any gardening use for used cat litter?

gardeningwithlcgrace(7 Delaware)April 15, 2008

We've been throwing this away. Is there any other use for it? This would be the scoopable, clumping kind with scent added.

I don't want to end up with the neighborhood's cat box in the garden.

Anyone have any ideas? Thanks!

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jmsimpson9(CA 8/9)

I would really hesitate to use it.

Have you seen what it turns into when it gets really wet? A gooey mess.

Although I would not worry about the urine, I would not want to use the turdies in the garden as I do not think its safe.

But I will admit, there are times when I work in the garden turning the soil where its all nice and fluffy and the next day I find kitty tracks and presents in the garden.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 12:10PM
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gardeningwithlcgrace(7 Delaware)

It seems like such a "waste" to be throwing away 14 lbs of this stuff to the garbage man every week!

It is nasty when it gets wet and is prob full of all kinds of nasty germs....I guess the garbage man is the best place for it to go.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 2:18PM
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joepyeweed(5b IL)

It depends upon the litter. If you use a organic natural kind of litter, like Feline Pine or Yesterday's News, those types of litters can be composted.

I've had cats that were finicky about their litter, it helps to switch over gradually. (I don't have cats anymore.)

I had friends who switched to this type of litter because their cat was having irritated paws and they found the natural litter was easier on his paws.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 4:10PM
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Belgianpup(Wa/Zone 7b)

UNUSED non-clumping kitty litter made from benonite (Jonny cat, Scoop Away, Ever Clean, Fresh Step) can be an easily-found source of clay to add to a too-sandy garden. The clay and humus colloids in the soil are what attract and hold soil nutrients. You don't need a tremendous amount.

But the parasite problem with used litter is an issue most people wouldn't want to deal with, as some parasite eggs are extremely hardy to both heat and cold.


    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 5:27PM
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dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

Check the ingredients. If it has ANY baking soda, the best place for it is in the trash. Baking soda is very hard on the soil microbes and can leave your lawn unprotected from disease.

I use kitty litter containing 100% zeolite as a filler for low spots in my yard. I only know of one store chain that carries this litter. If you are not in southern Texas, I can't help you.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 8:47PM
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This is something Ive been looking into but I need to change my cat over to another litter because the litter I buy wouldnt be suitable. I would check the bag and see what the litter is made of. many of the kitty litters are made of zeolite - zeolite is also sold as an expensive garden amendment which holds water and nutrients and is said to slowly release them to plants, or bentonite clay is also another one used for clumping litters and also sold as a soil amendment for sandy soil. If you scoop the poop and dispose of it, the rest it should have lots of nitrogen from the urine in there and the rest is clean litter normally anyway. the main pathogen risk would come from the poop. I think this is something that someone needs to do a study on to see if there is a better way to dispose of and find a better end use for it.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 10:38PM
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