Don't Flush the Kitty Litter | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Don't Flush the Kitty Litter | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

Kitty litter can clog your plumbing system. If you get a kitty litter clog, call Billy the Sunshine Plumber for help.

You decided to be a good neighbor and make the rounds of Tampa Bay’s various humane societies and pet rescues. Of course, you were just along for the ride. You weren’t going to bring anything home, no matter how cute. Of course, you fell for that adorable kitten and now you’re unpacking the toys and such you bought on the way home. (What better way to bond with a new pet than to take it toy and treat shopping?)

Among your buys are a new kitty litter pan and a month’s supply of cat litter, but the more you stare at it, the more you think of a training video you saw that explained how to get a cat to use a human toilet. Among the tips – placing the litter pan on top of the toilet seat, then eventually cutting a hole in it so the waste (and some kitty litter) goes into the bowl. Eventually, the video promises that they cat will use the toilet without the help of kitty litter.

That sounds great but before you think about trying it, be sure you understand one thing – NEVER EVER flush kitty litter down the toilet. No way, no how. You’re asking for major plumbing problems. explains: “You should never flush clay or silica based cat litter down the toilet. These cat litters are designed to absorb liquids and expand, risking major clogs in your plumbing system. While you might not notice a clog after one flush, the litter can build up in the pipes over time. If you flush enough cat litter down the toilet, you will likely have to shell out thousands of dollars to repair the damaged pipes, not to mention the amount of time and work it will take for plumbers to expose the lines and switch them out.

“If you’re thinking you will instead grab one of the natural, flushable varieties of cat litter, you may want to think twice about that as well. While you may not have to face clogged pipes, you might risk several health issues caused by exposure to cat feces. The Environmental Protection Agency points out that the viruses, bacteria, and parasites present in cat waste can harm the ecosystem and wildlife in the area that the water is being pumped into. Ultimately, it’s best just to avoid flushing cat litter altogether to keep your plumbing clog-free and avoid polluting the environment.”

Of course, accidents happen and sometimes stuff gets flushed that should not be flushed. If that happens and a clog forms that you can’t clear by yourself, it’s time to call Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

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