Green Living and Your Cat

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When we think about green living, we are often only considering things like recycling or living more naturally for ourselves, but there are so many ways that living a more natural life can affect those lives around us, even if they are our pets.

I have a cat that is pretty much like a third child. He has been with us for over 10 years now, and I admit to being a tiny bit of a bad cat mom because I spoil him just a bit too much. My husband is just as guilty, though, even though he swears he doesn’t ‘like’ our cat. For us, spoiling comes in many forms. It’s long, lazy afternoons cuddling him and allowing him to lie on us (even if it’s not a comfortable position for us), and treats of all kinds. It also comes in the form of living a more natural life and including him in it. Here are some ways you can incorporate green living with your cat:

Green Living and Your Cat

Watch certain essential oils around your cat – Many people who live a more natural lifestyle turn to essential oils for everything from aromatherapy to using for certain health issues. While some of these can actually be very nice for you as a human, consider that cats are very different and some essential oils like tea tree and peppermint could actually be very toxic to them, even for inhalation. Never use essential oils on your cat without talking to a vet first.

Reuse items to create toys for your feline friend – Rather than spending money on toys that are from the store that potentially contain things like plastic, why not make your own from stuff you might end up throwing away anyway? If you notice, cats play with some odd things, so they aren’t hard to please when it comes to toys. One of my favorite toys to make for my cat is made from old socks that lost their mate. I simply take a sock (preferably a kid sock or a small sock, not a tube style one) and fill it with organic catnip and then tie off the end. He will play with this sock toy for weeks and even go as far as to ‘guard’ it by laying on it and taking it with him to sleep.

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Pay attention to his litter Feline Pine™ Clumping Cat Litter is natural litter made from kiln-dried pine shavings (a by-product of the wood industry, so no new trees are being cut down!) that clumps and controls odor very well without synthetics perfumes. I like how it also doesn’t have a lot of dust because it has mineral oil, as we have asthmatics here. Make sure you check out the coupon for $1.00 off from Feline Pine™ Clumping Cat Litter, too!

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Buy greener alternatives for your cat’s needs – There are so many things out there for cats that are simply not environmentally friendly. From non-recycled plastic litter pans and toys to unethically sourced ingredients in food. So many of these items will be horrible for the planet’s future. Instead, purchase products that are made from recycled/recyclable materials such as the ethically sourced bamboo litter box I have or a recycled rubber litter mat.

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Consider using natural cleaners at home – When it comes to cleaning your home, you may not even consider how what you use impacts your cats. Cats have very sensitive upper respiratory and nasal passages and some chemicals used to clean a common household can be horrible for them leading to breathing issues like wheezing. Instead, use natural alternatives or even make some of your own. Arm & Hammer™ Baking Soda™ and mild castile soaps are some of my very favorite things I keep in my cleaning arsenal.

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49 Replies to “Green Living and Your Cat”

  1. You can buy organic and recycle.

  2. tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/806504079837057024

  3. We go green with our cats by using boxes and cardboard toilet paper rolls as cat toys.

  4. I go green by using organic and natural litter and treats for my cat.
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  5. tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/807705592055771136

  6. I buy natural cat litter and organic cat food

  7. tweet-https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/808044788993773568

  8. I go green with my cat by buying cat toys made of recycled products.

  9. I like to use baking soda as a freshener for the cat litter. It really helps with bad cat odors and also cleaning the litter everyday helps the odor not get too bad.

  10. Elizabeth pergande says: Reply

    I try to buy litter that has natural ingredients and use baking soda to help with the odor but I have not seen this litter before – very interesting! Truckredford(at)Gmail(DOt)com

  11. I recycle the cans from my cat’s wet food daily.

  12. I go green by using organic and natural cat litter.

  13. Ooh, I’ve never tried this brand! With 6 cats, I think this could be a great option for our home. I love that it’s organic and natural, too. Thanks so much for the chance, and for all of your hard work!

  14. Melissa Lawler says: Reply

    We recycle their food packaging.

  15. Megan Gallagher says: Reply

    Love this post! Great tips and ideas! Thank you.

  16. While it looks great and very natural, but I am worried about tracking. I know you said low dust, but does the mineral oil help with tracking?

    1. It really does have pretty low tracking. I only find a little near his box, but I think that’s more because he is kind of a messy cat when he buries 😉

  17. We have switched to a wheat based cat letter with our cats to try to make our lives a little greener. I really hate clay litters so it is a pleasant change.

  18. I buy green toys, litter, anything I can to help the environment

  19. tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/815201011908235264

  20. I buy organic cat litter and this is a good way to go green with my cat!

  21. tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/815209197339955200

  22. Nataly Carbonell says: Reply

    I try to go green by buying natural and organic cat food.

  23. We go green with our cats by using household items to make some of their cat toys.

  24. I use all natural cat litter and baking soda in our litter box.

  25. We don’t currently have a cat, but when we did we used Feline Pine…it is THE BEST and I always tell my friends with cats about it, and ask why they aren’t using it!

  26. Honestly I never thought about the green changes I could make! Thanks.

  27. I try to go as natural as possible when it comes to my cats food, but hadn’t thought beyond that about going green with their other essentials. And as someone with asthma and allergies (to cats, no less!) I will definitely be giving Feline Pine a try!

  28. I go green by using as many organic and all natural products as possible for all of my pets.

  29. Stephanie Phelps says: Reply

    I use old newspaper to line his box and use all natural cat liter!

  30. Thomas Murphy says: Reply

    I buy natural cat litter

  31. i don’t have a cat but my aunt does – she recycles the cans her cat’s food comes in

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