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Eco-friendly Pet Ownership

Composting and recycling are common activities nowadays, but have you ever thought about the impact your furry little friends might have on the environment? By pursuing an eco-friendly lifestyle and pet ownership, you can help ease the carbon paw print left by your pets while contributing to a healthier lifestyle for them. Our Omaha garbage company gives you some ideas on how you can embrace eco-friendly pet ownership:

Adopt

Every day, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the United States. Many of them are born in terrible conditions and will never make a visit to a vet in their life. If you are in search of a new family friend, visit your local shelter and look into adoption. They usually have cats and dogs of all ages and even if you might be tempted to buy a little puppy or kitten, older cats and dogs are often calmer and already potty trained. Also, spay or neuter your pet. Not only will the simple procedure keep the population in control, but spaying and neutering also helps pets live longer by protecting them from certain types of cancer.

Food

If you want to know exactly what you feed your pet, you can cook the food yourself! Boiled rice is great for pets with upset stomachs, and baking homemade treats can be a fun activity for your kids to take part of.

Otherwise, opt for feeding your pet with natural and organic pet foods. They use meats that are raised in sustainable ways without added hormones and maximum processing. Make sure that the food bags are made of recycled materials, and recycle them again when they are empty.

Scoop it up!

Use biodegradable bags for your dog’s solid waste, since many plastic bags end up in nature or on landfills, where feces are preserved inside the bags forever. Cat owners should use eco-friendly litter, since the clumping clay sediments in ordinary kitty litter contain carcinogenic silica dust that can affect your cat’s respiratory system. The clay is strip mined, which is harmful for the environment, and the sodium bentonite found in the clumping litter functions as a type of cement that can expand up to 15 times of its original size. It can clog up your cat’s insides if accidently ingested during their cleaning routine. You can actually compost the feces and use it as fertilizer for your garden. Just don’t use it in your vegetable garden, since pathogens of E.coli. could still be present.

Toys and Other Goods

Buy or make toys with recycled materials free from pesticides. You can even purchase pet beds made with recycled plastic! Grow your own, organic catnip for your cat, and make toys made of scrap yarn and fabric. By getting crafty and making toys yourself, the items won’t have been trucked thousands of miles before they get to the store. Use organic shampoos in recyclable containers to avoid chemical residues in the fur and down the drain.