Being Green with Your Pets
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Two of the most important members of our family are our pets. We have a lovely dog called Lucy and a rather mischievous cat who... The post Being Green with Your Pets appeared first on My Green Home Blog .
Two of the most important members of our family are our pets. We have a lovely dog called Lucy and a rather mischievous cat who sometimes answers to the name of Jeremy when he isn’t ignoring us completely.
They are great pets to have round the place but recently we got to thinking that maybe we don’t make enough of an effort to involve them in our green ideas. Because of this, we did some research and came up with the following ways of making Lucy and Jeremy more environmentally friendly.
More Local Food
Like most pet owners, we are guilty of often taking the easy path when it comes to the food we give to them. This means buying those big bags of dried pet food or tins of meaty stuff for them. It was only after looking into the matter online that we realised how damaging the production of these things can be for the planet. It is much better to give them home cooked stuff and is even better if it is made from home produced ingredients as well. We have now made the decision to make more than we need for each meal and give the extra stuff to our cat and dog. It might seem like a waste of money but in the first week or so of doing it we appear to be saving money with this approach.
Take Care of the Plants
Dogs and cats can be extremely destructive to the plants around them if you let them. Lucy, in particular, has been known to rip up flowers and generally attack any form of plant life she finds. Sometimes all it takes to look after the wildlife is to control your pets a little better. We bought a longer leash for Lucy now, so that she can walk about more freely but will still be under control whenever we need to keep her away from plants.
Watch the Poop
You sometimes see people picking up their dog’s poop in little plastic bags. This look like a good thing they are doing but we need to remember that plastic bags take a long time to decompose in landfill sites until they are special biodegradable ones. If you scoop that poop up using a biodegradable bag you will be keeping the streets cleaner without creating a problem in the process. In terms of Jeremy, there isn’t really anything we needed to change in this respect. If you use clumping clay litter for your feline friend then this is something you should change though, as there are more environmentally friendly options around these days. The clumping kind of litter is bad for the planet and it can also be pretty dangerous for your cat too.
Helping your pet go green isn’t all that much different from doing it for yourself. It is just about making a series of relatively small changes in order to achieve some big overall benefits for your family and for the planet.