Pet con­tri­bu­tions

The Daily Telegraph - Gardening - - Front Page -

David Kenny asks if he can make gar­den com­post from the con­tents of his cat lit­ter tray. The gen­eral con­sen­sus (in­clud­ing ad­vice from lo­cal coun­cils) is that the best thing to do with the con­tents of a cat lit­ter tray is to bag it up se­curely and dump it in the land­fill bin. Most cat lit­ter is clay-based, so even if the solids were re­moved and flushed away, the con­tam­i­nated clay would not be a suit­able com­post bin ad­di­tion. An­i­mal ma­nure from car­ni­vores such as cats and dogs is bad for gar­den soil, full stop.

Only grass and veg­etable eat­ing an­i­mals, such as poul­try, rab­bits, guinea pigs and farm an­i­mals pro­vide us with any­thing that is good for the gar­den. It can be bagged up or stacked up and cov­ered with plas­tic, and will take six months or more to rot right down (at which it point it will be pongfree and safe around plants.)

Al­ter­na­tively, smaller quan­ti­ties of ma­nure from her­bi­vores (in­clud­ing pa­per or straw bed­ding from pets’ cages) can be added straight to com­post bins, where it will rot down with ev­ery­thing else and add valu­able ni­tro­gen to the fi­nal mix­ture.

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