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Earth Day for Pets: How to Celebrate Responsibly

by | Apr 22, 2022 | Cat Behavior & Care, Dog Training & Care | 0 comments

FCC noticeIt’s Earth Day! Now, we have to be responsible because the Earth is the only place that has dogs and cats. Am I right? So how will you make Earth Day for pets a fun celebration? Shadow-Pup, Karma-Kat and I are encouraging everyone to do their part to help take care of this gorgeous planet we share.
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Dogs have very different ideas how to celebrate Earth Day for Pets. Have a hot-diggidy-dog? Build him a sandbox for legal excavation. Or let him help while you garden.

 🌏 🌲 🍃 Today, Shadow and I plan some gardening fun. And, I have a nifty new pet stroller so Karma-Kat will get to roll through the backyard to check out the sniffs. He’d like to become an adventure cat, so that’s a fun first paw-step.
I now receive an amazing amount of email “pitches” about every product you can imagine delighting your special cat and doggy buddy. While I simply don’t have time to write about them all, some stand out, so I wanted to share a few.

Earth Day for Dogs: Toys, Treats, and Fun

Squishy chewy puzzle toy!

I’ve loved the Planet Dog Orbee Tuff toys for years. These dog toys not only make dog tails wag with delight, they’re Earth Day friendly and use only recycled materials. Three of my dogs have played with the same Planet Dog toys–they last that long. I love this Snoop Treat puzzle toy–and it comes with free shipping from Chewy.

Be sure that your dog doesn’t over-do the exercise. The temps here in Texas get toasty. So for those extra hot days I plan to check out this new Petralyte Electrolyte beef flavored supplement for dogs. Think Gatorade but designed by veterinarians.

Shadow sez, “What about TREATS?” Have I got an Earth Day dog treat for y’all! Every hear of Jiminy Cricket? There’s now a dog treat company, called Jiminy’s, that uses an earth friendly protein source…crickets! Before you say “ew” and turn up your nose, remember the kinds of things your dog naturally munches. Heck, my cat loves crickets, too. The company has an entire line of cricket-protein dog treats, perfect for dogs with food sensitivities, and sustainable for the good of the earth. Learn more about Jiminy treats here.

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Even indoor cats enjoy celebrating Earth Day, just be sure the celebration stays safe!

Earth Day for Cats: Toys, Treats, and Fun

Karma sez, “What about the Kat?” Yes, it can be a challenge for indoor-only cats to enjoy the great outdoors. Enriching your cat’s indoor environment goes a long way toward keeping your cat emotionally healthy, and physically fit. You can find a bunch of enrichment suggestions on this post — something as simple as cracking open a window can get kitty’s purr going! Or, offer some window-perching ops like this kitty shelf from K&H Pet Products (currently on sale at Chewy.
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Give your cat a perch with a view for Earth Day.

Oh, and here’s another favorite for the cats in your life. I love the MAU brand because they use earth friendly materials cats love: sisal, real tree limbs, snuggly beds and cushions. And the luxury designs…oh meWOW! I’m saving up to get one of these for Karma-Kat.
MAU cat tree for earth day
My garden has started blooming, and my butterfly plants and hummingbird vines attract delightful creatures. I’m all for beneficial insects and critters but don’t particularly want them inside my house. I received information from Earthkind, a company that makes environmentally friendly and safe pest products. Always do your research before using such things. But I like the idea that Earthkind’s Stay Away repellents offer an earth first product. Learn more about them here.

Earth Day for People, Too!

Oh, and just an FYI, my husband and I got this nifty food composter several weeks ago (I was an early funder on their kickstarter). So we’re doing our part using Lomi, and feeding our garden better (while keeping the dog and cat table scraps to a minimum). Loving it so far–and they don’t have any sort of affiliate program, but did share this code 5J2O9IN2AC to get $48 off the unit (for one person only so swipe it quick!).

What can you commit to do to celebrate Earth Day for pets? Can you squeeze in an extra 15 minutes outside with your dog tossing the ball, or bring some leaves and buggy fun indoors for your cat’s enrichment? Set up bird feeders for viewing pleasure? Share in the comments your plans to celebrate #earthday.

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Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified cat & dog behavior consultant, a consultant to the pet industry, and the award-winning author of 35+ pet-centric books and Thrillers with Bite! Oh, and she loves bling!

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