Question Thanks to the Plant of the Month Club my collection of Sarracenia has grown quite a bit and the window boxes that I have been using for water trays are becoming impractical. Recently I upsized my cat's litterbox and I was wondering if the old box would be safe to use as a water tray? I have been using a litter box purchased just for the plants so I know that I can fit up to 6 6 inch pots in one box. I need a second box so I was wondering if I can use the used litter box or if there was a chance of harmful bacteria from the cats causing a problem for the plants. Of course it has been cleaned but since it is plastic there is always a chance of bacteria getting into the plastic and then leaching out into the water.
Answer Hi Patricia,
If you clean the litter box with a bleach solution, you will kill any bacteria that might remain. Also, most of the nasties that would be in something like that are not likely to affect plants. I can only think of a tiny number of fungal diseases that might actually spread from animals to plants. I say go ahead and use it. If you bleach it, it will be fine.
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