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The Cat’s Meow in Organic Cotton Fabric for Crafty Cat Lovers

When you’ve got a crafty project in mind, use cat print fabric made from organic cotton to wow and delight. Here’s a selection of whimsical, fun and cheeky designs to create pillows, pajamas, cat toys and more—whatever your imagination pounces upon.

1. Meow Haven by Monaluna

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This cute kitty design printed with low impact dyes on 100% certified organic cotton. Buy it by the half or full yard. Order it by the half yard on Amazon.com

2. Black Cats Organic Cotton Knit Fabric

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This organic cotton interlock knit fabric is purrfect for anything you want to craft that needs a little bit of give or stretch. It’s a super soft knit fabric with a fresh and modern design.

You can get it made to order on the Sewn Natural Etsy shop

3. Here Kitty Kitty Organic Tossed Cats With Twine Grey Fabric

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Alyssa Thomas of Penguin & Fish for Clothworks is the creator of this GOTS certified organic cotton print. It’s available in a variety of colours, including white, black grey, pink and gold.

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Check out the different colors of Here Kitty Kitty Organic Tossed Cats Fabric.

4. Cats – Handmade Organic Cotton Fabric

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This handmade organic cotton poplin is GOTS-certified (Global Organic Textile Standard). The cotton is lightweight and soft to the touch and it won’t shrink in the wash.

You’ll find it online at the .

5. Happy Drawing Too Organic Cats Fabric

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The Happy Drawing collection by Ed Emberley for Cloud 9 gets its inspiration from drawings in Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals. Sold by the yard and cut to order, you’ll find it on Amazon. Click here for details: Happy Drawing Too Organic Cats Grey Fabric

6. Cats on Daisy – Lillestoff

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This organic fabric is a blend of 95% organic cotton and 5% elastane, making it a wonderfully soft jersey knit that is 100% GOTS-certified. Get it at the FunnyFabrix Etsy shop.

7. Spring Cats Organic Cotton Jersey

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This fun and fanciful fabric is made from organic cotton and elastane. It’s also GOTS-certified, making it a great choice for creating dresses, tees and onesies for little kids who love cats. Find this and other cheery designs at the OttobreDesign Etsy shop

100% Organic Natural Cat Urine Odor Control and Stain Remover

Got a cat urine stain or odor problem and are looking for a way to get it out of your carpet or sofa? Or maybe you’re looking for a way to get the cat vomit out of your carpet? Here’s a natural and 100% organic pet stain and odor remover.

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I love how much the green industry has grown since I first started this blog. It’s been just over five years, but the growth in eco-friendly pet products has been astounding during this period of time. Back in the day, there were only a couple of eco-friendly options for getting the smell of cat urine out of the carpet.

I’ve been lucky in that Furball is very consistent in using his litter box, but there have been times where the little dingleberry has followed him out of the box into the living room. I think he just gets too excited to run off somewhere so he’s not fully done his business.

As well, he’s a high strung cat so when he gets stressed, he has a tendency to barf up hairballs and sometimes food onto the carpet. He can be surrounded by an ocean of hardwood flooring, but much prefers to run onto the rug or the light beige carpeted steps of the stairs to upchuck his stuff. That’s when I am so thankful for natural enzyme pet odor and stain removers.

As I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting products for healthy, natural and sustainable living, I was quite intrigued to come across the Jackie Doodles Odor and Stain Eliminator.

This is a 100% USDA certified organic natural cleaner for urine and vomit stains on your carpet or upholstery. It’s good for both dog and cat urine, and it’s also earth-friendly and safe for your pets and kids.

Jackie Doodles Odor and Stain Eliminator is an enzyme-based cleaner, like Nature’s Miracle, only this one is certified organic. The way enzymes work is that they digest organic matter to neutralize stains and odors. It’s important when using enzyme-based cleaners to not use any other traditional cleaners on the area. That’s because they kill the enzymes and prevent them from doing their clean-up job.

