In these green days many people are searching for pets that leave a small carbon footprint. These are animals that do not use too much of the earth’s resources such as cat litter that can pollute landfills. There are some very eco friendly pets that not only keep down the carbon footprint but that also offer some green choices for the family. The following are the most eco friendly pets that leave the smallest carbon footprint:
• Llamas -Llamas may not be as affectionate as a dog, but they can be a good pet and are friendly when they get to know their human owners. Of all of the pet types, the llama is the one that offers the most eco friendly aspects. For one thing, their diet consists of grass, grain and hay. Anyone who has a big enough yard does not have to worry about purchasing feed that may or may not be made in this country and there is no factory polluting the air in order to process it. All of these items can either be grown by the owner or purchased from local growers to keep the cost of fuel down when transporting it.
• Small Breed Dogs – Dog are one of the largest contributors to carbon foot printing of all of the pet types. If you want to have a dog that offers the least amount of it, then go for one of the small toy breeds such as a Chihuahua. They do not eat as much which is environmentally friendly and their waste is much smaller which is better for the planet overall.
• Hamsters – Because of the size of the hamster, they do not leave a very large carbon footprint at all. When you use recycled filler for their bedding or those brands that are compostable, they are even more environmentally friendly. They eat all natural nuts and grains, as well as fruits and vegetables that you have grown in your garden. They hardly touch the footprint scale and are very eco friendly.
If you want to be environmentally friendly then you should choose one of the above options for pets rather than others that may not be as kind to nature. There are other pets that offer lower footprints as well. Choose those pets that do not eat a great deal of processed foods and that their waste is small and able to be used in compost.
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