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Flushable Cat Litter: Should You Use It?

Updated on February 1, 2008

The Real Scoop on Flushable Cat Litter

Flushable cat litter sounds like a good idea on the surface. After all, it would be convenient to just scoop out all those stinky clumps and flush them down the toilet. If only it were that simple!

Unfortunately, flushable cat litter is not a good choice. It could discourage your cat from using the litter box, it will eventually help clog up your pipes anyway. Darn it!

The Problem with Flushable Cat Litter

Cat Litter You can Flush sounds Good, but...

Although Premium Choice and others might want you to believe that their cat litter is flushable, that's really not true. Septic systems aren't designed to handle stuff like cat litter, and eventually it will help clog up your toilet.

Some people who used flushable cat litter found that they needed to flush the toilet several times just to get the clumps down the pipes.

You may also want to avoid this kind of cat litter because of how it may affect your cat. It doesn't clump as well as other litter brands. As it crumbles, it could permeate the rest of the litter with an odor that repels your cat from the litter box. Not all cats are fastidious about this, but some definitely are.

Did You Know?

Scientists discovered that the dropping sea otter population is linked to Toxoplasma gondii. As it happens, cats are the only creatures who shed this parasite in their feces.

Although there are different causes at work here, cat feces flushed down the toilet can contribute to the problem.

What Should You Do with Cat Litter?

Quite simply, drop those "kitty clumps" in a plastic bag, seal the bag, and throw it away.

You can always use those plastic bags from the grocery store, more economical than buying plastic baggies. Be sure to double-bag, since they often have holes.

Have any stories to share about kitty litter?

Kitty Feedback

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      lyn-cruise 5 years ago

      @danna-lloyd: Yes it is preferred, but is it really needed? I just bought a toilet training kit on sale and I don't want to start before I get all that's necessary. I don't think that much of the actual clumps will fall into the toilet, but do I need flushable cat litter to be safe?

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      danna-lloyd 5 years ago

      Flushable litter is the preferred type to use in sync with the 'Toilet training Kits' like CitiKitty . personally I think teaching the cat is actually use the toilet is the best way to make a dent in landfills .

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      debissima 6 years ago

      OK - so I prefer flushable to prevent garbage waste. I've been using Worlds Best, as it's oat-based. Now they say that it's PREFERRABLE to bag and toss - forget about all those plastic bags of litter and waste rotting away, not breaking down in our landfills, due to the plastic bags. WHAT'S A PERSON TO DO?

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      pacamacatzee 6 years ago

      @Showpup LM: try veggiepets for some choices... i use the silica gel crystals for a good all round result!

      Toilet, white cat and all that live in MAINS drainss....btw no CLAY BASED LITTER can be FLUSHED!!!! successfully

      errrr..... you wouldn't flush soil down the loo, let alone clumping clay!! serious bloat!

      use mini amount and change daily, no big prob; cheaper in long run...even tho mfg. reckons can leave for 28 days??? no need, easy to flush morning/even or both!

      don't like idea of scooping/mixing!!!! rather just dispose down loo :-)) no worries about corona virus in multi-cat household :-)) (FIP is always fatal).

      Litter trays in the porch...not house...cats do not roam, small containd side garden for them :-)) Birds tweet at them :-)) he! He!

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      Showpup LM 6 years ago

      Years ago, I tried this type of litter when I only had one cat. It ended with us replacing the toilet completely! Awful stuff!

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      mockingbird999 7 years ago

      I agree. Flushing cat litter is bad business. Nice lens.

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      NehveF 8 years ago

      I wouldn't trust throwing my kitty litter down the drain!

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      lulu120 8 years ago

      Try using brown paper lunch bags instead of plastic. While it doesn't save on trees, it is biodegradable just like the litter box contents.

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      AllieOop 8 years ago

      Nonono!!!!! Using plastic bags (and DOUBLING UP!) is just the wrong thing to do! I'm trying to find a good flushable cat litter so that I DON"T have to use plastic bags. Everyone should care about this:

      Sorry the link is so long. If you use biodegradable cat litter it should be easier on the septic system. Clay litter would definitely worsen clogging, but I'm looking for a good biodegradable litter. Good luck on the search for the right kitty litter, and I hope you won't use plastic bags...

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      tillard 9 years ago

      Thanks for the post, it was very informative.