But having a pet doesn’t have to cost the earth.
The CDCH team tries hard to be eco friendly as possible. Here are their top tips!
Use compostable poo bags and buy biodegradable cat litter.
Using compostable poo bags and biodegradable litter will significantly reduce the impact their plastic alternative products have on our environment.
At CDCH, we use corn cat litter that is water soluble so all of our cat waste is disposed of in our bio bubble, onsite.
Use eco-friendly cleaning products that aren’t harmful to our environment and are non-toxic to your pets. As a centre, we try our best to avoid harsh chemicals where possible. We love Ecover natural cleaning products and Smoll laundry capsules.
We also opted for The Cheeky Panda plastic free toilet roll.
Make your green space thrive for all wildlife, including your furry family members! There are many plants that pose no risk to dogs and still provide beautiful colours and textures to your garden and a varied habitat for other wildlife.
For example, snapdragons, camellias, roses and sunflowers are just some of the flowers that are not toxic to dogs and cats. You can find even more here.
Our centre is a haven for all wildlife and provides a valuable food source for a number of native species in our area. Our paddocks are planted with non-toxic plants and provide lots of sensory enrichment for our residents.
Recycle and Reuse household items. Before you throw cardboard, loo roll tubes or plastic bottles in your household recycling, have you considered turning these into toys? Using loo roll tubes make great puzzle feeders and old cardboard boxes can be enjoyed as a destruction box for your dog or a safe place for your cat to curl up in. Plastic bottles can be turned into simple treat dispensers and paper bags used by rabbits as a foraging toy.
Buy products with recyclable or compostable packaging and avoid plastic products where you can. It is more common for larger supermarkets to offer soft plastic recycling schemes. These schemes offer people the ability to save all of their soft plastics (such as dry pet food bags, carrier bags and crisp packets) and drop them off at a participating store to save them from ending up in landfill. These soft plastics get recycled and made into other products to avoid a huge amount of plastic waste polluting our planet.
There are many types of eco-friendly pet toys in the market. We sell a number of toys made from rice husk rubber and plant materials in our shop.
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