How to make your pets eco-friendly
Posted on 10 May 2010 by Nicole
Did you know that according to ABC News, our pets have a higher carbon footprint than my gas guzzling Ford Explorer? It’s pretty hard to imagine, but it got me thinking about what I could do to make my pets more eco-friendly.
First and foremost, I’ve gotta scoop the poop. Pet waste can be washed into storm drains and then flow to rivers, lakes, oceans, and even drinking water. I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of drinking poop-flavored water. When I’m walking my dogs I try and use biodegradable poop bags. Most greenways and neighborhoods have pet waste stations to dispose of your bags. If you’ve got a backyard, setting a regular cleaning schedule for picking up your dog’s waste is a great idea. As someone who doesn’t have kids that I can force into manual labor, I do the next best thing and pay someone to do the dirty work for me. There are several local Charlotte companies who would love to help you keep your yard clean. Check out DoodyCalls, Scooperman, ScooperDude, or Poop Van Scoop.
If you prefer the company of felines to canines, there are things you can do to make your cat’s litter box more eco-friendly as well. Just like with dog waste bags, you can find biodegradable litter box liners. Also, try switching your cat to a non-clay based cat litter. Some of the bigger names in the eco-friendly litters are Feline Pine and World’s Best Cat Litter. One company is even giving away a FREE ECO Unit Litter-Robot, a “green” self-cleaning litter box. All you have to do is write a paragraph or two on how you and your pet are trying to reduce environmental impact.
Another great way to reduce your pet’s carbon footprint is to switch to a more organic or premium pet food. Not only is it better for the environment, it will be better for your animals as well. I initially switched my Golden Retreiver to premium food to help relieve chronic ear infections she was getting. Since the switch she hasn’t had a single one. Most also help reduce the amount that your dog needs to eliminate because they’re easier to digest. So that means less poop for you to scoop. There are a lot to choose from though. At my daycare we feed the dogs Blue Buffalo. The best thing to do, however, is ask your veterinarian what food they would recommend. Be prepared to pay a little more than the grocery store brand.
Let us know if you have any other recommendations for going green with your pets.