How to Dispose of Cat Litter
Cats are considered the royals of the pet world, but although they can be wonderful, self-sufficient creatures, they can’t clean up after themselves.
Disposing of cat waste is one of those chores that owners usually dislike with a passion.
Not only does cat litter smell horrible, but its improper disposal can bring about health issues.
Cat litter is also not considered environmentally friendly because they come in different materials.
So what is the best way to dispose of cat poop? Read on to find out.
Use the Compost System
If you have a garden or a compost heap, then this is the best method for you. Cat litter comes in many forms, and not all of them are suitable for this kind of disposal.
This method is best suited for those that use biodegradable cat litter material such as paper, wood shavings, corn, pine, wheat and sawdust.
Cat waste can be contaminated with a common parasite that causes Toxoplasmosis in humans. This is why finding the best way to dispose of it away from human contact is vital.
Composting cat litter doesn’t kill these parasites, and people that live around you may get infected.
You shouldn’t use the compost heap you use to dispose of your cat’s waste to fertilize edible plants. You can use it for flowers and trees that beautify your place.
If you must use the compost in edible plants, give your compost between one and two years to allow the pathogens to die.
To make your cat litter compost, first add a generous layer of soil, leaves, or sawdust into your compost container, then add your cat litter into it.
The next step is to add some of your cat litter and cover it with another layer of sawdust, soil and leaves.
Repeat these layers until the container is full. You can also make your compost better by adding compost-friendly material such as eggshells, fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds and filters. This helps by expediting the composting process.
If you live on a farm with no space challenges, you can do this in a segmented area instead of a container. Compost needs to be left out in the air to interact with the active microbes and bugs and provide the oxygen required to decompose the organic matter.
If you’re using a compost container, leave it in an open area away from pets and humans. Your compost will ideally be ready to use in inedible plants in about six months.
You can decide to be extra safe and wrap your cat poop before placing it in the compost, especially if you have kids. Kids can get everywhere, and wrapping them can be a precaution in case they get to your compost when you’re not looking.
Throwing cat litter in the dustbin is one of the easiest and most effective ways to dispose of cat litter, especially if you don’t have the luxury of a garden or a compost heap.
You will require a scoop to pick up the soiled litter and throw it in the bin. Remember that cleaning the litter isn’t just for the poop, so use your scoop to find any solid materials in your litter, including the urine clumps, for good measure.
The good thing about throwing cat litter in the trash is that trash cans are usually segmented into recyclable and non-recyclable waste.
Instead of indiscriminately throwing the waste into the trash, look for biodegradable bags to place your litter into.
We are trying to reduce our environmental footprint by using items that disintegrate with time to clean our environment. You can use other methods such as placing the cat litter in used newspapers and brown paper bags; get creative.
When you’re looking to replace your cat litter, don’t dispose of it outside because the pathogens may still be active. Cat waste doesn’t smell good, and letting it sit in your bin isn’t good for you.
Burning the litter isn’t a good idea, especially if you’re using clay litter. You can burn biodegradable litter such as sawdust and paper bits, which puts people around you in danger of airborne toxins.
Use a Cat Litter Disposal System
This is another easy method specifically designed to dispose of your cat’s litter.
These systems are readily available in pet stores and online stores and are essentially plastic or metal container with a lid.
Using a cat litter disposal system is quite similar to using a trash can, only that this disposal system specifically caters to cat waste.
Some of these systems have automatic lid openers or a clever lever you can step on, which triggers the lid to open.
Disposing litter with this method involves scooping your used cat litter using a scooper. Don’t use your hand to scoop, as you’ll be putting yourself at risk.
Next, open the disposal bin and throw the cat litter into it and close the lid.
A dedicated cat litter disposal system helps you avoid looking for a way to dispose of waste daily and also reduces your use of plastic bags, whose use is frowned upon today.
You can dispose of the cat waste until your bin is full and then throw it in the garbage. The safest way to keep your disposal system clean is to line it with biodegradable paper so that when it comes to throwing it in the trash, you just knot the paper and dispose of it.
The cat disposal system is excellent because, unlike putting it in the dustbin, the system’s lid is airtight and only opened once a day.
This eliminates the foul odour of your cat’s waste. Since cat waste contains germs and toxins, isolating its disposal also isolates the germs and toxins, preventing contamination.
Isolation also helps you manage allergies, reducing frequent allergy attacks and saving you the time and energy you need to dispose of your garbage daily.
