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Twelve pretty kitties from around the globe have posed for a 'naked' calendar to raise awareness about the amount of cat litter that ends up in landfill. 

The hairless sphynxes and bambinos — so-called 'naked cats' — were snapped by Natusan, a British firm which manufactures eco-friendly, biodegradable litter.

According to Natusan, around 44 per cent of cat parents throw out the contents of their litter trays twice a week, accounting for roughly two thirds of a tonne of litter being thrown away each year per tray.

In total, 2 million tonnes of kitty litter — the mass of 800,000 African elephants — goes into UK landfills annually, and this releases methane gas, which contributes to global warming.

A Censuswide poll of 1,026 UK cat owners last month found that 96 per cent of feline parents were unaware exactly how much cat litter is buried in landfill each year. 

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A limited run of the calendars was produced to promote Natusan's Waste Calculator — which can be used to work out the environmental impact of your cat's litter.    

Twelve photogenic felines from around the globe have posed for the cutest naked calendar of 2021 — all to raise awareness of how much cat litter ends up in landfill. Pictured: Forget the Playboy Bunny! London-based sphynx 'Pompilius Eric' wears a rabbit hat as Mr April

Twelve photogenic felines from around the globe have posed for the cutest naked calendar of 2021 — all to raise awareness of how much cat litter ends up in landfill. Pictured: Forget the Playboy Bunny! London-based sphynx 'Pompilius Eric' wears a rabbit hat as Mr April

The hairless sphynxes and bambinos — so-called 'naked cats' — were snapped by Natusan, a British firm which makes eco-friendly, biodegradable litter. Pictured, with his Halloween pumpkins, October's Nile the Sphynx cat from Garden Grove, California, is no scaredy cat

The hairless sphynxes and bambinos — so-called 'naked cats' — were snapped by Natusan, a British firm which makes eco-friendly, biodegradable litter. Pictured, Mr November is Blueberry the Sphynx cat from London, England (right)

The hairless sphynxes and bambinos — so-called 'naked cats' — were snapped by Natusan, a British firm which makes eco-friendly, biodegradable litter. Pictured, with his Halloween pumpkins, October's Nile the Sphynx cat from Garden Grove, California, is no scaredy cat (left), while Mr November is Blueberry the Sphynx cat from London, England (right)

A Censuswide poll of 1,026 UK cat owners last month found that 96 per cent of feline parents were unaware exactly how much cat litter is buried in landfill each year. Pictured, Mr February is Walter the Sphynx cat from Knoxville, Tennessee, who is in the Valentine's Day mood

A Censuswide poll of 1,026 UK cat owners last month found that 96 per cent of feline parents were unaware exactly how much cat litter is buried in landfill each year. Pictured, Mr February is Walter the Sphynx cat from Knoxville, Tennessee, who is in the Valentine's Day mood

More than eight out of ten cats in the UK use clumping litter made from clay — sodium bentonite — sourced from energy intensive and destructive strip mining.

This clay litter doesn't biodegrade, and is typically thrown away in environmentally-unfriendly plastic bags.

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In contrast, Natusan's litter is made entirely from recycled wood offcuts generated  by the timber industry, meaning that it is 100 per cent biodegradable.

It also comes with biodegradable disposal bags — and, for customers in London, can be collected to be taken away and composted to help grow new trees.

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