You recycle your cans and bottles, you’ve replaced plastic bags with reusable cotton totes, and you’ve switched to energy saving light bulbs. While you do your part to become an eco-friendlier household, there’s one member of the family who isn’t pulling their weight —your cat.
Luckily, it’s easy to improve your cat’s pawprint on the planet without radically altering their lifestyle. Here are some simple tips to reduce your cat’s impact on the environment.
1. Repurpose Cat Waste
Swap to a sustainable, organic cat litter (like us!) composed of renewable and recycled materials. Regular cat litter adds and estimated 2 million tons to landfill every year so making this easy swap and opting for cat litter that is better for both the planet and your cat’s health is a no brainer.
2. Choose Natural Toys and Swap With Friends
Choose toys that are made from natural materials and filled with organic catnip. To reduce waste, choose quality over quantity and toys that you are certain your cat will enjoy. Cats get bored easily, so try swapping toys with a fellow feline friend instead of buying new ones.
3. Buy Consciously
Buy bedding and blankets made from natural fibers grown organically and processed without harsh chemicals and dyes. Not only is this better for your cat’s health but the manufacturing carbon footprint will be considerably lower.
4. Greener Grooming
Regular grooming keeps a cat happy and healthy but be conscious when choosing products. Many pet shampoos and deodorising sprays are filled with non-biodegradable, toxic chemicals that are harmful to your cat’s skin and the planet once washed away. Choose organic and natural shampoos, free of dyes, nasties and parabens. When you can, opt for wooden brushes rather than plastic ones.
5. Spay or Neuter
Neutering is one of the most responsible things you can do as a cat owner, both for the planet and your cat’s health. Unwanted cats that are not euthanised or adopted are often abandoned and become feral. It is estimated that the feral cat population in the UK is as large as the current number of cats that have homes. Feral cats can carry diseases as well as harm the populations of wild rodents and birds. As a result, a large feral cat population can have a very damaging effect on the environment. There are also significant health benefits of having your pet cat spayed or neutered. Spaying a female cat before her first heat can greatly reduce the risk of cervical cancer and it eliminates the risk of it getting ovarian cancer.
28/02/2020 by NatuTeam