Basically, you wipe up the mess (e.g. cat urine or vomit), blot it as dry as you can with a paper towel and then go to town, spraying on the enzyme cleaner. Oh, you may want to test it on a small patch first in an indiscreet area if you’ve never used it before on the material. I haven’t had any issues with discoloration and enzyme-based cleaners, but you might want to check to be on the safe side.

Follow the directions and wait for the allotted time to let the enzymes do their work, digesting all of the remaining organic matter in your carpet or couch. Give it a wipe and that’s it. You may have to reapply it for a stubborn stain. Enzyme-based cleaners tend to work best for newer stains and pee accidents, although they are still effective for old ones as long as you haven’t used a chemical-based cleaner on the area. If you have, try cleaning away the cleaner with water (test if water stains in an indiscreet patch first), and then try the enzyme cleaner.

Admittedly, these natural cleaners based on enzymes tend to have a bit of a funky smell, sort of like fermenting hops. It’s not as bad as the cat pee or vomit, but it’s not fresh and clean smelling like a chemical cleaner. However, the smell does dissipate in a day or two and it definitely smells better than cat urine!

Out of 55 reviews on Amazon, 82% gave the product a 5-star rating. I think some of the lower ratings were due to the issues I mentioned above about using it on old stains or on stains that had already been treated with harsh chemical cleaners. The chemicals that they use often include polypropylene which is a crude oil derivative and used as a binding agent. It acts like a coating to seal in odors and prevents the enzymes from reaching the offending matter.

So the number one takeaway is to use the enzyme-based pet stain and odor remover first when an accident happens. Don’t use anything else first and you should see much better results. That’s why I like to have a bottle of the stuff on hand because I never know what Furball may surprise me with, but I definitely feel ready when I have an enzyme-based cleaner on hand.

If you’re looking for a 100% organic natural cleaner, you can find Jackie Doodles Odor and Stain Eliminator on Amazon.com.

30 Seconds to Create an Eco-friendly Cat Playground and Breathe New Life into Old Cat Toys

Quite by accident, I discovered an easy way to create an interactive play area for my cat. This playground was so delightful that it inspired my 14-year old cat, Furball to leap and run around like a kitten.

And, I bet you’ve already got what you need to build this kitty playground in your home right now. You’ll need…drum roll please…

  • 10 to 15 books

That’s it. Simply scatter them in a random pile on the floor. You’ll want to make the pile high enough so that your cat thinks it can “hide” behind the pile, aka crouch below so it can’t see above the books.

I discovered this easy way to make a fun game for my cat purely by chance. I was going through my bookshelf and clearing out books that I no longer needed. As I was cleaning, I dumped the books that I was going to donate to the library on the floor. When I started playing with Furball later that day, he ran to hide behind the books and a fast and easy kitty playground was created.

It made his usual game of chasing the Rainbow Cat Charmer absolutely addictive for him. He was having so much fun running and jumping that it reminded me of when he was a crazy kitten and played so much that he once fell down from dizziness because he wouldn’t stop running in circles. It was just like the good old days because Furball went berserk attacking his old toy with renewed vigor.

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So, all you need to do is bust out an old cat toy, preferably something interactive such as a wand toy, Cat Dancer or something that dangles. Get your cat’s attention and then make the toy hide behind the stack of books.

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It’ll give your cat the opportunity to exercise her natural instincts of stalking. The best thing is that once you’re done, clean up is a cinch. Just gather up the books and put them back on your shelf!

If you’re looking for places to donate old books, here are a few suggestions:

  • Some libraries will accept used books.
  • If you have paperbacks, try posting them on PaperBackSwap.com.  It’s like a giant online book swap meet.
  • Gently used books for young children are welcomed by Project Night Night, which gives books, blankets and stuffed animals to homeless children.
  • Women’s shelters that support families are also a good place to donate books for kids of all ages.

If you’re doing some spring cleaning, here are a few more ideas on Where to Recycle Stuff.

