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Everything you wanted to know about CAT LITTER but were afraid to ask.

Everything you wanted to know about CAT LITTER but were afraid to ask.

Postby Mother Theresa » 03 Sep 2015, 17:55

Howdy cat lovers,

Question: Where/how does one dispose of cat litter in Taiwan?

An entire box full of litter weighs maybe 10-20 pounds. Do you pour all that into a blue bag for the garbage truck?

That's what I do, but having let it accumulate I now find myself with 2 or 3 times that amount and I'm afraid the bag(s) will break and I'll be stuck standing on the sidewalk with my shoes covered in cat poop.

I'm not gonna sneak out in the night and dump it around the trees in the park.

Is there a decent alternative?

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Re: Everything you wanted to know about CAT LITTER but were afraid to ask.

Postby Nuit » 03 Sep 2015, 18:13

Seems that we've somehow adopted a feline this week, so also interested. I suppose you could double-bag a large amount, but that's wasteful on the plastic bag side.
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Re: Everything you wanted to know about CAT LITTER but were afraid to ask.

Postby cfimages » 03 Sep 2015, 20:29

We throw it in the garbage, but we have garbage service in the building. There are some cat litter's that are designed to be flushed. We tried one once and it flushed okay, but didn't cover odor as well, so we didn't stick with it. Perhaps experiment with a few brands of the flushable variety and see if any are suitable.
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Re: Everything you wanted to know about CAT LITTER but were afraid to ask.

Postby Mucha Man » 03 Sep 2015, 22:48

Don't put all the litter in one bag and double bag the bags you do use? I mean, how is this any different from any other garbage?

Btw I now use a German wood chip brand and it is brilliant. It clumps but gives off zero dust. And it absorbs odors very well. My cats never pee outside the box now.
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Re: Everything you wanted to know about CAT LITTER but were afraid to ask.

Postby Abacus » 03 Sep 2015, 23:02

I use the wood pellets also but none of the brands that I have used clumped. But this stuff is also awesome for the reasons that the OP is struggling with. You scoop the poop into the toilet and stir up the rest so it will dry. Very little odor. No dust although it becomes sawdust (not dusty).

I use 3 boxes for 2 cats and every week or so I empty a box that has become too used and I don't even notice the weight in the garbage bag. Cats seem to prefer the sand litter but I haven't had a problem getting cats to switch.
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Re: Everything you wanted to know about CAT LITTER but were afraid to ask.

Postby tommy525 » 04 Sep 2015, 02:00

Have had cats for 15 years. I use the liter made from corn now. Although flushable, I don't flush the pee balls. Those go in the trash. I flush the poopoo. I change out the whole box once a month.
It usually goes in the garbage, the whole lot. Wash and dry and refill with fresh liter at least once a month. Even with the clumping liter.

Empty your trash daily and you shouldn't have a pee smell in the house (so long as your male cat is neutered - they have less smell).

I found this the best solution. Rather then use the clay non clumping (which has to be replaced entirely once every few days). And better then the clumping clay as well.

Clay makes dust all over the house. The ones made from corn have less dust.

Try them, you won't go back.

p..s I tried the dessicants too. The plastic balls. But those are not flushable (not even poo poo because balls stick to them) and they dont work very well after a few days.
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Re: Everything you wanted to know about CAT LITTER but were afraid to ask.

Postby Mother Theresa » 04 Sep 2015, 05:55

Thanks, folks.

How is this different from other trash? It's a huge heavy bag of gravel, unlike my regular little accumulations of apple peels and egg shells and other small light stuff. We scoop poop/pee twice a day and tie it in sandwich bags that we throw in the bathroom trash bin till we're ready to take them out. The weight of those is tolerable, but every few weeks when we dump the whole tray full of dirty litter, to replace it, THAT is a heavy bag. Nonetheless, I guess there's only one answer -- double bag it and dump it in blue bags.

As for flushing it, some Taiwan plumbing can't handle TP; I couldn't imagine dumping gravel in the drain.
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Re: Everything you wanted to know about CAT LITTER but were afraid to ask.

Postby Abacus » 04 Sep 2015, 06:15

Nobody is suggesting dumping gravel down the toilet. There are wood pellet cat litters that work quite well and eliminate all of the problems that you are having. 3 people have suggested this (1 was corn).
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Re: Everything you wanted to know about CAT LITTER but were afraid to ask.

Postby Mother Theresa » 04 Sep 2015, 06:25

Well, several people did suggest flushing. I didn't realize that only pertains to the wood pellet type and not the clumping sand. Thanks. Maybe we'll try that next, though I'm reluctant to change to something completely different for fear that (a) she'll reject it, and (b) then I'll have one more giant bag of litter to dispose of.
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Re: Everything you wanted to know about CAT LITTER but were afraid to ask.

Postby hansioux » 04 Sep 2015, 09:32

I'm lucky that my cat isn't really that picky about cat litter. She can use the ball kind, the disintegrate pine litter, clumping pine litter, tofu litter, paper litter, or whatever I throw at her. Although when I put multiple litters out at the same time, the clumping pine litter is clearly her favorite. As a result, since I don't actually use sand-based litter, I flush the clumps down the toilet. When time is up to throw it all out, I used two trash bags to bag it, and throw it in the community dumpster.
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