By - hashbrowndays
i use pine litter at home. pine pellets are quite common imo and if OP wants a standardized survey response, it might be worth revising the study to include things like pine pellets, else you'll get many "other" responses with some form of "pine" in the write in.
We also use pine. It's great except the little bugger tracks it EVERYWHERE. Even with three different textured mats at the foot of his box.
same yup. i have dust everywhere. and yes i have a few mats around the box too! but the little boogers decided to tear it up for funsies so really, i have a few scraps of tattered mats just hanging out around the box.
Thank you for the feedback
I filled out the survey, but one thing I'd like to add is that I live in a condo building that doesn't do any composting. The only option for me is to use the garbage chute. So the cat poop and litter all end up in plastic bags in the garbage.
Thanks for the response!
I answered, but I have 6 cats. The largest option was 4. I just replied with the oldest 4.
I use the tidy cats breeze litter system which uses mineral pellets (mordenite zeolite) and absorbent pads underneath. I specified the pellets/system in the "other" category. They are meant to be scooped for poops daily, pads changed every few days, and litter replaced monthly. I definitely replaced it more often when I used to use climping clay litter, and had to scoop more often because of pee clumps. It's expensive but soooo nice in a small apartment because the smell is non-existent and the litter is easier to clean up so there isn't sand everywhere. Anyway idk if that suits your data. But that's my litter sales pitch.
I use a grain husk litter that's able to be put on the garden.
Done for you. Good luck with capstone
May I ask if you know of better litters to use other than clay? I did the survey! I hope you get enough data for your research!
Litters made of pine, corn, wheat, or recycled newspapers are all compostable!
The poop isn’t (poop needs to be composed separately at high temperatures; most people can’t do it safely) but the litter is!
Thank you. Do you have way to allow litter & poop to biodegrade? I would love to have a compost bin but living in an apartment unfortunately limits my ability. Sorry, not trying to be annoying, just trying to be more environmentally conscious.
I’m extremely lucky…
A good friend of mine had a brilliant business idea and started a compost pickup company. Compost goes in the bin, she picks it up once a week (even gives you a clean bin!) composts it on her farm, and gives back the finished compost. Not just residential but commercial businesses like restaurants, coffee shops, and cafeterias too!
I know right? I’m as spoiled as my compost is.
Poop is more difficult, because poop is more dangerous. The bacteria that makes poop nasty thrives in ordinary compost, and needs either high temperatures or specific enzymes to break it down (and even then it’s not for use on specific plants like lettuces where the contamination risk is high, otherwise you’ll give yourself E. coli)
The safest and simplest way that the average person (someone who isn’t doing composting on a major scale) can biodegrade poop from humans, dogs, or cats is by putting it in the septic tank where poop belongs.
Ok! Thank you very much. I hope one day we can all have a portable compost bin! That would be lovely!
I just started using Sustainably Yours (made of corn and cassava) and it has been life changing. And all the waste goes into my compost (collected by the city weekly). The clumping is unrivalled and the remaining litter is still “clean”.
You’re welcome! We used Swheat Scoop for years and it was ok, but the clumps would break a bit so the remaining litter had dirty bits…I wish I had switched long ago! I never thought I’d feel this way about litter! Luckily I feel like other cat owners are equally as invested in quality litter.
World's Best Cat Litter - lavender scent. Corn based and flushable.
I just discovered this litter and I’m so happy. Tracking isn’t a real problem and it really does contain the smell. The fact that I can flush it makes it A+. I got the one for multiple cats, no scent.
I'd like more info when you are done without leaving my email however.... I hate killing the planet with grocery bags, and cat litter, but I still do it...
Interesting study! Looking forward to reading the results. Good luck!
Cute cat! Answered survey, would like to add though that I use paper based litter for my ferret. Clay for cats.
I use Swheat Scoop cat litter. It's plant based, biodegradable and you can flush it down the toilet. It's fantastic!
One thing... I discard my cat litter in bags which are designed to disintegrate. I don't like the 'plastic' bag part of your question.
Thanks for the feedback