100% Recycled Rubber Cat Placemat

Keep your kitty’s eating area clean with this adorable cat face placemat from Oré Originals. Shaped like an oversized cartoon cat head, this cheeky mat is not only fun, it’s also functional and eco-friendly too.

It’s made in the USA from 100% recycled rubber which makes it both durable and practical. The rubber surface holds the mat in place on the floor and also keeps cat bowls and dishes from sliding around. If your cat is like Furball who likes to drag his bowl across the floor, this mat will help ensure the bowls don’t go wandering too far.
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The placemat’s surface is just the right size for cats. It’ll help keep the floor protected from spills, kibble bits and that wet cat food that drops out of your cat’s mouth when she turns suddenly mid-chew because she heard a loud noise.

You can find the Oré Pet Black Cat Face Placemat for about $15 at Amazon.com. And if you’ve got dog, there’s a super cute recycled rubber dog bone shaped placemats too!

10 Ways to Save Water When You’re Already Hard Core About Reducing Your Water Consumption

Here are 10 tips that can save between 5,000 to 50,000 gallons of water a year even if you’re already conscientious about reducing your water consumption.

You use low flush toilets, turn off the tap when you brush your teeth, water the yard in the early morning and use a low-flow showerhead—just to name a handful of the wonderful things you do to conserve water. Kudos to you! You’re already doing everything you can to reduce your water consumption. There’s nothing left to do!

I thought the same thing myself until our kitchen sink got clogged. When you have to bail your own sink, you quickly realize just how much water you’re using to wash a few dishes and how little you can actually get by with. Living in California (now in its second year of a severe drought), I knew I could do better so I challenged myself to conserve even more water.

We’d already done the obvious things, so I had to get creative to come up with more ways to reduce my water consumption. Admittedly, it takes more effort and it does cramp your lifestyle a little bit. However, you won’t need to abstain from showering so you won’t be walking around covered in dirt and smelling like ripe summer ;).

WARNING: These tips ain’t for Eco-posers! While I don’t find them onerous at all, the average person probably wouldn’t bother. However, if you’re reading this article, you’re probably not average! Heck, you may even have better tips than me for saving water! And if you do, please share them in the comments below.

1. Turn Off the Shower

Water Saved Per Year: 1,825 to 43,880 gallons

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Forget the 5-minute shower. If you’ve got hair, that’s not possible. Instead, you can spend as long as you want in the shower. The catch? You can’t have the water running the whole time. Turn it off when you’re soaping up, shampooing, conditioning and/or shaving. Only turn it on to rinse. That’ll get a 5-minute shower down to three minutes of running water.

A low-flow showerhead cuts your water consumption to 2.5 gallons per minute as opposed to the usual 5 to 10 gallons. If you take a 10-minute shower, that’s 25 gallons. If you take a 5-minute shower, that’s 12.5 gallons. If you take a 3-minute shower, you are rockin’ it at 7.5 gallons per shower. Assuming one shower per day, that’s a savings of 1,825 gallons per year. Water savings are much more if you have a regular showerhead. For example, if you normally take a 15-minute shower at 10 gallons per minute, you’ll save 120 gallons per shower or a whopping 43,800 per year!

2. Capture Your Shower Water

Water Saved Per Year: 365 to 730 gallons

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There’s another way to save water in the shower. Keep a rustproof watering can in your shower. While you’re waiting for the water to warm up, fill up the watering can and use this to water plants or even wash your car with one bucket of water (see #9 below).

Even if your watering can holds just one gallon of water, you’ll save 365 gallons a year. Stick a 2-gallon container in the shower and you’ll save 730 gallons!

3. One Pot of Water for Dishes

Water Saved Per Year: 730 gallons

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Try the “One Pot Challenge” for washing dishes. When you think you’re using very little water to wash dishes, this challenge is an eye-opener. Often, you’ll use several times the volume of what your washing to actually wash it.

