There are many things we are asked to do to help save the environment. What many of us don’t realize is that there are many ways we can keep our pets and their items “Eco Friendly”.
Here are a few suggestions:
You can use biodegradable pet waste bags and make sure you always scoop the poop from outside areas! Do not leave it hanging around. It contains harmful bacteria that will make its way into the water supply via run off. Composting in a ground container is one good idea.
There are many organic or dehydrated natural foods to feed your pets, Honest Kitchen, Dr. Harvey’s, Nature’s Variety, Oxbow and Newman’s Own have some great foods.
Using natural flea and tick products can be a good solution to the chemical alternative. Natural Chemistry and Pet Naturals of Vermont have some great products.
Look for organic cat nip or grow your own!
You can also purchase your soft dog toys made out of recycled or green materials. There are plenty to choose from made by Hagen, West Paw, Katie’s Bumpers, Chuck It, and Planet Dog to name a few. There are also rubber toys made from recycled tires.
Make your own cat toys out of recycled products from around the home; newspaper, string, plastic bottle rings, etc. There are some great suggestions on line for making your own cat toys!
There are even collars and leashes made from recycled, soy or hemp materials. There are also some made from reclaimed bicycle tires.
Look for natural cat litters rather than clay; Swheat Scoop or Feline Pine can be a good choice. CaribSea makes a good bedding for small animals too.
Be careful of your cleaning products on kitchen floors, etc. Don’t forget your pet may lick the floors. Use a steam mop, or natural products. Simple Solution has a great line!
There are plenty of grooming supplies made from recycled materials.
Many health items are also available in a natural line; check out Synergy Labs, HomeoPet and Nutri-Vet (as well as others) for homeopathic and natural products.
Make sure you spay/neuter your pet to cut down on unwanted animals.
Think about adopting or rescuing a dog or cat that needs a home.