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Old 09-20-2007, 03:21 PM   #1
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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)....is there a down side to this? Does anyone have a better solution? Would "dumping" this stuff back into the earth be a no-no?

Any great ideas?
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Old 09-20-2007, 03:48 PM   #2
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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.

http://www.ecoproducts.com/Home/home...ex_biobags.htm
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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!!
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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.
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Ugh!! Thankfully we are on a city water system
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Or simply whip it over the fence into your neighbor's yard.

I actually had a neighbor do that at my last house. She'd whip her dog poo over my fence into my yard.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:55 AM   #8
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Oh yeah - I forgot to mention this. I saw the link for the Cat Genie and I will tell you this. We tried a "flushing" cat box several years ago. (I think at the time we had 4 or 5 cats). The concept was great, but there were things they needed to work on. We returned it and got our money back.

First of all, it took some getting used to for the cats. It had this crystal kind of "litter", and they weren't actually able to cover solid waste. Also, it was noisy when it "flushed". But, the worst thing about it was the odor. It would take a few minutes for the "flushing" to start, so in the meantime the poo is just sitting there, not covered. Then, when the water would start to swirl through to wash everthing down the drain (it was connected to the washing machine drain), the odor was just awful!! Even with the special (expensive) enzyme odor killing liquid you had to add.

Maybe they have made improvements since that time, but I can't imagine it being that great. Just my two cents worth!

We did have one of the giant automatic litters boxes, and I think they work really well for 1 or 2 cats, but our crew was working that thing to death!!
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