05 Mar '18, 9am

Can I Flush Cat Poop and Scatter the Litter?: Sierra Club

Can I Flush Cat Poop and Scatter the Litter?: Sierra Club

I have five cats. I put Feline Pine sawdust nuggets in their pan, then scoop out the turds and flush them down the toilet into my septic tank. I empty all the urine-soaked sawdust along a fence. Am I doing the environment any harm? —Sally in South Miami, Florida I'm sorry to say that you are doing several kinds of harm. First, it's not a good idea to flush anything from the litter box—even the sweetest, cleanest non-clumping pine—into a private septic tank because it could overburden the septic system. Poop and litter should not be flushed into municipal sewer systems either, because many of them cannot eliminate Toxoplasma, a rather nasty organism sometimes present in cat waste; its release into the ocean has been known to kill sea otters. People with weak immune systems should avoid cleaning cat litter, as should pregnant women. (The bug can cause serious eye or brain da...

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