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Cat waste disposal, otter protection, and plastic bags

Original post made by litebug, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Apr 21, 2008

In all the conversation about elimination of plastic bags I have yet to read about the fact that proper disposal of cat waste requires plastic bags. For years now, I have felt obliged to explain this every time I’ve requested plastic bags at the grocery store. It is unfortunate that so few cat owners are aware of Toxoplasma gondii and the connection between cat waste and otter deaths. Sewage treatment plants do not remove this parasite.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 22, 2008 at 3:51 am

The sea otters were first reduced by trappers, and then by abalone divers. Cats are native to California.

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Posted by Take your cat out of my yard
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 22, 2008 at 6:28 am

This is a good reason not to own a cat. I don't but all the neighbors' cats find my yard to poop in, and I've about had it up to here!!! No I'm not going to pollute anymore with plastic bags, I just throw the poop into the gutter for the street sweeper.

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Posted by Cat owner too
a resident of Santa Rita (Los Altos)
on Apr 22, 2008 at 8:06 am

Just continue to shop in Mountain View. We also appreciate the sales tax revenue. Target's bags are the best for disposing of cat litter. I bring my onw cloth bags at Safeway, but I shop at Target especially for their nice plastic bags.

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Posted by litebug
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 22, 2008 at 1:42 pm

To Take your cat out of my yard:

You sound so delightful that if I were a cat, and knew where you lived, I'd visit your yard right now and leave you a gift of appreciation.

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