National Wild life Day is March 3rd. While we of course usually keep our blog focused on pets, it’s important to recognize and honor the connection between our animal companions and their wild counterparts. With so many species in decline these days, it’s important to help wildlife and ecosystems when we can. A veterinarian lists some simple ways for you to do that below.
Did you know that kitties kill billions of small animals every year? Fluffy may look adorably proud of herself when she drops a dead mouse at your feet, but it’s best to curb this habit. Your tiny lion is actually playing a pretty big role in decimating fragile wildlife populations! Keep your furball inside, and let her hunt catnip mice instead of real ones. She will be safer indoors anyway.
Exotic pets are becoming more and more popular. It’s really not hard to see why: many of them are very cute and fascinating. Many people also find it appealing to have an unusual pet. Just be responsible when adopting. Don’t ever adopt an animal without doing lots of research to make sure you understand its care needs. Also, take care to 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.
There are also some things that you can do on your own property to help local wildlife. If you have a yard, allow beneficial native plants to grow back in part—or even all—of it. Plant colorful, fragrant flowers, which will attract and sustain native bees. Are you in a colder climate? When spring arrives, don’t mow until the dandelions have passed. These bright flowers, which are still considered a nuisance by many, are actually crucial, as they are the first food for bees, birds, and butterflies.
Only 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 and eating small vermin that ingested toxic rodenticides.
Another thing that you can do is just be more mindful of wildlife when you are shopping. Choose products that use natural, 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 how to help wild animals, click here .
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