Celebrating Earth Day

These days, it’s easier than ever before for your cat to be eco-furriendly and go green reducing her carbon pawprint. Help celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by being cognizant when you shop for various home accessories, litter and toys.

There is a large variety of stunning and soft comfy beds that are made from one or more recycled or reclaimed resources. Recycled plastic bottles are becoming a popular form of padding for pet beds.

Americans consume more than 70 million plastic bottles of water every day. By creating an innovative way to reuse this plentiful recyclable resource as resilient pet bed fill, companies are effectively help keep the equivalent of over 100,000,000, 16.9-oz plastic bottles from reaching landfills in a year.

When it comes to memory foam beds, often remnant bits of foam are used instead of being discarded. Memory foam beds are great for elderly kitties because the material conforms to body heat and pressure, therapeutically protecting achy muscles and joints.

Similarly, there are lots of toys made from recycled plastic. Alternatively, cats will enjoy batting about toys from natural fibers such as felt and wool. Felt balls and mice can become very tattered and torn as cats play with them. But there’s a simple trick to reinstating them to their original shape and form. Put them in a sock and toss them into a hot water wash. They will instantly regain their original form and increase their longevity.

Clay litter is by far the most popular kind of litter used in the United States. It’s practical and easy to use because it clumps easily. But sadly, it also clogs landfills.

Kitty litter was invented by Ed Lowe of St. Paul Minnesota in 1947. Lowe sold industrial absorbents, including sawdust and an absorbent clay called Fuller’s Earth. One day he was approached by a neighbor who was tired of using ashes in her cat’s box and dealing with sooty paw prints. She asked for some sand, and Ed suggested clay instead. Soon the neighbor would use nothing else, noting that the clay was much more absorbent than sand and didn’t track all over the house.

Ed had a hunch that other cat owners would love his new cat box filler, too, so he filled 10 brown bags with clay, wrote the name “Kitty Litter” on them, and called on the local pet store. With sand available for next-to-nothing, the shop owner doubted anyone would pay 65 cents for a five-pound bag of Kitty Litter. Well, the rest is history.

These days, there are lots of lots of biodegradable alternatives to clay made from wheat, corn, and paper that will definitely help reduce your kitty’s carbon paw print. Take advice from friends who have tried some of these alternatives and tested their absorption and odor control. Facebook is a good place to start.

Better still; post your comments to this blog!


Photo credit: From flickr by sub_lime79

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