Earth Day is just around the corner, and as you know, it has never been more important to be mindful of our environment than it is now. Even if you are especially meticulous about your carbon footprint, you can’t help the fact that certain things tend to go unnoticed. Your pet’s carbon footprint may be one of those sneaky culprits. Really, when was the last time you even considered your best friend’s consumption of resources?
If this aspect of your daily life as a pet owner has slipped your mind, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just know that you’re not alone. We’re here to help you through it, though, with these helpful earth-friendly pet care tips:
Keep Your Companions Close!
Companion animals are meant to be by our side. Keeping them indoors gives you more time with them, and offers a more fulfilling life for both of you. What really shines with the green enthusiasts, though, is that by keeping your pet indoors with you, you’re minimizing any disturbance to nearby flora and fauna. It also significantly reduces the spread of diseases like Lyme’s Disease and other ailments that are spread by parasites.
Consider Composting Your Pet’s Special “Gifts”
We’ve never met a single pet owner who enjoyed talking about poo. It’s just one of those responsibilities that goes along with the territory, though. So, since you have to pick it up anyhow, why not put it to good use? Don’t leave your pet’s waste to be stepped in by your neighbor, or worse, contaminate nearby water supplies. Instead, check out this great guide by the USDA on how to compost dog waste.
Buy Smart, Eco-Friendly Pet Products
Did you know that cat litter can be made of nearly any material, as long as it’s absorbent? Veteran cat owners are certainly familiar with these products, but the novice adoptive kitten parent will be surprised to learn that you can buy cat litter made that has been made from recycled newspaper, wood chips, and more. The next time you visit, ask your family veterinarian for suggestions.
Earth-minded dog, bird, and small pet owners will also be happy to learn that everything from toys to perches to kennels to food bowls (and more) are available in various eco-friendly forms. Look for the “recycled product” indicator on the label.
Earth Day is just a reminder of what we should be doing all year long. Keep these tips in mind the next time you’re shopping for your pet.