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Green Your Pet
I am an animal lover. I have a dog and cat at home, and the family just wouldn't be complete without them. We love our animals, but how can we lessen their impact on the environment? Here are some easy idea's for helping your furry friend be a bit...greener. :)
The first thing I have to say is spay or neuter your pet. Too many animals end up in shelters or euthanized because of lack of homes for them. On that same note, adopt a pet from a shelter next time you get one....consider it a recycle a pet program. :) You'll save a life and gain a loved one all in one gesture!
Poopy Bags -
flushable bags. You pick it up, toss it in the potty, and flush. No lingering smell, no paper/plastic waste, just down the toilet with the rest of the family's poopy. The trouble with the flushable bags for walks and what not is that if its humid or rainy, or the poo isn't completely.......solid.....the bag may break down before you get home for the flushing. For these times I suggest a compostable, or biodegradable bag. There's plenty out there. You can even get them at your local pet supply store now.
- Recycled material kitty litters are typically made from recycled paper or newspaper pressed into pellets such as Yesterday's News.
My pets: Ozzy (the cat) and Jax (the dog)
Now we all know kitty is finicky, so choose a litter that your kitty will actually use. In addition, the silica, corn, and wheat litters are flushable, although there is some concern over toxoplasma being flushed with it. The plant based and newspaper litters claim to be biodegradable, but this is of course only if you plan to compost them yourself. They, unlike the clay litters, will eventually break down in a landfill.
Canidae, Evo, Wellness, and Orijen. A lot of people also like to feed their animals canned food. Keep in mind these cans, or plastic containers take a lot of energy to produce, are probably leaking BPA or other harmful chemicals into the food, and are probably not necessary for the health of your pet. They're actually bad for dental health. If your animal has a medical condition that requires wet food, check the container for recyclability.