7 Ways to Go Green for Your Cat

7 Ways to Go Green for Your Cat


When you have a cat in your family, you want to make sure you’re doing your best to keep them healthy, clean and feeling loved — just as you would a child. Using natural products is a great way to protect more sensitive cats. And being a little more eco-conscious throughout your home is good for your family, too.

Here are 7 ways to go green for your pet, without spending a lot of green:

  • Buy Organic Food

    You are what you eat – and that goes for your cat, too. Choose cat food with meats that were raised in an environment without pesticides, hormones or antibiotics — and have no artificial or genetically engineered ingredients. Do what’s good for kitty, and what’s good for the environment.

  • Skip the Plastic Water Bowls

    Choose ceramic or glass bowls rather than plastic ones. Plastic bowls have the potential to cause feline acne on the chin and also tend to hold odors, which can cause many cats to turn up their nose.

  • Recycle Cat Food Packaging

    Before you toss those empty cat food cans, packets, trays and bags, check your local recycling guidelines to see if they can be recycled. It just takes minutes, but can make a big impact in the end.

  • Use Litter With Plant-Based Ingredients

    There are plenty of natural litters out there, made with ingredients like corn, cedar, wheat or pine, and offer outstanding odor control — like ARM & HAMMER™ Naturals Clumping Litter.

  • Get Them Fixed, Fast

    Overcrowding in shelters is a huge strain on resources. Spaying and neutering can control the 70,000 puppies and kittens that are born every day in the United States. But it can also keep your cat healthier, because it eliminates the chance for uterine, ovarian, and testicular cancers — and decreases the chance of prostate disease.

  • Clean Green

    Getting rid of cat urine odor in carpet can be a real problem. For a natural, DIY solution, scrub the area thoroughly with club soda. After it dries, sprinkle with baking soda, let it sit, and then vacuum it up! Need more tips on cleaning up cat urine? Here you go.

  • Feed Them Greens

    For around 50% of cats, catnip has a playfully fun effect. Thanks to the natural chemical nepetalactone (try saying that 10 times fast), catnip can produce a safe, yet stimulant-like response when sniffed — getting your cat to roll around, flip over and act like a young kitten again. It’s easy to grow your own catnip, then place inside fabric you can sew into an easy DIY cat toy. You can also grow cat grass at home — a type of cereal grass that’s safe for your cat to eat.

  • You don’t have to make big changes to make a big impact. The small things you do every day can make a difference for your cat, your home — and the environment.

    *Contains natural corn fibers, plant-based clumping agent, baking soda, plus mineral oil for dust control. Also contains artificial fragrance.

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