Pet owners who are concerned about how their pets impact the environment have multiple opportunities to make their homes and pet ownership more ecologically sustainable. Here are some top tips.
Eliminate Wastes Using Green Materials
While dog owners may sometimes skip cleaning up eliminations for their pets in rural areas, this is not typically the case in urban areas. When doing so, it’s important to use biodegradable bags to clean up pet waste. Otherwise, the bags could take years to break down in a landfill. Cat owners can also use biodegradable bags to throw away used cat litter, and green litter box fillings such as sawdust pellets and recycled newspaper make an even bigger impact.
Make Your Pet Treats at Home
Most store-bought pet treats come in packaging that cannot be recycled, but this isn't the case when one makes pet treats at home. Find dozens of recipes for a variety of pets on such websites as allrecipes.com and goodhousekeeping.com.
Some dogs are sensitive to contaminants used in common dog toys. Using toys made from cotton, hemp, and recycled products can not only improve the environment, but also a pet's health. Additionally, cat owners can purchase cat scratchers made from recycled cardboard and bamboo instead of carpet and glue.