In this day and age, when people decide to get a new pet, one thing they often consider is if it will be an eco-friendly pet. Getting a pet with a small carbon footprint, is much better for the environment and getting a rabbit for a pet is just about as eco-friendly as they get. Rabbits have a very small carbon footprint, compared to pets like dogs or cats and, if you know how to take care of a rabbit correctly, you can make their carbon footprint even smaller.
Rabbits Eat Vegetables And Fruit – To feed a rabbit correctly, he should be given rabbit pellets (made of grains and nuts) and lots of vegetables and fruit. What makes feeding rabbits eco-friendly is, because they will eat so many types of vegetables and fruit, you can choose produce grown in your own area and rabbit pellets from a local co-op. That means your rabbit’s carbon footprint is small, as food doesn’t have to be trekked in from out of town or even overseas. It’s not necessary.
You Can Grow Your Own Rabbit Food – Another reason rabbits have such a small carbon footprint is because much of their food can be home grown in your own garden, or even out on a balcony if you have enough space.
I have two indoor rabbits, and although I buy a lot of their vegetables and fruit from my local farmers’ market (very eco-friendly as they don’t use pesticides on their produce either), I also grow basil, cilantro, parsley and Chinese celery on my balcony. I live in Thailand, so produce grows in our hot and humid climate all year round but, even in colder climates, you can still grow many vegetables and some fruits at least 6-months of the year. Environmentally-friendly and it saves you money too.
Recycle Newspaper In Your Rabbit’s Poop Box – I use all my old newspapers to line my rabbits’ poop boxes as well as shredding them to add another layer that will soak up smelly pee. Then, on top of this, all I have to do is put a layer of hay on top and every day, when it needs to be cleaned out, I know all of it will decompose in a landfill quickly if I put it in plastic bags that are bio-degradable.
Use Rabbit Poop For Fertilizer – Another reason rabbits have small carbon footprints is because they’re one of those animals whose poop you can use on your garden. Particularly if you grow your own vegetables for rabbit food, why not use their poop to fertilize it. You might be surprised how fast your veggies grow.
Neuter Or Spay Your Rabbit – Finally, to ensure your rabbit’s carbon footprint doesn’t get any bigger, neuter or spay your little friend, so there won’t be the patter of even tinier feet.
Rabbits are cute pets to have at any time, but even cuter if you’re an environmentalist and concerned about the planet and your pet’s carbon footprint. If you organize yourself properly, a rabbit can have an extremely low negative impact on the environment, plus has the positive impact of being such a great pet for you.