Trying to reduce your carbon footprint or the four little footprints from your pet can be difficult, especially during tough economic times. But it is times like these where you have to be a little more creative and do a little extra research to discover there are plenty of ways to be eco-friendly when it comes to taking care of your pet. Here are a few simple ways to do this:
Adopt- Adopting is cost-effective and may even save the life of a pet. The animals can come in a variety of breeds and most are healthy vet-approved pets. Along with this, get your pets spayed or neutered. Over 70,000 pets are born each day in the U.S. alone and there just aren't enough pet lovers out there to take care of all of them.
Be Inventive - Make your pet's toys for instead of buying them. Many pet toys contain chemicals that are not intended to be ingested. Small amounts of these chemicals over time can be damaging to your pet. Use durable organic materials from old clothes and a sewing machine to transform something old into something inexpensive, safe and fun for your pet.
No More Lint Rollers - Instead use Fur-Zoff. Fur-Zoff is an eco-friendly product that removes pet hair from all types of fabrics at http://www.FurZoff.net. It's made of 90% recycled materials and a lifetime guarantee. So you pretty much get the bang for your buck with this one for $10 and you're not being wasteful going through all of those sticky sheets.
Change That Litter - Switch to using a biodegradable cat litter or baggies for dog. You'll reduce the amount of waste in landfills or you can even use it as compost for your garden. It doesn't sound very pleasant but it sure does make the flowers bloom!
Green for Dinner Try natural and organic pet foods. They are hormone free, contain vitamins, and spell out how each ingredient is processed right on the packaging. If organic food isn't in the budget these days there are dozens of easy recipes you can make for your pet with ingredients you would find in your own kitchen. A good website would be http://www.simplypets.com/pet-recipes/.
Each and every effort you can make towards becoming 'green' is not only healthy for the environment but extremely healthy for your pet. You're little, or big, guy will feel better, live longer, and be more then appreciate of the effort you're making. It's not difficult to become a 'green' pet owner; you just have to start somewhere!