How to dispose of cat poo: 3 safe and hygienic methods

Disposing of cat litter is the only disadvantage of owning a cat. Cat litter is not only smelly and messy but it can also cause various health issues. Therefore it is imperative to find a way to dispose of cat waste safely and hygienically.

Keep scrolling to find the three best ways to dispose of cat litter hygienically. The main problem is a microscopic parasite known as the Toxoplasma Gondii which can cause health problems to some people. These microscopic parasites might be in the cat litter which can spread if the waste is not disposed of properly.

Three safe ways to dispose of cat poop:

Scooping the waste

Scooping the waste is the most common method to get away with your cat’s waste. The first step is to use a cat waste scoop to pick the litter. The next step involves transferring the waste into a plastic bag.

Hold the bag in one hand and then transfer the waste from the scoop to the plastic bag. Ensure that all the waste gets into the bag. You can also hold the plastic bag just above the litter box while pouring the waste. Remember that the bag does not need to be large, it should be big enough so that it contains all the waste.

Finally, tie the knot on the plastic bag and ensure that it is tight and sealed properly. Once you have sealed the bag properly, dispose of it in the garbage bin like any other trash.

Cat litter disposal system

Cat litter disposal systems are easily available online and at pet stores. Generally, these are airtight trash cans for the cat poo. You have to transfer the litter into this system and you’ll have to dispose of the trash bag once in 7 days or so.

You could also buy a biodegradable cat litter which is made from items like grains, wheat, corn, wood shavings or citrus. You could compost the waste yourself. However, composting cat waste is not risk-free. In case you want to use compost for growing plants make sure you use it for non-edible plants only like perennials or roses.

It would be safer if you leave the compost that contains used cat litter for a long time of about 18 months. You must use a compost bin instead of composting it directly into the ground as the parasites and other harmful bacterias can contaminate the ground.

Burry the cat litter

If you have a backyard or a garden that is big enough then you can bury the cat poop easily. Dig a hole of around one metre in depth. Now cover this hole with something that may be a concrete flag, to keep the smell away. After 3-4 months you can fill the hole and dig a fresh one.

Alternatively, you could get a cat waste composter which are bins that are fixed in the ground. Once the cat waste composter is installed in the ground all you have to do is to open the lid and dispose of the litter.

Burying is a great option to dispose of the waste, it is environment friendly, hygienic and safe.

What you should not do:

Some people recommend flushing cat waste in the toilet which is not a great idea because cat litter might contain parasites. These parasites might seep into the water supply especially if you live near a river or the coast.

Safety precautions you should take while disposing of the cat waste:

Wear biodegradable gloves: Always wear biodegradable gloves while emptying the cat waste to prevent coming in contact with your hands.

Use a mask: Cat poop can create dust and dirt while you are scooping which might cause lung irritation or breathing difficulties. Using a mask will prevent the dust and dirt particles from going into your lungs

Cleaning the litter scoop: Wash the scoop after every use under running water. Place the scoop in a separate bucket or container when it’s not used. Always wash and sanitise your hands after every time you dispose of the waste.

Removing the waste every day will help you to get rid of the smell and prevent the building of bacteria in the litter tray.

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