Reduce Carbon Pawprints
These days, we strive to do what we can to help the environment and our homes stay as safe and healthy as possible. We recycle used materials, compost food scraps, and unplug appliances when they’re not being used. But most of us have no idea how to be “green” when it comes to our pets. Here are a few steps you can take towards keeping your pets happy and healthy — remember, a little difference goes a long way.
1. One of the first things you can do is to Feed Natural
“Eating natural food has become a way of life and many feel their pets should eat the same quality food as they do,” says Robins. Not only are these foods good for pets, but good for the environment. Natural foods use proteins that are raised in sustainable, humane ways and do not contain hormones. Read more.
Just as homemade, natural meals are better for us humans, the same goes for our pets. If you are having a hard time finding something natural for your pet, consider making the food yourself. For recipe ideas, click here.
2. Another step you can take is to spay and neuter your pets – do you know over 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the United States alone?
As a bonus, spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives by eliminating the possibility of uterine, ovarian, and testicular cancer, and decreasing the incidence of prostate disease. Read more.
3. Always clean up after your pup and dispose of it in biodegradable bags to keep it from living forever (in a plastic bag) in a landfill somewhere. Also, use biodegradable cat litter with your feline to avoid illness and diseases. Keep those pets happy and healthy!
Green Pets: By The Numbers
39 million: the number of birds killed annually by domestic cats – in Wisconsin (The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
66 million: the number of pet cats in the United States; approximately 35% are kept exclusively indoors.
75 percent: the decreased likelihood that adults will develop allergies, if they grow up with two or more pets as children.
60 percent: the percent of pet owners who have a dog; on average owners have almost two dogs (1.7).
5,500: the numbers of puppies and kittens that are born every hour in the United States, compared with 415 human babies.
28 percent: the percent of pet owning heart patients who survived serious heart attacks, compared with only 6% of patients without pets.
25 percent: the percent of purebred dogs who were afflicted with serious genetic problems in 1994 (Time Magazine).
3-4 million:the number of homeless cats and dogs that are euthanized annually.
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