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eco friendly pet tips 101
The Daily Cat
PET HOME MAGAZINE
Friendly Pet Tips 101
by Colleen Paige
Don’t Shop – Adopt!
Puppy & Kitten Mills are the
number one reason that the shelters are overrun with unwanted pets. Also,
their only goal is to make a profit off breeding animals to sell to pet
stores. It’s also well known that they over breed, inbreed, force animals
to live in squalor with horrible injuries and deformities and kill animals
that become too old to sell. Estimates reveal that over 70,000 puppies and
kittens are born every daily in the United States. For every puppy or
kitten that you buy from a pet store, thousands more die in the shelter.
Shelters are also filled with pure breeds, as are pure breed rescues, so
there’s no reason to buy from a pet store. Remember to spay or neuter your
pets to prevent more unwanted live
Biodegradable Poop Bags
Nowadays it’s easy to find and inexpensive to buy, biodegradable poop
bags that won’t sit in a landfill for hundreds of years. Your dog recycles
his food…the least you can do is recycle it too!
Recycle Pet Food Cans and Paper Food Bags
Just about anything you can throw away today; you can find a recycling
center that will take it. Pet food cans, food bags, old plastic and rubber
toys, pet bedding, pet clothing, even the paper scraps from the backing of
a packaged pet product can be recycled. Many waste management companies
that pick up your garbage will give you recycling containers for free and
pick up your recycled goods once a week or every two weeks. You’re really
helping the environment by recycling and teaching your children, family
and friends to care about it as well.
Eco Friendly Cat Litter
Just because it says it’s natural, doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Clay
litter is stripped mined, which is bad for the planet because it and
leaves a giant depression in the earth, the machinery used to strip mine
generates pollutants and it strips away the topsoil, creating a lot of
rubble, leaving the land basically useless. The other horrible thing many
don’t know about clumping cat litter, is that not only is the sodium
bentonite which creates the clumping effect toxic to your furry feline,
the sediment is permeated with carcinogenic silica dust that can coat the
lungs and cause a gamut of health problems for both your cat, your kids
and yourself. Try brands like Swheat Scoop®, Feline Pine® or World's Best
Cat Litter® - which are eco friendly, non-toxic and dust free.
Buy Planet Friendly Sustainable Products
Gone are the days of having to pay a fortune for planet friendly pet
products. Now you can affordably find eco friendly food bowls, toys,
furniture made from sustainable woods and other materials, bedding,
clothing and accessories of all kinds which are safe and healthy for your
pet and friendly to the planet. Why buy anything that isn’t – especially
if it comes in an eco friendly version?
Natural Pet Care and Home Cleaning
The respiratory and nervous systems of your pets are just as sensitive
as a child’s. If you wouldn’t use chemical soaps and shampoos on yourself
or your child, why use them on your pets? Organic and all natural soaps
and shampoos are great because they don’t irritate sensitive skin and have
no chemicals to be absorbed into the blood stream. Clean your home with
products like Method® which is my personal favorite because they get the
job done and have some great fragrances. For an even more natural clean,
use vinegar and water or baking soda. These products clean and disinfect
just as well and don’t leave a toxic residue. For tough odors that a potty
training puppy might leave behind, include some lavender or orange oil.
Make Your Own Pet Toys
If you like to sew, take old scraps of fabric and make dog and cat
toys stuffed with catnip, hemp or organic cotton, rather than buying new.