How to reduce you feline footprint
December 14, 2021
According to the most recent figures published by the Office for National Statistics in 2020, UK pet owners spend £7.9million a year on our pets. As we move into a New Year, it’s a great time to think about how we can spend some of those pounds on more eco-friendly cat products, or better still, save some money by using unwanted items found around the house to create enrichment for our feline friends.
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Eco-friendly cat products
You can find a wide range of eco-friendly cat products online and in pet shops.. Here are three our team picked out:
Biodegradable cat litter
These contain natural raw and recycled materials that are biodegradable and much better for the environment. As well as being more sustainable, they also produce less waste, less dust, and have a good natural odour. You may have to do a bit of trial and error to see which your cat prefers though: biodegradable cat litter
Biodegradable litter tray liners
If you can’t do without cat litter tray liners, try switching to biodegradable ones instead. These liners come in recyclable packaging too: litter tray liners
Eco-friendly cat bowls
Bamboo cat bowls will last for years and are made without plastics and lacquers, meaning the materials used in manufacturing are much less harmful to the environment. Try these out for size: bamboo cat bowls. You can also get bamboo litter trays and poop scoops!
Eco-friendly cat owner tips
Recycle cat food pouches
Lots of people throw cat food pouches away as they are neither glass, plastic, paper, or metal. However, many can now be recycled so check the back of the packet before putting it in the bin. Alternatively you can switch to cat food tins, as these create less waste and are widely recycled.
Make your own cat toys out of unwanted household items
String, toilet roll tubes and cardboard boxes will give your cat hours of fun! Why not get super creative and build your cat a home gym? You can still recycle this ‘rubbish’ when your cat has lost interest …
Give your cat’s unloved toys away
If your cat has too many toys and doesn’t play with them, ask a fellow cat owner if their cat might like them, or donate to a cat rescue centre. Most shelters will also accept donations of old towels, newspapers, food bowels and cat carriers in good condition.
We hope our article on how to be a sustainable cat owner has inspired you! If you have your own tips and eco-friendly products you use, don’t forget to,