Many of you might have noticed that TCR is a very versatile, multi-approach sort of rescue group. Personally that’s why I love it so much and why I will continue to support this group for years to come. I have been writing the Green Whiskers column for the newsletter since April 2009, as I wanted to add one more layer of versatility to what we all should stand for, and that is always ALWAYS remembering that our environmental impact is never-ending and that this awareness needs to be integrated into everything we do.
As a rescue group and as animal lovers I think we need to be constantly aware and remember that being “environmental” is more than the every day green changes most of us already do, such as recycling. As an Environmental Studies major I can definitely attest that being “green” is NOT just about recycling and changing light bulbs, but about a much bigger mentality shift. I hope this regular blog post will help to bring some fresh ideas into how you can be an awesome kitty owner and supporter of TCR and still be environmentally conscious. Over the next few months you can expect to see ideas on how to be a “green cat owner”.
For now all I want to say is that I talk to a LOT of cat owners who seem to think that the way to their cat’s hearts is buying a multitude of kitty toys and accessories. While of course giving your cats toys is crucial to their mental health, most toys in the market are now elaborate, resource-wasting, and merely feed into our consumerist society. The need to constantly accumulate more things is one of the biggest problem our culture faces, because even green products such as hemp kitty toys require a degree of energy, resources, transportation gas output, and labour that is not going to help us make the shift we really need into being a minimalist society. So please remember that you are just as great of a cat owner if you spend a Saturday afternoon playing with your kitty, grooming her, and making her a home-made string and cork-screw toy as if you spend it at the local pet store buying a toy box’s worth of stuff. I guarantee you that your kitty will be happier to have the one-on-one time then to be given a bunch of toys that probably will end up lost under your couch.
Written By: Sarah May, TCR Volunteer, originally published in the TCR April 2010 newsletter.