One year ago today, we fell in love with a tiny orange kitten. When I brought Milo home, I was determined to make him a zero waste cat, or at least a tiny trash cat! 😉 Here's how I do it:
I use a compostable cat litter called Yesterday's News by Purina, which is made from recycled newspapers. It's easy to find at pet stores and vet clinics. Unlike most other compostable litters, Yesterday's News comes in a recyclable paper bag rather than plastic. I scoop the litter into a washable stainless steel wastebasket (no plastic bag needed). Once it's full, I empty it into a separate compost bin in my backyard (I won't be using this compost in my garden). After I scoop, I sprinkle the litter with baking soda to help with odors then add a layer of fresh litter.
I buy Open Farm dry cat food, which has a free recycling program through TerraCycle. Another pet food brand with a free recycling program in the U.S. and Canada is Wellness Pet Food. I like Open Farm because their ingredients are sustainably and ethically sourced, and I don't have to mail in the packaging—the pet store where I buy the food collects the bags for recycling! 😃 For an occasional treat, I supplement Milo's dry food with canned wet food. He knows after I trim his nails he'll get a yummy feast 😋 The metal cans are easily recyclable through curbside recycling programs.
There's no need to buy cat toys. Cats will play with just about anything. Have you ever tried working at a computer with a cat nearby?! 😜 To keep Milo active and happy, we give him hand-me-down stuffed animals to play with. And my son loves to repurpose items around the house that would otherwise go in the trash to make upcycled toys for his furry friend 😊
When I first got Milo, I bought a used cat bed from garage sale, but he recently destroyed it. Now he sleeps on a folded blanket—it keeps him warm, and it's easier to wash 👍
How do you reduce waste with your pet? Share your tips in the comments below!