BE A SUSTAINABLE PET OWNER
Beyond everyday eco-gestures, as a pet owner, you can develop and adopt responsible behaviours and habits with your pet. As environmentally conscious individuals, you can strive to limit your pet’s carbon pawprint.
Even our pets can contribute to this collective effort to protect the environment! Let’s find out how in this blog post.
1. Adopt your pet from a shelter
In order to fight against animal trafficking, it is also preferable to adopt your pet from a shelter rather than from a pet store or a breeding farm. Give chances to dogs of all ages, colours, sizes and characters who are waiting to be adopted and loved.
2. Provide healthier foods
Industrial pet foods come in plastic packaging. To avoid this waste, you can choose bulk pellets without packaging available in specialized pet stores. Some brands now offer kibbles made from more responsible natural products.
In addition, to minimize the environmental impact of their food, the best solution is you cook your pet’s food yourself. For example, by mixing seasonal vegetables, bulk cereals and meat from the butcher. It’s even better and saves a lot of time, energy and gas if you prepare and cook the week’s meal in a large container that you can freeze and use as the week progresses. Yes indeed, even your pets can have their own healthy weekly meal plan.
3. Have your pet sterilized
Having your dog or cat sterilized helps prevent the proliferation of stray dogs and cats, which have a real impact on the bird population and other animals in particular. They even represent a real plague in some countries where radical solutions are unfortunately envisaged.
To have your pet sterilized is also not to take the risk of having unwanted litter that will probably end up in an already overcrowded shelter and risk euthanasia.
4. Ensuring the protection of small species
If you love animals, you probably love animals in general. So, let’s protect other forms of animals and species.
By instinct, pets, mainly cats, are predators who do not hesitate to hunt naturally. Among their victims are lizards, butterflies, birds and mice. This hunting leads to a disturbance of biodiversity on a larger scale. To avoid these behaviours, feed your pets well and do you know that you can equip your pet with a collar with a bell, which will give time to the prey in danger to flee.
5. Get your pet ecological toys
Pet? Which pet? They are our babies!!! and like our children, it is legitimate that we want to spoil our pets by offering them different toys and accessories to play with.
To avoid waste, you can choose eco-friendly toys for a dog or cat, made of natural and reusable materials. You can also pick up used toys from family and friends, your old dog or buy them from second-hand websites or stores. Just be sure to clean and disinfect the items to remove bacteria and odours from the old pet.
6. Choosing the right litter for your cat
Although very effective, some cat litters have a real impact on the environment because it cannot be recycled and contain chemical additives. But more and more eco-friendly solutions are being developed for environmentally conscious cat owners. Today, so many options available from plant-based litters made from wood chips, , wheat, walnut shells corn residue or recycled newspaper, you have lots of alternatives.
You can also upcycle one of your bowls and containers and customize it into an original litter box for your cat.
7. Dispose of poop in biodegradable bags or compost.
Picking up after your dog is a good thing. It keeps dog waste from polluting sidewalks and waterways. Throwing them in biodegradable bags is even better! Don’t hesitate to reuse the plastic bags that are still widely distributed in stores.
If you have several animals and a garden, why not opt for a composter? This way, you benefit from free natural fertilizer, which is the best for your plants.
Adopting a responsible attitude towards the environment also means respecting nature and its inhabitants. It’s important to take your dog out for a walk, but make sure that it doesn’t disturb other animals, destroy plants or create a mess. Also, make sure that your dog does its business in the forest or near land where it can be fertilized, not in the middle of a sidewalk.
9. Recycle your pet’s dead hair
For you, a pet should be an indoor creature that lives and eats like a human!
And God knows you often consider this when you see the amount of hair left behind by your furry pets. When cleaning your house, from the hair collected from your broom and vacuum cleaner or after a brushing and grooming session, you can give a second life to dead hair. It’s amazing, isn’t it?
For example, they can be used by birds to make their nests in the spring. You can hang them on tree branches and they will be used to keep the eggs warm while they are incubating. Some companies collect pet hair and recycle it into wool. This hair can also be composted.
Learn more and breathe, you can not only get rid of it but also make good use of it, and an ecological use at that.
Our pets bring so much joy into our lives which we try to reciprocate as much as possible. However, we can live this love to the fullest by also loving our planet. By making small changes to our lifestyle and caring for our pets in an environmentally friendly way, we can ensure that the planet benefits as much as we do from our pets!