“Flushable” Cat Litter
For years, many municipalities forbade people to flush animal excrement in the toilet, because it didn’t break down the way human excrement does. And they especially didn’t want cat litter coming with it. More recently, as people have become more conscience of the environment, there has been a push to flush animal feces along with our own. Environmentalists figure that flushing it, and having it dealt with at a sewer treatment plant, is a better alternative to putting it in plastic bags and depositing it in a landfill somewhere.
To accommodate this growing movement cat litter makers developed what is supposed to be flushable cat litter. Now, however, we’re starting to learn that like the flushable wipes, this new-fangled cat litter is not all it’s cracked up to be either. A Yahoo.com article states that the biggest issue with flushing cat feces down the toilet is a parasite called Toxoplasma Gondii. This parasite lives in cat feces and is not broken down at the sewer plant, and is very dangerous to many marine life species, with Sea Otters topping the list.
From a plumber’s perspective there’s a whole other concern. Many plumbers responding to clogged toilets find cat feces and litter completely stopping up the drains. The issues are even more pronounced when flushing to a septic system. Septic systems are not designed to break down cat feces or litter, and if you engage in such a practice, be prepared to have your septic tank pumped out much more frequently.
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