A Reader Asks: How Can I Green My Kitty?

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Pet owners have a dilemma: Just like kids, pets require toys, supplies, medicines and the like. But greener options are a bit harder to find in the pet industry if you don’t know where to look.

One particularly tough challenge is dealing with cat litter. No one wants a stinky house, but estimates say over 2 million tons of cat litter – approximately 100,000 truckloads – end up in landfills every year. This costs pet owners a few hundred dollars annually to keep Felix fresh, and let’s not think about the huge environmental footprint all that litter creates.

There are definitely some greener alternatives. One choice is to check out a biodegradable litter made from sawmill scrap or waste from wheat or corn. Many of these litters can be composted or flushed instead of thrown out, although they can be a bit more expensive.

READ: The Best Green Products for Your Pet

Another option is a new litter by EnviroKats that is made of recycled tires. The shredded tires, when properly cared for, never have to be thrown out, meaning that one box could last as long as your feline friend.

Check out the video above to see how the whole topic got kicked off. What about you? Have you tried biodegradable or tire-based litter? Tell us your experiences in the comments below.

If you have your own green question for Earth911, post a video reply here or email socialmedia@earth911.com.

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