Here’s of several eco-friendly alternatives for cat litter.
This is an issue I’ve been dealing with too. I wrote about my experiences in finding a more eco-friendly cat litter on my blog here:
In essence, my interpretation of this kind of sudden personality switch is related to the individual cat’s situation and degree of fear triggered by a change in the environment and social relationships. The cat seeing your dog and cat being relaxed, friendly and not fearful of you may have facilitated his “recovery.” This is one reason why I advocate group housing for shelter cats.
Manufactured cat litter derived from recycled wood and paper products comes from the timber industry, a major contaminator of the environment for decades. However, there are eco-friendly paper options.
Eco-Friendly Cat Litter | petMD
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Cat litter can be both dangerous for your pet's healthand bad for the environment. Many of the most common cat litter brandsare made from clay compounds that are mined from protected areas, andsome of these compounds may actually be carcinogenic as well. Moreover,many types do not biodegrade readily and can remain in landfills fordecades without decomposing. Fortunately, alternatives to standard catlitter products exist. With a little searching, you can find alternatebrands of cat litter that are both eco-friendly and safe for pet use.The sale of environmentally safe litter has followed a substantially different trend during the past few years. According to an October 2007 report entitled natural litter sales have actually experienced a 15% compound annual growth rate from 2002 to 2007. The same report projects that the sale of environmentally safe litter will continue to increase and by 2009 will comprise 20% of the estimated total $1.1 billion in sales in the United States for all eco-friendly cat products.If you're in search of an eco-friendly cat litter product, begin byvisiting a local pet supply store. If the store does not stock any ofthese products, ask for recommendations of nearby locations that mightcarry them, or see if the store has a catalogue that contains theproducts for ordering. You may also wish to order these cat litterproducts online if you're unable to find them locally. Be careful thatno one in your home has an allergy or adverse reaction to any of thosespecialty ingredients before purchasing them.Kristen probably guessed from my comment on Overcoming Reusable Bag Shyness that I'd be back with a whole post on eco-friendly cat litter disposal.