People and Their Pets Go Green Together
We’ve heard about electric rechargeable cars, solar panels, and tiny houses that reduce carbon footprints, but is there more we could be doing to help our planet? As pet owners, it’s an important question to consider. If we can make simple changes to our perspectives and lifestyles in order to benefit Earth, can pets go green, too? The answer is a resounding Y-E-S!
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One of the most effective methods for pet owners looking to positively affect the environment is preventing animal overpopulation. Spaying or neutering your pet eliminates unwanted litters, keeps animals out of shelters, and decreases euthanization numbers. Breaking even one link of the pet reproduction cycle has an enormous impact on the health of our surroundings.
Similarly, adopting a shelter pet instead of buying through a breeder or store is a great way to go green. Adopting a homeless pet (and spaying/neutering them!) doesn’t add to overpopulation.
To help pets go green, we suggest the following ideas:
- Scoop pet waste every day. If you’re trying to limit your use of plastic bags, simply scoop feces and urine clumps from the litter box directly into a reusable container. When filled, empty into the trash bin. There are also biodegradable bags for scooping and corn-based, flushable litter.
- Instead of buying disposable products, make or purchase machine-washable puppy training pads.
- Buying food and supplies in bulk cuts down on gas and emissions from frequent trips to and from the store. This also reduces wasteful product packaging. Keep items stored until you need them.
- Recycle aluminum cans, and reuse food bags. Some pet foods are packaged in recyclable bags; be sure to read yours before throwing it away.
- Make pet toys out of simple parts and pieces around the house. Repurposing cardboard, paper, and art supplies is always fun. Just be sure any materials you use don’t endanger your pet in any way.
- Keep your home’s power bill low by snuggling with your pet at night to keep warm.
- Find a stainless steel or BPA-free dog water bowl/bottle to use while out and about.
- Reduce the amount of water you use. Your pet may love the sprinkler or hose, but fill up a container or pool for them instead.
- Build a catio to reduce how many birds your hunter-cat brings down. Not only beneficial to your backyard ecosystem, catios also shield cats from dangerous accidents or encounters.
Pets Go Green
Pets go green pretty easily, but not without the careful consideration of their proactive owners. However you choose to make a positive impact on our environment, we salute you. Please let us know if you have any questions!