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Old 08-16-2012, 02:56 PM   #1
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Default is it really ok to flush pine litter with a septic system?

So we have 2 new cats and they are currently using pine cat litter (100% Natural Pine pellets) , which Ive never even heard of before this. (http://*********) it breaks down to pine dust when it gets wet.
I was told that its safe for septic systems to flush the solid waste, and whatever trace of pine/pellets may be stuck to it. Im not sure if this is really safe for my septic system or not? I have no plans of dumping entire litter boxes into the toilet, but it would be nice if whenever we were in the bathroom we could take the solid waste and just flush it.

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Old 08-16-2012, 03:58 PM   #2
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:09 PM   #3
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I don't think I would suggest anything but toilet paper and human waste. Baby wipes say they are flush able and they sure are not lol. We'll see what John says haha.

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I would say that as long as you don't flush large amounts of it, and the toilet flushes it without problems, AND you have your tank pumped regularly, you should be OK. Now if a real septic expert comes along and disagrees with me, go with their recommendation.

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Have you tried to just put some of that litter in some water yourself to see what it does and how long it takes to break down if it even breaks down. Cause it doesnt make sense if it gets wet it turns to dust cause then how does the pee from the cast solidify to be able to scoop it out. And nothing Bio degrades like toilet paper anyways.

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Default Not clumping

Thanks for the input everyone!
What Im using is straight pine pellets. its not clumping. When it gets wet, it dissolves immediately into sawdust consistency. I dont scoop out for the wet (I change the box once a week as the wet doesnt smell, and that goes into compost, not the toilet!) but the poop gets scooped as soon as they go, and Im just scooping on traces of the dust and any pellets that may stick, so its not anywhere near even 1/4 cup...Im guessing more like a few tablespoons of pine at best.

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If you can't eat or drink it first then don't put in in your toilet.

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That makes no sense John cause you can't eat fecies nor toilet paper, and I wouldnt throw scrapes from dinner down the toilet.

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The point is it doesn't make sense the put cat litter in the toilet.

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Default Why not compost the poop too?

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and that goes into compost, not the toilet!
Ah, there's a solution: cat poop is also great for composting. Properly managed compost piles do not stink. Research "humanure" to learn how do to it right.

Think: If your cat were an outdoor cat, where would the poop end up?


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