To my delight, more and more of us are interested in a sustainable way of life. We try to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible, whether it's our trash, the amount of CO2 produced, or even just trying not to trample on flowers during a walk. Everyone has different priorities and boundaries, but we all share a commitment and desire to make a change, or perhaps just responsibility for our behavior and respect for nature. This led me to list ways of applying sustainability in cat care. Perhaps this will help some people to make a change.
We can't turn our cats vegetarian, even though there are such foods on the market. Cats were always carnivores, and a plant diet would not give them everything they need. It's therefore primarily important to use natural materials. The most used consumer good in cat care is certainly litter. Fortunately, there is an ecological version made of 100% natural materials that is completely biodegradable. And you don't have to worry about it not working as well as conventional litter. It absorbs odors and moisture very well. It can also easily be flushed into the toilet or even composted after use.
Cardboard scratchers and beds are also available. They not only have an interesting design, they serve their purpose and then you can recycle them. You can also find felted beds and caves. Some brands only use recycled materials or leftover textiles for the production of fabric beds. Some cats (like mine), however, have a very refined ecological sense, and therefore despise any kind of bed. Instead, they prefer a laundry basket, a stack of clothes in a closet, a cardboard box, or a paper bag from shopping.
We can also think about our choice of scratchers and furniture. An all-wood scratcher will cost several times more than a plush one, but it will last several times longer. Plush is also quite hard to clean. The material is not even very resistant to cat claws, and it is also a great breeding ground for mites and bacteria. On the other hand, a wooden scratcher made from a trunk or solid wood will ensure a long service life, easy maintenance and greater satisfaction of your cat. The same is true of furniture - wooden houses, lounges and rest areas. Do not be discouraged by the higher purchase price, their durability will return your investment.
We can also choose natural materials for cat toys. It's best to avoid plastic cat bowls. Do you have any other ideas how to conserve nature when taking care of our four-legged companion? I would appreciate more tips so I can also take it a step further.