Eco-friendly pet care if often overlooked when it comes to making good choices for a greener home. Let’s change that. The needs of dogs and cats are very simple: Food, water, exercise, a collar with tags, and lots of love. Although it might be fun, purchasing lots of fancy toys and other accessories it’s totally unnecessary and takes it’s toll on the planet.
“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”
Here are our top tips for eco-friendly pet care. Download and print the free pdf and place it in your home to inspire your family to make greener choices for your pets!
⬜ Spay or neuter your pet. Did you know that one un-spayed female cat and her offspring can lead to 370,000 kittens a year?
⬜ Adopt a fur-baby from a rescue shelter. Virtually any breed of dog can be found in a shelter or in a breed-specific rescue group.
⬜ Buy eco-friendly pet food and care products. Look out for are locally made products that use natural ingredients with recyclable and / or recycled packaging.
⬜ Bulk Buy. To keep your pet’s environmental “pawprint” small, buy pet food in bulk quantities whenever possible.
⬜ Recycle your pet food containers or buy food in biodegradable packaging. Not all pet food packaging is recyclable, so be sure to check before you buy
⬜ Donate gently used collars, leashes, beds, clothing, bowls or toys to a local animal shelter or rescue organisation.
⬜ Use biodegradable poo bags. Plastic poo bags take anywhere from 10 to 100 years to degrade.
⬜ Try natural cat litter to avoid the silica clay commonly used in supermarket brands. Try wood shavings or recycled newspaper.
⬜ Consider eco-friendly pet toys or DIY your own pet toys! Look for balls, bones, and other chewy toys that are made from non-toxic rubber and recycled materials. (Check the labels for the materials) You can play for hours without an impact on the environment.
⬜ Put some thought into your pets beds. Pet beds are often made with really shocking materials. Read the labels carefully and look for pet beds stuffed with post-consumer recycled materials and covers fashioned out of organic cotton, hemp, or recycled fabrics.
⬜ Take the lead. Most dog leashes are made of nylon. Nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas associated with global warming, is emitted during the production of nylon. Rather choose leashes and collars made with canvas, hemp, or other recycled materials for your pets.
⬜ Shop natural and organic Grooming products for pets online at Faithful to Nature to keep their fur shiny, and their skin healthy.
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