Dogs and cats are the best and I just can’t get enough of them. For months, my Facebook feed has been chock full of posts from every cat and dog-oriented page you could possibly dream up. It’s been a great way to pretend that the world isn’t burning down around us! There’s no better coping strategy for 2017 than spending quality time with a furry pal.
Of course, that’s until you remember how crappy your pets can be for the environment—and not just because they dig up your yard. You can’t avoid the fact that—between the brain parasites in their poop and the way they try to kill every bird they see—cats are an ecological disaster.
We also feed our pets a shit-ton of meat; so much so that if the dogs and cats of the United States decided to form their own country, it’d be the fifth largest consumer of meat on Earth. Our furry pals have a terrible carbon pawprint.
Thankfully, you don’t need to swear off cats and dogs to show your dedication to saving the planet, although spaying and neutering your pets is a great place to start. There are a ton of things you can do to care for your pets and the planet at the same time, and we’re here to show you how.