When you're looking for ways to improve your environmental stewardship, don't forget to think about how you can green-up your cat care routine. We have some ideas here to get you started, but be sure you look at every aspect of your routine and think about how you can improve its impact on the environment.
Litter Box Issues
The litter box can be a source of non-environmentally friendly waste, for sure. It may seem like nothing can be done about this particular cat care item, but there are some ways to green it up. Here are some suggestions:
Choose cat food packages that are recyclable. If you feed your cat canned food, choose the largest container possible that your cat will be able to eat through before it goes bad. Keep it in the refrigerator between feedings. Recycle the containers once they're empty.
You can make cat toys yourself using upcycled materials such as toilet paper tubes and cardboard boxes. Be sure not to use strings, ribbons, or yarn, which can dangerously entangle a cat's body parts or cause life-threatening intestinal obstruction if ingested. When you buy cat toys, look for ones that are made of recycled materials.
Recycle Your Used Cat Care Items
When you do your spring cleaning and find cat care items that you no longer need, don't throw them out unless they're completely soiled. If they are still usable, donate them to a cat rescue group or shelter.
When you are done with towels or blankets, donate them to a shelter or veterinary clinic for continued use or cut them up and sew them into recycled cat toys.
Spay or Neuter Your Cat
Having your cat spayed or neutered can reduce the number of homeless cats drastically, which can take pressure off of the environment. In seven years, one un-neutered pair of cats and their unaltered offspring can produce 420,000 kittens.