What to consider before getting a cat litter disposal system
Number of Cats
The number of cats in your household determines how big your cat litter should be. A disposal system is a thing of convenience, and getting disposal too small will take you back to the frequent trips
Covered or Uncovered
There are uncovered disposal systems on the market, but what’s the use? We prefer that you use a lidded one for safety purposes, especially if you have kids. Then again, choose a disposal system that goes with your décor and space.
Use high-quality biodegradable bags that are inexpensive and good for our environment. Bags from Earth rated are made from recycled material and are lavender-scented to keep your home smelling fresh.
There should be a perfect balance between the price of your disposal system and its features. Go for a system made from durable material, a strong lid, and something automated so that you’re not always touching the lid.
The system should be able to maintain an odour-free environment. Check the sealing receptacle for its effectiveness so that it does not allow odours to escape.
Bury Cat Litter
Animals such as dogs like digging up the soil, so if you’re looking into burying your cat litter into a hole about one metre deep, there are several methods that you can use to bury cat litter.
You can get rid of cat litter by burying it in the ground in areas such as flower gardens or plant pots, or use a cat waste composter, which is essentially a dug-up bin with a lid you can open and close.
You can also dig up a hole and throw out cat litter lined by a biodegradable container and cover the hole. This is a safe method if you have a garden.
Have you considered potty training your cat? Toilet training helps you decrease your chance of coming into contact with cat litter. This also rules out coming into contact with cat waste-related diseases and allergies.
Some people don’t recommend this method as you may be flushing these pathogens and toxins right into the water system.
Use cat poop collection services
Your city or town may have a litter collection service that’s quite similar to trash collection. These collection companies use safe ways of disposing of your pets’ waste at a fee.
Use a Pet Waste Digester
This digester is designed explicitly for pet wastes and is a harmless and non-toxic method of getting rid of cat litter. The digester is similar to your home septic system that liquefies waste and treats it before letting it leach into the subsoil.
Making a pet waste digester
- You can use an old trash can and drill holes on its side at least 10-15cm from the top of it. These holes allow microorganisms to seep between the soil and the bin to begin digestion.
- Dig a hole that can allow your garbage bin to sit snugly but make it about 10cm shorter than your trash can so that it sticks out from the ground.
- Cut out the bottom of the bin and ensure it’s stable and can stand on its own. The bin should be stable when placed in the hole. Once you place the trash can into the hole, add stones and gravel at the bottom.
- Because of how toxic cat waste can be, pick a spot away from gardens and somewhere away from a child’s reach.
Ensure that your digester is nowhere near utility lines. Before using your digester, check your holes drainage by pouring about 5-10 litres into it and observing it for an hour. If the drainage is okay, add water and a septic starter into the bin and then add your cat waste.
You should use the starter weekly after this to biodegrade the waste as it flows into the soil. Check whether the poop is composting cleanly every time you put in the septic starter.
Safety precautions to take
Like any other waste, you should protect yourself from picking up any diseases. Wear disposable gloves when dealing with cat litter so that you aren’t contaminating your hands. This precaution isn’t necessary, but it’s good to watch out for yourself.
You can also try using a mask to protect yourself from airborne toxins when you’re sifting through the litter to pick up your cat’s waste. Because your cat’s waste smells terrible, your mask may reduce the effect. This will especially work if you have conditions such as asthma.
Your scoop comes into the most contact with your cat’s waste. Keep it clean by running it under a tap or use a dedicated bucket to wash the scoop with soap and water, and also keep the scoop when you’re not using it. Some disposable bins come with a scoop holder.
Don’t let your cat’s waste stay in the litter tray for long. You should get rid of cat waste every day and frequently change your cat litter to keep your pets healthy and comfortable.
Should you flush cat litter?
You can flush cat litter into your toilet, but this depends on the type. Clay litter shouldn’t go into your bathroom as it will destroy your plumbing. To be safe, use the other methods of disposing of your cat litter.
What your cat eats matters in the long run because if you’ve chosen highly processed foods, then the waste won’t be of any use even if you compost it.
Highly processed foods also come with preservatives, which may be problematic for the environment. Your pet should eat food that’s as natural as possible, making it easy to dispose of.
We recommend using biodegradable materials to get rid of your waste to reduce your carbon footprint. This can be your small way of contributing to keeping your environment clean.