How to Dispose of Kitty Litter

Written by mandy slake
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When you keep a cat indoors, you have to provide a place for your kitty to do its business. Otherwise they might pick a less desirable spot, such as your bed. Most indoor cat owners use a litter box that has clumping clay litter in the bottom. Once the cat has used the box, you need to dispose of the litter properly. Soiled cat litter can transmit diseases such as toxoplasmosis, so pregnant women should turn over litter box duties to someone else.

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Things you need

  • Disposable latex gloves
  • Litter scoop
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Plastic bag

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  1. 1

    Put on the disposable gloves.

  2. 2

    Scoop any solid waste or clumps out of the litter box using a litter scoop.

  3. 3

    Drop the clumps and waste into a plastic bag.

  4. 4

    Remove the disposable gloves and drop them into the bag.

  5. 5

    Tie the opening of the plastic bag in a knot. Place the bag in an outside garbage can.

  6. 6

    Squirt alcohol-based hand sanitiser on your hands and rub them together to kill any germs.

Tips and warnings

  • Plastic shopping bags work great for disposing of kitty litter, but be sure to check the bottom of the bag for holes. Sometimes the bags tear when pulled from the pack.
  • Some brands of biodegradable cat litter can be flushed down the toilet or composted. Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Do not flush kitty litter down the toilet unless the manufacturer specifically states it is OK. Non-flushable litter can damage septic systems and sewer pipes.

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