Six Tips On Reducing Your Carbon Paw Print
30-06-17 | Pet Talk
1. Choose to Recycle.
Many pet products use recycled materials, but be sure to check which one’s do and which ones don’t. If you’re stuck choosing between a pet toy that’s made from recycled plastic and one that isn’t, pick for the one that is! You could also recycle the packaging that your cat’s or dog’s food comes in. A lot of packaging can be recycled for the future. But also, you could use the box your cat’s food comes in for a little kitty hide out as they love cosy dark spaces!
2. Reduce the products you buy and keep.
It can be extremely tempting to buy your pet all kinds of products especially as online shopping is now so easy. We can browse unique toys, beds, collars, furniture, and even clothes, but every product you buy uses all kinds of resources, which can impact the environment. Your dog or cat loves you for being you, not for the expensive items you buy them!
3. Use biodegradable products when you can.
Products such as cat litter and poop bags can come in biodegradable varieties, which means they break down easily once disposed of. Some plastic bags unfortunately never break down in the environment, so be sure to try and buy a biodegradable version for your dog’s poop bags. Cat litter that is biodegradable is usually made from natural resources such as grass or wood. Be sure to check the packaging, some you can even flush down the loo
4. Reduce your dog’s impact on local wildlife.
Most dogs love to be running free off the lead on their daily walks, but this could massively impact on your local wildlife. Be wary whilst in woodland areas, as badgers, rabbits, foxes and other small creatures make burrows, which is their home and safe place. A scent from your dog around the burrows could scare these critters meaning they would stay inside the burrows for a long time, being too scared to leave and find food. But also for the safety of your dog, some badgers or foxes may decide to come out and attack your dog, especially if they have young. Be extra vigilant around March to May. Hedgehogs may also like to make an appearance in your garden. Try not to remove the hedgehog from the garden as it may become lost, but supervise your dog whilst they are in the garden if you know there may be a hedgehog snuffling around!
5. Spay and neuter your pet.
As stated by the Blue Cross, “Every year many dogs and cats have to be put to sleep because there are more unwanted animals than there are homes available. This situation could be improved if more pet owners took the responsible decision to get their animals neutered.” Spaying and castrating is definitely the responsible action to take for your pet and the environment you both live in. By spaying just one female cat, it can help to stop hundreds of unwanted litters, over 2 million cats in 8 years. Spaying and neutering your pet also comes with a number of medical benefits, such as reduced risk factors for various illnesses and complications like cancer, and a calmer temperament especially for male dogs.
6. Adopt from an animal charity shelter.
Adopting from an animal shelter means you’ll avoid contributing to puppy farms and other breeding profit schemes that frequently raise young animals in disturbing circumstances. Over all, you’ll keep the streets clearer of strays, prevent unnecessary euthanasia, and go home with a new best friend. There are hundreds of charities in the UK that rehome cats and dogs of all ages, breeds and personalities. Always research before you rehome an animal and make sure that they are right for you, but also that you are right for them.
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