[nafex] kitty litter mouse skeedoo ?

Lucky Pittman Lucky.Pittman at murraystate.edu
Wed Nov 14 11:46:49 EST 2001


At 06:53 AM 11/14/2001 -0500, Amy wrote:
>I am grateful that someone finally listened to me about the kitty litter!
>What I put out in my kitchen garden has long since lost any smell, to my nose
>anyway; but it is an excellent deterrent.

>  I hope you humane society uses the real cheap kitty litter (probably)
>because that's made out of some sort of clay that degrades nicely.

Amy, I'd like to address these two points, if I may:

I don't know what you're growing in your 'kitchen garden', but if it's 
edibles, particularly root or leaf crops, like carrots, turnips, etc., 
you'd better be doing one heck of a good job of washing those edibles which 
may have come in contact with cat feces, which may contain a number of 
potentially life-threatening human pathogens, such as Toxoplasma gondii and 
various roundworm eggs.  Personally, I have enough trouble with 
free-roaming cats using my garden as a litterbox without intentionally 
adding more cat feces to up the ante.

Clay does not 'degrade' .  Litter made from corncobs, wood chips, or waste 
paper does.   While in my book, a nice clay soil is a good thing to have, 
many gardeners spend years amending clay, and would probably look askance 
at the thought of adding more bentonite, etc. to their clayey soil.

Just my $.02.


Louis L. "Lucky" Pittman, Jr., DVM
Veterinary Pathologist/Asst. Prof.
Murray St. Univ.-Breathitt Veterinary Ctr.
Hopkinsville, KY


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