How to Go Green in Pets

Let's discuss how to go green in pets. Green pets isn't about pet owners dying their pets green, it is about pet owners finding ways to "go green" and be part of the environmental movement to reduce our carbon footprints. Was does "go green" mean? For many people it means driving an electric car, getting solar panels on their house, recycling, planting an organic garden, using compact fluorescent light bulbs, etc. Pet owners can do all that and more.

Whether you have a dog, cat, bird, or hamster, they all like to play. Pet toys can be costly and pets can often destroy them in no time. What's better than being green when it comes to pet toys? Being green and saving money! Does your dog love to play fetch? Great, go in your yard and find a stick, there's no need to buy a plastic Frisbee. Have a cat? Take a small empty medicine container and put jungle bells, beads, or popcorn cornels inside. Close it and put some tape on just to be extra careful. You cat will love playing with this new toy. Instead of buying your hamster plastic tunnels, give them a toilet paper roll. Or if they have a big enough cage, a paper towel roll. Birds, you can give something simple like a mirror or tie ribbon to the top of the cage. Be creative and you can come up with a lot of great ways to reuse things and make your pets happy.

Spaying or neutering your pet is also a way to be green. There are so many pets that are strays or in animal shelters. Try to prevent overpopulation and prevent animals from being euthanized. Adopting your pet is another way to start going green.

Instead of buying flea medicine, and medicine to put on our animal's scrapes, try growing your own herb garden. Have an organic herb garden and you can grow catnip if you have a cat and aloe vera for burns, scrapes, etc. for both you and your pet. There are also herbs that can help with arthritis, upset stomachs, and all kinds of ailments you and your pet might experience.

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