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The Ultimate Bed, Scratcher & Play Combo for Cats – SnugglyCat Ripple Rug Review

If you live in a small apartment or house. you might find it hard to keep your cat things and human things organized. Cats can be like toddlers, scattering their toys everywhere. If you’re looking to cut down on clutter in your home, you might be interested in a multipurpose product that can cover almost all of your cat’s needs. Read further for our SnugglyCat Ripple rug review.

The Ripple Rug satisfies a combination of cat needs. It’s a spacious mat where your cat can lay down to have a nap or roll on her back to play with toys. The rug also serves the purpose of saving your carpet. Your cat can scratch to her heart’s content anywhere on the rug. 

One of the funnest things about the Ripple Rug is that it features several tunnels and holes for your kitty to hide or hunt for toys. The holes have safety slits so your cat (or small dog) can easily walk in and out. They’re also big enough for larger cats to easily enter or exit the tunnels. 

Available in a variety of home decor-friendly shades, including white, beige, brown, and dark brown, the Ripple Rug will look attractive in your home and are certainly a much better-looking alternative to having a bunch of cheap cat scratchers.

The Ripple Rug is also eco-friendly, a great alternative for minimizing the impact on the environment as compared to standard carpet-covered cat scratchers. This mat/bed/toy rug is made in the USA from recycled plastic bottles. For each Ripple Rug, 24 plastic bottles have been recycled.

Now you may be wondering, how do you care for the Ripple Rug? Do you vacuum it? Do you wipe it down? Unlike regular carpet, this rug is super easy to clean. It’s machine-washable, and you can spot wash it with soap and water. The rug is also hypoallergenic, mold, mildew, and stain resistant. And the carpet is design not to fray so you won’t have to worry about loose strings.

The back of the Ripple Rug even has a special non-slip backing, which keeps the rug in place while your cat is playing. This backing is removable and is machine washable in the delicate cycle.

Another neat thing about the Ripple Rug is that it’s much larger than other copy-cat mats or rugs. This allows for plenty of space for your cat or cats to jump around and hide. It’s purrfect if you have two or more cats, as none will get jealous!

If your cat has been bored with the same old feather or mice toys, consider treating her to the SnugglyCat Ripple rug. It’s an award-winning – ‘Best Cat Toys for Gifts’ on BuzzFeed, Vogue, and Heavy. Featured on NPR Planet Money, TODAY Show and Hallmark Channel. Learn more about the SnugglyCat Ripple rug.

Make Your Own Disinfecting Cleaning Spray That’s Safe for Cats and Granite Counters

Save money and reduce plastic with this natural organic cleaning spray cleaner recipe. It’s eco-friendly, has no vinegar, disinfects and is also safe for cats and granite countertops.

In my quest to reduce plastic in our household, it occurred to me that I could save money and cut down on plastic waste if I figured out how to make my own homemade all purpose cleaner. Even though spray bottles are recyclable, the spraying nozzle isn’t. So when I recently finished a bottle of Seventh Generation disinfecting spray, I thought to myself, “Why am I tossing out a perfectly good spray bottle? Why don’t I try to make my own natural cleaner?”

My husband had recently attended a Vipassana meditation course and he told me that the Vipassana center used vinegar solution to clean everything. He suggested we switch to vinegar, which reminded me of how when I worked in a fast food joint as a teenager (please forgive me), we used a vinegar and water solution to clean the windows, counters and food serving surfaces. 

I did some research and discovered that vinegar is indeed a great disinfectant. It’s powerful enough to kill e-coli and other gram-negative bacteria. Plus, vinegar as a cleaning solution is safe for cats too.

While I don’t like the smell of vinegar, I wanted to give it a try since it’s safe for cats. Then I did some more research and discovered that vinegar isn’t appropriate for granite counters because the acidity level will damage natural stone.

Since we use cleaning spray on the kitchen counters, that ruled out the vinegar solution. What else could we use that would be safe on granite, disinfecting, and also safe for cats? I needed to come up with a DIY all purpose cleaner without vinegar in it.

I found a castile soap cleaning spray recipe where you could add essential oils like lavender and citrus for disinfecting purposes. The recipe seemed promising. The only drawback was that many disinfecting essential oils are toxic for cats. What were my options?

I did some more research, and I narrowed down the field of potential candidates to rosemary oil and tea tree oil. According to PetMD, small concentrations of tea tree oil are considered safe for pets. It’s bad for pets to ingest them at full concentration, but small diluted amounts in the 0.1{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} to 1{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} range are used in natural products that are applied directly to pets such as a solution to eliminate fleas. 

On the other hand, rosemary oil was on a list of essential oils safe for pets. Since I prefer the smell of rosemary over tea tree, I decided to use rosemary oil for my first DIY batch of all purpose multi-surface spray cleaner.

Experiment #1 – DIY Rosemary Essential Oil

We have a giant rosemary bush so I thought, “Why not try making my own rosemary essential oil?” The internet delivered another recipe on how to make your own essential oils with a crock pot. All you needed was water. Check. A crock pot. Check. And rosemary. Check check check!

I started by gathering some branches from the rosemary bush. I did my best to strip off the needles and then filled a crock pot with about three cups of rosemary. I set the slow cooker for “high,” then turned it to “low” as directed, and let it do its thing for a few hours. The house was infused with the scent of rosemary, like a gallon of Pine Sol had spilled in my kitchen. 

By the end of the cooking period, the rosemary scent was so intense, I was wishing I had chosen tea tree instead. However, since the smell was so strong, I was expecting a highly potent oil.

Once the temperature of the mixture cooled down, I peered inside the crock pot and saw brownish water. I followed the slow cooker recipe for essential oils and allowed the mixture to cool. Then I placed the pot in the fridge overnight. 

I was looking forward to seeing a thin film of oil on top, but the next morning, I was disappointed to see that I still had a pot of brownish water. There wasn’t even a trace of an oily film. Perhaps I didn’t use enough rosemary or perhaps the plant I had wasn’t suitable for the crock pot method. 

I let the solution sit in the fridge for another day, but when I checked on it again, it was still murky brown water. I had to conclude that the experiment didn’t work for me. I did have a really deep brown liquid that smelled like Pine Sol on steroids. I thought, “Well since I’m supposed to extract the oil and then add it back to water, maybe I could I just use this liquid instead?”

In the end, the deep brown color was what made me take a pass on this idea. I wasn’t sure if it would stain white surfaces. I also had no idea how high the concentration of rosemary was in the mixture. I used the brown water to soak the kitchen sponge and reusable cloth wipe, figuring I was giving both a deep disinfecting treatment.

Experiment #2 – Homemade Disinfecting Cleaning Spray Recipe

After the failed experiment to make my own rosemary essential oil, I couldn’t bring myself to buy it at the store because I had such a big rosemary bush. Why pay for it when it’s growing for free outside in such abundance? I figured I’d tackle this DIY brewing again in the future. 

On the other hand, my husband already had a bottle of tea tree essential oil in the medicine cabinet. I reexamined the recipe for making your own disinfecting cleaner and realized I needed to do a few calculations in order to make sure that the concentration of tea tree oil was safe for my cat. 

Since the recipe had a range for the number of drops to use, I wanted to make sure that the concentration of tea tree oil was safe for my cat. The spray would primarily be used on the counters where the cat is not allowed, but we might occasionally use it if something spilled on the floor. 

I decided to make a test batch. First, I measured and poured 8 ounces of water into an empty spray bottle (Thanks Seventh Generation). Then I counted out drops of tea tree oil into a measuring spoon. According to Google’s online calculator, one drop is equal to 0.05mL. I wanted to confirm this to be sure that the concentration of essential oil was safe for my cat. 

Our dropper was making BIG drops because when I measured 10 drops, it was close to one teaspoon of tea tree oil. If I had followed the recipe based on the online calculator, I would have far exceeded what was safe for pets. At this point, I realized trying to adapt a DIY cleaning spray recipe to be cat safe, while using imperial measurements was ridiculous and difficult. As a result, I converted everything to metric.

10 drops of tea tree oil from our NOW bottle was close to 1mL of liquid. 8 ounces of liquid is equivalent to 236.6mL. So 1mL divided by 236.6mL is  0.4{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8}, which is well below the recommended cat safety range of 0.1 to 1{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8}. But how much would be enough to disinfect and kill germs?

To help me answer this question, I looked at the ingredients list on the Seventh Generation bottle. It listed a concentration of thymol (thyme oil) at 0.05{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8}.—so 1/20th of a percentage of thyme oil was sufficient to create a disinfecting spray that they claimed, “kills 99.99{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} of germs botanically.”

According to this study on ScienceDirect, “Thyme and tea tree oils reduce biofilms significantly.” I interpreted that as a “close enough” basis to use the Seventh Generation concentration as a guideline for how much tea tree oil to add to my eco-friendly cleaning spray concoction.

With this information in hand, I made a test batch with 236.6mL (eight ounces) of water, 10 drops of tea tree oil (1mL) and 15mL (one tablespoon) of castile soap.

This would give me a 0.4{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} concentration of tea tree oil, which was much higher than the 0.05{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} concentration of thymol in the Seventh Generation disinfecting spray, yet still in the safe range for applying directly to pets. Since the spray was only going to be used on the counter and floor instead of the cat, I considered this to be a safe amount to use for my cat. 

Please note, that this amount may differ for your pet and how you use the cleaning spray, so please consult with a veterinarian before making your own spray. If you absolutely must disinfect a surface for safety, don’t blindly trust my calculations. Consult with a specialist to confirm that this concentration is actually disinfecting.

Making the cleaner was as simple as pouring each element in the spray bottle and giving the bottle a shake. I didn’t even use a funnel because I’m lazy. I should also mention that I didn’t use distilled water either. This was a test—a proof of concept.  

After mixing everything together, it was time for the moment of truth. 

I took the batch of homemade spray cleaner and sprayed it on the cooktop and on the cabinets below the cooktop where drops of sauce inevitably get splashed. Would this cleaning mixture smell okay and would it actually work? If it did, this would be a great cleaning spray without vinegar. Could this castile and essential oil spray smell nice AND clean?

The Results of the Make Your Own Cat Safe Cleaning Spray Experiment

There was definitely a noticeable difference. It was much easier to remove food spots with the cleaning spray than just water. It also gave the surface a “glide-y” feeling while I was wiping. The surface was slightly streaky after it dried. In addition, the wiping cloth felt a bit stiffer than usual when it dried off. I figured this was an indication that I should try reducing the amount of castile soap in the next batch to minimize this effect.

Smell-wise, it was not unpleasant—nothing like a vinegar and water solution. It was surprisingly mild. In terms of cleaning, I tried a side-by-side comparison where I used the spray on one side and only a damp cloth on the other.

In conclusion, would I make my own spray again? Was it worthy to replace the Seventh Generation natural spray?

To answer the first question, YES. I felt the cleaning action was sufficient and equivalent to using the Seventh Generation for cleaning. The only thing I’m not 100{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} sure about is whether the homemade spray actually kills bacteria and germs. 

My husband wants to cultivate some bacteria in petri dishes to test it out, so stay tuned for experiment #3. Once we get the results from that, we’ll know whether we can trust that the DIY tea tree oil spray is doing its job.

In the meantime, we’ll use vinegar and water on non-granite surfaces to disinfect, and use the DIY spray for general cleaning when disinfecting is not mandatory. E.g. wiping up bread crumbs. And for times when we’re handling raw meat, we’ll stick to the commercial product.

Money Saved by Making Your Own Eco-Friendly Cat Safe Cleaning Spray

I haven’t yet tested the antibacterial properties of the spray, so for now, I won’t yet be using cat safe multipurpose spray to clean surfaces that have been contaminated by raw meat or other harmful bacteria. However, most of the time, I use cleaning spray for general cleaning. Switching to this DIY formula will save us money and significantly reduce plastic and eliminate the waste from throwing out a perfectly good spray nozzle.

If you’re into numbers, here are the calculations on how much money you’ll save.

Please note the following assumptions:

  • For future batches, the amount of castile soap will be reduced to 12.5mL per 273.3mL because the test solution was a little too filmy
  • When making the recipe, it’s not possible to fill a spray bottle to full capacity because you need extra room to shake the contents. However, for comparing similar volumes and costs, I’m going to base the calculations on producing a 768mL bottle of spray cleaner, which is the same amount in the Seventh Generation bottle.
  • I’m using tap water instead of distilled water because I’m not that fancy. The cost of water is not included in the calculations.

The Calculations:

  • The original recipe makes 249.6mL of solution (236.6mL water + 12mL castile soap + 1mL tea tree oil)
  • 768mL/249.6mL = 3.08, which is the number of times you need to multiply the recipe to equal the amount in the Seventh Generation spray bottle
  • 3.08 x 12.5mL of castile soap = 38.5mL of castile soap to make 1 bottle of spray cleaner
  • 3.08 x 1mL of tea tree oil = 3.08mL of tea tree oil to make 1 bottle of spray cleaner

Cost of Castile Soap:

  • One bottle of castile soap makes 12.29 bottles of spray cleaner: 473mL bottle of castile soap / 38.5mL of castile per bottle of spray cleaner = 12.29 servings
  • You use $0.98 of castile soap for one bottle of spray cleaner: price of castile soap $11.99/12.29 = $0.98

Cost of Tea Tree Oil

  • One bottle of tea tree oil makes 19.2 bottles of spray cleaner: 59mL bottle of tea tree oil / 3.08mL = 19.2 servings
  • You use $0.58 of tea tree oil for one bottle of spray cleaner: price of tea tree oil $11.20/19.2 = $0.58

Total Cost of DIY Multipurpose Spray Cleaner

  • It costs $1.80 to make one bottle of multipurpose spray cleaner: Total cost = $0.98 + $0.58 = $1.56
  • Making your own cleaning spray is 61{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} cheaper than buying it: a bottle of Seventh Generation costs $3.99 at Target (Total Savings = $3.99 – $1.56 = $2.43 per bottle)

Recipe for Multipurpose Cleaning Spray That’s Safe for Cats and Granite Counters

Please note that this is a DIY concoction so I can’t vouch for how effective it will be for killing germs. And because I am not a veterinarian, I can not vouch for the pet safety. However, if you’ve read this entire article, you’ll see that the concentration of tea tree oil is within the 0.1{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} to 1{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} safe concentration listed in the PetMD article. Tea tree oil is commonly found in many pet shampoos.

I feel comfortable using this spray on my counters and floors, but you should consult with your veterinarian for your pet. For food safety, you should consult with an expert as I am only using this spray for surfaces where the risk of bacteria contamination is low (until I conduct an experiment with bacteria in petri dishes). However, the science says that tea tree oil is disinfecting.

After these obligatory disclaimers, if you’d like to save 61{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} on your cleaning supplies and eliminate 12.29 plastic spray bottles by using one bottle of castile soap and a small bottle of tea tree oil, here’s the final recipe for a bottle of multipurpose spray cleaner that can be used on granite and has tea tree oil for disinfecting. This is based on the recipe and guidelines in an article written by Karen Peltier for The Spruce.

Makes one almost-full bottle of spray cleaner (24oz in a 26oz bottle)

  • 3 cups (710mL) of water
  • 7.5 teaspoons (37.5mL) of castile soap – I used Dr. Bronner’s unscented castile soap made with organic oils
  • 3.08mL of tea tree oil – This is tricky to measure using teaspoons, but a half teaspoon is equal to 2.5mL and one-eighth of a teaspoon is equal to 0.6mL, which is close enough to 3.08mL. I used the 2oz bottle of NOW tea tree oil. If you use a lot of tea tree, it’s about 15{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} cheaper to buy the 4oz bottle of tea tree oil.


  1. Use a funnel to add 2 cups of water to an empty spray bottle that can hold at least 26oz of liquid (I used a standard Seventh Generation spray cleaner bottle)
  2. Add the castile soap
  3. Add the tea tree oil
  4. Shake well.
  5. Add the remaining water and shake again. Allow the cleaning spray to sit for several minutes until the foam settles.

If you’re like me, once you make your first batch of DIY natural organic cleaner, you’ll be tempted to clean. Lol! Go ahead, try out your homemade spray and see if it’s the purrfect cat safe disinfecting cleaning spray for your home has the longest half life of any benzo and that is arguably why it is the hardest to stop after long term use. Be careful.

Make Sure You Provide for Your Pets with an Automatic Pet Feeder

Are you planning to leave home for several days? If you have pets that you will need to leave behind, you’ll have to make sure they are provided for. The usual solution would be to leave them in the care of a minder. At a pinch, you could even leave them with your parents or siblings for a few days. But if you can’t rely on these outside sources of aid, you’ll have to get hold of an automatic pet feeder.

Why is it Such a Good Idea to Buy an Automatic Pet Feeder?

These handy new automatic pet feeders are a real life saver. When you have to leave your pets at home for an extended period of time, you will naturally worry about them. You want to make sure that your pets will be able to feed themselves. After all, you won’t be there to grab the bag of dog food out of the cupboard on their behalf.

Using an automatic pet feeder is the best way to solve the problem. This device is designed to measure out an appropriate measure of food at the time that you choose. This way, your pets won’t wolf down all the available food in one gulp, thus leaving themselves open to hunger for the next few days. The food will be distributed by the device in an even manner that will keep your pets healthy and happy.

An Automatic Pet Feeder Lets Your Pets Know You Care for Them

Even when you are forced to remain away for home for an extended period, you can still show your beloved pets that you care for them. The best way to do so is to buy an automatic pet feeder. This will take care of their nutritional needs so that hunger will not be added to their list of worries. Since they are already bound to be missing you, this is the least you can do on their behalf while you are gone.

The Time to Buy Your Automatic Pet Feeder is Now

If you are planning to leave on an extended personal or business trip, you need to buy an automatic pet feeder right away. Thanks to the power of the free market, there are plenty of new models for you to choose from.

It’s easier than ever to log on to the world wide web in order to find the perfect type of automatic feeder for the needs of your pet. This is a process that takes a few seconds to complete. Once you’re done, you can rest assured that your pet will have plenty to eat while you’re away.

Easy Ways to Keep Your Pet Happy While Focusing on the Planet

It’s easy to be green AND have happy pets without sacrificing your commitment to environmental sustainability. Start making a difference with small changes, and you may even inspire your pet-loving friends to follow suit. Here are three simple ways to start “greening” your pet’s life.

1. Use Reusable Cat Boxes or Biodegradable Litter Boxes and Liners

While pets may have different temperaments and personalities, there’s one thing they all have in common: they pee and poop! Hopefully, your pets have great bathroom manners, and to help support them, look for accessories that are better for the planet.

For example, look for cat litter boxes made from recycled plastic. And it goes without saying that reusuable ones are best for the environment. But if you have to use liners or disposable boxes, look for biodegradable ones.

If you have a doggy pal, look for biodegradable dog waste bags too. Keep plenty of those on hand to clean up after a canine, especially when taking your dog for walks in public areas.

2. Freshen Up Your Home With All Natural, Eco-Friendly Products

From counters and carpets to windows and floors, there are many things in your home that require regular cleaning. However, as an eco-conscious pet owner, you may hesitate to keep chemicals in your home that could make your pets ill or harm the environment. After all, your four-legged pals spend the most time on the floor and often lick their fur too.

Fortunately, you can buy cleaning products that are safe for humans, pets, and the planet. Seventh Generation and Method are two widely available brands that you can easily find in many stores and definitely online.

You can also make your own cleaning products with simple ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. And you may already have these in your kitchen pantry!

3. Only Buy the Toys Your Pet Likes Best

Some pet owners go overboard when buying toys for their pets. But does your cat really need six different mice with feathers on the outside and catnip inside? Probably not. That’s why it’s a good idea to pay attention and notice which toys your cat plays with most often, and only purchase the most durable ones.

Similarly, watch your dog at play and determine which toys it plays with most often. Keep your dog entertained with these toys and only buy more when they break or get worn out.

Otherwise, you’ll waste money and resources by investing in pet toys too frequently. When you focus on how your pet likes to play and buy more durable toys, you don’t waste materials and still keep your pets happy, engaged, and content.

These simple suggestions are just a few ways you can help save the planet and pamper your pets. Start practicing them today, and before you know it, you’ll be looking for more ways to green your pet!

Board Your Cat

Search and you can find luxury cat boarding that will make your adored pet a very happy feline! An exceptional boarding facility has outstanding accommodations, meets high standards, and provides a friendly, qualified, and experienced staff that takes extremely good care of all of the cats individually and gives them lots of attention.

A fun and active time is provided along with the pet’s regular schedule with perhaps some added features. You can see for yourself by watching your pet on webcams while you are away, and thus you will know everything that is happening at all times when you have the chance to view the activity.

Felines can be boarded in a separate private luxury wing and can enjoy comfortable and clean standard or window penthouse condos with cozy napping areas that contain luxurious bedding, that have multiple play levels, glass fronts with an unobstructed view for the entertainment of the cat, and a hidden litter box on the lowest level. If there are two cats from the same family, they can share a condo at a discount.

There are premium meals up to three times a day, and your cat’s special dietary needs can be accommodated by being fed the home diet. There is ample exercise and relaxation, also.

Optional services that last 15 minutes may include private play sessions with your cat’s favorite toy, if you bring one, and even a bedtime story with a loving tuck-in! There are available catnip toys and tuna treats along with other offerings for an additional price.

Your cat’s health and safety are taken very seriously by continuous and detailed monitoring, and thus local veterinarians and pet parents are happy to refer you to such a facility.

The philosophy at the recommended Paw Print Inn is that your beloved “members of the family” are more than pets, they are pampered guests! So you can leave town for a vacation or on business and have peace of mind the entire time you are gone, knowing that all is well back home.

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From The Daily Cat: Advances
Go Green for Your Cat’s Health

By Darcy Lockman for The Daily Cat

Go Green for Your Cat\'s Health

What do Easter lilies and antifreeze have in common? These, and many other substances, are all poisonous to felines. “Cats have a very low threshold for toxicity,” explains Dr. Trisha Joyce, DVM, of New York City Veterinary Specialists. This uber-sensitivity in cats results from their body producing little of the enzyme that other mammals rely on to break down chemicals, leaving cats generally more vulnerable to toxins.

Jumping on the green-tech bandwagon, a handful of pet care companies are now hocking organic cat wares to save Fluffy from the evils of plastics and perfumes. Below, Dr. Joyce weighs in on what to try and when to proceed with caution.

Plastic has received bad press in the last few years as worried parents keep their children away from the chemical BPA and legions of water drinkers refrain from refilling their plastic bottle empties. But is plastic potentially bad news for your cat too? Yes, but for different reasons than for humans.

“A cat’s life span isn’t long enough that carcinogens impact them the same way as humans,” she explains. Still, Dr. Joyce emphasizes that ceramic and metal dishes are not only better for the environment in general but also for your cat’s skin. Plastic dishes retain bacteria and can cause chin acne, an uncomfortable condition for your pet.

Veterinary Verdict: Choosing ceramic or metal over plastic is good for the environment and kitty’s complexion.

Flea Remedies
The slew of chemicals in traditional flea and tick products may seem like reason to stay away from them, especially when “natural” flea remedies tout compounds that won’t pollute your pet’s bloodstream and your family’s home. However, buyers beware. “I’m not a fan of any over-the-counter flea preparation,” Dr. Joyce says. “You can get away with it for a dog, but cats are more sensitive and can have bad reactions. Sometimes, chemicals can be good.”

Veterinary Verdict: Ask your veterinarian to prescribe a flea and tick medication. If you must try a natural product, use one that’s approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Check with your pet’s doctor before applying.

Kitty Litter
Without a doubt, natural cat litter made from wheat and corn is better for the environment. It breaks down naturally rather than spending a lifetime in a landfill. The impact on your cat’s health? Inexpensive litters in general create more dust, which can trigger asthma attacks. If you’re concerned about your cat’s lungs, monitor how much dust is stirred up in the burying process. Switch litters if necessary.

Veterinary Verdict: Natural cat litter is best for the environment and produces the least dust, which is also best for your cat’s respiratory system.

Over-the-counter cat shampoos often contain perfumes, which smell pleasant to cat owners but may irritate sensitive feline skin. If so-called organic cat shampoos are perfume-free, your pet may tolerate them. However, veterinary-prescribed cleansers are less likely to cause dry skin and allergic reactions.

Veterinary Verdict: If you choose an organic, over-the-counter product, make sure it is cat-specific as opposed to a general pet shampoo. Look for the AVMA seal of approval. Be on the alert for signs of allergic reactions (e.g., excessive scratching) after the first use.

Cat Accessories
When it comes to beds, collars and toys, carcinogens are not a big kitty health concern — for reasons explained above — though the well-being of the environment may be. Such items are currently made from a variety of recycled and organically grown materials, taking less of a toll on the natural world. “With cat toys, the main health concern is not lead paint but a small piece that may break free and be ingested by the animal,” says Dr. Joyce.

Veterinary Verdict: If being kind to the environment is on your priority list — and it should be — organic cat accessories can help you meet your goal. When buying cat toys, forgo those with small pieces that may break off.

General Tips for Choosing Organic Cat Products

  • Buy products specifically made for cats as opposed to products for all pets.
  • Look for a seal of approval from the AVMA.
  • If your cat is doing well on a traditional product, think twice before making a switch to organic.
  • Be cautious. Consult your veterinarian before trying new cleaning or medicinal products.

While organic goods appeal to consumers for a variety of important reasons, Dr. Joyce warns that the industry is not yet well-regulated. “Theoretically, organic has less chemicals, and that’s best for cats because they’re so sensitive,” she says. “But I recommend caution in experimenting with new products. Try things slowly and only in moderation.” Those are words for the healthiest cats to live their nine lives by.

Darcy Lockman is a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based freelance writer and frequent contributor to The Daily Cat. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times and Rolling Stone.

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Catnip for Cats and Other Green Feline Delights

Here’s a guest post from Becky, a Green Little Cat reader. She shares three greener ideas for playing with your cat.

Cats are undoubtedly very laid back, nonchalant creatures. It takes a lot to impress them or even get their attention. Many people waste a lot of time and resources on non-recyclable, non-biodegradable toys and treats for their cats But there are healthy, organic treats and toys that will have even the most reserved cat bouncing off the walls.

