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Sharly 09-20-2007 03:21 PM

Cat Litter Disposal
Ok, you would think with 9 cats in the house, I would be an expert at all things cat related. However, I'm ready to make a change and am just not sure what to do. We use Tidy Cat Clumping Litter and have a huge litter box that all the cats use (it is actually a dog house). We scoop it twice a day and everyone is happy with the current situation. Odor hasn't been a problem (unless we have a particularly long day away from home, then, when you get in, you know it's a house with cats!) - actually most people comment that they would never know there is a cat in the house. I think because they know we have cats they think it will stink!

The issue is that we use plastic grocery bags to scoop the litter into, then those are tied up tight and transferred to a designated can outside. On garbage day, that can is emptied into the big can - the system works, however, I would like to be more green and stop using the plastic bags. Because we have a lot of land, and the waste is biodegradeable, I wondered if we could dig a small hole and start using paper bags that we would then dump into the hole to eventually "compost" (for lack of a better word) there a down side to this? Does anyone have a better solution? Would "dumping" this stuff back into the earth be a no-no?:fingerwag:

Any great ideas?

Jan in CA 09-20-2007 03:48 PM

I don't know the answer, but I've been thinking about it, too. I was thinking of getting some biodegradable "plastic" bags to use anyway and thought I'd see how the work with litter. Then they can go the normal way, but the bags would break down. We have a small yard so composting is out of the question.

Sharly 09-20-2007 04:01 PM

Jan, that does seem like an option - thanks for the link - I didn't know there was such a thing. Of course, I'm a bit of a cheapie, so the price is a little off-putting...but it's good to know of an option. You know they say, it's not easy being green....or cheap!! :teehee:

stitchwitch 09-20-2007 04:15 PM

I know you can't compost poo in a composter or shouldn't because of the bacteria situation. I don't why the hole dumping thing wouldn't work though. Cows poop all over so I don't think it would be an environmental thing unless your well or something is right next to the poo hole. If so, quit dumping in there when your water turns brown. :roflhard:

Sharly 09-20-2007 04:17 PM

Ugh!!:roflhard: Thankfully we are on a city water system :)

stitchwitch 09-20-2007 04:22 PM

Or simply whip it over the fence into your neighbor's yard. :roflhard:

I actually had a neighbor do that at my last house. She'd whip her dog poo over my fence into my yard.

Sharly 09-20-2007 04:32 PM

Oh, that is awful!!! :noway: I'm glad I don't have neighbors!! Well, not close by, anyway!

IBAmyB 09-20-2007 06:36 PM

My pick:

Teach the cats to use the potty! :teehee:

I am teaching mine now and he's doing pretty good. I haven't scooped a box in months!

IBAmyB 09-20-2007 06:39 PM

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Pic of my cat on the potty.....

Jan in CA 09-20-2007 06:44 PM

OMG! That is too cute! My cat is 16+ so no teaching her now. I imagine that is a lot easier if you start when they are kittens, no? Your kitty looks like he/she is leaning on the cabinet? I hope he doesn't fall in!

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