With each passing year, an ever increasing number of people in the United States, and in other countries the world over, have adopted green living practices. This includes humans who share their lives with pets, including cats and dogs.
If you are a pet owner, you may wonder what you can do to “green” the life you share with your companion animal. Indeed, there are a number of strategies and practices that you will want to consider adopting in order to live a greener life with your pet.
Biodegradable Kitty Litter and Doggie Poop Bags
Dogs and cats have a number of things in common, including … poop. Dogs oftentimes do their business while out walking with their human companions. Of course, responsible dog owners are already picking up after the pooches when on a walk. However, in this day and age, a dog owner can take advantage of biodegradable doggie poop pickup bags when out and about with their canines. Not only is dog waste properly picked up, but it is done utilizing a bag that is biodegradable, a bag that is green.
When it comes to cats, there is now biodegradable cat litter available. This comes in a number of different forms, including pine wood pellets and clumping sawdust. The benefit of this type of litter is that you can take the litter itself, together with collected cat waste, and safely compost it.
Natural or Organic Food and Treats
You can take the living greener with your pet process a step further. You can feed your beloved pet natural or organic food as well as treats. You can find quality, and affordable, natural and organic pet food and treats at natural grocers in the brick and mortar world as well at most pet specialty stores. As with so many things in this day and age, the internet is a solid resource for natural and organic pet food and treats.
If you are so inclined, you can also find healthy natural or organic recipes that permit you the ability to make wholesome and tasty eats for your pets. This includes entrees and snacks for cats and dogs alike.
Toys Made from Recycled Materials
Yet another route you can take for a greener life with your companion animal is to provide them with toys made from recycled materials. Indeed, a running gag amount cat and dog owners is that these types of companion animals almost seem to prefer the box a toy comes in more than the toy itself.
The reality is that you likely already have many items in your home that can be entertaining and safe toys for your cat of dog. Despite the joke just made about a box, cats particularly are enamored with boxes. You can provide your felines hours of enjoyment by placing an empty box on the floor.
Many dogs find themselves thoroughly entertained with something as simple as a used tennis ball. Indeed, something like a tennis ball can provide you and your canine a great deal of fun and bonding time playing a good, old game of catch.
Pet Cleaning Products
A good many of the products on the market that are designed to clean up after your pet contain what really are harmful chemicals. You can utilize natural cleaning products that are green, effective, and safe for your pets. In fact, there are a good number of natural pet cleaning products on the market today. These can be found at pet specialty stores, at some natural markets, and online.
You can also craft your own natural or organic pet cleaners at home. For example, vinegar and water is a tremendous all purpose cleaner. It can be used on a wide range of surfaces.
Baking soda with a sponge is another natural cleaning option. This can be used effectively to scrub away a pet mess or stain of some sort. You can eliminate dog or cat urine from carpet by using a mild dish detergent. (You can select a natural or organic option at the market.) You can follow this up by sprinkling baking soda on the carpet, letting it sit for a bit, and then vacuuming it up. This helps combat pet related odors.
With a little effort, and a bit on ingenuity, you can take a greener path in life as a pet owner in a number of different ways. Not only are the items and strategies mentioned in this article easier on the environment, they are healthier for your pet and for you.
Jessica Kane is a writer for Grow Ace, your best online option for getting your new hydroponic grow operation up and running quickly and easily.