You want to give your dog or cat everything they desire, but eco-friendly pet ownership means pulling back from “wants” and considering what is really important. Taking care of your furry friend frequently comes down to food, fun, and dealing with those unpleasant but necessary waste cleanup duties. Make your pet part of your green lifestyle with these environmentally conscious pet care tips.
Start With Food: Smart Tips for Healthy Pets
Problems with pet food mimic those with human food: artificial ingredients, food waste, and food production impact. Although all-natural food always makes sense, an eco mindset changes things. Meat byproducts like organ meat, bone, and parts that humans don’t usually eat, may be healthier for pets than a prime cut. This minimizes waste in the food processing industry.
Other ways to go green include buying brands with minimal packaging, using an organic bamboo bowl, and saving any uneaten portions with a reusable silicone bowl cover instead of plastic bags.
ThinkSimple and Green for Pet Products
Quality pet toys made from sustainable materials like bamboo, hemp fabric, and organic cotton are both more environmentally-friendly to produce and can be composted or recycled when your dog or cat gets tired of them. People spend $60 billion on pet products every year. Most of those end up in the landfills. Your dog or cat can be just as happy and well cared for with a few toys, a nice organic, all-natural stick, and your love and attention.
DealingWith the Waste You Can’t Ignore
Pets poop. You have to scoop it when you take your dog for a walk and clean out the litter box after your cat makes a mess. The goal of green pet care influences the products and methods you choose. For dogs, consider biodegradable plastic-alternative bags or a small glass or silicone reusable container with a lid to pick up messes on a walk. For cats, choose a natural litter that biodegrades. It is possible to compost pet waste, although it should not be used on food gardens.