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Catnip for Cats and Other Green Feline Delights

Here’s a guest post from Becky, a Green Little Cat reader.  She shares three greener ideas for playing with your cat.

Cats are undoubtedly very laid back, nonchalant creatures. It takes a lot to impress them or even get their attention. Many people waste a lot of time and resources on non-recyclable, non-biodegradable toys and treats for their cats But there are healthy, organic treats and toys that will have even the most reserved cat bouncing off the walls.

Here are a few ways to mesmerize your cat the “green” way:

Catnip 

Catnip for cats is an irresistable treat for cats. Catnip, or Nepeta cataria, is a mint plant that drives most cats crazy. According to WebMD, one in two cats is sensitive to catnip and the high sensation will last approximately 10 minutes. Nepetalactone, the oil found in catnip, stimulates the cat and pushes her to a temporary state of insanity.

Catnip can be used for training. Sprinkling a little on your cat’s scratching post will encourage her to scratch the post and not those undesirable places such as your furniture or rugs.

You can also entice your cat to play with certain toys by dipping them in a bag of catnip prior to handing it over to her. Many cats will roll around, and aggressively lick or smell the infested area. Some may even get aggressive and be very protective of the area or item that contains the catnip.

Fortunately, there are plenty of options for organic catnip as well. Many catnip seeds are grown right here in America using sustainable techniques.

Laser Lights 

Every cat loves a good chase which is why they are so fascinated with laser lights. The moving target simulates a chase to them as they race around the house trying to capture the beam of light. Many pet stores carry laser lights specifically designed for cats. Purchasing these cat-approved toys will ensure they are both safe and appropriate for your feline friend. Most cats love laser lights, so this is one toy that you know can entertain your cat for hours on end and won’t get tossed in the reject pile.

Dangling String 

Finally, string has survived the test of time as a toy favorite for cats. Attaching something to dangle at the end brings even more pleasure. You can dangle the string and object in front of your cat for endless entertainment. Another option is hanging it from something so that your cat can entertain herself. Either way, the constant rebounding object gets your cat’s paws up and batting it back and forth.

One of the great things about string is that you can usually find it in any old random closet in the house. This is a great example of reusing old supplies in a way that’s fun for your car and good on the environment. Why contribute more plastic waste to the world by buying some contraption your cat may not even like when good, old-fashioned string is all you need?

Stocking these three irresistible toys and treats for cats in your home will result in an entertained, happy cat. Since these non-wasteful delights will have your cat moving and burning calories, you can also feel great about providing her with an organic, reusable treat option. These can be found at your local pet store or online, along with a myriad of other “green” pet supplies.

What To Do When Your Cat Is Sick

A Green Little Cat reader sent us some tips on what to do when your cat is sick.  Consider this a public service announcement to encourage you to create a plan of action for what to do if you kitty needs medical attention, which hopefully will be never.  At the very least, find the number and address for the 24-hour emergency vet nearest you.  Here’s the post:

Like humans, cats can pick up a large number of ailments and illnesses from a sprained poor to an eye infection, a lost tooth to a ripped-out claw, an upset stomach to an abscess. A lot of animal ailments are obvious and visible to the eye, but some are less obvious and can take some working out to diagnose and treat.

My kitten scared us when he was getting severe diarrhea and after 48 hours of it we had to assume it was not just something he had eaten whilst out and about but possibly something more serious, so we took him to our vets for an appointment.

The vet asked what food we were feeding him on and said it could be a case of a dietary intolerance and to try him on Royal Canin Sensitivity, which is a “highly digestable, hypoallergenic diet for kittens and cats”. It has been specially made to assist in managing any diet intolerance and hypersensitivity.

We were very fortunate that the new food helped Ackee’s stomach; we don’t know what triggered his reaction but having found a food that keeps his stomach well we decided to stick with it and not investigate the trigger any further. There is plenty of other cat food on the market to help with other dietary issues your cat might have, so it is always worth a look to see if a food could help with a particular problem.

We have found that some problems do not require medical attention so long as you keep an eye on them. For example, Ackee ripped out one of his claws and it did bleed a lot but he kept it clean and we checked it daily to ensure it was not infected, and it healed up well with a new claw coming through.

It is sometimes easy to panic and rush your cat into its cat carrier and down to the vets, but sometimes problems do resolve themselves. My rule is to think of your cat like a child and would you rush your child to the doctor if they got a cut or a bruise, or would you use common sense and keep an eye on things to see how they got on so long as any wounds were clean? And if the problem is indeed urgent, then always take to the vets ASAP.

 

Quality Cat Toys Made in the USA! Furball Reviews Imperial Cat’s Cat ‘n Around Toys

Are you looking for US made cat toys filled with organic catnip that your cat will actually play with? Check out this review from Furball as he plays with Imperial Cat’s CAT N AROUND organic catnip filled toy bird.

Imperial Cat Toy ReviewWith the plethora of cat toys made in China, it’s refreshing to see Imperial Cat offer a selection of high quality cat toys filled with organic catnip that are made in the USA. The good cats at Imperial Cat were kind enough to send Furball a kitty basket of toys to review along with one of their eco-friendly cardboard scratchers.

When the box arrived in the mail, Furball immediately knew something fun was inside. He started sniffing the box intently as soon as I set it down on the floor. I’m sure he could smell the freshness of the organic catnip straight through the cardboard box.

We received a selection of Imperial Cat’s CAT N AROUND toys and here’s the first review from Furball. If a picture says a thousand words, a video must say a million!

Furball loved the CAT N AROUND bird toy, stuffed with fragrant organic catnip. If you watch the video, you’ll hear him snorting (YES SNORTING) with delight. My toddler adds his commentary in the background.

Visit Amazon.com for more details on the Cat ‘n Around Birdie Catnip Toy.

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4 Cat Toys You Can Make from a Toilet Paper Roll

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Photo: Catster

I was busy spreading the green gospel again :). This time, I was sharing some of my DIY eco-friendly cat toy ideas with Catster readers.

If you’ve got a toilet, a cat AND you use toilet paper, have I got cat toys for you! Learn how to make 4 simple cat toys from a toilet paper roll by checking out my article on Catster.

4 Cat Toys You Can Make from a Toilet Paper Roll

And then, check out my latest post on 5 eco-friendly tips for playing with cats.

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