As a cat owner, you want what's best for your cat, but have you ever wondered if there's a way to please kitty while making greener choices? We looked up this issue and found 5 ways to reduce your cat's ecological footprint, and yours thereby!
- Choose eco-friendly accessories for your cat
We all know, plastic is not really fantastic, and certainly not eco-friendly. Instead, bu toys that are made from natural materials. Also, to reduce waste, choose quality over quantity and choose toys that you’re sure Kitty will enjoy. The ecological benefit of the product almost completely wears out if the item doesn’t last the year or if your kitty doesn’t use it at all!
Bonus tip: With a little creativity, you can make your own cat toys by visiting your recycling box. Toilet paper rolls can be cut into rings or short tubes for playing catch. Junk mail can be crumpled into paw-sized balls that are fun to bat across the floor. Cats also love wool balls, straws or water bottle caps, that you may already have in your house.
2. Switch to an eco-friendly litter
If you are using a mineral litter, made from unnatural and non-recyclable products, this adds a dozen kilos to your trash each year. The solution? Adopt a natural and eco-friendly litter, which will be 100% biodegradable as it is made from natural resources: pieces of wood, recycled paper, corn grains, etc.
- When it comes to cat food
You can help your cat to be eco-friendlier by favoring certain cat food flavors over others. According to John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution, it takes significantly more resources in terms of land and water to produce one pound of beef as compared to a pound of chicken. So, when it comes to choose which flavor to pick, consider the ones that are lower down in the food chain. Choose chicken over beef. As for fish, go for products from sustainable fisheries. You can even go a step further by choosing organic food for your cat, and if it’s produced locally, that’s even better!
- Grooming time!
It is time for the royal treatment of your kitty? Choose natural solutions. Today, it has become much easier to find natural shampoos, conditioner or dietary complements; produced without any chemical products and biodegradable.
- Sterilise your cat
You may be asking yourself what this has to do with the environment. Well, with the increase of domesticated cats, and with some of them not being sterilised, we have witness a boom in the number of stray cats. In some places such as Australia, this has become a real issue because these cats are endangering the local wildlife. Although sterilisation is not an anodyne procedure, it can massively reduce the risk of accident or illnesses for your pet. If you have not already sterilised your cat, it is really time to think of booking an appointment with your vet.
Without necessarily using all 5 advices, you will make a big difference by adopting only one. Don’ forget, it's often the small things that have a big impact!