How To Dispose Of Cat Litter The Green Way!

cat looking at litter

In the last few years cats are really getting fingers pointed at them from environmentalists that bring in alot of accusations. Today we are here to learn how to dispose our cat litter in a green way that keeps everybody happy.

In order to dispose of cat litter in the green way you will need to have an ECO friendly and sustainable cat litter at your disposal. Before all the modern litter cat owners used only sand, garden soil, pine leaves, wood pellets and sawdust. 

The regular cat litter that you buy from the store is not usually very environmentally friendly. Due to the way it’s made and the substances that it contains we cannot dispose of it in a green way as this would just damage the environment even more. These types of litter are usually made from sodium bentonite which is a highly absorbent clay that is mined out.

Once you have any cat litter that is Eco friendly you can start thinking about Eco friendly ways to dispose of it.  You can also build your own homemade cat litter box

Why should you dispose the green way?

Cat litter contains some chemicals that can be toxic to both animals and humans. By using sustainable cat litter you eliminate those toxins from your life and reduce the risk of damage it does to the environment. 

We should try to make the best possible to have a recycling system in our household and change some of our daily habits to have less impact on the environment. Cat litter can be the starting point for that. If you are used to recycling household litter than cat litter can fit right in.

What if I live in a flat?

If you live in a flat there aren’t many ways you can dispose of cat litter in an organic way, but you may do things that help with the environment such as using sustainable litter and avoid using plastic bags to dispose of cat litter.

Only by ditching clay cat litter you are doing more than you think!

Nearly all the bentonite clay is obtained by strip mining. If you’re wondering what is strip mining I think an image will do better. 

Can you flush cat waste in the toilet? 

Even though it might seem like a good idea we don’t recommend to flush cat litter down the toilet. We wanted to do it as well but as we have been doing our research we found out that it’s not a great option. As we stated above cat litter usually contains some sort of clay which hardens when it gets wet. This would be like throwing cement down the drain. 

You can easily increase your bill by a couple hundred bucks just by doing that. Plumbing services are not cheap especially when the toilet filter and the septic system get blocked. There have been cases where the filter was blocked and the tank had to be dug up in order to be unclogged.

Even if you use organic litter like corn, pine or wood chips this is still not recommended. 

What if I live in a house and have a backyard? 

Compost cat litter.
Composting your cat’s litter can help reduce your cat’s ecological damage in a way that’s helping the environment.  There are many ways that we can benefit from composting cat litter, one of the main ones being getting rid of plastic bags. The other benefit is that you will have a free organic fertiliser sitting in your garden and you don’t have to pay any money for it. It will be self sustainable and all your greens around the house will benefit from it. 

There is one thing you should be worried about: Shop bought cat litter. Basically any cat litter that is clay-based,sand-based, or uses crystalline is not compatible to use in compost since they can damage the structure of your soil. Some of the best soil we  recommend is the sawdust. This is extremely sustainable and it won’t harm the environment. 

The first few times you will compost the litter it might feel a bit weird but don’t worry. After a while you will get blasted with the feeling that you’ve done something great to reduce the impact you have as a household on pollution. At least that’s what happened for me. 
Bury cat litter in the garden
If your garden is big enough you cat’s poop can simply be buried in the backyard without any hustle. You still need to use a sustainable cat litter for this as well. Usually the clumping cat litter contains chemicals that we don’t want to bury in our backyard  and damage the soil and greens around our house.

To bury the litter i recommend diggin a small hole, usually 1-1.5 meter deep and keep the dirt nearby as you will need it later. We have placed our hole behind the shed, nobody can see it and it reduces the risk of someone tripping over it. 

To cover the hole we use a small metal pot lid, this helps with keeping the smell in. It can also prevent tripping if your hole is somewhere accessible by foot. 

After a few months the whole will fill up, then you should cover it with dirt you extracted earlier that we told you to keep and dig a new one in a different corner of the backyard.

Eco-friendly cat litter box?

If you are trying to do everything you can about going Eco with your fluffy friend then an Eco-Friendly cat litter box might be your option. We recommend buying a bamboo litter box which is very durable and not very expensive. For the scoop we recommend using a metal one as disposable ones are not a necessity and it will only make more harm than good. We also have a guide on how to make a homemade cat litter box

What should you do with unused clumping litter?

If you decided to go Eco and still have a stash of not-so-eco cat litter, see if your local charity wants it. Clay cat litter can also be used if you have any motor oil leaks from your car, lawn mower or other engines.

Everything I know about eco-friendly cat litter disposal is made available here!

Now it’s your turn: How did you start disposing of cat litter the green way? Do you have any questions? What methods do you know? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Indre K Williams

Indre K Williams

Indre K Williams (DVM) graduated from the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, she brings a wealth of knowledge and a genuine passion for animals to their writing. With years of experience working closely with pets and their owners, she has developed a deep understanding of their needs and behaviour.

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