Category: Sustainable Petcare

Caring for Pets Sustainably

Pets are an expensive responsibility, As a pet owner, you are responsible for their overall wellbeing. Why not solidify this by making sure your pet’s diet and the environment is as healthy as possible? Pets don’t create as much of an environmental challenge as humans. So, it makes more sense to address our own shortcomings first. However, if you really want to make your pet’s life more sustainable, start with food.

Vets generally agree that wet food is healthier for pets. If your budget can handle you might consider buying dehydrated food, which has a lower carbon footprint when shipped. It’s rehydrated by adding water at home. And if you’re really into getting high quality and eco-friendly food for your pet, you can make your own. Unfortunately, it’s time-consuming and expensive.

My favorite place to find a balanced blend of sustainable and healthy food is healthy local pet store chains. The employees are always helpful, and there’s a good selection of brands at a variety of price points. This type of store carries supplies for all common household pets, including birds and small rodents.

Here are some Organic Dry Food Options

Organix Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food, 5.25-Pound

About the product (Pricey)

  • Real Organic Chicken as the #1 ingredient
  • Organic Quinoa- a nutrient-rich heritage grain that provides a gluten-free source of dietary fiber
  • Organic Flaxseed- rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids that contribute to healthy skin and coat
  • Certified by Oregon Tilth
  • Made in the USA with no ingredients from China

Buckley Liberty Freeze Dried Dog Food, Beef, 10 oz

About the product (Pricey)
  • USE AS A FOOD, TOPPER OR TREAT – Liberty Freeze-Dried can be fed to your pet as it is, or with water to rehydrate a tasty meal for your pup.
  • MADE IN THE USA – All of our ingredients are 100% sourced and made in the USA. We don’t use any wheat, corn, soy or other types of fillers.
  • GRAIN FREE – Liberty Freeze-Dried doesn’t have any grains or fillers; only pure raw nutrition from the whole animal with some added nutrition from fresh vegetables and healthy fats.

Puppy Snacks

This company 4Legz by far is my favorite. These sensational snacks are made from certified organic sweet potato puree, certified by the USDA and grown and harvested in the Pacific Northwest. They are packed with vitamins and fiber, these tasty cookies are great for dogs with food sensitivities, and they don’t contain any corn, wheat, salt, or artificial preservatives.

This company also gives back to the community by offering disabled individuals gainful employment opportunities. Price: $8.99

Non-GMO dog cookies made with 100% organic pumpkin puree with all natural and organic human grade ingredients.

We are proud to be one of the first and leading Non-GMO Project Verified choices for your dog.

Freshly baked natural treats made in the USA out of the highest quality wholesome ingredients.

No salt, wheat, corn, animal byproducts, chemicals or artificial preservatives and 7-ounce resealable package.                    🙂

If you’ve ever cared for a kitten, you know a balled up piece of newspaper can be just as engrossing as a fancy, ten dollar toy. Cats love boxes. Anything lying around the house. My kitten chases bouncy balls and a laser pointer, and anything tied to a swinging string.

Your cat might chatter at the birds and squirrels outside but keep them indoors. Not only will the pet avoid being hit by cars, getting into fights with other cats, and a variety of nasty diseases, you’ll keep the predatory instincts in check. Cats are reportedly responsible for billions of small mammal and bird deaths each year.

Dogs, similarly, can be entertained without spending much money. Plenty of parks allow canine companions, and there are several hiking trails in the area that do as well. There are also quite a few companies making more sustainable versions of dog toys, in case you want to pick up something more durable for your pet to chew.

Some smaller pets, like hamsters, enjoy playing in an old paper towel or toilet paper tubes. 

The stinky part, and the least exciting part of owning a pet. For cleaning up after a dog, some stores and online outlets sell biodegradable doggy bags. In theory, the whole thing degrades in the landfill. Since most landfills are too tightly packed to allow for much biodegradation, I’m a fan of using plastic newspaper bags, tortilla packaging, or anything else that might end up in the trash.

Cat waste is a more serious problem. About 2 million pounds of litter head to landfills each year. Clay litter (the most popular kind) is strip-mined, but it lasts longer and contains smells better than many other options. One alternative is pine pellets, but many cats don’t appreciate the change in texture. Some people toilet train their cats, but mine prefers to use the toilet to drink.

My cat loves Feline Pine Original Litter

Feline Pine Original Litter, 20 Lbs

Any animal could, in theory, have its waste composted – but not any compost, you’ll put on edible plants. Plus, there’s the smell to contend with. Small animals that live in wood shavings, like hamsters, produce less waste and therefore less smell. If you’re comfortable composting, go for it! (But keep it very, very separate from anything going near your food).

Biodegradable Poop Bags 

Finally, and most importantly, Spay and neuter your animals. Puppies, kittens, and other baby pets are cute, but there are already too many animals without homes. If we can we should try our best to control the cat and dog population. Go to your local pet store and talk to some experts. When it comes to toys, reuse, reuse, reuse. And, well, waste is difficult. Composting is probably the best option, but it comes with many challenges.