We all have a duty to do our part in protecting the planet for future generations, and choosing to live a ‘green’ life with our cats is one way to reduce your carbon footprint (or paw print, as the case may be!) and ensure a cleaner, greener planet for future generations – both two-legged and four-legged!
Here are 5 easy ways you can go green with your cat:
1. Feed Organic
The easiest way to become an eco-friendly cat parent is to feed organic food and treats to your feline friend. In this day and age, organic pet foods are readily available and easy to find. Aside from the obvious health advantage your cat gets from organic foods that are only made with all-natural ingredients, the foods are environmentally friendlier than traditional pet foods because they’re made with processes that use less energy, no pesticides, and no GMOs.
2. Give your Cat an Eco-Friendly Bed
You don’t have to sacrifice comfort when opting for an organic kitty bed! Eco-friendly cat beds are not only soft and comfy, but they’re also sustainable. So your sweet cat can sleep soundly and you can feel comfortable knowing you’ve done your part to protect the environment! Many beds can be made with organic cotton or hemp and the filling is made with recycled materials. Beds made with recycled materials are just as comfy as traditional pet beds, and you’ve helped divert material from going into landfills and given your cat a cozy place to sleep!
3. Buy in Bulk
Buying your cat litter, cleaning supplies, and other products in bulk is one way to go green because it saves on packaging and cardboard that will eventually just end up in the landfill. Not only that, it’ll save you money to buy in bulk, too! Just be careful if you buy food in bulk that you don’t buy more than you can use before it expires.
Don’t worry – we’re not suggesting you recycle cat litter! But please do recycle the box or bag that it comes in! Along with the bags, cans, or the boxes your cat food comes in… And the packaging for all the many toys your spoiled kitty demands.
While you’re at it, invest in a pet water fountain that will recycle, filter, and recirculate your tap water.
Water fountains are also a proven way to entice your cat to drink more water because the water tastes fresher and many cats prefer to drink from moving water. So, they’re great for the environment and great for your cat’s health – a win-win. When you change the water in that fountain, try using it to water your house plants instead of pouring it down the drain… recycle!
5. Try Earth-Friendly Cat Litter
Environmentally conscious cat parents might be interested in cat litter options that are made from more natural products, and fortunately, there are plenty of options available. Yesterday’s News cat litter is made from recycled newspaper. SwheatScoop Natural Wheat Litter is made from wheat, and Catalyst Cat Litter is made from soft upcycled wood. Feline Pine is made from pine chips and is available in clumping and non-clumping varieties. Each litter has its own merits in terms of odor control, ease of use, and texture. Experiment with the many options available and see what you and your cat prefer!
Do you have any more Earth-friendly ideas for cat parents? Share them with us below!
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