MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Natural Cats

For readers with cats to care for, here are some MOTHER EARTH NEWS tips about everything from natural cat food to common cat health issues to DIY toys, beds, and kitty litter. Keep your cat healthy and happy!

A barnyard, shed, or porch isn’t quite complete without a cat — or an “autonomous rodent control system” as one MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader put it. The truth about cats is that they’re “all-in” types. If they’re territorial, they’ll notice a flea that’s in their control zone. If they’re affectionate, they’re a committed cuddle kitty. And if they’re sly or lazy or vocal, well, then they’re impressively accomplished at the feat. We MOTHER EARTH NEWS types are pretty committed, too. We’re committed to our land, our communities, and, heck yes, our cats, too.

Food & Health

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Feedback on Cat Nutrition Natural Flea Control Choose the Best Cat and Dog Food

An informed reader responds to another reader's inquiry about cat nutrition and feeding.

How to beat pests with natural alternatives like nontoxic, ingestible pet remedies.

There are so many types of pet food in stores. What should I look for and what should I look out for?

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Kitten biting finger
About Feline Leukemia Caring for a Cat
Stop Kitten Biting and More Answers

One contagious, cancer-causing virus has gained an insidious foothold within pet cat populations.

Veterinarian Jon Geller discusses common cat health problems and how to prevent and treat them.
A vet talks about helping a kitten stop biting, canine nutrition, what to feed a pregnant pet, and more.
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Top 10 Natural Foods for Cat Health

Here are the top picks for giving your feline the food to support its complete nutritional needs.

DIY Alternatives

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Kitty litter
cat bed
Rodent-Proof Your Home
Idea for Alternative Cat Litter
The Purr-fect Homemade Cat Bed

Use these techniques to keep your homestead rodent-proof.

With these alternative cat litters, you can save money and avoid unpleasant smells.

Wondering what to do with old sweaters? Keep your cat cozy with this homemade cat bed!

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Creating Catnip Mousies with Dried Herbs
Build a Kitty Condo
Compostable Kitty Litter

Learn how to create a simple catnip mouse toy for your cats.

Learn how to make this high-rise playground that your feline will love!

This reader makes compostable kitty litter out of wood shavings.

Cut litter containers
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Speaker covers
Find New Uses for Litter Containers Straw-Bale Insulated Cat House
Cat-Proof Your Stereo Speakers

Discover some uses for cat litter containers and other pet product packaging around the house.

Keep your outdoor cats safe and warm in the winter with this three-bale insulated cat house.
If your kitty uses fabric speaker grilles as scratching posts, you can foil them with simple techniques.
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Kitty Litter Mats from Recycled Goods

You can recycle common household goods to be used as kitty litter mats.

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