Disposing of Cat Poop: Never in the Toilet
While most pet experts suggest that dog waste can be flushed down the toilet, the same can not be said of cat poop. Cat poop can affect water sources that are purified for drinking, ultimately harming people who drink the contaminated water.
Cats can pass a parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii through their intestines when they relieve themselves in their litter box. This parasite generally does not get killed in water sources that undergo water treatment in places such as waterways near reservoirs. The parasite affects humans in two ways: it can cause brain damage in people with weak immune systems, and cause pregnant women to pass on birth defects to the baby. Not all cats will carry Toxoplasma gondii, but it is better to be on the safe side rather than take the risk of flushing it down the toilet. This is just one of many reasons why it is best not to try to toilet train a cat.
Proper Disposal of Cat Poop
Cat poop in a litter box is best disposed by pouring the dirty litter and cat waste into a plastic trash bag and tied securely, thrown out with the regular trash. Cats who are let out of doors to relieve themselves are safe and pose no risk to water sources meant for human consumption.