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10 environmentally friendly cat products

10 environmentally friendly cat products: Close up of British Shorthair in long grass
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While you may already be shopping sustainably for yourself, did you know that there are also some wonderful environmentally friendly cat products on the market that can help your kitty keep their ecological paw print small as well? More and more eco-friendly pet brands are popping up every day and their impressive array of cat litter, toys, and accessories, is making it easier than ever for you and your cat to live in ways that keep you and the planet safe. 

With our favorite environmentally friendly cat products spanning a wide range from bamboo food bowls and toothbrushes to wool cat caves and compostable litter, there’s never been a better time to sustainably spoil your kitty. 

Environmentally friendly cat products in the US

isYoung Cat Scratcher Lounge
Made from recycled cardboard and non-toxic corn starch glue, this corrugated cat scratcher has a fresh and modern design and a curved scratching surface for easier scratching and a more comfortable place to rest. Measuring 19.7” x 5.9”, the scratcher comes with a free bag of catnip and has enough surface space for two large adult cats. View Deal

Cool Wool Store Eco-Friendly Cat Cave
This beautiful and durable cat cave is handcrafted in Nepal from 100% all-natural eco-friendly Merino wool. Safe and non-toxic, it’s completely free from harsh chemicals and synthetics, and has a spacious design that will hold cats of up to 20lbs. The Merino wool naturally repels dirt and odor and the bed can also be cleaned in cool water with a wool cleaner before air drying.View Deal

ökocat Natural Wood-Clumping Cat Litter
This plant-based, premium clumping, super-soft cat litter is made with wood fibers but with a texture that resembles clay. The precision-cut wood fiber absorbs liquid on contact, transforming it into easy-to-scoop compostable or flushable clumps, and the natural enzymes in the wood prevent odor. The litter is 99% dust-free and uses no artificial fragrances, synthetic chemicals, dyes, or GMO’s. View Deal

AtEase Accents Double-Sided Bamboo Cat Brush
Made from 100% sustainable bamboo, this double-sided grooming brush provides a natural alternative for detangling and deshedding your feline furbaby. The black bristles do a great job of removing loose hair, while the soft pins stimulate blood flow for a shiny coat. Suitable for any breed of cat, this beautifully designed brush is durable and comfortable to hold.View Deal

Begley’s Best Natural Pet Stain and Odor Remover
A safe and effective plant-based formula naturally fragranced with essential oils and ideal for use in the home or car. It’s effective on urine, feces, vomit, and other messes, and features a powerful enzyme that breaks down the organic proteins that cause stains and odors. Non-toxic, cruelty-free, and biodegradable, this product is Leaping Bunny certified for the ultimate peace of mind. View Deal

Environmentally friendly cat products in the UK

World’s Best Cat Litter Original Unscented
A naturally safe litter made from whole-kernel corn that’s 99% dust-free and low-tracking. Lightweight and flushable, this litter is suitable for septic and sewer systems, and the use of lavender essential oil leaves a fresh floral fragrance. Quick clumping and easy-scooping, it’s ideal for multi-cat households.View Deal

Just Catnip
Stimulate your feline’s fun side with this sustainably farmed and ethically cultivated catnip grown in the open fields of Bushwillow Estate in South Africa. Hand-grown and hand-picked by family farmers, this catnip comes from natural crops that are 100% pesticide and herbicide-free and can be sprinkled on the best cat toys, beds, and scratching posts or turned into catnip teaView Deal

Beco Bamboo Cat Bowl
Available in pink, blue, or natural colors, this biodegradable cat bowl is completely sustainable and made from 80% bamboo fibers and rice husks. Mixed with a resin that bonds these two materials together but allows them to break down into compost, this innovative bowl will last for years and is dishwasher safe. It also features an ergonomic design with a low rim to prevent whisker-fatigue and elevated sides to reduce mess. View Deal

MEOWFIA Premium Felt Cat Bed
Made from 100% Merino wool, this cozy cat cave is the ultimate luxury hideaway for your pampered pet. Perfect for kitties that like to feel safe and secure, the spacious interior will hold cats of all sizes, and the modern design means this cave can be folded flat for different sleeping options. Easy to clean, it naturally repels odor, dirt, and stains, and is available in a choice of colors to suit every home. View Deal

Petdentist Natural All Bamboo Cat Toothbrush
Save the planet and your cat’s teeth with this sustainable and biodegradable bamboo toothbrush. With activated charcoal bristles that whiten and deodorize, this stylish toothbrush is effective at removing plaque, tartar, and food debris. Cruelty-free and vegan-friendly, it's the perfect answer to the question of how to clean your cat's teeth.View Deal

How to choose environmentally friendly cat products

Our pets are one of the biggest sources of joy in our lives, but did you know that research has shown that a cat's carbon footprint is about the same as a small car? Yikes! While cats aren't in themselves contributing to climate change, they use the products we've made for them, and that usually involves lots of plastic and other environmentally-destructive materials.

The good news is, making the switch to environmentally friendly cat products may not be as challenging as you think. Sustainable cat care is becoming easier by the day and with a little bit of background knowledge, you can make the switch in ways that are easy and affordable. Here are a few of our favorite tips to get you started...

  1. When it comes to packaging, look for recyclable or biodegradable options.
  2. For food bowls, opt for materials such as bamboo, ceramic, or stainless steel. Most of these options are now dishwasher safe and incredibly durable so you'll get plenty of years use out of them.  
  3. Cat litter is one of the biggest sources of pet-caused pollution as it's usually made from bentonite clay which has been strip-mined. Wherever possible, switch to natural and biodegradable litters, like the ones in this guide. Use a non-plastic litter tray and compostable litter bags.
  4. Many cat beds and accessories are made from harmful and synthetic materials so shop around to find safe and non-toxic alternatives. Steer clear of plastic and materials that have come in contact with pesticides or other chemicals and go for organic and natural options such as cotton, bamboo, or wood. 
Kathryn Rosenberg

Kathryn is a freelance writer with a passion for creating health and wellness, travel and wildlife content. Originally from New Zealand, her nomadic lifestyle has her currently fur baby-less. She scratches her pet parent itch by stealing frequent cuddles with any neighbourhood cat kind enough to indulge her.