Even though they’re messy, time-consuming and even sometimes a pain, we love our pets through it all. As especially health- and eco-conscious consumers, we also know that our pets deserve a safe and healthy home–just like us. Maybe you’ve already started with small things, like feeding your pet organic treats? With just a few more changes you can make your home even healthier for your furry friend. Here are several easy ways.
Many household cleaning products contain chemicals that are toxic for both you and your pets. Watch out for bleach, ammonia, chlorine, glycol ethers and formaldehyde. These ingredients can cause health problems in adults and children, but young kids and pets are particularly at risk for cancer, anemia, liver and kidney damage when exposed to products with these ingredients.
Organic Cat Litter
Many cat owners are seeking out organic cat litter as an alternative to the conventional clay or silica based litters. But what makes organic cat litter better than non organic cat litter?
Organic cat litter is any litter made from plant matter. Non organic cat litter, by contrast, is made from non-plant material, the most common material being clay of some kind, or silicon. It is important to note that the use of the word “organic” here does not necessarily mean that the plant material has been organically grown (i.e. without pesticides or other chemicals).
There are many different types of organic cat litter available nowadays, made from a wide variety of different plant material. Common types include litter made from wood (e.g. chips or shavings), food crops (e.g. corn kernels), non food crops (e.g. hemp) and crop by-products (e.g. wheat husks, straw).
When cat owners make the choice to use an organic cat litter, it is almost certainly in the expectation that it will confer benefits either to the cat, the environment or both. However, not all types of organic cat litter will provide as many benefits as others–and not all organic cat litter will perform effectively in terms of absorbency and odor control. So it is important to understand exactly what benefits you are hoping for, and then choose an organic cat litter which can deliver those benefits.
Many cat owners look around for an organically based cat litter as a way to avoid the health concerns associated with conventional clay or silicon based cat litters. Clay based litters can be very dusty, creating respiratory irritation for cats and owners alike. Not only that, but some types of clay and silica particles are known carcinogens and should be avoided.
In addition, these litters typically contain additional chemicals to aid clumping or to mask or suppress odors. Clumping cat litters can present significant health risks if inhaled or ingested, especially for kittens and smaller cats, while perfumes can be irritants for allergic cats and owners.
If you are looking for an organic litter on safety grounds, be sure to choose one which is dust free and chemical free.
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