As a pet parent it is easy to get into a routine that works for you and your cat. However, there are many ways that we can update our daily routines to help positively impact the environment – without having to make any major life adjustments that cause added stress.
Measuring their food
Even though it may sound simple, measuring your cat’s food is one of the easiest ways to reduce waste as a pet parent. By using a measuring cup when feeding, you can be sure that you cat is getting the correct amount of food for whatever stage they are at in their life – meaning less wastage, a longer life for each bag of food and reducing the risk of issues caused by overfeeding. Overfeeding can lead to many health challenges throughout a cat’s life. Just like with humans, these issues can be uncomfortable, expensive, and can cause further issues down the track. By feeding them only what they need, the risk of issues like diabetes and obesity is reduced considerably helping save you money and stress in the long run.
Buy food in bulk
In addition to the health risks, measuring your cat’s food is a great way to cut back on food and packaging waste. Overfeeding means more purchasing – creating not only a greater demand for meat producers but also packaging supplies. As well as feeding the needed amount of food, you can cut back on the amount of packaging associated with each meal by buying larger bags of food, less often. By keeping 1-2 months’ worth of food on hand, you can reduce the ratio of food to packaging as well as shipping and transportation emissions; all while still being able to guarantee freshness and quality of the food you’re feeding. Read more about how to store your cat’s food to maintain the nutrition value and great taste here.
Recycle your packaging
With recycling bins being widely available, most of us recycle our own food packaging every day; but many are unaware of the ways we can recycle the packaging our cat’s food comes in. As with many brands now, the majority of Feline Natural packaging can be recycled through various soft plastic recycling programs worldwide – with many drop-off locations becoming available.
Use biodegradable cat litter
Reducing the wastage associated with daily activities is another great way for pet owners to be more considerate of the environment. Switching to biodegradable cat litter in your home can have a big impact on the tonnes of pet related waste that end up in landfill each year.
Don’t flush their poop
The waste products from your cat can be a harmful contaminant for your local water systems, and often they don’t have the ability to break down many of the chemicals commonly present. If you are looking for other ways to dispose of your pet’s waste without throwing it in the bin, try using it as natural compost for your garden – just not on anything you are planning on eating!
Recycle unloved items into toys
Spoiling our pets with endless toys and accessories can be just as much fun for us as it is for them. However, what we find exciting and engaging might not be the same as what they do. Repurposing old items is a great way to have a positive effect on the environment, while still enabling your cat to have fun, explore and engage with items around them. Whether this is a discarded cardboard box, hand-me-down soft toy or old shoelace, your cat will love to have something ‘new’ to play with and keep them occupied.
Looking after our cat's can be as beneficial for us as it is for them; so, why not take the steps to make it a positive experience all round. Have your own tips and tricks? Share them with your friends and family this Earth Day, because when we all do our own part it makes a big difference.