Can I Flush Cat Litter Down the Toilet?

flush cat litterFlushing cat litter down the toilet seems to be a convenient solution to a nagging problem. Unfortunately, doing so comes with long-term consequences for your septic system. For cat owners, this might come as bad news, but please dispose of kitty litter in the trash. Here’s why kitty poo is bad for septic system health.

Why Can’t I Flush Cat Litter in the Toilet?

Cat poo that sits in a litter box dries out, eventually turning into desiccated poop. This makes it a much more solid and less biodegradable material. In addition, feline poop contains different microbes than human waste. The bacteria inside a septic tank is designed to handle human feces. Cat poo, on the other hand, contains a microbe called toxoplasma gondii. This parasite is dangerous to humans. The septic system is also unable to separate it from the water. This means it’s present in the water released in the drain field.

What About Clean Cat Litter?

How about cat litter without cat poop? No, disposing of clean litter down the drain is also a no-no. This leads to solid waste buildup that requires more frequent pumping intervals. Most litter consists mainly of bentonite clay, which clumps and hardens when it comes into contact with water. This can cause a blockage in the septic pipes or the plumbing pipes in the home.

The takeaway here is not to throw litter down any drain, period. We can’t tell you the number of times our inspections revealed mounds of litter in the septic tank. We understand it’s a convenient disposal method, but it creates more problems than it solves.

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Woodinville Septic Service performs septic installations and routine maintenance. However, homeowners need to do their end and be mindful of what they send down the drain. Flushing cat litter down the toilet is a bad idea and will result in preventable damage.

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