Reduce Your Environmental Impact While Caring for Your Pet

Reduce Your Environmental Impact While Caring for Your Pet

Check out the steps you can take to reduce your feline friend’s environmental impact.

This article comes from the experts at Iams®.

Let’s Talk Litter

Unless you plan to teach your cat to use the toilet, chances are you have a litter box somewhere in your house. Using biodegradable litter box liners is the first step to making your cat’s potty routine green, but the biggest eco-impact you can make is with your choice of litter.

Clay litters are made from strip-mined materials — which are very unhealthy for planet Earth — and are coated with carcinogenic dust that you and your cat can inhale. Clumping litters are just as unhealthy because the clumping agent is essentially an expanding cement that is not good for your cat's insides.

Look for cat litter made from natural or recycled materials. Many are available, and they're better for the planet and for your cat.

Go Green at Home for a Healthier Cat

Every time your cat licks herself, she’s ingesting germs and toxins that live in the grass, on your floors and on your furniture. You can help eliminate toxins from your cat’s environment by cleaning up your home-care routine. Try switching to natural cleaners around the house and using organic fertilizer and pest-control products for your yard.

Feed Smart

Smaller food bags might take up less space in your pantry, but they take up a lot more space in landfills. Why? Because you use more of them! The same goes for cans of wet cat food. If your cat prefers wet food, be sure to recycle the cans. Buying large bags of dry cat food means less waste and less of an impact on the environment. If your adult cat doesn't like dry food, try stirring in a few bites of wet food to make it more palatable to her.

Eco-Friendly Grooming

Natural, organic shampoos and other pet-grooming products can be found online and at most pet-care stores. They’re much better for the environment. Plus, they’re nontoxic, so they’re gentler on your cat.

Earth-Friendly Toys and Bedding

Look for organic catnip, or bedding and toys made from natural, organic cottons, and from nontoxic, recycled materials, such as plastic. Your cat won’t know the difference, but the Earth will.

Spay or Neuter Your Cat

Tens of thousands of kittens are born in the United States every day. That’s a lot of carbon paw prints. Many of these kittens end up abandoned to feed off the local wildlife, but many end up in overcrowded shelters. Spaying or neutering your cat will help keep the pet population in check. If you decide you want a kitten to keep your adult cat company, please consider adopting from your local shelter. 


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