Pets And Their Impact On Climate Change

It’s not something that most people think about when they adopt a new pet, but we are at a point where it’s important to try and take into mind how our pets can have their own impact on the current climate crisis.

With over a billion dogs in the world and around 9 billion cats, there’s no denying that our love of pets is having a detrimental effect on the planet. Thankfully, however, there are several steps that a pet owner can take to reduce the amount of damage that their pets cause to the environment around them, as we will explore here.

Keep Cats Indoors

Cats make wonderful companions that can help us get through tough times while loving us unconditionally, but they are also predators at heart, and will spend a good portion of their time outdoors hunting the various small critters that live in your garden. As animal populations across the world continue to diminish, it’s become more important than ever to try and protect as many species as we can.

This is why experts around the world agree that a pet cat should be kept indoors at all times wherever possible to reduce the chance of them killing local, native bird, reptile, or insect populations. As long as the cat is given plenty of toys, lots of space to roam, and tons of love, they can lead happy and healthy lives indoors.

Adopting The Right Pet

When adopting a new pet, there are some choices that a person can make to reduce the carbon pawprint of that animal. Smaller pets, for example, tend to be a better choice, as they consume fewer resources in general compared to larger ones. Pets like rabbits and rats are also quite friendly to the environment as they can subsist on vegetables and greens, often which can be easily grown at home.

Another aspect to consider is the breed of the dog and where they will be living. Buying a husky and living in a desert environment usually means that more resources will be needed to prevent the dog from becoming sick, such as having air conditioning available, and freeing up the money for other endeavours, such as hobbies or playing games on

Have The Animal Fixed

In many countries, it’s against the law not to have a new pet neutered or spayed, but this may not be the case in every region. Regardless, it’s one of the most important things that a person can do for their pet in terms of reducing their overall carbon pawprint. A single dog or cat can produce many litters of puppies and kittens, which in turn use more resources and can themselves have their own babies. It’s best to stop this cycle as early as possible and have the animal fixed.

Avoiding buying pure-bred animals is also another action that you can take to help put an end to dog breeding for profit, and rather focus on adopting a new animal from a local shelter that needs the financial assistance.

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