Ways to Practice Eco-Friendly Cat Care
There is no other cat quite like yours. And we know you want to care for your one-of-a-kind cat kid in the best way possible.
One way to enrich your cat’s life is by using natural, eco-friendly products. Doing this will make a positive impact on the environment and will better your cat’s life (and yours!) in the process. Here are a few ways to get started:
Use a biodegradable bag for your biodegradable litter
In previous blogs, we’ve discussed how using a biodegradable, non-toxic, and sustainable litter can bring a multitude of benefits to you, your cat, and the environment. If you’ve made the switch to a natural litter, we thank you (and so does your cat)!
We know how convenient it is to grab the old grocery bag from the pantry when you’re about to do your daily scoop. However, putting a biodegradable litter into a plastic bag doesn’t allow for proper biodegradation. To let your biodegradable litter do what it’s meant to do, we recommend using biodegradable poop bags such as BioBag or BioDOGradable compostable cat litter waste bags as well as considering other ways to dispose of litter, like composting.
You could take your biodegradable commitment even further by choosing a biodegradable litter box, which allows you to dispose of everything at once and is ideal for when you’re traveling with your cat.
Use natural ingredients to clean up after your cat
Your cat may be great at cleaning herself, but she can still leave a mess around your house. When it comes to getting pet stains out of carpets or washing the tile floors around your litter box, consider using eco-friendly cleaning products that are safe for you, your cat, and the planet. You can also make your own non-toxic cleaning solution using vinegar, baking soda, and lemon.
Carefully consider which toys you buy
Did you know there are currently no specific regulations for pet toy safety? It’s up to manufacturers to establish standards for pet toys. This means that many pet toys include chemicals that have the potential to harm your cat. A solution: using eco-friendly cat toys made from organic or recycled materials. PurrfectPlay makes organic catnip-stuffed toys created from natural fibers and sewn into fun shapes including carrots, mittens, and mice. CatitudeCatToy sells soft, colorful hand-knit cat toys made from 100% wool yarn, and From the Field produces earth-friendly pet products made from cork, hemp, and natural duck feathers.
Get creative with sustainability
Need a bed for your cat? Try reusing an old tire to create a unique space. Not only will this be a fun way to bring out the unique personality of your cat, but it’s also a sustainable option that beats buying an expensive bed that may end up in a landfill. Plus, cats often prefer sleeping in unusual places rather than that cat bed you bought them!
Have you ordered a cool toy for your cat kid, only to find they’re more interested in the cardboard box it arrived in? Cardboard boxes give cats a sense of security, whether they’re hiding from their furry sibling or cozying up and falling asleep inside. You can get creative by reusing boxes to make a cardboard cat scratcher, build a cat house, or treat them like the royalty they are by constructing a cat castle.
Be selective about food
Dietary choices matter for our overall health, and the same goes for our cats. If we don’t think about what we’re putting in their bodies, they can face similar struggles pet parents may experience — obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and more. The FDA provides regulations for pet food, stating that “animal foods be safe to eat, produced under sanitary conditions, contain no harmful substances, and be truthfully labeled.” However, those standards do not necessarily mean that the food is sustainably sourced or contains organic ingredients.
Look for cat food that is produced from sustainably raised or grass-fed animals and includes non-GMO grain products. This will help ensure that you’re not giving your cat kid food that contains increased levels of pesticides or other harmful chemicals. If you want full control of what your cat is eating, consider making your own cat food. There are quick, nutritious recipes that will give you peace of mind because you’ll know exactly what’s going in your cat’s body.
Doing a little bit of research on eco-friendly cat care can go a long way in creating a healthier lifestyle for your cat. Not only can you make a positive impact on the environment by choosing natural pet care products, but you can make life better for your cat at the same time. And when life is better for your cat, life is better for you, too.
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