Place a large pot under the tap and try to wash all your dishes without filling the pot. When you capture the water run off in a pot, you’ll be surprised to see how much water is actually running down the drain. Make it a game to wash a load of dishes without filling your pot full.

You’ll likely reduce your water consumption to at least a third of what you were using before. That’s a potential savings of at least 2 gallons a day and probably much more.

4. Reuse the Rinse Water

Water Saved Per Year: 182.5 gallons

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Keep a flower vase next to the kitchen sink. As you rinse your dishes, capture the “clean” rinse water into the vase. By clean, I mean the water without chunks of food. It can either be clear rinse water or sudsy water. Then, when you have pots or pans to soak, you can use the water from the vase.

Assuming an average of one pot or pan to soak per day (this is a very conservative estimate), you’ll save at least a half gallon per day for a savings of 182.5 gallons a year.

5. Stretch out the Dishwasher

Water Saved Per Year: 243 to 365 gallons

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Okay, the debate is on whether a dishwasher saves water. If you’re doing the “One Pot Challenge” wash, then it’s probably not efficient to use the dishwasher. However, if you’ve got a family and lots of dishes, you’re very likely tempted to use the dishwasher.

If that’s the case, you can stretch out how often you run the dishwasher by washing the occasional glass or dish. When you look at your dishwasher rack, you’ll see that it actually doesn’t hold that much. By washing dishes by hand occasionally (using very little water), you can probably skip a day of turning on your dishwasher.

If you run your dishwasher every other day, skipping a day will let you run it every three days, a reduction of 50%. A typical dishwasher uses 6 gallons of water per cycle whereas the average Energy Star dishwasher uses about 4 gallons per cycle. If you cut your use to once every three days, you’ll be running it 121.67 times per year vs. 182.5.

That’s a reduction of 60.83 cycles per year or a savings between 243 and 365 gallons per year depending on how much your dishwasher uses per cycle.

6. The No Flush Toilet

Water Saved Per Year: 1,401 to 7,665 gallons

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Flush for #2 and don’t flush for #1. Hey, I did tell you this wasn’t for Eco-posers. Have a box of baking soda handy and sprinkle it in the bowl and keep the lid closed to take care of odours.

If your water has a high mineral content, you may get a mineral build-up ring in your toilet bowl that is a bitch to scrape off. You can either vigorously scrub regularly or ignore it. If it does build up, you can remove it by placing toilet paper soaked in CLR on the ring for the time directed in the instructions. This will help to remove the ring.

Let’s assume you pee three times a day.

Older toilets can use 3.5, 5, or even up to 7 gallons of water with every flush. Federal plumbing standards now specify that new toilets can only use up to 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF), and there are high efficiency toilets that use up to 1.28 GPF.” (Source: conserveh2o.org)

That means you’re saving between 1.28 gallons to 7 gallons per flush for a total savings between 1,401 to 7,665 gallons per year.

7. Wash Your Hands With a Drizzle

Water Saved Per Year: 383 to 602 gallons

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When you soap up your hands, turn the tap off. While you rinse, turn on a trickle of water as opposed to your usual amount. How much water you save will depend on the flow rate of your tap. The standard water flow  is 2.2 gallons per minute or 1.5 gallons if you use a WaterSense labelled faucet.

This means if you turn the tap to only half the regular flow, you’ll save between 0.7 gallons to 1.1 gallons per minute. Assuming you wash your hands three times a day at 30 seconds each wash, that’s a savings of 383 to 602 gallons per year.

8. Use a Smaller Glass for Brushing Your Teeth

Water Saved Per Year: 28 gallons

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Many people use big plastic cups to hold their toothbrushes and then fill the cups up with water when brushing their teeth. And, of course, they don’t use all of the water in the cup to rinse, just a fraction of it and the rest goes down the drain.

If you use a smaller glass, you’ll fill it up less by default. That’s less water going down the drain. Assuming you brush your teeth at least twice a day and you reduce the water going down the drain by 10oz/day, that’s 28 gallons per year, the equivalent of about 5 to 7 dishwasher loads.

