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Natural Pet Care

Here are some links with products that protect your pet and the planet.


National Animal Poison Control Center
A project of the ASPCA, this site provides information on poisons specific to animals, a hotline number for poisoning emergencies, and articles from various toxicology publications. Learn how to make your home poison-safe for your pet's by touring their interactive home. It tells about common household toxins and gives guidelines to prevent accidental pet poisonings in your home.


Vermont Soap
USDA Certified Organic Pet Shampoo Made From Organic Oils "made from organic coconut, olive and jojoba oils, organic aloe vera, and a combination of natural and organic essential oils. Natural rosemary extract is the only preservative. This eco-friendly natural liquid soap product is extraordinarily mild, hypoallergenic, and free of petroleum or animal by-products. It meets all USDA Organic Food Standards. Our factory and products are certified by NOFA and Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF)...Vermont Soap Organics does not engage in harmful animal testing. We did however, wash a lot of pets after we came up with this formula. We are sure your pet will like it as much as they did."

Natural Tree Furniture
The most natural cat trees you can buy--made out of real trees. Only reclaimed timbers, untreated sisal (hemp by request) and natural bark are used to custom build these cat trees in organic shapes.

Only Natural Pet Store
A complete "natural food store" for cats and dogs. "Our products are chosen for their holistic approach to pet health--natural dog food, cat food, treats, supplements, medicine, shampoo, herbal remedy treatments, raw and organic food, and much more."

Bella Dogga
Exceptionally attractive organic dog beds, some covered with organic cotton and all filled with organic kapok. "Each of our dog beds is meticulously hand-crafted on a limited-production basis."

Feline Pine Cat Litter
Kitty litter made from 100% pure southern yellow pine sawdust, reclaimed from lumber yards. The sawdust is cleaned, kiln-dried, and pressurized to remove oils and create the litter pellets. "There are no chemical additives needed to control odor as pine naturally bonds with ammonia, and there is never any sticky, smelly mess to deal with when the box needs to be changed...dust-free, chemical-free and sterile. Because it is made only of pine sawdust, it is completely biodegradable. You can use it as mulch in your flower garden or around trees."

Nature's Choice Essentials
Organic bird food--100% organic pellets and seed mixes.

Organic Cotton Alternatives
Pet beds that combine 100% organic buckwheat hulls with 100% organic cotton batting and washable cover.

Vegan play toys for dogs and cats crafted from "sensuous dye-free organic fibers and the freshest organic catnip...double layer constructed and designed for many hours of pleasure...All of our products are free of dyes and chemicals. Pets use their mouths to explore the world and may chew and suck on their toys. Because our wools and cottons are colored only by nature they are a safer and softer alternative...We are a cottage industry and all of our products are made in the U.S.A. We believe strongly in providing a respectful work environment and a living wage so that our products carry with them the affection of those who make them. Any materials such as bells or beads used in our products are bought through fair trade organizations."

Urban Leash & Treat
Natural and organic pet products for cats and dogs. They offer human-grade food treats made from natural and organic ingredients, and favor locally-sourced products made from sustainable materials. They carry such items as leashes and collars made from hemp and cotton. "We believe that our pets are full-share family members who deserve the highest-quality food treats and supplies."

VIP Fibers
"We spin the beautiful fur from your pets into yarn and keepsakes for you." While at first this may sound odd, I decided to include this website because it is a wonderful example of how we can make useful things out of animal fur that is just shed naturally by the animal, with no harm to them at all. While pet hair is an "animal product", it can be gathered in a way that is not only completely humane, but loving. I saw this woman on television with her animals and she is clearly motivated by caring. And who knows? This could be the start of something very sustainable. Dog fur is up to 80% warmer than sheep's wool. She does not gather and sell pet fur products, but rather offers to pet owners the service of spinning their own pet's fur into yarn. I know my cat sheds her fur all over the house. Why not make it into something warm and beautiful?

Worldwise Pet Products
Pet products for cats and dogs made from recycled materials and organically grown catnip. Products include recycled cardboard cat scratcher, pet beds, and catnip cat toys. Sold at major retailers only--see site for store locator.

Your Pet's Life
Organic pet food for cats and dogs, organic flea and tick repellant (made from garlic, vinegar, citrus and herbs), natural dog treats and more--from a pet-sitting business that obviously love pets!

Natural Animal
Cat and dog supplements, homeopathic remedies, and flea and tick products "safe for the environment."

Humans are reluctant to admit that cats know more about solar utilization than they do...The most common example of this involves cats' affinity for sunlight on chilly afternoons. Generations of study have led cats to the astute conclusion that when cold, it makes purrfect sense to expose one's fur to the sun.
--Jim Augustyn

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