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Composting Cat Litter

April 21, 2020

I didn't think used cat litter was good compost material especially for food crops. If I use chicken feed, will other animals like squirrels and mice, or birds eat it?


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April 21, 20200 found this helpful

The simple answer is yes! Putting this out is like having a BUFFET! Also you may get some growth in this mixture. You could try mixing in with other mulch/compost if your compost is covered!

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April 21, 20200 found this helpful

Cat litter or anything cats use for a potty should not be used as compost for food or in any soil that could have run off into a food garden. Chicken feed placed directly into a garden is going to attract rats and other critters. I suppose feed not used as kitty litter could be added to a covered compost bin...the knee that is sealed to prevent rodent access.

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I would talk with where you got the feed to verify the content first. Just to make sure there is nothing wonky in it that would be disruptive to the compost process. Cat excrement is a big no way though!!

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April 21, 20200 found this helpful

Cat litter should never go in a compost bin/container.

I do not know what type of yard you have but discarding anything with cat excrements would not be a good idea, especially if it is made up of anything another creature would eat under normal circumstances. You may have some unwelcome visitors that could be unhealthy and even downright nasty.

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Always bag up littler and send it to the landfill where all types of critters can feast.

I'm not sure I have actually heard of a cat that liked using chicken feed as litter but then they don't talk very much. Just kidding but it seems kinda 'dusty' to me.

Here is a good site for learning about how to use a compost bin:

www.smallfootprintfamily.com/10-things-you-should-not-put-in-compost...

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April 21, 20200 found this helpful

I personally wouldn't.

Here is a thread (mixed reviews you could read for insight) www.thriftyfun.com/Composting-Cat-Litter.html

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April 22, 20200 found this helpful

You do not want to use cat litter or even chicken feed if you are making a compost pile. This should be dried leaves, grass, food scraps such as cucumbers and stuff like this, no bones. You will need a bin to put this in and some dirt on top of this.

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The pile should be turned at least once a week and the lid should be kept on at all times to generate enough heat inside the bin to create your compost.

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June 8, 2009

Have you ever thought of using your old cat litter as mulch for your flower beds? It may sound disgusting, but yesterday I went to a pet store that sells organic and biodegradable cat litters.

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