I love my two cats. And they love each other.
It’s easy to forget but my cute and cuddly critters also leave a carbon footprint (or pawprint), however inadvertent. Fortunately, there are so many ways to help reduce the impact of having cats if you are aware of the options and keep your eyes peeled at the pet store. Here are my top three.
One of the most popular options is clay litter. Clay litter is terrible for pets and even worse for the planet. This is due to the process through which it’s obtained: strip mining. Strip mining is really, really bad, and what’s worse is that we’ve know this for a very long time.
*seriously resisting the urge to go off on a tangent about how STUPID we all are for continuing to support practices that we KNOW ARE DESTROYING THE EARTH*
Fear not, dear readers, there are SO MANY better options. Biodegradable litter decomposes faster than clay litter and doesn’t contain all those extra, unnecessary fragrances and chemicals.
If your cats eat wet food, recycle the cans or pouches (when possible). If you purchase dry food, getting the larger bags will save you some money and also means less packaging and fewer trips to the store.
I won’t get into the debate on what types of food to feed your kitty, but I recommend sticking to sustainably sourced ingredients whenever possible, please and thank you.
There is so much junk you can get from the pet store, dollar store, etc. that I’m sure your pet will love….for about five minutes. Cat attention spans are short. Don’t waste your money on cheap, plastic, Made in China products when you can make or up-cycle something that will be just as enjoyed by your furry friends.
One time I put a bell and some catnip in the toes of an old sock, tied up the end, and voila! The little jerks loved the crap outta that thing.
On the social side, I can’t end this post without advocating for pet adoption. If you’re in the market, please consider adopting from the SPCA, the Humane Society, or even a private rescue. You’ll be happy you did.