Cats are the forerunner among household pets, leaving the biggest carbon paw-print.

It's time for your cat to go green!

By adjusting your cats’ and your lifestyle, you can greatly decrease your carbon paw print. By modifying your habits, you also improve the health of yourself and your cats.

Just the manufacture of cat food and its packing leads to about one ton of CO2 per cat. The waste disposal of food cans and cat litter burdens the climate with an additional 1250 kg of carbon dioxide. Then you have to include the water consumption for cleaning the cat potty.

Cat food, cat litter, waste… every cat leads to 2.2 tons of CO2 emissions annually. No other house pet leaves such a terrible ecological paw-print.

WHAT CONTRIBUTES TO YOUR CAT’S CARBON PAW PRINT?

Factors that contribute to your green gato transformation: food, litter, toys, scratching posts, safe flea and tick medicine, using natural cleaning, home temperature

Basic Needs

Food
  • Grow your own catnip plant.
  • Make your own cat food. Look at some of these recipes!
  • Buy organic or locally produced foods.
  • Choose food based on which animal is lower on the food chain. For example, it takes more resources to raise cows compared to chicken.
Litter
  • Toilet Train your cat
  • Switch to a “green” cat litter, some materials include recycled newspapers or pine saw dust, plant basted materials, locally produced, or organic if possible.

Secondary Needs

Toys
  • Buy organic toys.
  • Make your own toys using recycled items.
  • Look at these DIY toys!
Scratching Posts
  • Revive worn scratching post with recycled pieces of carpet
  • Use rope to make your own scratching post
  • Learn how here!

Health Needs

Medicine
  • Use natural, safe flea and tick medicine Use Natural Cleaners
  • Use water and vinegar to clean litter box.
  • Intense cleaners are often harmful to cats.

Environmental Costs

Home Temperature
  • Don’t excessively warm or chill your home while you’re out. Pets mostly don’t mind the difference, and they’ll find warm and cool spots in your home easily if you set the thermostat at 80 degrees in the summer and a snug 65 degrees in the winter.
  • Note: This falls into the category of “know thy pet.” For example, you absolutely need to keep your house cool if you’ve got a short-nosed breed. And an arctic breed may absolutely adore a house set at 50 degrees!
Birth Control
Indoor vs Outdoor

WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON PAW PRINT

Toilet Training
  • By toilet training your cat, you can reduce strip mining, greenhouse gases, emissions, and landfill litter.
Make your own food

Basic Needs

A lot of cats love fish, but it’s really not a good idea to feed it to your cat! The fish used in canned pet foods usually includes bones, and are high in phosphorus and magnesium, which can be an issue in cats with a history of urinary tract disorders or kidney disease. Many cats are sensitive or even allergic to fish; it is one of the top 3 most common food allergens.

Food

At the heart of the decadence is the trend towards “luxury” pet food, and the biggest beneficiaries are the four corporations that dominate the booming pet care industry and control 80% of its largest component – the global pet food market.

With pet faeces reportedly making up 4% of waste to landfill in some cities, clearly a great deal of pet food is being made. The food itself requires hundreds of millions of tons of meat and grain, as well as vast amounts of energy, most of it drawn from fossil fuels. It then has to be tinned, bagged and transported to all points of the planet.

Cat food, cat litter, waste… every cat leads to 2.2 tons of CO2 emissions annually. No other house pet leaves such a terrible ecological paw-print.

Ways you can help:

  • Make your own cat food. Look at some of these recipes!
  • Buy organic or locally produced foods.
  • Choose food based on which animal is lower on the food chain. For example, it takes more resources to raise cows compared to chicken.

HOW TO PICK: Canned or Dry Food?

Much has been written about dry cat food, carbohydrates and feline diabetes. Many people believe that cats on a mainly dry cat food diet are at increased risk of diabetes because of the high carbohydrate content found in many dry foods. The carbohydrate content of the dry foods is not responsible, per se, for the increasing incidence of diabetes in cats. Dry foods are much more likely lead to obesity in cats, and it is the obesity that predisposes cats to diabetes.

Dry cat food is good for:

Cats prone to dental issues. Dry cat food, especially the prescription dental dry foods, creates some abrasive action on the teeth when it is crunched, and thus slows down the rate that tartar accumulates on the teeth. Underweight cats. Dry food tends to have more calories than canned food, so dry food would be effective for cats to gain weight.

Canned cat food is good for:

Underweight or nutritionally challenged cats, who need to put on calories, because canned cat food smells more strongly and entices cats. Conversely from the above, overweight cats. Canned cat food has fewer calories and is better for weight loss. Cats with urinary issues also do much better when fed a canned diet. Cats with constipation issues also do better when fed a canned diet, as these diets contain more moisture.

Wet food is better for most cats!

Dry food it linked to :
  • Increased risk of Urinary Tract Infections
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Dehydration
  • Chronic Renal Failure (CRF)
  • Urinary Crystals (potentially fatal to cats)
  • Obesity and Diabetes
Wet food benefits your cat :
  • Providing much need water to their diet
  • More realistic to instinctual eating habits (natural prey of a wild cat which contains between 65% and 75% water, dry food averages 10% and canned food averages 78%)
  • Easier to monitor food amount and help your cat maintain a healthy weight

Secondary Needs

Toys

  • Buy organic toys.
  • Make your own toys using recycled items.
  • Ckeck out these DIY toys

Scratching Posts

  • Revive worn scratching post with recycled pieces of carpet
  • Use rope to make your own scratching post
  • Learn how

Home Temperature

Don’t excessively warm or chill your home while you’re out. Pets mostly don’t mind the difference, and they’ll find warm and cool spots in your home easily if you set the thermostat at 80 degrees in the summer and a snug 65 degrees in the winter.

Note: This falls into the category of “know thy pet.” For example, you absolutely need to keep your house cool if you’ve got a short-nosed breed. And an arctic breed may absolutely adore a house set at 50 degrees!

Health

Medicine

  • Use natural, safe flea and tick medicine Use Natural Cleaners
  • Use water and vinegar to clean litter box.
  • Intense cleaners are often harmful to cats.


Environmental Costs

Home Temperature

Don’t excessively warm or chill your home while you’re out. Pets mostly don’t mind the difference, and they’ll find warm and cool spots in your home easily if you set the thermostat at 80 degrees in the summer and a snug 65 degrees in the winter.

Note: This falls into the category of “know thy pet.” For example, you absolutely need to keep your house cool if you’ve got a short-nosed breed. And an arctic breed may absolutely adore a house set at 50 degrees!

Birth Control

Indoor vs Outdoor

Wildlife

Bird Population Otters, Sea Lions, and other wildlife

Reduce Carbon Pawprint

By adjusting your cats’ and your lifestyle, you can greatly decrease your carbon paw print. By modifying your habits, you also improve the health of yourself and your cats.

Toilet Training

  • By toilet training your cat, you can reduce strip mining, greenhouse gases, emissions, and landfill litter.

Make your own food