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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 7:42 am 
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Is it OK to put cat litter in the compost pile? I'm not just talking about the "junk"; I'm talking about the whole thing. Should you not repeat process but do it once,or is it ok to repeat it?

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If your cat litter has any baking soda in it I would not use it in the garden for any purpose. Baking soda is a powerful antifungal agent and can do very bad things to your soil (or compost). We got a couple cats last year and my wife bought the baking soda type litter. What a waste - had to toss the whole mess. Now I buy the "Traditional" label, blue bag, by Hill Country Fare at H-E-B. That type is made of 100% Zeolite. Zeolite is very good for the garden. It holds water and holds nutrients. It is very absorbent and can be used to soak up oil spills on the driveway. I'm using my kitty litter now to raise a low spot. Will let y'all know how it works in the lawns forum.

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Is it OK to put cat litter in the compost pile?

I've recently switched from using clay cat litter to using Wood Stove Pellets. My preference would have been to use "Woody Pet"

http://woodypet.com

but it's not available in my area. So, I found some Stove Pellets that contain no plastic, and I'm using that. It's worked out much better than I expected. The pellets crumble upon contact with moisture, it's scoopable, and they really help to keep the smell down - virtually no ammonia smell.

I scoop the poop out and put that in a small trash basket. That keeps the pellets usable for longer stretches. Then, I empty the damp, crumbled pellets into a secluded compost pile about once a week. When the trash basket is full, I bury that all at once in the pile.

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The cat litter products that we recommend, zeolite, corn, paper, etc., can and should be put in the compost and composted thoroughly.


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What about those made of clay or cedar?? I understood both of those to be okay for composting.


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I don't like the clay for composting. I don't think cedar shavings would work as good as woody pet or stove pellets.

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