Cats are really bad for the climate, according to a new study. And so the next time it rains “cats and dogs”, you’ll know know who to blame. H/t: oekowatch.org.
German daily Bild, which has more readers than the WSJ, USA Today and NYT combined, reports that cats leave huge carbon paw-prints and so make a significant contribution to climate change. Each househiold cat is repsonsible for the emissions of 2.2 tons of CO2 annually.
The information is based on a story appearing in health magazine Healthy Living and on a study from climate company ClimatePartner.
According to Bild, internet portal utopia.de tested the impacts of five different pets on climate. Bild writes:
Catfood, cat litter, waste… every cat leads to 2.2 tons of CO2 emissions annually. No other house pet leaves such a terrible ecological paw-print.
Just the manufacture of cat food and its packing leads to about one ton of CO2 per cat. The waste disposal of food cans and cat litter burdens the climate with an additional 1250 kg of carbon dioxide. Then you have to include the water consumption for cleaning the cat potty.”
The house cat is an even bigger climate sinner than a dog, says Bild.
What pet ought one keep if concerned about impacting the climate? The study says the canary bird is the ideal pet to keep, emitting only 0.028 tons of CO2 annually.
According to Wikipedia: “Cats are a common companion animal in Europe and North America, and their worldwide population exceeds 500 million.” That comes out to a billion tons of CO2 just on the account of cats. That’s the same as 100 million Europeans. Time to call the exterminator. Hey – it’s either them, or us.
Of course Bild reminds us that cats themselves are not really the problem, but people who keep them. Bild writes: “Humans by far are worse for the climate”.