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Cat Litter 'May Be Killing Whales'


Environment  (tags: animals, oceans )

Camilla
- 2545 days ago - guardian.co.uk
Pet owners who flush used cat litter down the lavatory may be responsible for the deaths of whales, dolphins and porpoises around Britain's coast, according to academics and public health experts.



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Past Member (0)
Thursday August 30, 2007, 8:36 am
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Perhaps we all need to really think before we dispose of anything. We are poisoning the planet, one act at a time.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 30, 2007, 10:01 am
NOW IM CONCERNED DOES THIS ALSO INCLUDE BIODEGRADABLE LITTER LIKE PINE AND NEWS?
 

Carol Knapp (123)
Thursday August 30, 2007, 12:04 pm
wow who would of thought.........I think of animal waste as a natural thing, but the natural thing a cat does is bury it not throw it in the ocean. We need to observe and imitate nature at every turn for she is always right. I hope the cat lovers out there get the message quickly and also cut themselves a bit of a break on the guilt end of things as this was not a malicious act, when we know better we do better as Maya Angelou says. And yes Sophia it would, I imagine include the biodegradble as it is a matter of a parasitic infection that is transmitted through contact and exposure to the cat feces itself not the litter.
 

Michael Angel (58)
Friday August 31, 2007, 12:03 am
WHY?
The cat litter is great for the garden and helps preserve water in the soil?
 

Chris Otahal (514)
Friday August 31, 2007, 2:51 pm
We have the same problem with cat litter and sea otters here in California. This includes Any cat litter which is "flushed". "Toxoplasma gondii" mentioned in the article is a very common parasite in cats - and the paracite is passed along in the cats feaces. Apparently, the current waste treatement plants can't kill these paracites and they directly into the ocean where thay infect many critters. Apparently, the paracite is not toxic to cats (though I may be wrong here) but they are deadily to other more sensitive critters. So yes, put it in the garden and let it fertalize the plants :)

FYI - taxoplasmosis is not a big human concern except for pregnet women.....
 

Lauren V. (119)
Friday August 31, 2007, 8:02 pm
There's been a correction:
"The article below should have referred to cat faeces, not cat litter, throughout. This has been corrected."
So it doesn't have anything to do with clay litter or etc., just the feces.

Just so we're all clear on this :)
 

Nadia Donato (476)
Friday August 31, 2007, 8:19 pm
Hmmm... so even with the correction, there's still cat poop that kills them :(
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 31, 2007, 10:42 pm
aaaiiii ok please what do i do with the kitty litter? should i buy regular litter thatgoe sinto landfill? or biodegradable thatgoes into the oceans? PLEASE DO ANSWER
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 31, 2007, 10:57 pm
ok i wrote to chris and this is what he says
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The best thing to do is buy biodegradeable litter and landfill that :) Biodegradeable is better for the environment in that the typical clay litter is collected from mines - biodegradeable comes from more "friendly" sources. But whatever you choose - don't flush :)

Hope that helps.....

 

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 1, 2007, 2:55 am
I know you all love your kitties but at present in certain places in the world there is an explosion in numbers not expected in feral cats. I saw one of the large ones in LA. Most people do not have any idea what a cats feces carries ans is capable of carrying.Thesre has been from some of the people I know to carelessley dumplitter boxes this is a nono. We have to back up a bit and start using our brains. We dont dump raw sewage in the water ways do we .NO Then why would ppl flus cat litter?It is not the responsibility of the wastewater tx plant to make sure these organisms are killed its yours you own the cat. Do all you can to save what we have left.Man has spoiled or polluted everything his hands have been into . I dont have the answere I just know what will help.I lived in Monterray and we loved our otters but here again the colonies are getting bigger and their feces is a problem. We can start with our pets and get the states wildlife to start dealing with other problems in their jurisdiction, I have seen water samples tested from every mid to large size city in the usa and none are really providing ideal tap water. They have found over 164 chemical in our drinking water that no one knows the safe limits for and there are no standards for the chemicals.It will take a global effort chris ryan
 

Michael Angel (58)
Sunday September 2, 2007, 9:51 pm
Sophia Dalle
Put the cat litter on the garden it is only It is usually clay,(bentonite attapugite) Sometimes silicon,lucern or pape
Although Cat feces is best not handled by humans..

The real criminals in thnis story are the engineers who thow sewerage into the sea and don't treat and recycle it as farm fertiliser as should be happening.
 

Menkit P. (31)
Sunday September 9, 2007, 2:37 am
How unthinkable to flush cat litter and poop! It could clog up your toilet pipes as it expands anyway.
I think cat pee is also toxic. I heard from a local caravan park that some of the wallabies, possums and wildlife died due to cats urine (so said the local vet anyway). That's why cats were banned there.
 
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