The Lazy Cat’s Guide to Living Green

New on Catster! They just published my Earth Day guide on the “Lazy Cat’s Guide to Living Green“. Let’s face it. Sometimes, it’s more work to be eco-friendly.

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With the Lazy Cat Guide, you’ll learn how to green your cat without having to do much work. It might even save you some effort!

What are you waiting for? Go check it out for eco-friendly and easy tips. Have a Happy Earth Day!

Image courtesy: The Perch

Published: • More Like This: Going Green

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!

Published: • More Like This: Green Home

3 Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Treats

Looking for some sweet treats this Valentine’s Day for the cat lovers in your life—or something for yourself? :) Here are 3 eco-friendly ways to say, “I love you.”

1. Send Organic Flowers

Pick up a bouquet of eco-friendly flowers. If you don’t live near a Whole Foods, where you can grab a bouquet sustainably grown flowers, there’s an online option for you to send organic flowers. Organic Bouquet delivers sustainably grown, certified flowers that are affordable and eco-friendly too. Prices are similar to ordering from one of the big flower conglomerate sites.

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Eco-friendly flowers from Organic Bouquet

2. Chocolate Kitty Made With Organic Sugar

This sweet chocolate cat is made with organic sugar by Chocolates by Bernard. Since you can’t share it with your kitty, perhaps she’ll enjoy the heart-shaped toy below.

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3. Heart-Shaped Organic Cat Toy

Yeowww! makes heart-shaped cat toys filled with organic catnip. The Heart Attack Pack includes 3 bold red hearts to help you win over your kitty’s affections. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Make a Green New Year’s Resolution for 2014

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Happy New Year’s! It’s time to make a green resolution for 2014. I haven’t done this in awhile, not since my original 30-Day Green Cat Challenge, where I challenged myself and readers to do one thing every day for 30 days to make their cats’ lives just a little bit more eco-friendly.

Here are my new year’s resolutions for 2014. They also include people resolutions, not just ones for cats because everyone (and every animal) benefits when we work together to improve the planet.

My 5 Green New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

  1. Use less water.
  2. Buy in bulk to reduce the number of trips I make to the store.
  3. Wash (with as little water as possible) and recycle all cat food lids and tins, even when I don’t feel like it!
  4. Try to use even less litter in Furball’s litter box, meaning I need to scoop a little bit more often.
  5. Feature more green cat products on my blog.

What green resolutions will you make this year for yourself and your cats?

 

Need a Last Minute Gift for the Cat Lovers and Cats in Your Life?


Here’s a purrfect gift that’s fun, cheery, eco-friendly and IDEAL for last minute shopping. It’s Furball’s amazing book on how to, Make Your Own Cat Toys. Now available in digital format (PDF format), you can get your shopping done in just a couple of minutes without sending carbon into the atmosphere by driving to the store and spending 20 minutes circling the parking lot looking for a space.

Avoid the hassle and give a gift that keeps on giving. This fun book features over 50 toys that you can make in minutes from stuff you already have lying around the home.

If you have ever purchased a fancy cat toy only to find Kitty preferred the bag it came in, this book is for you. Make Your Own Cat Toys shows you how to create new toys from old stuff in minutes. Have fun, save the planet and save money at the same time.

It’s the purrfect green gift for cats and cat lovers all over the world. Great for kids too!

Purchase the digital version and you’ll immediately receive a single use link to download the PDF file of the book. Send the link to your friend along with a personal message and presto! Your shopping is done!

Ebook Price: $10.00

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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!

A Video About World-Changing Dreams

Here’s a little something that crossed my desk this morning. By desk, I mean the table at Starbucks! While this is a sponsored video, I thought I would share it because it’s about changing the world and maybe, just maybe, it’ll get you thinking about how YOU can change the world.

In summer 2012, more than 550 “IF WE” world-changing dreams were collected from contributors globally through a contest called the “IF WE Challenge” This video illustrates 3 of these dreams:

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Review of Instinct Raw Boost Minis Freeze Dried Treats for Cats

I’d been thinking of switching my cat to a raw food diet when the folks at MrChewy.com offered to send us a package of Nature’s Variety’s Instinct Raw Boost Minis Freeze Dried Treats for Cats. Raw Boost Minis come in two flavours—duck and chicken&mdash and I was given my choice to pick the flavour. Feeling adventurous, I chose the duck for Furball. He’s never eaten duck in his life and I was curious to see what his reaction would be.

