Pets can play a part in saving the planet – and owners are being urged to help reduce their carbon paw print.
There are plenty of simple ways they can fight climate change. Many of them boost animal health as well.
Rachel Andre, CEO of sustainable cat litter brand Natusan, said: “Unintentionally, our animals and our habits surrounding them can cause an adverse effect on both the environment and our poor pets. Making a conscious change can go a long way.”
Rachel says two million tons of cat litter ends up in landfill in the UK every year so it is kinder to switch to biodegradable litter made from recycled wood that you can compost.
They have also come up with a guide to help your pet live a greener life.
1. Limit plastic toys
Try toys made of natural materials – there are even cat toys filled with organic catnip.
Plastic toys end up in landfill, particularly if you have a dog who likes to destroy them.
2. Buy kinder bedding
Look to buy bedding and blankets that are made from natural fibres, grown organically and processed without harsh chemicals and dyes.
Not only is this better for your pet’s health but the manufacturing carbon footprint will be considerably lower.
3. Clean up toilet habits
Swap to a sustainable, organic cat litter made of renewable, recycled materials. It is better for your cat’s health too.
4. Greener grooming
Regular grooming helps keep a pet happy and healthy.
But many pet shampoos and deodorising sprays are filled with non-biodegradable, toxic chemicals that are harmful to their skin – and the planet, once washed away.
Choose organic and natural shampoos free of dyes, nasties and parabens. And use wooden brushes over plastic ones.
5. Spay or neuter
Neutering is one of the most responsible things you can do as a pet parent, both for the planet and your pet’s health. Unwanted puppies or kittens that are not euthanised or adopted are often abandoned and become feral.
It is thought the feral cat population in the UK is as large as the current number of cats that have homes, and there are around 100,000 stray dogs.
Spaying a female cat or dog before her first heat can greatly reduce the risk of cervical cancer and eliminates the risk of ovarian cancer.