NYC catEarth Day is a time to pause and reflect how we can be kinder to Mother Earth, this living rock that’s hurtling us through the universe. When it comes to taking care of pets, there can be a lot of waste involved, though. And we’re not just talking about the poo poo! Here are a few tips to help you become a more environmentally friendly pet parent.

Use biodegradable cleaners

When your kitty makes a piddle in an inappropriate place, do you reach for a chemical cleaner? Specialty pet stores stock alternative cleaners that are gentler to the planet. Many of them are enzymatic, biodegradable, even organic. As an added bonus, unlike some household chemicals, these eco-friendly cleaners are gentler to your pet’s paws.

Choose an environmentally friendly cat litter

Have you ever wondered where your cat litter comes from? Where do they get the clay for cat litter, and what happens to it once it’s thrown into the landfill? Other cat litters are made of recycled or plant based materials, such as shredded newspaper, corn husks, walnut shells, and even compressed sawdust. Just be sure to package the used kitty litter in a biodegradable bag so that it gets a chance to break down properly.

Choose recyclable food packaging

Food packaging is often overlooked. Bags of kibble or tubs of wet food may be lightweight and convenient, but the bags themselves aren’t always recyclable. Look for packaging that can be recycled in your area, such as cans and plastic bags with the number “2” recycling symbol. The same goes for cat litter. You can buy it in bulk in some stores, just bring your own container and refill it indefinitely. You’ll save money and the environment!

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Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

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