Hostels use different explanations to remind us western tourists why you shouldn’t throw toilet paper into the toilet. It’s basically because it blocks the toilet. Canal systems are too small to handle anything that doesn’t come out of our body.
I haven’t heard of the consequence yet, my current hostels uses. Every time I flush toilet paper or tampons down the toilet, a little kitty gets shot. I’m not a 100 percent sure, if it’s the truth but I guess it’s pretty helpful to avoid blocked toilets. Who wants to be a murderer of a kitty?
I have to admit, it’s hard to get used to it. Especially at the beginning. For me it started in Bolivia. While Argentina, Uruguay and Chile have western habits in the bathroom, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Columbia use bins to collect your used toilet paper.
After so many weeks I’m now pretty well trained. It never happens to me anymore. It will be rather strange to throw the paper into the toilet again once I’m back home. But it’s still gross for me as a Gringo. Not really when it’s a shared bathroom, but even more when you have a private one without cleaning service. I know what I’m talking about.
As I like to say, it’s all part of the cultural experience. And that’s why I’m here, right? I won’t kill a sweet little kitty, I promise.