With the creation of “flushable” kitty litter, which is said to be biodegradable, cat owners are flushing the gritty stuff down the toilet without a care. However, even flushable kitty litter isn’t meant for the toilet.
Typical litter is made from clay. Clay plus water makes cement, which will clog your pipes. Okay, so the litter you have isn’t made of clay; regardless, it’s meant to absorb liquid, and that’s no good for a plumbing system.
Another thing about kitty litter, it partners with kitty clumps, and those are not good for the environment. There is a parasite in the clumps that is harmful to marine life, and when flushed, it enters the water system.
Aside from cat litter, certain chemicals and products are labeled not to flush, making this decision easy. However, some items you might be tempted to flush, when they should go in the trashcan.
A few common flushed items include cigarette butts, tissues, sanitary napkins, hair, insects, cotton swabs, and diapers. All of these belong in the garbage, along with the kitty litter.
If you’re looking for ways to make your household go green, consider harmless cleaners, recycling cans and paper, or purchasing local as much as possible. Keep the kitty litter, and other household items, in the trash and out of the toilet.