KIWI Celebrates Earth Week: Green Your Cat’s Routine
Posted Apr 21 2011 1:30pm
Her paws may be small, but my cat Sniffles’ eco paw print has the potential to be mighty. Her enthusiastic greeting of strangers and loud purring might mean she’s friendly, but her routine of eating twice a day and having her litter box scooped daily means Sniffles might not be all that environmentally-friendly. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of products out there to help me green Sniffles’ routine.
What goes in…
About a year ago, Sniffles developed the unpleasant habit of chewing on her paws, her back, and basically any furry part she could get her teeth on (let me tell you, there’s nothing like the sound of grinding cat teeth when you’re trying to sleep). A couple of trips to the vet’s later, and Sniffles was diagnosed with a fish allergy, forcing me to swap the conventional supermarket food brands she’d been eating with naturaland more eco-friendlyoptions. Here are some of the ones Sniffles has deemed up to snuff:
California Natural : Their chicken and brown rice dry cat food has only five ingredients in order to meet the needs of special-needs cats, and all of its products are free of artificial preservatives, artificial flavoring, added coloring, and by-products. ($15 for 5-pound bag of dry food)
Must (unfortunately) come out…
If you’re a KIWI reader, it’s probably second nature for you to use reusable grocery bags. But what about those plastic bags so many of us use to clean out litter box clumps? And what about the cat litter itself? Yikes. But there are greener options.
Eco-friendly cat litter: Conventional clumping cat litter is suspected to be bad news for the environmentand for kittiesfor reasons ranging from the clay being procured from strip mines, to the litter containing respiratory-unfriendly silica dust. You can bypass these issues with non-clay clumping choices, such as:
Feline Pine : 100 percent natural and made from shavings produced during the lumber production of renewable southern yellow pine trees. ( $13 for 10 pounds )
Biodegradable bags: It’s bad enough to have to scoop the poop, so why add to the mix with the eco guilt of knowing your bags will languish indefinitely in a landfill? Bypass the baggie guilt with some biodegradable options, such as: