Saturday, September 20, 2008

Plastic Pets

Today I realized how hard it is to have pets without plastic.

I took a trip to the pet store because my cats have been clawing my chairs lately, and I figured one reason might be because their clawing post is kitten-sized. I got them a new clawing post -- which has carpet (undoubtedly partially plastic) and was wrapped in plastic tape (but only a short piece) with a paper/plastic tag for price.

While I was there, I picked up a giant tub of cat litter. Sadly, the big boxes come in plastic. Smaller ones are cardboard with a small plastic handle. But the big ones are plastic. Hard plastic. Ugh. Maybe if I take it back to the store next time and fill it up with litter, I can consider that reuse (they sell litter without a box, but it's not the kind I like...).

I also got a jar of litter deodorizer. Sadly, this came in a plastic jar. Why can't it be glass? I'm sure I could use baking soda and essential oils, but this lavender-scented litter deodorizer really helps.

Finally, I got them some cat toys. Two little tennis balls full of catnip, to be exact. I'm sure the rubber balls involve some kind of plastic. But worst of all, they were wrapped in plastic! ugh! On the bright side, my cats' favorite toys are t-shirts that I cut up into long strips that they can chase like strings. That's a cotton-based toy sure to please!

I hope that I will be able to provide for my felines in my life post-plastic!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi. I have plastic-free suggestions for your pets:

1) SweatScoop cat litter is made from wheat and comes in a paper bag. Try it. (I don't love the way it works as much as World's Best Cat Litter, personally, but I do think it's better for the environment.)

2) Yes, baking soda will work on the cat litter odor. Do not put essential oils in it, as they can be toxic to cats.

3) Purrfect Play makes all-natural wool cat toys that are awesome.

4) Cat food -- you can make your own. I just learned how myself:

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