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 Post subject: Cat waste
PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 10:51 am 
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Can I use my cat's waste after filtering out the litter? Of course I can't get all of the litter, and I don't know if that little bit of litter will hurt?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 12:50 pm 
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I would bury it deep in the compost pile. The litter won't hurt and likely will help. It is usually clay based.

Composting animal wastes is considered an advanced topic in composting. Everyone has read the admonishment against composting anything from any meat eating animals and against composting table scrap meats and fats. The main reason for these statements is to keep beginners from making a smelly mess. But if you can develop heat in a pile and do it reliably, you're ready for the next step. One of the local commercial composting giants actually takes in road kill deer, cattle, and dead horses to include in their piles. Total time to complete disintegration is 4 days in the commercial piles. I have been composting dead rats, squirrels, and possums for about a year and have no trouble. The only thing you have to have is a hot pile and the ability to bury the animal completely under at least a foot of compost. Compost is such a good organic smell filter that my dog cannot even find his possum kills once I bury them.

So the point is that if you can compost entire animals safely, you can also compost animal wastes safely. If you're at all hesitant, skip it.

My yard is so biologically active that my dogs poop self composts in 4 days. Day 1 it looks well formed (pardon my graphic descriptions). Day 2 it is much less well formed. Day 3 it looks like an amorphous pile with no shape(s). Day 4 it seems to have been washed away and cannot be found.

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Thanks so much. Very informative


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 Post subject: Cat Litter in Compost
PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2003 12:38 pm 
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You might want to look into using Swheat Scoop, a wheat based litter. It keeps down the litter box smell and it composts beautifully. I have used it for a while and just dmp the whole thing into the pile, turn it in, water well and spray on some molasses to fire up the "bugs". It works and it doesn't smell bad AT ALL. :lol:


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