Earth day is April 22nd. It is a time to understand the important environmental issues and to take action to help protect our planet. Since 1970, we have been actively honoring the Earth by planting trees, taking nature walks and hosting and attending festivals to raise awareness and support for environmental protection. 

So what can you and your cat do to help the planet? Here are five ways you can reduce carbon paw-print. 

Donate to shelters. Does your cat have a new bed? Want to upgrade her toys? Donate her old ones to a shelter. While many cats are awaiting their forever home, they can certainly use these items in their kennels. Many shelters will certainly appreciate the donation as they would like to free up the funds for medical and other procedures. 

Consider a biodegradable litter. The most popular cat litter is clay litter because it is effective, affordable and accessible. However, this has some seriously drawbacks because it is both environmentally damaging and potentially dangerous to your cat’s health. Look for a cat litter that is made from biodegradable ingredients and doesn’t have artificial fragrances or silica dust that can make your cat sick.

Feed holistic cat foodHolistic cat food like Halo uses real WHOLE meat and never any rendered “meat meals.” We source wild caught seafood from sustainable fisheries and work with farms that raise animals naturally, with room to roam and without use of antibiotics to promote growth. We are proud to have met the standards of the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), two independent organizations that evaluate companies’ sustainable and responsible sourcing practices.  

Use pet-friendly cleaning products. Many cleaning solutions are harmful to all animals. Try using a pet-safe alternative that doesn’t contain bleach, ammonia, formaldehyde, isopropyl alcohol or any other harmful chemical. Instead look for products that are eco-friendly and made with biodegradable ingredients.

Buy or make your own eco-friendly toys. Cats love to play so instead of buying them a low-quality toy that can be ripped to shreds in less than a minute and then thrown out easily can be bad for the environment. Instead, look for eco-friendly toys or make your own! Green cat toys can be found in major pet supply stores and you can check out some YouTubes videos on how to make some fun cat toys.