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Sustainability with pets - 10 tips for environmentally friendly pet care

You want to know more about Sustainability with pets experience? Then you've come to the right place! More and more people are placing great importance on being mindful of the environment and conserving its finite resources. Your own Lifestyle becomes more sustainableby eating a vegan or vegetarian diet, avoiding waste and recycling and reusing a wide variety of items. The Achilles heel of all environmental enthusiasts is often the keeping of their own pets.

But as an owner of dogs, cats or other animals, you can also make a decisive contribution to environmental protection. In this article, you will therefore find 10 valuable tips for sustainable pet ownership to keep your pet even more environmentally friendly in the future.

The 10 best tips for keeping animals sustainably

Most people would claim that they Animals love. You help animals in everyday life from difficult situations and raise their pets like their own child. If you decide to live an environmentally conscious life yourself, you will inevitably reach the point where you also want to use food, bowls and pet toys in the most environmentally friendly way possible. So, as promised, here are the best tips for sustainability with pets.

1. mixed breed instead of pedigree

Keep dogs and cats sustainable

The first and most important point: The temptation to buy a dog that is purebred and beautifully bred may be great for some people. Maybe you've been dreaming of that one perfect dog since you were little. But I would advise you to think carefully about whether it has to be a purebred or whether a mixed breed would be an alternative.

Because: Breeding leads in many cases to sick animals in which Beauty before health goes. But you shouldn't get a dog because it looks good, but because you want to offer a living creature a loving home with lots of affection and attention.

The health consequences range from small problems to life-threatening deformities. One way to avoid this is to choose a mixed breed. If you want a particular pedigree dog and there are no satisfactory alternatives, you should at least look for a reputable breeder. To do this, it is important to gather extensive information about the breeder and breed specific diseases unavoidable.

Another example are dogs that have been bred to have a sloping back line have. This group includes German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers and Rottweilers. They often have hip dysplasia as a result of breeding.

2. animals from the shelter

In connection with the first tip represents a Animal from shelter is the most sustainable and animal-friendly option. The four-legged friends there are already eagerly waiting for a new owner. Instead of spending a long time looking for breeders, you can simply go to an animal shelter and see if there is a suitable animal. Animal shelters usually offer Test walks with dogs to see if you are a good match.

Alternatively, listen for Farms where, for example, there have been cat offspring. Unfortunately, some farmers often don't know what to do with the animals and therefore kill them. In this way, you are actually saving lives. This is definitely one of the most important tips for sustainability with pets.

3. environmentally friendly cleaning

Sustainable animal husbandry naturally also includes cleaning. Whether it's a hamster cage or a cat litter tray: pay attention to the use of the following when cleaning sustainable, environmentally friendly products! As far as the litter tray is concerned, you should opt for compostable cat litter that is biodegradable. This usually consists of wood, corn, compost, beet pulp or paper. Through Daily removal of cat waste the litter can be used for longer and the amount of waste reduced.

4. buy food in large quantities

Pet food - Sustainable pet ownership

Buying food for your four-legged friend(s) in large quantities has several advantages. On the one hand Less packaging material if you buy one large bag instead of several small ones. It's usually cheaper and you don't have to go to the pet shop as often.

Dry pet food is now also available in paper bags to protect your own Reducing plastic waste. These are further valuable tips for sustainable animal husbandry.

5. vegan diet for small animals

For small pets such as rabbits, hamsters or guinea pigs, a vegan diet ideal. They are by nature Herbivore and thus get all the nutrients they need.

Unfortunately, the situation is somewhat different for dogs and cats. Although there are now already Meatless variants with vegetable proteins. However, one must not forget that these animals were originally predators. Nevertheless, you can try to vegetable part of the feed steadily. However, watch your pet closely to see how it reacts to the change and ask your Veterinarian for advice.

Tip: You want to know, How vegans feel about keeping pets? You can find out in the linked article.

6. prepare food yourself

The trend is to prepare and prepare the food yourself. The big advantage: you can tailor the food to the Your pet's needs and know exactly what is in it. This also makes it easier to portion the food.

A popular method of providing your dog with optimal nutrition is BARF - "Bones And Raw Food". This is the Raw feeding of your dog with adjusted amounts of bones, raw meat (except pork!), offal and vegetables. With the help of a specially generated calculator you can the ideal amount of BARF food for your dog Calculate

7. make treats yourself

Apart from the main food, there are also environmentally friendly alternatives for tasty treats and snacks. You can find a wide range of recipes on the internet to suit all tastes. A Dog treats is easy to bake with a little rolled oats, apples, flour and sunflower oil.

8. attention on forest roads

If you want to keep your pet sustainably, you should also make sure that it does not harm other animals when you are out and about. To ensure that your dog does not disturb or even tear any wild animals during a leisurely walk through the forest, you should, for example, always on the leash lead. Keep them loose, but always with the possibility of stopping your companion from sprinting off to hunt.

9. clean, sustainable walking

Need another tip for sustainable animal husbandry? No problem. When walking your pet, always Biodegradable poop bags for your dog's business. This will help you keep the streets clean and avoid plastic.

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10. do it yourself toy

Look around your home first before buying expensive plastic toys from pet shops. Some things that are useless for us humans can be misuse as a pet toy. For example, some cats have a lot of fun with an empty toilet roll. Collect items that you no longer need.

In addition, there are several beautiful DIYs to Making toys for your pet.The free e-book from Green Petfoodfor example, shows you several ideas for creating lots of fun for you and your pet with little effort. Sustainable animal husbandry can be so easy - just let your creativity run wild!

Sustainability with pets? It's not hard!

Even small changes in everyday life can have a big, positive impact on the environment. The following applies when acquiring a new animal friend: Animal shelter before breed. With a special focus and your own composition of pet food, you also produce less waste and give your pet exactly what it needs.

Do you have any questions or other tips that you would like to pass on to others? Then simply write me a comment.

Stay sustainable,


PS.: In the animal welfare blog you will find many more tips on the topic of animals and sustainability. Take a look at for example these rousing lectures on veganism on. Have fun!

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Sina Delgado Hernandez

Sina Delgado Hernandez

Sina Delgado Hernandez works at Hund & Sport Hungenberg GmbH as a business manager. Since she completed her training at the BARF store Futter-Fundgrube and owns two cats and a dog herself, she is perfectly familiar with the species-appropriate feeding and keeping of pets and is an expert in her field.

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