Climate change is mainly as a result of human activities on earth. However, this does not leave out cats.They are small and cute but they have a large on the environment. This article shows how you, and your cat can go green and live a healthy life too.
Cat nutritional needs.
Cats are obligate carnivores so for them to get all the nutrients they require for their well-being, they need a diet that is high in animal protein., research thoroughly for pet foods which emphasize on humane treatment of animals if you want to go the vegetarian way. Do not pressure a vegetarian diet on your cat.
There are some protein sources which leave a small environmental footprint. Transporting chicken leaves little greenhouse gas emissions due to the chicken’s size, so a chicken based cat food is ideal for you. Fish is the other alternative. The fish industry is working to provide environmentally sound fishing choices.
Adopt a cat from the shelter.
Adoption is the greenest way to find a cat. By doing this, you’ll be giving a cat a home while freeing space for another cat to find a home.
Your cat’s food cans are usually recyclable. Recycling these cans and other plastic containers at home goes a long way in protecting the environment. Purchasing cat supplies made from recyclable or recycled bags is also an excellent way to go green.
During those freezing winters turning down the thermostat a couple of degrees and cuddling with your cat conserves energy.
Purchasing cat food from companies who use renewable sources of energy such as solar, wind among others goes a long way towards environment conservation. Look for leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
Buying in bulk is another way to go green. It reduces trips to the store as well as promote efficient packaging.
An environmentally friendly cat litter.
There are many options for environmentally sensitive cat litter boxes. Litters made from corn, renewable wheat crops, wood shavings, sawdust are some of the possibilities.
There are some flushable cat litter brands to choose from if you want to avoid the manual cleaning of litter boxes. Cat Genie and litter robot are some of the brands.
Cats are simple animals. Food, water, exercise, medical care, a collar tag and lots of love are the necessities your cat require. Purchasing fancy toys, decorative collars, fancy little outfits and other things increases your pet’s environmental footprint. They need a lot of oil, water, trees, chemicals, and energy during manufacture, packaging, and transportation. All these resources are too much for something which your cat might not even appreciate.
Your house is a fortress for items which your cat can use as toys. A pen, gift bows, empty paper bags are some of the things that can entertain your feline friend.
Outdoor cats kill approximately 2.4 billion birds yearly in the United States. Keeping your cat indoors, removing bird baths, houses, and feeders from the yard, outdoor enclosures or leash training or having your cat put on a CatBib while outside helps to reduce wildlife deaths.
Purchase cat products wisely.
When buying products like beddings for your cat, go for organic products made from natural materials or plastics which don’t contain vinyl, phthalates or Bisphenol A (BPA). Eco-friendly and toxic free shampoos and conditioners made from natural ingredients go a long way in keeping your cat healthy and protecting the environment too. Before you buy any product, read the label.
Prevent unplanned litter.
Cat overpopulation is a big problem. Spay, neuter or vasectomy will help reduce overcrowding in shelters, conserves energy, resources, and food. It helps preserve the environment. It saves the young kitties from the trauma and abuse they experience before getting shelter.
Going green improves your cat’s carbon paw print, so it is worth trying.