Easy Ways to Help Protect Our Wildlife

National Wildlife Day is March 3rd. While we of course usually focus our blog on pets, we do think it’s important to recognize the connection between our animal companions and their wild counterparts. With so many species under threat these days, it’s important to help wildlife and ecosystems when we can. A veterinarian lists some ways that you can do that below.

Keep Kitty In

Did you know that our adorable feline pals hunt billions of small animals every year? Fluffy may look really proud of herself when she drops a dead mouse at your feet, but that adorable smug look comes with a price. Your tiny lion actually plays a pretty big role in decimating fragile wildlife populations. Keep your kitty inside, and let her hunt catnip mice instead of real ones. (Bonus: kitties are safer indoors anyway.)

Exotic Pets

More and more people are keeping exotic animals as pets. It’s not hard to see why: many of them are very cute and fascinating. Many people also like the appeal of having an unusual pet. Just be responsible when adopting. You should never get an animal without doing lots of research to make sure you understand its care needs. Also, only buy from reputable stores or breeders. Unfortunately, there are still some black market sellers out there offering animals that were captured from the wild.

Lawn/Garden

There are also some things you can do on your own land to help local wildlife. If you have a yard, allow some native plants to grow back in part—or even all—of it. Plant colorful, fragrant flowers, which will attract and sustain native bees and other pollinators. If you are in a colder climate, when spring arrives, don’t mow until the dandelions have gone to seed. These bright flowers, considered a nuisance by many, are actually crucial, as they are the first food for bees, birds, and butterflies.

Pest Control

Got critters? Use humane, non-toxic products to get rid of any pests you have. Sadly, many larger wild birds, such as owls, hawks, and falcons, are poisoned each year by hunting vermin that ingested toxic rodenticides.

Shopping

Another thing that you can do is just be more mindful of wildlife when you are shopping. Opt for products that use sustainable resources. When many people start making these small choices, small steps like these can really add up!

To learn more about World Wildlife Day, and what you can do to help wild animals, click here.

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