Here are a few ways to mesmerize your cat the “green” way:


Catnip for cats is an irresistable treat for cats. Catnip, or Nepeta cataria, is a mint plant that drives most cats crazy. According to WebMD, one in two cats is sensitive to catnip and the high sensation will last approximately 10 minutes. Nepetalactone, the oil found in catnip, stimulates the cat and pushes her to a temporary state of insanity.

Catnip can be used for training. Sprinkling a little on your cat’s scratching post will encourage her to scratch the post and not those undesirable places such as your furniture or rugs.

You can also entice your cat to play with certain toys by dipping them in a bag of catnip prior to handing it over to her. Many cats will roll around, and aggressively lick or smell the infested area. Some may even get aggressive and be very protective of the area or item that contains the catnip.

Fortunately, there are plenty of options for organic catnip as well. Many catnip seeds are grown right here in America using sustainable techniques.

Laser Lights

Every cat loves a good chase which is why they are so fascinated with laser lights. The moving target simulates a chase to them as they race around the house trying to capture the beam of light. Many pet stores carry laser lights specifically designed for cats. Purchasing these cat-approved toys will ensure they are both safe and appropriate for your feline friend. Most cats love laser lights, so this is one toy that you know can entertain your cat for hours on end and won’t get tossed in the reject pile.

Dangling String

Finally, string has survived the test of time as a toy favorite for cats. Attaching something to dangle at the end brings even more pleasure. You can dangle the string and object in front of your cat for endless entertainment. Another option is hanging it from something so that your cat can entertain herself. Either way, the constant rebounding object gets your cat’s paws up and batting it back and forth.

One of the great things about string is that you can usually find it in any old random closet in the house. This is a great example of reusing old supplies in a way that’s fun for your car and good on the environment. Why contribute more plastic waste to the world by buying some contraption your cat may not even like when good, old-fashioned string is all you need?

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Stocking these three irresistible toys and treats for cats in your home will result in an entertained, happy cat. Since these non-wasteful delights will have your cat moving and burning calories, you can also feel great about providing her with an organic, reusable treat option. These can be found at your local pet store or online, along with a myriad of other “green” pet supplies.

What To Do When Your Cat Is Sick

A Green Little Cat reader sent us some tips on what to do when your cat is sick. Consider this a public service announcement to encourage you to create a plan of action for what to do if you kitty needs medical attention, which hopefully will be never. At the very least, find the number and address for the 24-hour emergency vet nearest you. Here’s the post:

Like humans, cats can pick up a large number of ailments and illnesses from a sprained poor to an eye infection, a lost tooth to a ripped-out claw, an upset stomach to an abscess. A lot of animal ailments are obvious and visible to the eye, but some are less obvious and can take some working out to diagnose and treat.

My kitten scared us when he was getting severe diarrhea and after 48 hours of it we had to assume it was not just something he had eaten whilst out and about but possibly something more serious, so we took him to our vets for an appointment.

The vet asked what food we were feeding him on and said it could be a case of a dietary intolerance and to try him on Royal Canin Sensitivity, which is a “highly digestable, hypoallergenic diet for kittens and cats”. It has been specially made to assist in managing any diet intolerance and hypersensitivity.

We were very fortunate that the new food helped Ackee’s stomach; we don’t know what triggered his reaction but having found a food that keeps his stomach well we decided to stick with it and not investigate the trigger any further. There is plenty of other cat food on the market to help with other dietary issues your cat might have, so it is always worth a look to see if a food could help with a particular problem.

We have found that some problems do not require medical attention so long as you keep an eye on them. For example, Ackee ripped out one of his claws and it did bleed a lot but he kept it clean and we checked it daily to ensure it was not infected, and it healed up well with a new claw coming through.

It is sometimes easy to panic and rush your cat into its cat carrier and down to the vets, but sometimes problems do resolve themselves. My rule is to think of your cat like a child and would you rush your child to the doctor if they got a cut or a bruise, or would you use common sense and keep an eye on things to see how they got on so long as any wounds were clean? And if the problem is indeed urgent, then always take to the vets ASAP.

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