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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Grassroots Help Needed for Momma Cat and Kittens

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Melissa Sessions VanDyke started up a GoFundMe page to help pay for vet expenses for a mother cat hit by a car. The cat was given to her to look after by a woman who is pcsing (transferring to a new military base) and thus, can no longer look after this kitty family.

To help control the cat population, Melissa will be taking the mommy cat to the vet to get spayed when the kittens are old enough. If you’d like to help Melissa out, here’s a grassroots way for you to take action by visiting her GoFundMe page.

Miso Green: Organic Catnip Sushi Cat Toys

SushiCatToyLooking to add a little variety to your cat’s play diet? Here’s an awesome green cat toy from OffBeat Betty’s Etsy store.

These awesome sushi toys are sure to appeal to your finicky feline’s refined palate. These maki rolls look good enough to eat despite being made from fleece and felt as opposed to seaweed, rice and fish.

Each maki roll cat toy is filled with USDA organic catnip, ensuring that your kitty will want to play with her food.

They’re available in a set of three toys and are custom made to order. Just like at the sushi bar!

Order up your sushi cat toys by visiting Off Beat Betty’s Etsy store.

Alternative Healing Methods That Really Helped Furball

Furball has been living a green lifestyle for his entire life. By all means, he should be healthy as a horse…err..a cat :). However, my cat is extremely sensitive to stress. While there are many natural products for calming stressed cats, unfortunately Furball is still susceptible to the impact of stress on his health. Most often, stress tends to affect his digestion and/or his bladder.

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Furball, happy and healthy :)

When he does get sick, I’ll take him to the vet for acute care and then I’ll look for natural healing methods to help him recover. I shared some of these in detail on a recent article I wrote for Catster on “5 Alternative Healing Methods That Help My Cat“.

I shared some of Furball’s experiences with acupuncture, Bach flower remedies, akashic record reading, probiotics and energy healing. If you’d like to learn whether these might help your cat, please check out the article on Catster.

 

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!

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

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!


Green Little Cat is the only blog that's all about eco-friendly ideas for cats and cat lovers. This blog is a labor of love, created by Holly Tse, author of Make Your Own Cat Toys.
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