Very shortly after bringing home Kobe and Hugo, I noticed how much TRASH having cats made.
This was long before I was aware and educated on zero waste and I didn’t understand the importance of recycling, but when you’re scooping out litter every day, you can’t help but wonder what happens to all of that gross, clay litter.
So here’s a short lil post on what products I use, why I like them, and how I’ve ensured that our boys don’t have an ecological footprint.
I’ve found that having a litter box that you can throw away is freaking amazing. I know that the most eco-friendly option would be to have a reusable box, but for me these Nature’s Miracle Jumbo Disposable Cat Litter Boxes have been so convenient and easy. They’re biodegradable/ eco-friendly, odor-reducing (baking soda), and they come in regular and jumbo sizes. The downside to this is that they come in a pack of two, and the “pack” is held together by a thin layer of plastic (which I recycle). There is also a sticker on the bottom and on the side. We use one pack per month since we clean out the boxes daily so it hasn’t been too bad, but the other option would be to have a reusable box or make a wooden box!
I didn’t really have any option but to find a quality litter, because Hugo is sensitive to *everything* and so scented, clay litters make his pads peel and ache. It was terrible, so I ended up with this Okocat Natural Wood Clumping Cat Litter. It is made from reclaimed wood materials and is very soft, dust-free, and clumps surprisingly well (as good as any clay I’ve tried). The brand also has tons of other options, like extra soft, long hair, and dust-free paper.
This is the dry food they like – Earthborn Holistic Primitive Feline Grain-Free Natural Dry Cat & Kitten Food. The bag is recyclable and it is a grain-free food. I really like this company because they try to be as eco-friendly as possible.
The cats eat a 90% raw diet, and we supplement with a small amount of dry food. The raw food I buy comes from a local company that delivers in reusable bags. The food containers are recyclable.
A great deodorizer is baking soda, which I buy in a cardboard carton that is totally biodegradable. I just mix this in with their litter and it eliminates odor.
I was using small trash bags, and that is so wasteful. This 100 pack of vegetable based Cat Poop Litter Waste Bags by bioDOGradable Bags are a great alternative and they have little handles at the top that makes tying up easy and mess-free.
I’ve ordered some different toys off of Thrive Market – they have a lot of eco-friendly options that the boys LOVE. Anything with catnip they love – obviously.
Do you have any eco-friendly products that you love for your pets? Leave a comment – I’d love to know!
Calee Shea is a Holistic Health Practioner based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is your go-to gal for all things periods, vaginal health, and sex.