It's Sustaining Cats & Dogs


Pets are consistent producers of joy, hilarity and poop. We all know that our favorite fuzzy friends are for more than just cuddles though. They keep us sane, safe, and silly. Many would argue they’re better than humans. Pets are irreplaceable family members and we treat them as such, and in doing so they bring us closer to nature and the planet itself. However, the little stinkers can produce quite the powerful ecological paw-print, so here’s a ruff guide to more purrfect pet practices.   


    1. Be a Super Pooper Scooper

Animals don’t need help going to bathroom, just direction on where to do it. When they do it’s up to their human caretakers to clean up their messes. And a great deal of pet waste is sourced from the improper disposal of organic waste, so let’s start there.
Cats particularly seem to be the biggest offenders of the furry friend bunch. Because they do their business in a box there is a lot more materials involved than a simple doggie bag. Many feline families change their cat’s litter weekly and often discard it via a double-lined plastic bag  right into the dumpster.

Fun fact: The most popular type of litter is clay-based because it’s effective, affordable, and accessible, however, it comes with some serious drawbacks. It is both environmentally damaging and potentially dangerous for your cat’s health. The natural clay is obtained through strip mining, a process that scars the landscape and damages the natural ecosystem. It’s not biodegradable. Furthermore, clay litter releases silica dust, often contains sodium bentonite, and is scented with chemical fragrances that aren’t something you or your cat should be inhaling. The better solution, for both the earth, your wallet, and the kitties, is to investigate biodegradable litters.

Another powerful tip when it comes to bathroom doodies is to skip the plastic and ditch the paper towels. This can be achieved by picking up the poop with reusable and washable gloves or a scooper instead of a bag. Then, deposit that deposit into a DIY pet waste compost container! Biodegradable doggie bags are available at most pet supply shops.

     2. Keep the Furries Functionally Fed

It’s so important for your little one’s health to be conscious when picking out food. Most importantly we want our loves to live long lives so put the research in before purchasing any old brand. When you determine the right fit, buy in bulk! This saves money and packaging. Make use of containers for storage to keep the quantity fresh and manageable. Getting your pet to a healthy weight benefits the planet and their paws.

Fun fact: Making your own treats can be a great way to celebrate your pupper and know exactly what’s going inside his belly rubs. Switch to pet food based on protein over beef so as not to contribute further to the overwhelming problem that is the meat industry. When dinner time comes feed your fur babies on a real plate over a paper one.


   3. Let the Dogs Out 

Always consider donating old items before trashing them, many animal shelters joyfully accept blankets and bedding as well as toys that are still in good shape. Speaking of toys, there is a whole market of eco-friendly ones so check those out!

Tip Time: Reduce driving by walking to a park or nature trail near you, it’s great exercise for both the two and four legged. Examine flea and tick medications for harmful health side effects before using them. Cut out chemicals in your home cleaners and deodorizers. Beeswax candles are an example of readily available and effective friendly fragrance savers, just keep them out of reach of little paws and tails.


   4. Embrace a Sarah Mclachlan Doctrine

When searching for a new best friend, adopt don’t shop! There are thousands of little angels looking for love that are in overcrowded shelters after being lost or forgotten. You’d be surprised how easily a rescue can rescue you. Spay and neuter your pets to prevent unexpected litters that will wind up in those animal houses. When you make your charitable donations, go paperless and pinpoint organizations that deliver funds directly to the critters.

Animal Advice: Don’t buy exotic pets. Just don’t. Far too often they are subject to maltreatment and don’t get the freedom or range they deserve. Finally, keep your felines inside. Although cats do need lots of space to play the great outdoors just aren’t the right place for most domestic cats. Letting cats outdoors greatly increases their risk to disease and injury, and could infect other animals in the house. The best practice when it comes to curious cats is to provide them with many window views, vertical lookouts, and indoor activities. If you do take them outside it is best to keep them leashed and under close eye or in one of the super fashionable cat backpacks. 

Pets make us better people. They are often our first teachers on how to love nature. So celebrate every meowment, and stay inspired to keep this world wild and wonderful.




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