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Compostable Cat Litter Bags Can Reduce Your Kitty’s Impact on the Environment

compostable-cat-litter-bagsWhen it comes to cat litter, there isn’t a one size fits all solution to reduce your cat’s environmental impact. However, eco-friendly compostable cat litter bags may be one way to help your kitty be more green. Here’s a guest post from Melody:

Your cat doesn’t actually care how much waste they produce. What they care about is that they get 2 to 3 meals per day, comfort, and attention. But when you consider that there are 86 million cats in the America, that adds up to a lot of cat litter. And that adds up to a lot of plastic bags ending up in our landfills, or worse, inside the stomachs of wildlife.

Using plastic cat litter bags to scoop and toss out used cat litter is essential. However, most plastic bags often take hundreds of years to decompose. But there is a solution if you’re concerned about the impact that your cat has on the environment and you’re looking for a bag that’s sturdy enough for cat litter, yet also compostable.

Regular biodegradable bags for kitchen scraps are quite flimsy—making them ideal for composting food waste. But when you’re cleaning the cat box, the last thing you want is to lift up a bag of litter and have it burst all over the floor. Not fun!

EcoLeo Cat Litter Waste Bags are a great solution if you need a sturdy and large bag that also will biodegrade. These extra large cat litter waste bags can be used for daily scooping of your cat’s litter box, or to empty the entire box of stale cat litter into the bag every two weeks. Your cat likes a reasonably clean box, but one that still has a bit of their scent in it. (Tip: Never use bleach or Lysol to clean your cat’s box. Dish soap and vinegar is purrfect.)

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The pet waste bags are made from a corn-based plastic. They’re also BPA-free, and ASTM D6400 certified compostable to USA standards. They’re strong enough to hold heavy clumps of kitty litter, and they’re also leak and tear proof. However, these bags decompose in a natural environment. This is great news, as you’re lessening your cat’s impact on the environment by using compostable kitty litter bags.

If your cat is anything like mine, after they use the litter box they sit by it and howl until I get out of bed—where else would I be at this inconvenient time?—and go and scoop it out. These cat litter waste bags are extremely convenient to use. Not only are they strong and durable, once the compostable kitty litter bag is full, you can pull it out and tie a knot with the convenient handles, and dispose of it in your regular outdoor garbage can or bin.

You can also use them as pet waste bags if you have a dog. With the two handles on the top , you can easily hold onto the bag while you scoop, or place one in a small garbage can and fill it up. Most common types of cat litter scoops will fit easily into the bag.

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After you fill the compostable kitty litter bag you should tie up the ends, then dispose of the bag in your outside bin. Otherwise, if your cat’s like mine, she’s going to complain!

I really enjoyed using the biodegradable cat litter bag because it made scooping cat litter an easier chore. And since most cities are now banning cat litter from being disposed of in toilets, the EcoLeo Cat Litter Waste Bags are an eco-friendly option for when you’re looking for a greener solution for your cat’s litter.

This Recycled Cat Litter Mat Stops Tracking in Its Tracks

Are you tired of cat litter going all over your home? Or what about those times when you step on a piece of litter with your bare foot? Gross!!!

Luckily, your days of unpleasant surprises and constantly sweeping up around the litter box could be coming to an end. Now, there’s an eco-friendly solution that saves you time and effort, and also helps keep your home tidy. Say hello to the Earthly Grooves Cat Litter Mat.

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And talk about eco-friendly! Earthly Grooves turns old tires into useful products that cat owners and their cats love. So instead of polluting up the air we breathe with burning old tires, these “waste” products are being recycled into cat litter mats. And the Earthly Grooves mat solves the dilemma of how to stop your cat from tracking litter around your home.

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If you’ve tried the grooved mats, the grassy mats, the lid on the box, and other solutions without success, then you may have reached the end of your leash. Some cat parents even spread newspaper under and around their cat’s box to keep the tracked litter off their carpets and floors. That doesn’t usually work too well, since the newspaper’s surface is slick and the litter eventually scatters. Cat paws can tear the newspaper and – voila! – we have a real mess now.

Microgroove technology catches litter
Micro-groove technology catches litter

The Earthly Groove Cat Litter Mat changes everything. The mat’s unique micro-groove technology is engineered to be the purrfect width and depth to feel good on kitty’s paws, while gently removing litter. When the mat fills with litter, clean up is simple and time-saving. Either vacuum it or give it a shake. Then it’s asthma ready again to do its job of collecting litter.