9. The One Bucket Car Wash

Water Saved Per Year: 105 to 621 gallons

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If you don’t have a car all, good for you. You probably don’t have kids or you live in an urban environment with fantastic public transportation. For everyone else, you can save gallons of water a year by washing your car yourself with just one bucket of water.

  1. Give your car a 10-second misting so that the surface is wet.
  2. Then pour some eco-friendly car detergent into a bucket as directed. Add water to the bucket, filling it just under half full (about 2 gallons).
  3. Dip the mitt into the soapy water and use the mitt to hand scrub your car.
  4. For hubcaps, do those last. Dip a small scrubbing brush into the water and use a little elbow grease to scrub your rims. Rinse with a blast of water for 5 seconds per hubcap.
  5. When you have finished scrubbing your entire car, give it a quick 10-second rinse with the hose.

In total, you’ll only use the water in the bucket and the amount that you sprayed on the car. You can get fancy to calculate how much water flows through your hose or guesstimate an average flow rate of 10 gallons per minute. If you follow the above directions, that’s about 40 seconds of water flow for a total of 6 gallons, plus 2 gallons in the bucket, for a total of 8 gallons of water.

Whoa! Quite a lot of water to wash a car even if you’re a Scrooge about it. That’s why you can also reduce how often you wash your car to about once a month. Not that attractive, but it’ll suffice.

However, compared to taking your car to the car wash, you’re saving anywhere from 26 to 112 gallons per wash. See the stats below:

Some friction in-bay automatic systems use approximately 35 gallons per vehicle, and a high-volume in-bay site could average 100 cars a day. Other in-bay automatics, employing the high-pressure touchless method, use 70 gallons per vehicle. A tunnel car wash with a moderate amount of high-pressure applications could use 120 gallons of water per vehicle.” (Source: Auto Laundry News)

Let’s assume you only wash your car 6 times a year. With the numbers from above, you’ll save 105 to 621 gallons per year.

10. Refuse the Water at Restaurants

Water Saved Per Year: 3 gallons

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In the interest of service, many restaurant servers will bring you a giant glass of water. If you ask them not to fill your glass or to bring you water, you’ll save about 1 glass per restaurant visit. Let’s say you eat out once a week. That’s 52 glasses a year or about 3 gallons per year.

Okay, admittedly this one doesn’t save that much water, but when you’re already a water saving superstar, every extra drop counts. The value in this is actually in sharing water saving with others.

When your friends, family or the server sees you doing this, you can open up the conversation to talk about water conservation and share some of your fave tips for reducing water use. It’s the power of the multiplier effect that will ultimately make the biggest difference in reducing water consumption. You can help start the conversation and encourage people to save water right now by clicking one of the buttons below to share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or more. Mother Earth thanks you!

5 Eco-Friendly Cat Beds That Your Cat Will Love

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly cat bed for your cat, here are five pawsome and attractive cat beds made from everything from recycled wine barrels to organic cotton cat beds.

Finicky felines often turn their noses up at fancy cat beds, but they sure do love sleeping in cardboard boxes. Have you ever considered that your cat may find the off-gassing smells of synthetic fabrics simply off-putting? It’s like the new car smell, only your cat is supposed to sleep in it. No wonder she prefers the box!

Years ago, I wrote a post on eco-friendly cat beds and was hard-pressed to find any specifically designed for cats. Thank goodness times have changed. Now, you can find a wide assortment of eco-friendly cat beds from country cozy to fancy stlyin’ in a mix of materials and sizes. Here are 5 eco-friendly cat beds that your feline friend will love.

1. Recycled Wine Barrel Cat Bed

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Handmade from a retired wine barrel, this cozy casket is a perfect place for your cat to curl up and nap. It’s a one-of-a-kind find as each barrel is unique in size and color. The wine barrel pet bed also comes with a comfy cushion sized to fit the barrel. Find it and other wine barrel creations at WineyGuys.

