Pet Supplies for the Environmentally Conscious

If you're making "green" changes in and around the house, you may want to extend earth-friendly living to your pet as well. Why shouldn't going green go to the dogs ... or cats, for that matter? By adopting earth-friendly pet practices, you can minimize negative impacts on the planet and enjoy your pet that much more.

Bathroom Break

Pet waste is a problem. If not properly disposed, it can harbor parasites and be a health issue. Also, pet waste is simply unsightly. Innovative products help put an end to potty patrol. For example, toilet and septic systems for dogs and cats eliminate the need to really handle waste. The Cat Genie uses washable litter beads that drain liquid and a self-flushing and cleaning mechanism to put an end to traditional littler boxes. It hooks up to your water supply and an electrical outlet. Similar to a septic system for a house, the Doggie Dooley Toilet is a unit that is installed in the yard. Place pet waste inside, and natural enzymes and bacteria break down the waste and leach it into the soil naturally. This way waste doesn't end up soiling the yard or washing away into storm sewers.

Sleeping Quarters

Look for pet beds that are made from recyclable materials. Many get their fluffy feel from recycled plastic that is turned into pillow stuffing. Or better yet, make your own pet beds from clothing or blankets you normally would have disposed of. In fact, your pet may enjoy having your scent on these items and the idea of familiar surroundings.

Food

Many pet foods are made from a lot of fillers and scrap materials. These include reconstituted animal by-products, otherwise known as low-grade wastes from the beef and poultry industries. Instead, choose organic and natural pet foods that rely on meats from animals raised humanely. These foods are not treated with artificial preservatives.

Sustainable Goods

Choose pet products made from sustainable materials. For example, you can purchase collars and leashes made from hemp or organic cotton. The same can be said for chew toys and scratching posts. Avoid plastic products, or ones that are not made from recyclable materials.

Chemical-Free Cleaning

The trend in household cleaning is to move away from chemical-laden cleaning products. The same can be said for keeping your pet fresh and cleaning up the house after him or her. Read labels for environmentally safe shampoos, detanglers and pet cleaning products.

Spay or Neuter

Protecting pet populations by preventing unmonitored reproduction can reduce animals' impact on the planet. Stray cats can damage wildlife and deplete bird populations. Dogs running rampant are also troublesome. Making the investment to sterilize your pet can ward off trouble from overabundance.

Previously-Owned Pet

Adopting a pet helps reduce overcrowding in shelters and the destruction of unwanted animals. Love knows no pedigree, so choose a shelter pet that can use a good family. This also helps reduce pet store dependance on puppy mills, which tend to raise pets in poor conditions.

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