Don't Flush the Kitty Litter | Toilet Clog

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Don't Flush the Kitty Litter | Toilet Clog

Billy the Sunshine Plumber will help you if you get a clog – in the toilet or elsewhere – that you can’t clear by yourself.

After you took your morning walk around the Pier, you headed out to do some shopping. While you were in the pet store, you noticed something new – flushable kitty litter. That certainly caught your eye. It would be wonderful to simply pick up the kitty waste, dump it in the toilet and FLUSH! All gone!

That is a great dream. Unfortunately, it’s a nightmare that can hurt both your plumbing and the environment. explains: “Even though flushable kitty litter itself is made from biodegradable materials, cat poop itself could have certain infectious bugs that can cause harm to human and animal health. The cat excrement that is caught up in the litter residue can seep into sewer lines and contaminate water supplies when flushed.

“This can be especially dangerous as some cat excrement has traces of parasites such as Toxoplasma gondii (T-gondii). This parasite found in the feces can spread active spores and oocysts into waterways. Many treatment plants simply aren’t capable of eliminating this particular parasite, and it can end up in our water.

“If humans or animals ingest this parasite, it can be dire. Reports show that sea otters have been affected by this parasite found in water, which has caused them to suffer from cardiac disease.”

Rhode Island and California have taken stances against flushing litter – flushable or not.

As for your plumbing, says: “Although regular clay litter will most definitely clog your pipes, there’s a chance flushing flushable cat litter may clog them, too.

“According to a plumber interviewed by Today, most newer, water-saving toilets only produce 1.6 gallons of water per flush. That’s simply not enough to push the kitty litter down. Plus, cat feces can be harder and drier than human feces. After all, kitty litter’s job is to pretty much petrify poop. So, both the actual cat waste excrement and the litter itself can do a number on your septic tank, which could incur a very costly fix.”

So much for your dreams of easily disposing of kitty waste. At least for now, you need to continue doing what you’ve been doing.

And if you do get a clog of any kind that you can’t fix, you need to call the trusted plumbing technicians at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

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