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Is Cat's Pride Litter Really Flushable?

Posted Mon February 18, 2008 12:00 pm, by Ashley C. written to Cat's Pride

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I have a question about one of your products. I recently purchased a 10 lb. bag of Cat's Pride Premium Scoopable Cat Litter. I had never purchased this brand before but two things made me decide to give the litter a try. The price was very reasonable ($2 for a 10 pound bag of scoopable litter is the cheapest I have ever seen) and the other thing that made me want to purchase the litter was the statement on the front of the bag that says "Certified Safe to Flush". In fact, on the side panel of the bag, it says "Nationwide Consumer Testing Institute, Inc. has determined through laboratory testing that Cat's Pride Scoopable cat litter is flushable through residential plumbing systems designed and maintained in accordance with plumbing codes". On the back of the bag, it states that Cat's Pride is the only national brand without sodium bentonite, which can clog pipes. Seeing these three statements on the bag made me assume that Cat's Pride litter is flushable.

However, today I was reading the directions on the other side panel of the bag, and I noticed the statement "Encouraging your cat to use an indoor litter box, or properly disposing of outdoor cat feces, is beneficial to overall water quality. Please do not flush cat litter in toilets or dispose of it outdoors in gutters or storm drains".

These statements are conflicting, and they make me wonder if it really is safe to flush Cat's Pride litter. I have already flushed some earlier without problem, but I am now leery of flushing it.

I would love to hear back from your company about this issue. I must say that besides this problem, I am very satisfied with Cat's Pride litter, especially its odor control!


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by Hayne Posted Thu January 22, 2009 @ 12:56 PM

The state of California does not allow the flushing of ANY cat litter.
Due to this new regulation, the second statement was required by law
in CA. Cats Pride Scoopsble is flushable where state law permits it.
If you live in the West and not in CA, the package may have been
shipped to your state by accident. Thanks for using our product.
Cat's Pride

by Alice B. Posted Fri July 4, 2008 @ 12:55 AM

Good for you for doing your homework. I used Cat's Pride for about 11
years and never had a problem and I have 3 cats. Last week I did not
follow the instructions properly and yes, it did clog up. BAD. I
searched the internet and found out how to fix it with plunging and
auger. I couldn't get anything to happen with the plunger so I moved
on to the auger. Honestly it is not a big deal at all. I bought it
at Home Depot for about $8.00. I followed the instructions on the net
for using one of these things and got the clog out. I am so proud of
myself for not calling a plumber. I am a woman that lives alone and
this was a tremendous learning tool for me. Now I am going to see how
the toilet works and if everything is ok I will start flushing again
but I will follow directions. I think it is a tremendous product and
my cats love it.

For those of you that say they wouldn't put anything in their toilet -
do you have cats? Being able to flush this is absolutely wonderful.
If all goes well with my toilet now I will be back using it PROPERLY
in the near future. In any event, if you don't have a cat and you
state you would never put anything in your toilet you really have
nothing to base it on. Chill out a little about it please.


Ingredients in Cat's Pride - interesting by Alice B. Fri July 4, 2008 @ 1:02 AM
by Lee F. Posted Sun May 18, 2008 @ 8:35 PM

I have used this litter for 10 years, and it's my cats' favorite.
They will often pee somewhere else (bed!) if I try another brand.
Anyway, I have NEVER had a problem with clogging pipes, and I must
admit that I often don't follow the recommended flushing - many times
with more than 2 clumps. I highly recommend using this without
worrying about plumbing issues.


by T. C. Posted Wed February 20, 2008 @ 11:47 PM

Glad you heard something from them. Now for the common sense that
comes from working on plumbing. Never flush anything other than
excretement, eurine, or paper.


by Melissa Savelloni Posted Wed February 20, 2008 @ 9:07 AM

I'm glad you heard back from them - I have 2 cats, and i was wondering
the same thing when i read this letter.

Im hesitant to try it still, though, because my cats... poop... ALOT.
I'm scared that the sheer volume of cat waste would be enough to clog
my toilet.

2 dollars a bag is a pretty good deal. Aside from the flushability,
how good is it? does it clump well?


