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5/27/11 9:34 A

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We use World's Best but don't flush it on advisement from our city sewer department. Our cat is older so trying to toilet train him now probably wouldn't work even though he loves to sit on it with the lid closed. We've talked about toilet training any new cats that we might get in the future.

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5/20/11 10:23 A

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Yes, whenever someone tries to scale up reuse/transformation of wastes to a municipal level there are problems with contamination, whether it is humanure, sewage or brush. Somebody always mixes in something that shouldn't be there. (Oil in the stormwater drain, acetone in the bathroom sink, treated lumber in with the tree limbs, meat in the compost and heavy duty industrial contaminants in the sewage system.)

So in a well designed municipal composting system they would have engineered it so that it could handle things that ought not to be in it. In other words they should design it so that it could neutralize toxic substances and creatures. Which is why I think it might be able to handle sWheat even if some cats have the diseases you mentioned.

They would have to engineer it to kill the toxic organisms and to keep it from entering the water supply. Though actually by flushing it the litter may eventually be incorporated into municipal sludge which some people find to be good fertilizer despite the heavy metals.

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5/20/11 9:45 A

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Oh, I see the problem now. With city composting, they can't know that your cats are safe, so they would have to assume not as a public health measure. I do it because I compost at my own house for my own gardens.

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5/20/11 8:58 A

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Thanks for the details. Our city is about to begin separate collection of compostables. Citywide composting always poses difficulties due to people including inappropriate materials. So I hope that they will be taking extra measures to deal with that. Given that I wonder if it would be reasonable to include used Swheat , corn or paper litter.

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Reviving an old post just to see how to help my cats create less of an environmental footprint -since I'm absolutely not willing to not have companion animals!! I use Swheat and put it in a separate compost bin from my regular compost. If your cats are strictly (and I do mean STRICTLY) indoors and they have been tested for toxoplasmosis (and found to be negative, obviously), then the litter/poop is safe for composting. I don't draw a lot of attention to the fact hat I'm doing this because I don't want the neighbors to worry or for people who don't know better to put kitty poop in the ground water, but... I do it.

I must say, though, when you compost it you can see how much poop two little kitties make in a year. Good grief.... They really are full of... ;)

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10/7/10 11:32 A

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I'm going to have to look into the alternatives mentioned in other people's postings. We use sWheat because I realized how much the mining of bentonite clay damages the health of the few people who live out in the part of west Texas where it is mined. Bentonite is an important and useful material but to use it on a one way trip to the landfill is no good.

I do flush the sWheat which makes it much easier for me. Fortunately my wife is understanding because the commode looks messy despite my efforts to clean it up.

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I'm going to have to look into the alternatives mentioned in other people's postings. We use sWheat because I realized how much the mining of bentonite clay damages the health of the few people who live out in the part of west Texas where it is mined. Bentonite is an important and useful material but to use it on a one way trip to the landfill is no good.

I do flush the sWheat which makes it much easier for me. Fortunately my wife is understanding because the commode looks messy despite my efforts to clean it up.

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6/28/10 10:20 P

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I am using a biodegradable (World's Best) for awhile now. And I like it alot. I bought mine on amazon.com (so you can look up the price).

And as far as the "what to do with it" question: I made a "kitty septic system" in my back yard. Dig a hole and place a bottom-less garbage can in it until it is flush with the ground. Add cat litter as you get it (I have a gallon bucket I fill and then empty into the septic tank). Keep the lid on. Then I add some "dog waste terminator" (again, Amazon), which helps break down the poo. Seems to be working, but it is very new, so it has not entirely composted/drained out yet. Worth a shot though!!


And this can probably only work if you're in the country. Cities likely have a law about putting cat poop (which is the worst of pet poop) into the ground in fear of contaminating ground water.

Let me know if anyone currently, or in the future uses this method also!! Good luck!

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10/24/09 12:53 A

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Awesome information! I tried an all natural litter I found at Sams and hated it! i will hve to look for these.

