There are currently around 800 million pets worldwide, which means pet owners have the power to make a significant difference in the world by adopting eco-friendly habits. Here are some tips to help you care for your pet in an environmentally responsible way.
As Uplifers, we have compiled the following list of suggestions:
1. Adopt from a shelter instead of buying
Pet shops contribute to the growing demand for pets, leading to an increase in animal sales. In contrast, shelters are full of animals waiting to be adopted; otherwise, they may end up dying on the streets. By adopting a pet from a shelter, you can reduce the animal population and provide a loving home for a stray animal.
2. Spay or neuter your pet
The exact number of stray animals around the world is unknown, but spaying or neutering your pet is the most effective way to control the overpopulation of animals.
3. Use eco-friendly products for your pet
Opting for environmentally friendly products can have a significant effect on reducing the negative environmental impact of your pet. For example, dog owners can use eco-friendly shampoos while washing their dogs, and cat owners can switch to environmentally friendly litter options.
4. DIY pet products
You can make your pet’s products instead of buying them. For instance, instead of buying treats for your dog, you can prepare them at home, or grow grass for your cat if you have a garden.
5. Choose environmentally friendly pet food
When selecting food for your pet, choose manufacturers that are environmentally friendly. You can also opt for companies that collect and produce environmentally friendly products, as well as those that offer big food packages that can be recycled.
6. Use your pet’s feces as fertilizer
Pet excrement can contaminate water supplies and pose a serious hazard. However, instead of simply throwing away your pet’s feces, you can use it as a fertilizer. Just keep in mind that using dog feces in agriculture for human consumption is not recommended.
7. Choose eco-friendly toys for your pet
Selecting the right toys can transform playtime into an eco-friendly activity. Opt for toys made from recyclable or organic materials, or make your pet’s toy using materials such as hairpins, paper towel rolls, or aluminum foil balls.