Pets Perspective on Going GreenPublished November 17, 2011
Flickr User Floris van Lint
Since our two Oriental Shorthairs, Dr. Hush Puppy and Sir Hubble Pinkerton, frequently surf the Internet and are avid fans of Petside.com, they were thrilled that we are celebrating Green Week. But this morning as I was offering them breakfast, both of them were extremely grumpy and annoyed that I had neglected to ask for their input to help me write about such an important topic.
Our kitties are extremely concerned about the negative effects global warming is having on animal habitats around the world, and the impending frightening impact upon our planet. So, of course, they both want to do their part in helping to keep our environment clean, by reminding us about some simple things we as pet owners can do to live a greener life-style.
Being highly aware about some of the products on the market today that profess to make the lives of pet owners easier, the first on our cats’ hit-list are those automatic self-cleaning litter boxes. Since these automatic litter boxes need batteries to operate and require special litter, our cats give them huge thumbs down. Not only are they a waste of power, but they also interfere with keeping on top of their kitties output. In their opinion, hand-scooping litter boxes filled with an ecologically sound product made of corn or cedar shavings is an easy way to go green in the feline elimination department.
They feel strongly that those automatic pet water-ers and fountain dispensers are totally unnecessary. While they are advertised to constantly provide clean fresh water, and touted as safe, they too require batteries or an electric wall plug. While the power they use may be infinitesimal, changing a water bowl by hand is simple enough and saves energy.
In their opinion, pet toys made of plastic are a huge no-no as they are made out of nasty chemicals. Some of them are not even recyclable. Store bought or homemade toys fashioned out of recycled organic cotton, hemp or sturdy felt, filled with catnip are, as far as they are concerned, the “cat’s meow."
They also feel canned or boxed pet foods are preferable to pet foods packaged in plastic wrappers which should be avoided at all costs. Cans and boxes are easily recyclable whereas those empty “handy-use” plastic containers go to waste since they only end up in the garbage.
Of course, speaking of pets, both Dr. Hush Puppy and Sir Hubble Pinkerton suggest that folks considering adding a pet to their household go for the “re-cycled” variety and adopt a shelter pet! Adopting a pet from a shelter is totally a win-win situation for all involved.
What do your pets think will keep our planet greener? Add their suggestions with a comment.