This will be my last Wednesdays-in-January pet-keeping related post. I do love (domestic) critters so if you’re aching to learn more about exercise wheels for hamsters made from recycled plastic, eco-friendly dog walking services, or solar powered fish tanks, please do let me know. I’d be happy to oblige.
For cat owners who don’t mind giving their kitties something to scratch on, here are some sustainable options that aren’t too hideous-looking. Or, if you’re feeling crafty, Design*Sponge has the 411 on how to make your own.
Worldwise’s SmartyKat SuperScratcher+ @ Amazon.com ($8.29)
This simple, cheap, and unobtrusive scratching pad is made from nearly 100 percent recycled corrugated cardboard is also 100 percent recyclable. The integrated certified organic catnip seals the deal.
ModernCritter Bent Plywood Cat Scratcher @ ModernCritter ($285)
A pricey but presentable cat scratcher for modern homes. The 5/8 inch thick bent post made from renewable poplar plywood comes with two FLOR Terra-style carpet tiles for scratchin’. The FLOR tiles are made from 34 percent renewable corn-based material.
CatLivin’s The Wedge @ CatLivin ($120)
Kitty got an itch she needs to scratch? Give her this stylish cat scratch alternative made with a durable sisal pad and two pieces of interlocking FSC-certified and formaldehyde-free wooden panels. Available in US plantation grown maple or walnut.
Square Cat Habitat’s The Lo @ Square Cat Habitat ($50 - $75)
TrendyCat Angle Scratcher @ TrendyCat Design ($99)
Cats are weird. Some like to scratch vertically, some horizontally, and some at an angle. If yours prefers the last option, this product made from a sisal scratching mat and a sustainable bamboo frame is the cat's meow. TrendyCat products are tested by a finicky feline quality-assurance team.