One happy customer shares this:

“After having it for a few weeks now, I have found that it successfully grabs something like 98 – 100{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} of litter off the cat’s feet as they exit the box. Every now and then I will find a single loose piece of litter on the floor, but it’s rare now. I’ve used a variety of litter mats in the past and none have ever worked this well. On top of that, this mat is easy to clean with a vacuum, thanks to its design, which features perfectly spaced grooves just wide and deep enough that pull litter off the cat’s paw pads but still allows said litter to be easily vacuumed up.”

There’s even more to like about Earthly Groove’s litter mat. It catches both solids and liquids including urine, which is welcome news if your older cat has bladder issues. Since liquid doesn’t soak into the mat, all you need to do is take it out and rinse for a quick clean.

Since the litter mats are made of 100{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} recycled tires, expect a tire odor to last for a couple days. If the odor lingers, Earthly Grooves’ top-notch customer service people say to either wash the mat with water, or let it sit outdoors for a day or two.

The Earthly Grooves Cat Litter Mat is made in the USA and comes with a 100{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} satisfaction and money-back guarantee. The last time I checked, the Earthly Grooves Litter Mat was priced competitively with litter-grabbing mats that aren’t eco-friendly, so this is a paw-some mat for the planet. Click here to see the current price on Amazon.

Awesome DIY Cat Projects

A reader brought this awesome infographic to my attention the other day. It features some cool DIY projects for your cat, including a cat climber, cat scratcher, and cat puzzle, that you can make by recycling old cardboard boxes. Many of the other projects can use up scraps of wood or those odds and ends that you keep, but never know what to do with—turn them into a window perch or food stand.

Now that your curiosity is piqued, check out this infographic for some fun upcycle ideas for your favourite feline friends!

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5 Eco-Friendly Litter Scoops

1. ORE Pet Recycled Melamine Kitty Litter Scoop

ORE makes fun and eco-friendly cat products and their kitty litter scoop is no exception. This whimsical litter scoop is made from recycled Melamine and it features a foot-long handle as well as a paw-shaped scoop.

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The melamine is non-toxic, lead-free and meets American, Canadian and European standards. The recycled melamine adds dots of colour to this fun accessory. No boring beige here! You can find this Recycled Melamine Kitty Litter Scoop on Amazon for just over $10.

2. SmartyKat Loo Ladle Cat Litter Scoop

Here’s an eco-friendly litter scoop made from recycled plastic. The SmartyKat Loo Ladle litter scoop features a wide-mouth design, extra-large scoop and a long handle to make cat litter scooping less of a chore.

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It’s available in a nondescript tan colour, which is actually a good colour for camouflaging litter dust and waste. Less cleaning! You can pick up the SmartyKat Loo Ladle Recycled Plastic Litter Scoop for about $5 on Amazon.com and it qualifies for Amazon’s free shipping deal.

3. Van Ness Eco Litter Scoop

Here’s another beige litter scoop made from eco-friendly materials. It’s the Van Ness Eco Litter Scoop, made from plant-based materials and dyed with soy-based inks. Like the Beco Scoop, this one is also biodegradable.

Van Ness Eco-Litter Scoop
In addition to litter scoops, Van Ness also offers a full line of green cat products. You can learn more on the Van Ness website.

4. BeCo Eco Litter Scoop

The BeCo cat litter scoop looks just like every other typical litter scoop, but with one significant difference— it’s made from bamboo and rice husk fibres. This mix of natural materials is bonded together with natural enzymes as opposed to toxic glues, which makes the Beco Scoop 100{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} biodegradable.

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If you’re wondering how these scoops hold up to some serious cat litter box cleaning, the natural bio-composite is sturdy, strong and comparable to plastic scoops. However, this eco-friendly scoop is a pedigree above when it comes to being green. At under $10, the BeCo Eco Litter Scoop is pricier than a cheap plastic scoop, but it should last just as long and with the biodegradable bio-composite, you’ll have no guilt when it’s time to replace it.

5. Duranimals DuraScoop Cat Litter Scoop

Sometimes, buying a scoop that is designed to last a long time is more eco-friendly than picking up a cat litter scoop made from natural materials. It all depends on how you use the product and how long you intend to use it. The Duranimals Durascoop fits the bill for durability. This sturdy litter scoop doesn’t bend or flex and it’s made from corrosion-resistant aluminum.
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If you have multiple cat household, this might be the lifetime scoop for you. It’s lightweight, oversized with a comfortable grip to make it easier to clean your cat box or boxes, should I say? As on reviewer on Amazon raved, “This scoop makes my life easier. It’s strong. It sifts. It DOES NOT BEND. It does not fling. I love it. With 5 cats in the house, I need all the help I can get. This scoop is my best decision since I married a man who loves cats.”

