If you’re going green with your pet products, one problem area has always been cat litter. Clay-based litters are one of those items that live to eternity in a landfill. However, more natural products – like wheat or corn-based cat litters – are biodegradable. You can actually take that a step further by composting cat litter to cut down on your overall waste.
If you already recycle, composting is the next step into making your household more eco-friendly. You’re not only cutting back on the waste, you’re creating a natural fertilizer for the soil. Here are some tips to consider, if you'd like to be a more environmentally friendly cat owner –
Keep the litter box clean – Most cats prefer a clean litter box and that means scooping twice a day to keep the box clean and fresh. Cleaner boxes encourage healthy feline elimination habits. It’s recommended that litter be replaced and the box cleaned and refilled once per month.
Recycling cat litter – When you clean your cat’s litter box, you can use the litter to your compost pile as long as you are using a natural litter. Wheat-based Swheat Scoop works great in planting gardens (as long as you’re not growing food).
Create the right waste mixture – If you’re composting indoors, you’ll want a bin and you may need to add water periodically when composting cat litter. The following work well when added to compost – non-protein food scraps, plant, vegetable, fruit or grass cuttings, egg shells, grains and coffee grounds. The coffee grounds manage the pH levels to encourage a faster compost cycle and to manage odors.
Discard this waste – Items such as meat or fish, dairy, grease and plastics or plastic coated paper products should not be used in composting.
Maintain the spoils – Mix in ingredients as they become available and it’s recommended to turn your compost pile once a day. Over time, the material breaks down and will look like rough-textured soil when it’s ready to be used in your ornamental gardens.
Swheat Scoop is a Natural clumping litter made from wheat. Learn more online.
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