On Earth Day, April 22, humans who are concerned about the condition of their home — planet Earth — will be doing something positive for the environment. Humans are outnumbered by many other types of creatures, but they are the ones whose actions impact the earth the most, and they need to be mindful of how they live. But Earth Day does not have to be for humans only. Cats can also participate! Here are some of my suggestions on what you can do as kitties to make your life a little greener — today and in the future:
- Bug Recycling: Did you finally kill that bug completely dead, or did you just happen on one that isn’t moving? Don’t let that stop you from playing with it! A dead bug can be as fun as a live one — you just need a slick surface to bat it around. Use hardwood floors, or the kitchen floor. Even better, take it to an empty bathtub for a fun game of Dead Bug Hockey! Bugs can be even better the second time around.
- Cardboard Box Recycling: Make sure your humans know that every box that arrives in your home, no matter how big or how small, must be recycled as a cat toy and napping area. This is easy enough to do — just jump into it the box the moment it is emptied and don’t leave.
- Paper Bag Recycling: Take the same measures as above, but make sure your humans cut through the handles or remove them completely so your neck doesn’t get caught in them. This is especially nice if your human shops at designer stores — you will be the most fashionable kitty in your neighborhood, and you are saving the planet at the same time!
- Recycle Cat Food Cans: Many humans won’t do this because they think it’s icky to rinse out the can — don’t let your human get away with this excuse! You can help by dragging the cans out of the trash and licking them as clean as you possibly can. Then most of the work will already be done — and you will have had a little treat too! My human does not like this idea because she worries that kitties will hurt their tongues on the sharp can edges — so be careful when you do this!
These are just a few ideas on how you can be a “green” kitty! I bet you can think up more.