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Green cat litter really is the best way to go - the clay stuff really is terrible for our environment between mining for it and dumping it in landfill.

I like Swheat Scoop the best, though it is more expensive, but I find the odor to be more pleasant.

I have toiled trailed my cats before, in the last year of one cat's life he couldn't use the toilet and we went back to litter, and BF refuses to let them use the toilet. And he refuses to get corn, pine, or wheat litter.

I'm about ready to toilet train them on children's potty so we can go litterless ... but without them having to stand in their own pee so it ends up getting tracked through the house. Then I'll just dump and rinse.

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7/27/09 1:44 P

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Do you have a washer/dryer hookup? It can be installed there as well.

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Cat Genie is my dream but it won't fit in my bathroom, unfortunately.

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I've been using the corn cob litter from Arm & Hammer for the past month with pretty good success. It clumps well enough for the LitterMaid to scoop it up. Yeah, I know the little plastic boxes for the LitterMaid aren't the best environmentally, but I often have to be away from home for a couple days at a time and kitty makes "naughty potties" if her box isn't scooped promptly. I do try to empty & re-use the boxes as many times as I can before disposing.

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7/22/09 9:54 A

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We tried all different kinds of biodegradable cat litters with no luck. We live in a small loft where odor fills up the place very quickly, so we finally decided to make the investment on a Cat Genie. It is an electric "toilet" that self-scoops and runs a rinse cycle on re-usable pellets. It is expensive up front, but saves a lot of money in the long run. The Cat Genie company has it set up so that you can only buy their refillable rinsing cartridges and pellets (you do have to replenish the pellets on occasion b/c they sometimes get rinsed out with the poop), but we did some research and found that we could buy similar pellets for cheap at the local craft store, and that you can buy a "hacking" kit from ebay so that you don't have to keep getting disposable cartridges. We now re-use our cartridges and fill them with vinegar instead of the typical chemical cleaning solution. The Cat Genie is awesome because you can flush it manually or set it on an automatic cycle. You can hook it to a spare toilet, or through your washing machine disposal pipes. It does add slightly to your water usage, but otherwise is very sustainable and effective.

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5/26/09 9:12 A

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nature miracle and sweat scoop are about $12 canadian. I have a seperate compost pile for mine but I live on a farm. I also have been know to get paper bags from the grocrie store and put the clumps in there.

biodergradable kitty litter is not just better for the environment but is also way better for our animals health as it dose not cause digestive disorders or lung problems like conventional kitty litter

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5/23/09 7:18 A

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I've tried the suggestions and like Feline Pine the best. Thank you all for the input. It is only $4.50 a box at PetSmart and that box does all 3 of my boxes. So it's very affordable.

I use biodegradable garbage bags but some of the cat litter is flushable. I guess I figure that since my bags are biodegradable I am okay. Thoughts?

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I've used these brands mentioned in the past, and Gypsy seems ok with it--but my issue is getting rid of it. I can't put pet poo in my compost bin because of their diets, so where do you get rid of it? Isn't putting the clumps in a bag going to go strait to the landfill anyway? emoticon

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how expensive is it?

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how expensive is it?

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5/11/09 3:55 P

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Sweat scoop is my second fav. but I REALLY like natures miracle. It clumps great and really gets rid of the smell.

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Thanks for the info on bio litter. I haven't been using it but now I'll give it a go.

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We use feline pine scoopable with good results.It is made from the excess shavings reclaimed from lumber production.(according to their website) We have tried yesterdays news but with three cats it didn't work well for us. Maybe also try sprinkling baking soda in the box along with the litter.

Correction...I had posted that we didn't like Swheat scoop not realizing that we have been using it this past week and my husband(he has cat box duty) likes it better than feline pine because it clumps harder. But he said he also likes feline pine as well.

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I have been trying to switch to a biodegradable cat litter. The problem is that the ones I have tried do not help eliminate the smell and they do not clump well. I do clean them daily but since the clumping is not up to par I end up throwing most away. This stuff is expensive! Any suggestions?

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