Don't Flush Kitty Litter Down the Toilet
Cats sure do love their kitty litter.
If you have an indoor cat, your number one responsibility will be…cleaning the cat box. Oh jeez. We all know it's not the most glamorous job, and it sure has heck doesn't pay enough. But, your kitty cat depends on you to do it.
Most people scoop the poop out of their cat's litter box on a daily or bi-daily basis to make sure the smell doesn't permeate throughout the entire home. However, many people make the mistake of scooping and then flushing the cat's waste down the toilet. This is a huge blunder that can cost cat owners a ton of money!
Kitty Litter Clogs the Toilet
Anytime a cat goes to his litter box, he will bury whatever he drops with kitty litter. Later, when owners come to scoop, the droppings will still be covered in litter.
Because of this litter, it's important that owners don't flush the waste down the toilet. WHY? Well, the majority of kitty litter is made of clay, which when mixed with water, creates cement. CEMENT??? That's right. As you probably could've guessed, this cement is no good for the pipes of your toilet. Even if you only flush a small amount of litter each day, you will be putting your toilet at high risk.
If you happen to have litter that isn't made of clay, it's still not a good idea to flush the litter. All litter is designed to absorb moisture. When the moisture is absorbed, the litter particles expand and put your toilet at high risk for being clogged.
Kitty Waste Is Also Toxic to Sea Mammals
Oh no, I think I just ate some cat poop!
It's true. Cat feces contain the parasite, toxoplasma gondii, which is harmful to sea mammals like sea otters, whales, and porpoises.
According to a 2012 article from CNN author, Elizabeth Landau, "The toxoplasma gondii oocysts from cats can get into the ocean through storm runoff. From there, it can get into mussels and other bivalves that sea otters eat, for example. Humans who eat raw shellfish may likewise be at risk." So, not only are you putting the sea otters at risk, you may be poisoning your own food!
Unlike human waste, cat waste is not broken down by sewage treatment. This is because the toxoplasma gondii parasite. The only safe way to dispose of cat feces is through incineration or placing it in the trash.
The SmartScoop litter box can help you keep your house smelling clean.
Pick Up Some Helpful Tools
To help deal with the sometimes nauseating task of cleaning the litter box, cat owners should consider getting a self-scooping litter box. One of the best self-scooping litter boxes is the SmartScoop Litter Box. This litter box features a sensor that activates the self-scooping tool when your cat has left the litter box. After the waste is scooped, it is stored in a compartment that contains unwanted smells and helps you to safely dispose of it when you have time.
By: Tim Snyder