You love your pets, and obviously, you want to do everything in your power to keep them happy and healthy. If you’re as concerned about the environment as most of us, you’ll be pleased to know that taking good care of your pets and protecting the environment often go hand in hand. Here are some of the best ways for pet owners to go green…
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Adopt, Don’t Buy
If you’re thinking about getting another pet some time in the future, then make a point of adopting it, rather than buying it from a conventional breeder. The majority of pet breeders have a single goal in mind – raising large numbers of purebred cats and dogs to maximize their profit margins. While some genuinely care for the wellbeing of the animals, many have been caught for misdeeds, such as overbreeding, poor veterinary care, low-quality food and living conditions, among other things. Some have even been found guilty of culling their unwanted animals. Even if you find a squeaky-clean breeder, the overbreeding of animals for profit contributes massively to the dangerous carbon emissions that are causing rapid climate change. Why buy an animal from a breeder, when you can easily adopt one of the thousands of kittens and puppies that come into the world every day? Aside from helping the earth, you’ll also be saving you a fair amount of money.
Scoop Their Poop Like a Hippie
If you’re a responsible dog owner who never fouls, then you’re already doing a fair amount to help the environment. However, you can go even further by getting some biodegradable dog poop bags, and using them to ensure your four-legged friend’s mess isn’t sealed in a plastic bag, and remains buried in a landfill for hundreds of years. When it comes to cats, try to avoid using clumping clay litter for their tray. For starters, clay is strip-mined, which is extremely bad for the environment. Furthermore, the clay sediment can also be permeated with silica, that can coat a cat’s lungs and lead to cancer. There are also nasty chemicals in cheap cat litter like sodium bentonite, which can be ingested by your cat through their constant grooming. Thankfully, there are various eco-friendly alternatives you can switch to. You may spend a little more, but you’ll be doing the planet a huge service.
Feed Them Well
As you probably know, a lot of conventional pet food brands you’ll pick up at the supermarket consist of repurposed animal by-products; those inedible bits that thankfully aren’t legally allowed in food for human consumption anymore. You want your pet to be happy and healthy, so why give them anything less than meat that’s of a comparable quality to what you eat? Natural, organic pet foods come from animals that are raised in sustainable, humane conditions, with no added hormones or drugs. They’ll also be processed to a bare minimum, and preserved with natural products like vitamins E and C. Check for the USDA seal on the packet, and you’ll know that the food you feed your pets is up to standard.