Is this purely bedding material or could it possibly contain fecal matter? I have always kept manure from household animals out of my compost, particularly if it is intended for my vegetable garden. It could even pose a health risk to you, through handling, if used in flower beds.Also would cedar or pine shavings that is used for pet bedding work as a brown?
•Dog or cat feces**
* Many fungi and spores are not killed in the composting process. Adding them can spread the disease further.
** Experienced composters can compost these, but correct temperatures MUST be met.
as did you,Also would cedar or pine shavings that is used for pet bedding work as a brown?
sorry if I misinterpreted.Cedar shaving would be great for pet bedding as they are high in lignin and have a low pH would slows their decay and therefore the nitrogenous compounds in your pets fecal matter will not emit negative smells as much due to the fact that they will be tied up by bacteria and fungi that are very slowly decomposing the wood.
I have not done extensive reading on this subject but as I understand it the concern is not so much bacteria or fungi, but parasites. Our pets harbor parasites that also can infect us. Check out the link I provided above. The important thing is that we all stay safe.However, purely from my own knowledge; cats, dog, horse, cow and even human and so on all have bacteria in their manure and fungal spores are in abundance in the air. So, what would be interesting to look into would be: why are cat and dog manure (and human) so profaned against as far as disease is concerned?
Something I noticed is that the manure that can be used in the garden is from animals that are herbivores and don't eat meat ie: chicken, horse, cow, sheep, rabbit. I think there is less risk of parasites and disease organisms with these.opabinia51 wrote:This is an excellant discussion, and anything that anyone can add would be great!
The only reason I can conjure up is what is in our diets is... not the healthiest. We have a lot of artifical elements in our diets, I'm not going to go into detail lest I ruffle some feathers. I don't understand what would be wrong with dog or cat manure, since I have read that dog food is good in the compost pile, so what's wrong with it after it has been excreted?opabinia51 wrote:Here is an interesting dichotomy that I still need to research further. I have often come across literature (with no backing evidence) that cat and dog feces contains disease organisms and therefor shouldn't be used to fertilize plants.
However, purely from my own knowledge; cats, dog, horse, cow and even human and so on all have bacteria in their manure and fungal spores are in abundance in the air. So, what would be interesting to look into would be: why are cat and dog manure (and human) so profaned against as far as disease is concerned?
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