To Vegan or Not to Vegan: Eco-Celeb Pets (& Product Giveaway)
Celebrities are often fanatical about there pets – as we all are. These furry little bundles of energy and love are one of the family. So when you and your family decide to go eco-friendly, your pets should. too!
Animal activist Alicia Silverstone is a dog-lover, an takes her little babies everywhere, including the Genesis Awards. Alicia is a vegan and so are her pups. She told Redbook about her dog Samson, “Sometimes when I only give him salad, he gives me this longing look, so I cut up other stuff and mix it in.â€ Other stuff, however, still falls into the veggie realm.
Giving “human food” to pets now often seems like a strange idea, though we’ve only started giving cats and dogs commercially produced food in the last 100 years or so. And domesticated animals have been around for a long time: about 15,000 years for dogs and 4,000 years for cats. So this whole “buying pet food” thing is really just a drop in the bucket in terms of history.
That’s just one of the things that I learned through Pet Food Nation, a new book by Joan Weiskopf. She’ll tell you how to make your own pet food, or if you don’t have time, how to supplement commercial food with a little bit of homemade extras. She wouldn’t be happy with Alicia, however. Weiskopf isn’t a fan of vegan/vegetarian diets for pets. She writes, “It is not a good idea to impose your vegan ways on any carnivore; soy products are not well digested by dog and can cause bloating.” The author also does not recommend a raw food diet for pets.
In addition to giving your pets delicious and nutritious food, you can help them go eco, too! We just received some kits from Eco-Me that are perfect for this. We always hear that we can clean our house with vinegar, that we can moisturize with olive oil, and more. But how often do we do it? Eco-Me has created “make it yourself” kits for Home, Body, Baby, and of course, Cats, and Dogs.
With the dog kit, you’ll be able to make a flea & bug spray, dry powder shampoo, and dog biscuits. You’ll also receive doggie wipes and biodegradable poo-poo bags. With the cat kit, you’ll be able to grow cat grass, make litter freshener, and flea & bug spray. Plus, an organic catnip pillow is included.
So, want to bring your pet to the top of the green class? We’ll get 2 readers started off right! We’ve got one copy of the book Pet Food Nation, one Eco-Me Dog Kit, and one Eco-Me Cat Kit. And we’re giving ’em away!
This time we’re going to try something different! To enter to win, post a picture of your pet in our Pets of Ecorazzi.com Fans Flickr Group. Then, come back to this post and comment, letting us know why your pet is the best (and your Flickr username so we can check out the cutie)! We’ll run this contest through August 24, 2007…so make sure you add your best friend to our group soon! US Mailing address required for shipping. Must be 18 or older to enter.