Last Updated: September 20th, 2020
Zero Waste Cat | Having a cat can pose a new set of obstacles to overcome when trying to avoid waste. The food, the litter, the treats, and the toys all have some sort of environmental impact.
There are so many things that come with cat ownership that can lead to a mountain of trash. Cat litter alone, contributes to vast holes from strip mining over 2 million tons’ worth that is pulled from the earth every single year.
Below, I have put together a few tips that can either lead you to a completely waste free feline, or significantly reduce the amount of waste Mr. Fluffy Bottom produces.
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Buy your cat food in bulk.
Make your own cat food.
Buy raw ingredients to make your own cat food instead of purchasing the kibble or canned food. Do this by taking your own containers to the butcher to have filled. There are some mixed reviews on whether or not it’s better for your cat so I suggest you do your own research. Keep in mind that there are additional vitamins and minerals that cats will still require that you’ll need to buy separately, in glass, to add to their food.
Buy your cat food in recyclable packaging.
Give your non-recyclable pet food bags a second life.
Zero Waste Cat Litter Box
Consider the impact of your litter box as well. Avoid buying a new plastic tray if you can. Check out local second hand shops or even repurpose a storage tote. If you are looking for a plastic-free box, check out this one HERE. Though they are exceptionally more expensive, these will literally last forever and not begin to absorb the ammonia smell that plastic ones will eventually succumb to.
Use sawdust, mulch, or dirt as your “litter”
Compost the doo-doo.
Check to see if your local/city compost programs take animal waste.
Train your cat to go outside, “supervised”.
Buy bulk litter.
Buy litter in compostable packaging.
Zero Waste Cat Toys/Accessories
Utilize items you already have or make your own.
Buy all natural/quality items.
Opt for second hand.
Thrift stores are great for finding second hand pet products such as toys, bowls, litter boxes, leashes, collars, you name it! Buying second hand takes new products out of the waste stream and is better for your wallet. Also, check friends and family for any items they’d give you for free.
Zero Waste Cat Treats
Buy in Bulk.
Make homemade treats.
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