Instinct Raw Boost Minis Cat TreatsInstinct Raw Boos Minis are made from all natural, pure raw ingredients. These treats don’t contain any wheat, corn, soy, grain, gluten, by-product meals, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They’re also made in the USA and contain only 2 calories per treat.

The ingredient list for the duck formula reads like a who’s who of health foods and supplements:

Duck (Including Ground Duck Bone), Turkey, Turkey Liver, Turkey Heart, Pumpkinseeds, Apples, Carrots, Butternut Squash, Ground Flaxseed, Montmorillonite Clay, Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, Dried Kelp, Apple Cider Vinegar, Parsley, Honey, Salmon Oil, Mixed Tocopherols, Olive Oil, Rosemary Extract, Blueberries, Alfalfa Sprouts, Persimmons, Inulin, Rosemary, Sage, Clove.

As you can see, with the exception of Montmorillonite clay and Inulin, all of the ingredients are foods that you might find in your own pantry or fridge. Being a curious cat, I had to look up what the two exceptions were.

According to the Nature’s Variety website, Montmorillonite is a natural clay that sourced from deposits in southern Utah that is approved by AAFCO for use as an anticaking processing aid. Inulin is an insoluble plant fructan, also known as a prebiotic, that stimulates growth of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) in the digestive system. It’s harvested from plants such as chicory, dandelion, and Jerusalem artichokes.

As someone who has been frequenting health food stores for almost 20 years, I have to admit that uber-healthy sometimes doesn’t equate to uber-tasty. In order to give Instinct Raw Boost Minis a passing grade, they’d have to pass the final taste test with Furball.

I sprinkled four treats into his dinner bowl and eagerly watched his reaction. At first, Furball ate around the treats. Then, his curiosity got the better of him and he tried one. Right after that first taste, he gulped the rest down and every day after, whenever I added the treats to his food bowl, they were the first thing he finished.

I’d say the Instinct Raw Boost Minis passed with flying colours!

Learn more about Nature’s Variety Raw Boost Mini Bites for Cats and Nature’s Variety raw pet foods.

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How to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Pets

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I was invited a few weeks ago to participate as a panelist on NPR’s City Vision show on 91.7 KALW. The show was about how to reduce the carbon footprint of pets. During the show, there were some interesting facts presented about pets and their impact on the planet.  One of the panelists shared that the pet carbon footprint is negligible compared to what we do as people.

While this is undoubtedly true, given the number of people vs. pets, I advocated that making small changes for our pets does add up.  And, if we can encourage people to green wherever possible, I say, “Go for it!”

You’re welcome to tune into the show recording here:  How to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Pets

The show and presenters were quite academic and then all of a sudden, I come on and talk about how to make cat toys out of toilet paper! :)

It was a good metaphor for my blog.  I’m all about easy, simple changes to green your cat vs. overloading people with environmental numbers and facts.  If there was one thing I learned while working at World Wildlife Fund, it’s that you can accomplish a lot more for the environment by working within people’s everyday lives and making going green accessible to all.

 

Published: • More Like This: Going Green

Natura Pet Products – Huge Dog and Cat Food Recall

Shame, Natura Pet Products, was once highly renowned for their green practices and for providing quality dog and cat food.  In fact, they were the winner of my Natural Cat Food Throwdown a few years back.

Then, success got to them. It was announced in May 2010 that Proctor & Gamble was purchasing them.  As a result, I promptly revoked the winning title that I had awarded Natura Pet Products for environmental stewardship.

Unfortunatly, it didn’t take too long for a fall in quality to occur under P&G’s cost-driven leadership.  The FDA found salmonella contamination in one of their products and now ALL of their pet food, from dogs, cats and ferrets, is being voluntarily recalled.  This includes the following brands:

  • Innova
  • EVO
  • California Natural
  • Healthwise
  • Karma
  • Mother Nature

I guess you can’t buy your way into pretending to care about Mother Nature or food quality.  Karma’s a bitch, huh?

For more details on which foods are being recalled and what you can do if you have some, visit the FDA website.


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