Check out the Duranimals DuraScoop Cat Litter Scoop with over ONE THOUSAND 5-star reviews on Amazon.

Props to World’s Best Cat Litter for Trying to Go Viral

Ever see an ad that seems like it was created for the sole purpose of going viral? It’s like the ad is trying so hard that it’s obvious what’s going on. That’s the feeling I got when I received a recent promo from World’s Best Cat Litter.

This ain’t a knock on the litter or the campaign. It’s cats, they’re cute, it’s hard to go wrong. And I am sharing it, albeit maybe not in the context that the marketing department wants. If you’re interested in natural cat litters, click here For eco-friendly cat litterreview.

World’s Best recently released five captioned photos of cats to promote their corn-based cat litter. Maybe there’s too much marketing message and not enough cuteness for this to go viral? What do you think?

For example, this image is communicating how lightweight the litter is…
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Maybe amping up the cute factor would have increased the virality of the campaign? Or showing something cat owners can relate to that makes you lol (or at least smirk inside your head). Probably a lot more effective than the giant purple button that says, “SHARE”.

For example, this video while very simple in production value, has probably attracted a lot more sharing and attention:

Save $3 on World’s Best Cat Litter

World’s Best Cat Litter is an eco-friendly lightweight cat litter that’s made from corn. They’re currently running a promotion where you can get a coupon to save $3 off any 6 to 8lb bag of World’s Best. On the manufacturer’s website, they state that a single bag can last a whole month!

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World’s Best is available in both clumping and non-clumping formulas and there’s even a version designed especially for multi-cat households. And, if that’s not enough choice, it also comes in two scents, lavendar and “forest”. I guess no one told them that lavendar is used as a natural cat-repellant :).

Snarkiness aside, if you’re using clumping cat litter, maybe now it’s time to make the switch. Save some green by clicking here to get your coupon.

Did You Know You Can Compost Cat Litter?

I bought a home composter a couple of years ago and part of what I had to mix in with the compost included wood pellets. They looked suspiciously a lot like the organic wheatgrass cat litter I used to buy, so it got me wondering if it was the same thing. Can you use compost cat litter?

Well, I found out the answer to this question when I received a recent press release about Swheat Scoop® Natural Clumping Litter. Similar to wood pellets, Swheat Scoop is made from a renewable, biodegradable, plant-based resource—namely wheat.

The folks at Swheat Scoop included a few tips on how to compost cat litter, so I thought I’d share them with you. Here they are:

1. Clean the litter box regularly

  • It’s recommended that you scoop twice a day to encourage your cat to use the box regularly and also to keep  the remaining, non-soiled litter clean and fresh.
  • When it’s time to replace the litter (it’s recommended that the litter box be fully emptied, cleaned and refilled once a month), the residual litter can be added to the compost pile meant for enriching decorative gardens with flowers, shrubs, trees and other plants not intended for consumption. DON’T USE the cat litter compost  in vegetable gardens.

2. Sort your waste

  • To yield the most successful compost, you must have the right “ingredients.” If you’re composting indoors you’ll want a compost bin, which may require you to add water periodically. An outdoor compost pile will naturally receive the appropriate amount of moisture from the ground and the rain.
  • Materials you can add to the compost pile or container include:
    • Non-protein food scraps
    • Plant, vegetable, fruit or grass cuttings
    • Eggshells
    • Grains
    • Coffee grains (this balances the compost’s pH levels, which helps manage odors and encourages a faster compost cycle)
  • Items to sift or discard from your compost are:
    • Meat or fish
    • Dairy
    • Grease
    • Plastics or plastic-coated paper products

3. Maintain and enjoy the spoils, literally

  • Add your “ingredients” as they become available and turn your compost pile regularly (once a day is recommended). Over time, the materials will break down and begin to look like rough-textured soil, that’s when it’s ready to add to your ornamental gardens!

Based on these recommendations on composting cat litter, it occurred to me that I don’t need to bother buying wood pellets to mix with my compost. All I need to do is add cat litter and I could probably use clean litter straight out of the bag. Happy composting with cat litter!

World’s Best Cat Litter Giveaway – Win a Year’s Worth of Litter

I don’t use World’s Best, but in case you do, I thought I’d pass along this contest.  World’s Best Cat Litter has teamed up with PetFlow.com to offer a summer contest where you can win a year’s anticonvulsant worth of World’s Best Cat Litter.  It’s the cat litter that’s made from corn.  I’ve heard that it’s really lightweight.

