As we continually seek new ways to reduce our carbon footprint on Mother Earth, we should include our pet companions in the quest for eco friendly-living that includes the regular use of earth-friendly products. Our pets are the members of our households that can’t verbalize for themselves, so it’s up to us, the pet owners, to complete our eco friendly house with green pets by introducing as many green products for the home, including green pet supplies, as often as possible. Here are a few eco-friendly ideas to help you have green pets.
Growing your own cat grass (more commonly known as Catnip) is cost-effective, easy to do and will encourage your cat to eat what you’ve grown and not other plants around the home that could be hazardous to cats if ingested. Catnip Plus is one of many great economical green friendly products that generates a premium quick-grow in-home supply of the herb cats can’t resist. Requiring minimal watering you could see visible growth in as little as 3 days. When the catnip reaches a height of 4″, it is ready to serve, and your cat can nibble on the grass right out of the planter. Catnip can grow to a height of 18-36″ long and spread widely if undisturbed, so it’s recommended you transplant the seedlings once they are off to a good start. This will ensure maximum use for your cat.
Play toys for your pet can add up, but with just a little creativity you can make your very own from recycled materials around the house. Old fabric, tennis balls and rope can all be reused to make toys that will entertain your pet for hours on end. Here are some simple steps to ignite your creative juices and leave you with inexpensive recycled dog toys. A discarded pine cone from the local park makes a great toy for cats…and they’re gifts from nature!
Don’t throw out old towels and bed set sheets! Those towels that have been through the wash a few times too many and may have acquired a hole or two, make great designated bath towels for your pet or can be used to clean up any spills or messes. Old sheets and bedding can easily transition to comfy mats to nap on for your eco pet. But if you just don’t have the time to sit and craft your own, there are companies like Trendy Pet’s Modern Pet Bed that sell cat and small breed dog beds made from BPA-free bed frames. Or you can opt to snag one of West Paw Design’s Organic Bumper Beds. These beautiful, bright and comfy medium to large breed dog beds have stuffing made from recycled plastic soda bottles. Petside.com has a few other modern eco pet furniture designs that you’ll want to know about. Companies like Green Pet Products Inc. utilize corn cob particles, a renewable natural resource, in their small animal litter/bedding product Clean-N-Comfy® with the PureLite™ Process formulated specifically for owners of ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, mice, gerbils, hedgehogs, chinchillas and similar small animals.
You can make eco environment friendly products for your pet at home including doggie shampoo! Flickr User: angel_shark
Finally, use natural pet-care and cleaning products! We don’t use toxic-chemical-laced shampoos and beauty products on our bodies; our cats and dogs (or ferrets, rabbits, or hamsters–we don’t judge) should use natural pet-care products, as well. There is no need to spend a fortune on shampoo for your dog when you can make your own! Using everyday products lying around the house you can easily whip up an inexpensive and eco-friendly doggie shampoo such as this one from TLC Home. And if your cat spits up a hairball, or Fifi doesn’t make it all the way to the bathroom, clean up the mess with cleaning products that are as gentle on the planet as they are on your pet’s delicate senses.
So it really is quite simple to make going green with your pets a reality by introducing as many green products for the home, using a little creativity and following these handy eco tips.