangereous, especxially for pregnant women (tho that's not me). Another reason not to flush cat litter is because most litter contains clay, which when mixed with water, equals cement. You'll block up your pipes with cement. Very expensive to fix! Just don't do it. I pour my used cat litter in paper or pastric garbage bags and dispose of it with my household trash.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2009 at 9:51AM
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andrea_san_diego

Last week I watched "Bill Nye the Science Guy" on PBS and he talked about how environmentally bad it is to use clay kitty litter. Recommended that you teach your cat to use the toilet. What to do?

    Bookmark   March 1, 2009 at 11:21AM
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marlingardener

If Bill Nye wants to come to our house and teach Feliz to use the toilet, I'll welcome him with open arms. Until he shows up, however, I'll continue to use Tidy Cat and reserve the toilet for the two-legged critters around the house.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2009 at 12:25PM
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jonsgirl

Don't do it!! We were caught on the road moving to our new house two states away, the car broke down, and we were stranded until my husband could come the next day in a really bad neighborhood, the kids and I had to sneek the poor cat into our hotel room, brought the litter and in the morning tried to flush just a little of his droppings, it would NOT flush...and it left litter pellets that I had to clean out...so gross!!! It took forever and I was lucky it didn't clog the pipes...

    Bookmark   March 1, 2009 at 12:52PM
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stir_fryi

Well, my cat never sees the great outdoors so I know he isn't eating any infected rodents, birds or other small animals. But there are even greater reasons for not flushing litter -- how about the affect it would have on your plumbing???

I use FreshScoop clumping litter. Scoop and put in a plastic grocery bag and into the kitchen trash. NEVER SMELLS! Good use for all those bags that the store will no longer take back and recycle.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2009 at 10:30AM
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mommabird

I read a book about teaching your cat to use the toilet. I followed it to the letter. I know my cat is at least average intellegence cat-wise, but he was having NO PART of going in the toilet!!!!

I would never flush litter - you're asking for clogged pipes!

    Bookmark   March 2, 2009 at 3:13PM
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arleneb

Mommabird . . .

My late Smudge had the same attitude as yours did!

I bought a thing at the pet store -- it was a clear plastic insert for the toilet and directions. The liner went between the seat and the porcelain, and you put some kitty litter in it at first. Theoretically the cat accepted that as his place to go. He was supposed to want to balance on the seat because the insert wasn't stable. Gradually you removed the litter and eventually removed the liner.

Yeah, right. I was the laughing stock of my household and the whole experience just reinforced my DH's opinion that all cats are stupid.

Oh, well, it gave us all a good laugh.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2009 at 11:16PM
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jannie

I tried to teach a cat to use one of those plastic inserts to use a regular john. She tried it but fell in the water and refused to use it after that. I now pour my used litter into paper or plastic bags and dispose of it with my usual household garbage. By the way, I use Ever Clean multiple cat litter, it really works at keeping odors down. It's scoopable clumping litter. I highly recommend this brand.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2009 at 8:38AM
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hardin

My cat would use the toilet. It was always so hilarious to see. Many times, I would be putting on my makeup and he would stroll in, hop upon the commode, circle around a couple times and then do his business. Only thing is, he never flushed. LOL.
Never, ever flush kitty litter. Sooner or later, you will have a clog with the consistency of cement.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2009 at 1:04PM
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ebear1271

hardin, did you teach your cat to use the toilet or did he just start using it? I would love to teach my cats how to do that!

    Bookmark   March 9, 2009 at 9:58PM
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sewhappy_2007

The two separate themes of this thread seem to be at odds. If cat droppings should never be flushed down the toilet because of the dangers of Toxoplasmosis, why is having your cat use the toilet a good idea? Did Bill Nye the science guy have an answer for that?

    Bookmark   April 29, 2009 at 8:54AM
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albert_135

This has been around for several years now: Quote:You may commence panicking now, if so inclined, though statistically, driving to the grocery store is more dangerous. So panic in moderation, if you can.

I rather believe, as much as my skeptical old head can believe anything, that it is more dangerous to drive to the grocery store to buy kitty litter than it is to flush it. Note, however, that some litter does not flush well. They are not all the same.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2009 at 11:28AM
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cynic

hardin, I'm just wondering if he would lift the seat and/or put it down? Many females growl and hiss about that...

    Bookmark   May 2, 2009 at 11:35PM
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kterlep

I just spent hundreds of dollars replacing part of the waste pipe for a toilet that the previous owner had been flushing cat litter down. The plumbers came out and tried snaking it, it was coated like an artery throughout and literally cemented in the bends.

Our friend the plumber said "only toilet paper, pee, and poo go down the toilet, nothing else, ever."

    Bookmark   May 13, 2009 at 10:26AM
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