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Does anyone know if cat feces is safe for a vegetable garden? 

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Comment by ann hazelett on January 16, 2012 at 11:21pm

there are several diseases you can get from cat excretions.pregnant women can never empty a litter box . the illness are called TORCH syndrome.toxoplasmosis,rubella,cytomegalovrius&herpes simplex.

Comment by Catherine, The Herb Lady on December 4, 2011 at 7:32am

Jane, The bokashi is interesting and new to me - I am familiar with the process of 'digesters' for creating methane gas AND fertilizer through anaerobic  activity.  With carnavoe or meat based decomposition - as opposed to composting - isn't there a requirement for safety to let the mass 'sit' for 12 months to ensure all bacteria is gone?  I began looking for the 'best' way to compost my kitty's box waste (and I use felinpine), and kept finding references only to 'remove' fecal matter before composting - and always the reference to composting in a separate location from the veggie compost pile AND letting it sit for a year before using.  How long have you been using the bokashi?  Thank you for the information, very interesting.

Comment by Jane Doyle on December 1, 2011 at 1:45pm

I know some folks who are stringent about all things cleanliness and otherwise, and they compost their dog poop and use it for veggies that aren't root veggies. I myself have used Bokashi to try and remediate waste, and although I've not done it in quite some time, no one got sick. Of course, there could well have been no diseases in my 100% house cat's litter. I would think that if someone handled the waste without protection and/or breathed in the dust while  one was fussing around with the waste, that would be when the diseases would transfer. I'd suggest composting your waste separately and using it only on ornamentals, so you know for sure that it won't somehow permeate your edible crops. I love Bokashi and make it all the time, with all organic scraps except poop (at this point), large amounts of oil, and bones.  :)

Comment by Mariam B. Ephraim on December 1, 2011 at 8:34am

I suspected as much, just couldn't find much about it.  Must not have been googling the right questions.  Thanks so much.

 

Comment by Lisette Volkmar on December 1, 2011 at 8:23am

Try looking at http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/animals/cats.htm 

Toxoplasmosis is one possibility.  If you can keep your cats from digging little holes (and filling them) in nice soft soil that all cats love, it would be better.

 

Best of luck from someone who is owned by 4 cats!

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