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Weekly Tips | January 21, 2014

Sustainable Pawsibilities


A growing trend among our four-pawed friends is showing the environment they give a doggone! Resource reduction and reuse is in doggie (and kitty!) style, so be the cat's meow, and read on for more tips on the pawsibilities!

Pet Food

If you glance to your pet’s food label, you can see many ingredients that can be found around your home or at the local grocery store. Man’s best friend consumes a diet of raw meat, vegetables and a bit of whole grains, while your feline friend will consume raw and organ meat, since they are strictly carnivores. Try your hand at mixing up their food home with these recipes for raw dog and cat food. Make sure you consult your veterinarian to make sure your pet is getting the right portions. 

Cleaning Accidents

Every once and awhile your pet may have an accident on the carpet or wood floors. Consider using natural cleaning supplies to clean up after your pet. If your pet does have an accident on the carpet, scrub the area with club soda. Once it is dry, sprinkle baking soda on the spot to reduce the odor. After the area is completely dry, the next step is to vacuum. If the stain remains, try a mixture of lemon juice or white vinegar and warm water to wipe spots away.

For cleaning up hardwood or tile floors, you can use the same solution of warm water and white vinegar instead of chemical cleaners. Castile Soap is another great option, which you purchase at Whole Foods, Target, PCC Natural Market, and the CleanScapes Store or create at home

Collars, Toys, Bowls, and More!

Green up your pet’s lifestyle by creating your own pet collar or leash, or check out this green products guide for creative pet supplies made from green or reused materials.  For more DIY projects, check out Eco-friendly Pet Supplies, where you can purchase items or get instructions on how to create them. 

Resources: Animal Planet | Care2 | Earth 911 | Ethical Foods: Dog food Recipe - Cat Food Recipe | Whole Foods | Target | PCC Natural Market | B*Spoke | Two Little Cavaliers | Green Products Guide | Eco Friendly Pet Supplies
 

The Big Picture

According to the U.S. Humane Society, from 1970 to 2010 the number of cats and dogs in homes increased from about 67 to 164 million. In 2013, roughly 47% of households own at least one dog, while 46% of homes own a cat.  

This demonstrates the tremendous opportunity to expand a sustainable lifestyle to man’s best friend or to your feline friend. 

Sources: U.S. Humane Society
 

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