We can’t live without our pets — as a matter of fact, most American households have at least one pet in this day and age. Pets offer so many benefits. They help us relax and offer unconditional love and companionship. Another benefit of owning a pet, of course, is the fact that pets give you something to focus on. But this also means that you’re going to have to devote a lot of attention to your pet. As pets are a part of the family, many people want their pets to be fully incorporated into their lifestyles — which is why there is a rising interest in eco-friendly pet ownership. People want to know that they’re still thinking about the environment when they own pets; which can sometimes be a little difficult and certainly easier said than done. Lots of people find that their pet’s food is actually a lot less friendly to the environment than they would think, and many flea and tick prevention treatments used in the home are somewhat unhealthy. The year 2015 alone saw 68% of all pest control service revenue in the United States coming from residential services. What this means is that lots of pesticides — potentially harmful to the environment — were used by average homeowners. This is done with good intent; nobody wants their home or their pets to be infested with pests. But there are better ways to go about handling this type of issue. Considering it truly factors into being an eco-friendly pet owner. Let’s look into some of the best ways that you can be an environmentally conscious pet owner!
1. Invest In Eco-Friendly Flea And Tick Prevention
As you might imagine, we’re first looking at flea and tick prevention. Of course, you’ll want to consult with your vet before using any over the counter flea and tick prevention or medication, as your pet may have specific needs. Nonetheless, there are ways to prevent fleas and ticks in pets without using chemicals that are bad for the environment. Of course, you wouldn’t think that pet-safe flea and tick preventions would be environmentally unsafe. But the fact is that many of them are not as safe as they could be, and certainly not natural. Rather than using harsh chemicals, you may want to use products that utilize earth-safe materials, like certain oils. Don’t assume that whatever you can buy from the grocery store is eco-friendly, or good for your pet. Be careful!
2. Consider Environmentally Friendly Cat Litter
We don’t often think about the type of cat litter we beyond how well it suppresses scents and how easy it is to dispose of. However, many common types of cat litter are not biodegradable. This means that when you dispose of them, they stick around and can harm the environment. Fortunately, there are better cat litters are on the market, and they do degrade naturally. Of course, some of them might be more expensive than the traditional types of cat litter — but it’s important that you keep the environment in mind. Some of the biodegradable cat litter is even made from recyclable materials. If you have even one cat, you’re going to end up using a lot of — and throwing away a lot of — cat litter in the long run. You should definitely try to make it as environmentally friendly as possible!
3. Spay Or Neuter Your Pets
There are so many reasons why people should spay and neuter their pets — but if you care about the environment, you should make it even more of a priority. As much as we love our pets, if the world is overrun with too many of them the environment is negatively impacted. The world isn’t big enough to sustain the number of animals that would exist if pets weren’t spayed or neutered — and for that matter, there aren’t enough pet owners available to take care of them. Therefore, you should spay or neuter your pet as soon as it’s healthy to do so. This will range between dogs and cats, as well as other types of animals. Furthermore, spaying or neutering your pet will make their lives a lot better, and yours much easier. You’ll be able to keep your pet from created unwanted offspring, and spaying or neutering a pet can solve a lot of behavior issues as well. Intact animals can be much more aggressive or anxious, and they’re often at risk for cancers that don’t affect spayed or neutered animals. Therefore, when you spay or neuter an animal you’re ultimately making the best decision for their health in every sense and making an environmentally responsible decision.
4. Adopt, Don’t Shop
Many people think of adopting a pet from a shelter as a humane, moral decision rather than an eco-friendly one. However, when you consider how easy it is for pets to contribute to animal overpopulation, adopting a pet rather than buying one from a breeder — and therefore encouraging irresponsible breeding — is incredibly environmentally conscious. Therefore, you should go ahead and adopt a pet if you’re looking to add to your family. There are so many wonderful pets up for adoption; why wouldn’t you just go for it?
All of these things considered, there are many ways that you can be a more environmentally friendly pet owner. You just need to be careful about the decisions you make, as well as the way that you care for your pet. The more considerate you are of your pet’s impact on the environment, the less of an impact you’ll have on the environment in general.