You Can ‘Go Green’ For Pets Too
7 May, 2012

There are many people who like to ‘go green’ as a lifestyle.   So, why not incorporate your pet’s lifestyle into a green living?  There are many reasons to go green, but the most important reason is for your pet’s well being. Consuming better food, reducing waste, and using products that don’t pose a danger to your pet and/or family are good for you and the environment.

Below are some ideas on having a greener living for your pets:

1. If you have a cat, avoid clumping cat litter. This litter has several chemicals added to it that are harmful to the environment and your cat.  There are plenty of other green friendly litters available like recycled paper, pine, wheat, and corn.

2.  Try to use biodegradable bags when cleaning up after your dog on a walk. Most pet stores sell them and the bags decompose in months as opposed to decades like the other plastic poop bags.

Let’s go green !

3. Buy recycled toys, bowls, and other pet products. There are now many new products being made from recycled materials like beds from soda bottles, toys from old tires, and other sustainable fibers.  You can even design your own toys.

4. If you’re considering adding another pet to your home, why not check out your local humane society or shelter for a “recycled” pet? Many pets in shelters are well-behaved, loving, and just need a new place to call home and family to love. You’ll be saving a life, making an impact against puppy mills, and helping your local shelter continue to take in animals.  As I always say, you must adopt!  Here’s yet another good reason.

5. Consider a water filter system on your faucet instead of using bottled water. The chemicals in water can be harmful to your pet but buying bottled water uses plastic bottles. Using a filter saves plastic, cuts down on chemicals in your drinking water, and makes for a greener home.

6. Instead of cranking up the heat during the winter, consider getting your pet a sweater to wear if he or she has little or no fur. Conversely, during the summer, if your dog has long fur, take him or her to the groomer for a trim to help him stay cool.  Then, you will only have to run the air conditioning on really hot days.

You don’t have to use all of the above, but they are easy recommends to incorporate into you and your pet’s lifestyle while saving the planet!   Why not give it a try?


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