Here’s a link to enter the contest: http://www.worldsbestcatlitter.com/simplifygiveaway/

Feline Pine Clumping Cat Litter Review and How to Get a Box for Free

Feline Pine Clumping Cat Litter ReviewIf you’ve been thinking of trying Feline Pine Clumping Cat Litter, here’s a review of the litter as well as instructions on how to get a box for free.

In June of this year, Feline Pine launched a new and improved clumping formula. They’ve been actively promoting the new product and even sent a comp box for us to try at the Green Little Cat household. Since Furball was already using Feline Pine’s pellet cat litter, we took them up on the offer as I’m always on the prowl for the ultimate eco-friendly cat litter.

Overall, I’d give it an 8/10 for an eco-friendly litter and here are the pros and cons for my review.

Pros

  • It’s much better than most natural cat litters in terms of odor control.
  • My cat is finally burying his poop. Furball seems to be really enjoying the texture.
  • Feline Pine Clumping Cat Litter seems to last forever. The crumbly texture migraine easily passes through the scoop so that I don’t toss out new litter when cleaning the box.

Cons

  • With regards to the clumping factor, I’d give it a 6/10. The litter sticks together like tempura batter to fish. Pee makes it come together, but it doesn’t hold tightly. A slight shake of the scoop causes the clump to break up.
  • It’s a bit pricey, but it seems to last a really long time.
  • The pellet version of Feline Pine does a better job of odor control.

How to Get Feline Pine Clumping Cat Litter for Free

Visit their website for a rebate form. It’s good for any purchase of the 9 lb or 14 lb box (up to $14.99 value) from December 15, 2011 until December 31, 2012. To claim your rebate on Feline Pine Clumping Cat Litter, you do need to get the form and have it in the mail by January 15, 2013.

5 Tips to Successfully Toilet Train Your Cat

Cat toilet training and toilet training your catIf you’ve ever wanted to banish litter forever, then you’ll be interested in 5 tips on how to toilet train your cat. Potty training your cat can not only save you hundreds of dollars a year, it can also divert a ton (as in 2,000 pounds) of litter from ending up in landfill sites. If your cat uses even just 100 pounds of litter a year, over the course of 20 years, that is literally a TON of litter.

I attempted to toilet train my cat a few years ago, but unfortunately had to abandon my attempts prematurely. As a result, it’s always felt like unfinished business to me. Recently, I got the chance to uncover the folly of my ways when I wrote an article for Catster.com on how to toilet train your cat.

I was originally using the CitiKitty cat toilet training system. Through some serendipitous circumstances, Rebecca Rescate, the inventor and founder of CitiKitty, sent me an email, offering me a CitiKitty to review on my blog. It just so happened that I was talking with my husband only a week earlier about whether we should try potty training our cat. When I got the email from Rebecca, I took it as a sign that I should go full steam ahead and try to train my cat to use the toilet.

I didn’t realize I was being overly ambitious. At the time, I was also looking after a new baby and was so sleep deprived and overwhelmed that I really didn’t have the time or energy to do the training properly. Poor Furball was subjected to my cat potty training experiment without having the full support of me, his cat mommy. At the first sign of a setback, instead of going back and patiently reinforcing the training, I called it quits.

Hey, if you had a baby crawling around on the carpet, the last thing you’d want to see on the floor is a little brown present from your cat.

Looking back, I really feel that I could have successfully toilet trained my cat if I had simply chosen a different time to do it so that I could do it properly. This was really why I decided to write the article for Catster.

I decided to go back to where it all began and contact the experts at CitiKitty when I began writing the article. Combined with observations from where I went wrong, I wrote up a simple guide with 5 tips on how to successfully potty train your cat.

I also added some details on toxoplasmosis, an infection that cats can get from the parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. I live in California and it’s a major concern here because when infected cat feces is flushed down the toilet, it ends up in the oceans. It’s been having a really negative impact on the sea otter population. There’s a whole bunch of things that can put a cat at risk of contracting this parasite, but the main ones are exposure to infected raw meat/milk/rodents or infected feces and soil. Knowing the complete history of my cat, I knew he didn’t have T. gondii and was so confident in this that I even scooped the litter box when I was pregnant.

I’m not saying that I recommend this for others, but it was appropriate in my circumstances. And if you’re thinking of toilet training your cat and you live in a coastal region, it’s the responsible thing to do to educate yourself on toxoplasmosis too.

So, if you’re thinking of going green and saying sayonara to cat litter, and you’re ready to save hundreds of dollars on litter AND you want bragging rights on how smart your cat is, or at the very least, a real conversation starter, then please visit Catster to read the full article: How to Toilet Train Your Cat.