Green is the New Cat: 6 Tips for Eco-friendly Cat Ownership
With Earth Day right around the corner, it’s important to think about our carbon footprint. For example, did you know, feeding cats and dogs creates almost 64 million tons of carbon dioxide a year? Our cats and their meat-based diet contributes to tons of carbon dioxide produced through livestock production.
So what can us cat lovers do?
For a start, let’s participate in Earth Day 2021 on April 22! This year, Earth Day’s all about restoring our planet Earth. So let’s take a look at 6 tips to make our lives just a little greener!
#1 Eco-Friendly and Transparent Food Sources
With how much waste and carbon dioxide generated from food production, finding the right food source is an absolutely vital step in becoming an eco-conscious cat lover!
Thankfully, this is made really easy with the help of eco-conscious brands like Stella & Chewy’s! Their range of tasty and nutritious diets are made with love through responsible and transparent ingredient sourcing.
For added wastage prevention, consider bulk buying to reduce your usage of packaging!
#2 Biodegradable Kitty Litter
Kitty Litter may not seem like a problem, but many clay-based kitty litters can have a huge impact on the environment. The US mines over 2 million tons of clay a year - causing deforestation and erosion that pollutes waters and destroys animal habitats. Plus, these clay-based cat litter aren’t biodegradable!
Instead, go green with a biodegradable or flushable kitty litter option like Tom & Pus’ Pine Wood Cat Litter. They’re just as effective, but with a much smaller impact on Earth. Plus, some of these can even be used in your home garden as compost!
#3 DIY Toys
Has your cat gotten bored of their toys already? Instead of buying a brand new one right away, why not try recycling some of your old items!
Toilet roles and bottle caps are obvious first tries. But if you’re looking for something challenging, consider building a kitty puzzle or cat scratcher with leftover cardboard boxes. DIY toys can be great fun to make with the family, all while helping to save on both the cost and environmental impact of buying too many cat toys!
#4 Responsible Pet Ownership
This may not seem like an obvious one, but spaying and neutering your cats is a great way to reduce your environmental impact. Population control can help lessen the strain our cats have on Earth. Instead, let’s focus on helping our cats live their best possible life!
#5 Add Some Greenery!
Adding some greenery at home not only makes your house more aesthetically pleasing, it’s also great for the environment! Nevertheless, it can be hard to get a plant if you’re not sure if it’s safe for your cats.
Here are a few good cat-safe plant options you can find right here in Singapore!
Blue Globe Thistles
#6 Eco-friendly Getaways
After you’ve covered your cat’s diet and toiletry needs, it’s time to turn to their home base. Treat your furry roommate with an eco-friendly getaway to call their own!
Cats love quality cat condos like Petrebels’ Natural Eco-Lovers Caribbean Beach Cat Tree! Made of sustainable materials, these hardy cat condos are built to last. They’re worth every cent of your investment since you don’t have to replace them as often. Not only does this reduce waste over time, it’s also sure to keep your furry friend happy!
Going green with your cat may seem a little daunting. But all it takes is a small step everyday. Why not take this year’s Earth Day as your first step in that direction! Consider reusing, recycling and reducing to make your everyday just a little bit more eco-friendly!
Tammi is an avid writer, but especially loves learning and writing about animals! She spends her free time visiting cat cafes, playing video games and having plenty of cuddle time with her pup.