The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone. (It’s true -- even dog lovers fall victim to the Christmastime crunch!) What’s worse, all the holiday shopping can make you feel quite wasteful. What is the conscientious gift giver to do?
Have no fear: TofuKitty Club is here. We’ve compiled a list of eco-friendly, ethically-sourced, and all-natural cat products that are sure to wow this holiday season.
Here are 10 eco-friendly holiday gift ideas for cat lovers:
Does your indoor cat long for the outdoors? Do you feel guilty containing your little lion in a one-bedroom cage? Enjoy city living and the call of the great outdoors with organic cat grass.
Your cat companion can nibble on non-GMO wheat grass in the safety of your own home. Several brands offer ready-to-go seed kits with planters made of recycled material. Some even offer climate-friendly pledges with your purchase.
When it’s time to paw-ty, someone is sure to break out the catnip. Cats go crazy for the hellacious herb. When it is present in gardens, cats are known to paw, lick, and roll around in the perennial plant.
Nepeta cataria, or catnip as it is commonly known, is not only friendly to felines, however. Gardeners use the medicinal mint to attract butterflies, deter pests, and repel insects. Catnip is even used as an ingredient in herbal teas, tinctures, and other naturopathic remedies due to its anti-anxiety properties.
Growing the herb is relatively easy in both indoor and outdoor settings, making it a purr-fect gift for the cat lover in your life.
What says “have cats, will travel” better than a BPA-free collapsible cat bowl? For the quirky cat camper in your life, these trusty feline feeding bowls can be a time and space-saver.
There are several brands out there that provide pet bowls for those on the go, but be sure to vet their eco-friendliness. Non-toxic, BPA-free bowls are the only option for eco-friendly cat lovers.
It’s no secret that cats love to lounge. In fact, cats spend, on average, 13 to 16 hours a day sleeping. Felines spend up to two-thirds of their life snoozing, so it makes sense to invest in some stylish naptime furniture.
Macramé cat hammocks are simultaneously luxurious and guilt-free. They are pretty on the eyes and on the paws. For the ultimate in feline feng shui, invest in handmade cat hammocks from independent designers on platforms like Etsy.
Finding creative cat gifts can be quite a challenge. Sometimes, though, it’s best to stick to a classic. Cats love to sleep and to curl up in hidden cushions and crevices.
Cat beds and caves are great for stealthy kittens. For the environmentally conscious cat owner, try to find beds that use 100% organic wool.
Raising a happy cat means raising a healthy cat. Cheap food can have adverse long-term effects on cats so premium pet food is always a great gift idea. Put extra thought into your gift by finding an ethical cat food company.
One way to separate the wheat from the chaff is to search for cat food brands with a “certified humane” label. These companies often meet both ethical and environmental standards in order to receive certification.
There’s nothing more satisfying than giving your little critter a well-earned treat. Showering your cat in yummy snacks can be a joy for both you and your cat, but can be taxing on your cat’s health and the environment. All-natural cat treats that are ethically-sourced are better for your cat’s stomach and better for your heart.
Natural cat snacks are a wonderful gift for you or for another cat lover in your life. So go ahead and (cat) treat yourself!
Is cat litter harmful? In short, conventional cat litter is not only dangerous, it’s disastrous. Clay litter is environmentally destructive. A popular alternative, crystal cat litter, is abhorrent for your kitten’s health as well as the health of the earth. Long term, everyday cat litter you find at your local pet store is horrible for the environment on both a local and global level. Everyday litter presents major problems.
Eco-friendly, biodegradable, and ethically-sourced kitty litter is good for the environment, for your cat’s health, and for the communities devastated by strip mining.