Cat Litter Toilet Clog?

How do I unclog a toilet that was clogged with cat litter?

By Cea from Houston, TX


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December 21, 20140 found this helpful

Cat litter is usually made, part or all, of clay and clay expands in water. So if clay litter is dumped into the toilet, it will expand and can cause very difficult problems, even cracked pipes. You can try a toilet snake yourself but the best plan is to call in a plumber who will have better tools, knowledge and experience to work with the problem.

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December 30, 20140 found this helpful

Never flush cat litter down the toilet, not even flushable litter. Never put anything but toilet paper down the toilet (not even flushable wipes). It will save lots of problems and some big plumber's bills. I'd call a plumber as soon as possible. The problem isn't going to get any better.

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January 5, 20150 found this helpful

I agree with other posters. If plunging doesn't work, and a snake doesn't work (or you don't know how to use it), call a plumber.


I am sure that this is something that most plumbers will have dealt with, and they will get your toilet running again.

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January 16, 20181 found this helpful

I am thrilled with the boiling water and dish soap tip. Worked like a charm.

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March 2, 20162 found this helpful

Thanks to the advice below, I tried all remedies starting with the snake. That did not work because of the shape of the back of the toilet bowl; if it is an S shape, the snake does not work. Mouthwash did not work. Vinigar did not work. BUT finally, LOTS OF HOT WATER and DISH SOAP ! I poured boiling water from my the largest two pots I have for making pasta PLUS alot of dish soap (COSTCO's environmentally sound soap worked just find).


Just for good measure I must have poured 4 gallons of boiling water through at the SAME TIME as the dish soap. It worked! Thanks for sharing this trick husband will never put clay kitty litter in the toilet again.

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December 6, 20200 found this helpful

I have S-shaped pipes and the snake worked. You have to get one of the expensive ones, not the cheap plastic snakes. A good snake will have a crank one one end and a bore/drill on the other. Turning the crank will push the snake slowly forward and the tip of the snake will drill right through any litter and when it does the clump will collapse on itself and pass through. Took me less than 5 minutes.

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