2. Rescue Wool Felt Cat Bed Area Rug

When it comes to green cred, this cat bed area rug isn’t pulling the wool over anyone’s eyes. This 100% wool cat mat is made from wool that has been sourced from from animal rescue sanctuaries or family farms in the United States.

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Because the wool comes from rescue sheep, it’s a unique melange of all types of wool including romney wool, merino wool, churro wool, wool locks, white wool, brown wool, black wool, grey wool, and organic wool. The great thing about wool is it helps keep pets cool in the summer and warm in the winter, plus it naturally has antibacterial properties.

While it doesn’t look like a typical cat mat, if you imagine you’re a cat, this is a dream bed. Find it at FeltBetter’s Etsy shop.

3. Organic Hemp Cat Bed

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This natural and organic cat bed is made from 100% organic cotton and hemp. Not only is the removable cover eco-friendly, the padding is also natural. The bed is filled with natural fibres from kapok trees.

This organic hemp pet bed can be found on DebBedOrganics Etsy shop, where you can also find organic hemp and cotton pet duvets.

4. Organic Cotton Cat Mat

organic cat matThis organic cat mat is made from 100% organic cotton canvas, which provides a super soft surface for your cat to nap on. The bottom surface is made from eco-twill which is a blend of organic cotton and recycled polyester. You can choose this design or custom order a cat mat at Kentucky Bluebird’s Etsy store.

5. West Paw Design Eco Nap Cat Mat

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The Eco Nap Cat mat is handcrafted in the USA by West Paw Design. It comes in a rainbow of colours and is made from IntelliLoft® both inside and out. This eco-friendly fiber is derived entirely from recycled plastic bottles. It’s comfy and easy to care for. Simply throw it in the wash. Visit Amazon to order your Eco Nap Cat mat
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Cat-Shaped Bamboo Cutting Board

Here’s something for the green cat lover. If you love cats and want a whimsical way to show off your love of cats, this cat-shaped bamboo cutting board from A Pet Project, will make a purrfect statement in your kitchen.

Made from eco-friendly bamboo, this cat silhouette cutting board is a convenient medium-sized cutting board that would be great for serving cheese or chopping up veggie sticks.

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Did you know that bamboo cutting boards are actually harder than most wood cutting boards? I’ve been using bamboo cutting boards for years and I find even the sharpest knifes will not cut deeply into the board. However, despite being so durable, bamboo cutting boards tend to be lighter and thinner than traditional wood chopping blocks.

If you’re a dog lover, A Pet Project also offers six dog-friendly styles too. From cartoon dog silhouettes to breed specific designs, and even a cute dog bone, you’re sure to find a homey addition for your eco-friendly kitchen.

To check out all of their cat and dog-shaped bamboo cutting boards, you can find them on Amazon.com. They’re a great deal at under $10 each!

Did You Know You Can Compost Cat Litter?

I bought a home composter a couple of years ago and part of what I had to mix in with the compost included wood pellets. They looked suspiciously a lot like the organic wheatgrass cat litter I used to buy, so it got me wondering if it was the same thing. Can you use compost cat litter?

Well, I found out the answer to this question when I received a recent press release about Swheat Scoop® Natural Clumping Litter. Similar to wood pellets, Swheat Scoop is made from a renewable, biodegradable, plant-based resource—namely wheat.

The folks at Swheat Scoop included a few tips on how to compost cat litter, so I thought I’d share them with you. Here they are:

1. Clean the litter box regularly

  • It’s recommended that you scoop twice a day to encourage your cat to use the box regularly and also to keep  the remaining, non-soiled litter clean and fresh.
  • When it’s time to replace the litter (it’s recommended that the litter box be fully emptied, cleaned and refilled once a month), the residual litter can be added to the compost pile meant for enriching decorative gardens with flowers, shrubs, trees and other plants not intended for consumption. DON’T USE the cat litter compost  in vegetable gardens.

