Probably one of the more unsustainable things that I do is own pets. From cat food to cat litter, our cats are almost as bad for the environment as a kid! So I try to ameliorate that effect when I can. One of the ways is to keep them indoors; free roaming domestic cats have a devastating effect on the songbird population. Another way is to avoid clay cat litter. The sodium bentonite (clay) isn’t a by-product of some other process; it’s strip mined specifically for the purpose of clumping when cats pee on it. What an incredible waste! Unfortunately, this is what most cat litter is made of.
We tried a couple different kinds of “natural” cat litters and weren’t completely satisfied with any of them. Then I read this post on the Apartment Therapy blog. And they were right: World’s Best Cat Litter clumps but smells a little like a barn, while Nature’s Miracle smells like pine but doesn’t clump. Together, they’re perfect. (Maybe the companies should merge…) They’re both made of corn, which is a factory-farmed crop worrisome in its own right, but it’s definitely a step up from clay. And I think it’s the best option for us—at least until I teach my cats to use to use the toilet.