Is it true? Your pets carbon footprint is said to be bigger than an SUV’s. Watch this video for some fascinating facts…
How To Lower Your Pets Carbon Footprint
Many of us are concerned about lowering our impact on the environment, but did you ever stop to think about your pet’s carbon footprint (or should we say “pawprint”)?
Pets are also consumers and waste-producers and it’s worth looking at some ways to decrease your pet’s environmental impact.
Here are some tips…
Reducing your pets carbon footprint tip #1: Scoop the poop
Leaving your pet’s poop to decay outdoors is not a good idea. It is not sanitary and pollutes the water supply and the soil. Whether you are scooping kitty litter or your dog’s waste outdoors, seal it in biodegradable bags before throwing it into the trash. You can also get an outdoor “toilet” for your dog that works like a miniature septic system. You toss the poop into the “toilet,” add enzymes and water, and the waste biodegrades and leeches into the soil as a harmless substance.
Reducing your pets carbon footprint tip #2: Choose biodegradable kitty litter
This is a choice that is better for environment and for your cat’s health. Avoid clay “clumping” litter – this does not biodegrade well and can cause health problems for your cat (think of the small amounts of litter the cat ingests when it cleans itself with its tongue. Now think of the clumping action happening internally). Sawdust, shredded newspaper or commercial litters that are biodegradable are better choices. There is even kitty litter available commercially that is made from recycled newspapers.
Reducing your pets carbon footprint tip #3: Feed good food
A high quality pet food will be better digested by your pet, meaning less poop and more nutrient absorption. To cut down on packaging and manufacturing processes, try making your own pet food and pet treats.
Reducing your pets carbon footprint tip #4: Toys
Avoid cheap plastic toys that expose your pet to questionable chemicals. There are now companies that specialize in pet toys made from recycled materials. Hemp rope toys are also a natural option for your dog’s chewing and playing needs. And you can make your own pet toys – try a big frozen carrot for your dog to chew on, or grow catnip for your cats.
So, as you can see, it’s easy to reduce your pets carbon footprint and since your pet may actually have a larger footprint than an SUV, it’s something we should all be doing.
Sabina is a bonded, licensed, reliable and loving pet sitter serving the greater San Fernando Valley / Los Angeles area. For more information about her services…
Call or email: 818.506.1311 | Sabina@PetsNanny.net
“Your love will show through me while you’re away!”