2. Sort your waste

  • To yield the most successful compost, you must have the right “ingredients.” If you’re composting indoors you’ll want a compost bin, which may require you to add water periodically. An outdoor compost pile will naturally receive the appropriate amount of moisture from the ground and the rain.
  • Materials you can add to the compost pile or container include:
    • Non-protein food scraps
    • Plant, vegetable, fruit or grass cuttings
    • Eggshells
    • Grains
    • Coffee grains (this balances the compost’s pH levels, which helps manage odors and encourages a faster compost cycle)
  • Items to sift or discard from your compost are:
    • Meat or fish
    • Dairy
    • Grease
    • Plastics or plastic-coated paper products

3. Maintain and enjoy the spoils, literally

  • Add your “ingredients” as they become available and turn your compost pile regularly (once a day is recommended). Over time, the materials will break down and begin to look like rough-textured soil, that’s when it’s ready to add to your ornamental gardens!

Based on these recommendations on composting cat litter, it occurred to me that I don’t need to bother buying wood pellets to mix with my compost. All I need to do is add cat litter and I could probably use clean litter straight out of the bag. Happy composting with cat litter!

Scientists: Ubiquitous Household Chemical Could Be Killing Cats

For your cat’s health and happiness, please go as green as you can. I recently came across this article about a government study that found a “significant association” between hyperthyroidism in cats and certain flame retardants.

Basically, the flame retardant that’s sprayed on your furniture, carpet and CHILDREN’S CLOTHING is linked to the death of cats from thyroid issues.

To learn more, read the article on Komonews.com, Scientists: Ubiquitous Household Chemical Could Be Killing Cats.

I know it’s tricky and sometimes even overwhelming to be green and find what’s best for you and your pet. Let’s face it. No matter what chemical cesspool may be lurking in our homes, it’s simply not realistic or feasible to toss out the sofa or rip out all the carpet.

So instead of feeling overwhelmed and doing nothing, what I recommend is to start making small changes so that you can find a balance that works for both you and your cat. For some great greening ideas, check out my 30-Day Green Cat Challenge.

Win a Joe Jacket Reusable Coffee Cup and Beverage Sleeve

Joe Jacket ReviewIt seems fitting that I’m writing this post while sitting in a coffee shop. Of course, I’ve got my reusable travel mug beside me. And it’s the reason why I originally declined an offer from Joe Jacket to review their reusable beverage sleeve. However, when they asked again, I suggested I would give it to a friend to try out and they sent me one of their adorable Pet Couture sleeves with a darling kitty print.

The Joe Jacket is a reusable beverage sleeve that comes in a cat or paw-print design. It’s made out of neoprene, which helps to insulate hot cups, ceramic and steel tumblers, and cold drinks, including plastic tumblers and sports drinks. Using a reusable sleeve can help save our landfills from billions of pounds of trash from traditional throw away paper cup sleeves.

I have something to confess. I kept the sleeve and I’ll tell you why. Right after I said I didn’t need one, I found myself at the coffee shop twice in a month, needing a tea, but I had forgotten my travel mug. Let’s face it, that big steel tumbler is not the most convenient thing to tote around. Luckily, I had my Joe Jacket reusable sleeve handy. It’s small and stores flat, so it fits easily into a glove box, a purse or the pouch of a backpack.

When I used the sleeve for the first time, the barrista exclaimed, “Oh it has cats on it!” Yes, the sleeve is THAT cute — and now you have a chance to win one!

How to Enter the Giveaway

  1. Like our Facebook page
  2. Leave a comment under the Joe Jacket picture at the top. Tell us which design you prefer (the cat print or the paw print) and why.

When you leave a comment, Facebook lets me get in touch via the the thread and that’s how I’ll be able to get in touch with the winner. One person will be chosen by random as the winner by March 15, 2013. Please note that you do need to live in the U.S. or Canada to be eligible to win.



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