Have your kitty felt familiar with her litter box yet?
If she is, then it’s time for you to learn what to do with used cat litter!
We all know that cat litter needs to be cleaned and disposed of. But how many cleanings a week is enough? And what is the proper way to do it? Which kinds of cat litter should I choose?
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Well, if you do not know the condition of your pet’s litter box can not only affect her health but also yours.
So in this article, we are going to show you the details about used cat litter disposal and answer the question above.
Why Do We Need To Dispose Of Cat Litter?
The first thing we want you to know is the purpose of disposing of cat litter in the right way.
What we mean by the right way here is you not only need to choose the proper disposal option but also do it regularly to prevent potential infection and contamination.
Obviously, we clean the litter box, scooping out the waste every day because we can not just leave the feces and urine built up in the sand. It will disturb our cat’s urination and also affect our health!
Do you want to know why?
Well, our kitties can have a particular parasitic infection by consuming raw meat of animals such as mice or birds! This disease can spread through contaminated cat feces, from cat to cat or from cat to human.
Luckily, this disease has little effect on healthy people! We should still keep the contaminated excretion away from food sources or vulnerable individuals like pregnant women or kids.
Proper Used Cat Litter Disposals
Are you wondering how to dispose of used cat litter properly?
Well, we have some effective and green solution for this below. Of course, you should not dump the used litter outside, since we have already known in advance that it can be contaminated.
Now, let’s check out what to do with our used cat litter:
Scooping Out The Waste
As you might already know, this is the most common way of removing waste out of the litter.
First, you take a scoop and lift the cat waste out of the litter box. Do not shake the scoop, since this will stir up unnecessary dust! Do not forget to wear gloves and a mask either!
Put those waste into a bag. Hold the bag over the litter box when you are picking these scraps so that nothing falls outside. Try to avoid using plastic bags since we all environmentally friendly citizens!
Seal the bag tightly, and now you can throw it to garbage with your regular trash! It would be best if you got rid of the bag right away since it is nasty stuff anyway.
So, can we shorten this process?
Well, there is a more conventional choice for you, which is buying a cat litter disposal system! It can be found at the pet store, big mall, or online shop. It is an airtight trash bin, so basically, you would still need to scoop the waste out yourself!
Recycle By Composting
Do you read the litter components before purchasing?
If your cat litter is made of plants such as pine, wheat, corn, or chicken feed, which are biodegradable ingredients, then they are safe to be composted!
You can use them around the garden or on the tree pot in the balcony. The cat scent will prevent animals from harming your plant and also enrich the soil.
But there is a big warning!
If you remember what we said before about infectious disease lying in cat waste, then you should not use it to compost edible plants! It should only be used for flower pots or some bonsai trees.
It is also the reason why you should never flush the used cat litter into the toilet, even if there is a flushable tag outside!
Invest In A Self-Cleaning Litter Box
If you are a busy person with no spare time to clean your cat litter box?
There is always a pricey solution to a time-shortening problem!
A self-cleaning litter box’s price can be a couple of hundred bucks! But believe us, it is definitely worth an investment.
There is a lot of famous brands online selling the self-cleaning cat litter box. Besides, you should carefully check out the reviews under the product descriptions to have the best overview of your cat’s bathroom!
Environmentally Friendly Cat Litter
Which types of cat litter should we use?
It depends on your choice and your kitties’ preference. We can only tell you the types of litter that we think are the most environmentally friendly one!
Well, it is actually not a bad idea to stay away from non-biodegradable types of litters like clumping clay-based or silica litters. Those plant-based cat litters, such as wheat, corn, or wood, are all biodegradable ingredients and environmentally friendly!
Moreover, clay dust could irritate the respiratory systems if your pet accidentally eats it.
You should also use a brown bag instead of a plastic bag to minimize the carbon footprint of your family! They are able to decay quickly in the landfill. Biodegradable bags are also the right choice since they can trap the cat litter and unpleasant odors as good as plastic bags.
So, have you known what to do with used cat litter at home yet?
Keep in mind that your cat litter box needs to be cleaned regularly! Also, do it properly so that the contaminated waste does not affect your pet’s health and yours.
If you want more useful tips on disposing of used cat litter, you can visit Marian P. McClure from Catthink blog. She is a professional cat’s behavior researcher, and she will probably have something helpful for you!
See you in later posts! Thanks for reading!