How to Be an Eco-Friendly Pet Owner?

How to Be an Eco-Friendly Pet Owner?Eco-friendly living is not just another lifestyle fashion trend. More and more people make this choice because they realise the consequences of the opposite decision. If you are trying not to harm the nature with your actions (changing your feeding habits, collecting the garbage separately, etc.), consider whether or not you have missed something. Do you have a pet? If the answer is ‘yes’, then you need to try to be an eco-friendly pet owner, too. Here are some tips for you:

  • First of all, don’t buy a pet but adopt it – if you already have one, consider adopting another four-legged friend. If you adopt a pet instead of buying it, you will contribute to reducing the demand of puppy mills. That means fewer animals will be used for gaining profit. What is more, there will be more space available in the rescue or the shelter. Plenty of pets are being euthanised daily just because the place is not big enough for all of them.
  • Use biodegradable bags for your dog’s waste or biodegradable cat litter – when you have to pick up after your dog use biodegradable bags instead of plastic ones. Choose a biodegradable cat litter as well.
  • Do not use paper towels – every time you run domestic cleaning at home and you have to clean after your pet, use rags or towels instead of paper ones. Think about reusable personal hand towels. You can wash them in the washing machine and therefore use them for unlimited time.
  • Think twice before trashing – instead of casting out the items your pet does not use anymore, you should give them to a shelter. Contact your local one and ask if any of your things may come in handy there.
  • Make your donation eco-friendly – if you mail checks to a certain animal charity regularly, then avoid using paper. Switch to telephone or online donations.
  • Check the labels – get used to checking the labels of all the products you buy for your pet. Read the labels to understand what the ingredients are and whether the container or the bottle is recyclable.
  • Prepare food and treats – meals made at home are perfectly healthy for many pets. If you decide to prepare homemade food for your animal, then you should ask your vet for advice first. Making treats will save you the trip to the store and reduce the amount of packaging waste.
  • Use washable containers not plastic bags for storage the food of your pet.
  • Cut down on driving – the gases emitted from the cars are among the main pollutants of the environment. So, avoid driving to the park – walk your dog instead. Find closer nature trails or parks. Why not arrange play dates with your friends and their pets?
  • Buy in bulk – that way you will reduce the packaging waste and the time you need to drive to the store. Make sure you check the expiration dates of the products before you buy them. You must be certain that they will be consumed before the particular dates.
  • Take care of the weight of your pet – except for the fact that they eat more, overweight animals have more health problems. If that is the case with your pet, then you should talk to your veterinarian.
  • Plates for the pet – if you use a paper plate to feed your pet, then you should switch to a washable one, so you will cut off on paper waste. The plate or the bowl of your pet should be a bit heavier so that your animal cannot turn it upside down and spill everything. That will save you a lot of wiping and mopping, for sure.
  • As owning a pet inevitably means extra time spent in the maintenance of your home and level of hygiene, it is understandable if you rely on professionals to help you. Yet, you can again think eco-friendly and find a carpet cleaning company that shares the same concept and works with detergents that are safe for people and the environment.
  • Check your tick and flea medications – pick medicines that cause the least risk to the health of your family and pets. If you pay attention to that, then you will reduce or prevent any additional health-care expenses.
  • Forget about chemicals – reduce the use of chemicals at home as you make all-natural air fresheners and cleaners. Probably, everything necessary to get rid of a pet smell is already in your pantry.
  • Eco-friendly accessories and pet toys – find collars, toys, leashes and pet beds which are made from plant-based or recycled materials.
  • Do not feed your pet beef and pork – it is claimed that beef and pork production use more resources compared to rabbit or chicken production. That is why it would be good to buy food that is not based on beef/pork protein.
  • Do not use plastic bottles – if you take water with you when you are out or use plastic bottles for your pet’s water, then you should reconsider it. Install a filter on your tap water and get a permanent bottle which can be washed.
  • Spay or neuter your pet – it is proved that it is not harmful to pets. You will remove the risk of an unwanted population. Some shelters may offer free services or reduced prices.

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