Have you tried clumping litter? by RedheadwGlasses Wed February 20, 2008 @ 12:56 PM

poop! by Melissa Savelloni Wed February 20, 2008 @ 1:08 PM

Yeah, make him scoop! : ) by RedheadwGlasses Wed February 20, 2008 @ 1:36 PM

food by Gogh-gogh Girl Thu February 21, 2008 @ 10:27 PM

My babies... by The New and Improved Brenda Fri February 22, 2008 @ 5:38 PM

I've always wanted to upgrade by Melissa Savelloni Fri February 22, 2008 @ 5:47 PM

EVO by The New and Improved Brenda Fri February 22, 2008 @ 8:57 PM

IAMS is the best I can afford for now by RedheadwGlasses Sat February 23, 2008 @ 3:17 PM

One of my cats... by The New and Improved Brenda Sat February 23, 2008 @ 4:24 PM

We had a similar issue.. by Harleycat Sun February 24, 2008 @ 8:58 AM

Boxes... by The New and Improved Brenda Sun February 24, 2008 @ 2:51 PM

You would.. by Harleycat Thu February 28, 2008 @ 11:56 AM

When we adopted our dog.. by Harleycat Sun February 24, 2008 @ 9:19 AM

by Gizmo. Posted Tue February 19, 2008 @ 10:38 PM

I checked my email today and I received a response from Cat's Pride:

"Thanks for contacting us, Ms. Ashley C.

Cat's Pride Premium Scoopable is a certified flushable product.
States like CA in the U.S. have ruled that all cat litter (regardless
of their compostion) should no longer be flushed. It may best to check
with your state and/or local municipality regarding their ruling on
this matter.

If you would like additional product information and coupons for Cat's
Pride®, please let us know your full mailing address..

Consumer Relations/ODC/Ken Berry"

I am impressed that I heard back from them so quickly. It does not
mention why some states have ruled that all cat litter should no
longer be flushed, but I would be interested to find out why!


That is great that you heard back from them by RedheadwGlasses Tue February 19, 2008 @ 11:40 PM

by JulieM Posted Tue February 19, 2008 @ 10:33 PM

I would never under any circumstance flush kitty litter. Yes it says
flushable, but don't believe it. We did it in our old home and it
really screwed up our toilet. We had to have the whole thing


I've heard it doesn't clump well. by PepperElf Wed February 20, 2008 @ 7:31 AM

by Don-Oh Posted Tue February 19, 2008 @ 3:41 PM

I would never flush anything down the toilet beyond toilet paper and
the obvious. While septic systems and public sewers are different, I
wouldn't take a chance on clogging the pipes.

The advertising certainly seems to be straddling a line in the sand,
or kitty litter.


by RedheadwGlasses Posted Tue February 19, 2008 @ 1:40 PM

From their website:

* Flushability: Nationwide Consumer Testing Institute, Inc. has
determined through laboratory testing that Cat's Pride® Scoopable
cat litter is flushable through residential plumbing systems designed
and maintained in accordance with plumbing codes. Disposal of Cat's
Pride Scoopable cat litter through septic tank systems has not been
evaluated and is not recommended. To ensure flushability, do not flush
more than two clumps at a time, and always remove clumps from litter
box daily

* * *

THey certainly have some 'splaining to do!


by ~Fiâi-la-âlea~ Posted Tue February 19, 2008 @ 9:08 AM

That really is a good question for clarification. If I had a cat I
would love the convenience but wouldn't want any issues with my
plumbing pipes either.

Great letter Ashley, let us know what they respond with.


by RedheadwGlasses Posted Mon February 18, 2008 @ 6:47 PM

Great letter, excellent question. And honestly, even without the
conflicting "hey, we weren't serious--no flushing!" I'd
never flush this stuff down my toilet. I use scoopable cat litter for
my cats, and that stuff is like concrete once it meets water.

Also, considering the cost of a plumber for even the most basic of
plumbing needs, I'd not risk my pipes.


I wondered about that myself, this product wasn't around when we had cats. by Gino Mon February 18, 2008 @ 10:45 PM

I have to assume they mean the "scooped" part by RedheadwGlasses Mon February 18, 2008 @ 11:17 PM

Makes sense - thanks! n/t by Gino Tue February 19, 2008 @ 10:31 PM

by Bill R Posted Mon February 18, 2008 @ 6:16 PM

Ashley C.,

Good question. Especially for us folks that still drink tap water on

Stop back and let us know how this pans out.



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