By Lara Jackson
More and more people are taking steps to treat the Earth more kindly, and it’s important for pet parents to extend these green efforts to the care of their pets—here are some tips on going green with your furry companions.
1. Donate. If you come across some new or gently-used items while cleaning up around the house, the ASPCA suggests that you call your local shelters and ask if they need towels, bedding, litter boxes, pet toys, etc. They may even be looking for unused printers and computer monitors. You never know what the shelter may need so it’s always worth asking before throwing stuff out or just letting it sit there unused. Visit the Tails Resource Page for a list of shelters in a city near you.
2. Clean Green. Consider switching to greener cleaning products, which are usually less expensive and chemical-free. Lately, green cleaning has become more mainstream, so it’s become easier to find these products. You can even make your own cleaning products using many everyday household products such as vinegar and baking soda. Click here for more tips on cleaning greenly.
3. Get Growing. If you have the space and the know-how, grow some healthy fruits and vegetables for your pet (the other members of your family will benefit too!). You can even grow some fresh catnip for kitty—click here for a recipe. Before you plant your garden, do some research on mulching and other gardening practices, which will help you avoid using insecticides or herbicides that could harm your pet.
4. Eco Poop. There are a variety of biodegradable poop bags available for your pooch, as well as septic systems that break down waste into a liquid to be absorbed through the ground. If you’re a cat parent there are many types of biodegradable kitty litters made out of natural products such as wheat, corn, paper, pine, and other options.
5. DIY Toys. If you have cats, one great recycled toy option is a bamboo stick with some shredded up clothes or rags hanging from it for your own homemade feather toy! Cats will enjoy hours of play time and you don’t have to worry about chemicals. You can also make a cool up-cycled sweater toy for your doggie.
Make these small eco-friendly options and you and your pet can both help bring about a better world!
Lara Jackson is a freelance writer and editor. For more green tips, visit her blog.