As a loving cat owner, knowing that your garden will keep your pet feline fine should be a priority at all times.
Despite being an independent pet, cats need those outside spaces to promote good health and comfort. This can be a daunting prospect as you look to revamp those outside areas, but it needn’t be that difficult. Focus on these simple pointers below, and you won’t go far wrong.
Plants To Avoid
Before thinking about the items that you may want to add to your garden, it’s imperative that you understand which plants could be poisonous or cause other dangers for your cat. Here are 10 that you should avoid:
- Autumn crocus
- Heavenly bamboo
- Sago palm
- Castor beans
Steer clear of them, and your cat will instantly be in a far safer place.
The Best Garden Plants For Cats
When planting flowers for the cat-friendly garden, there are a number of options at your disposal. Sowing sunflowers can add colour and vigour in the spring and summer months while blue Caryopteris and Eucalyptus niphophila are two fantastic options too. Meanwhile, tall grass is beneficial for your cat, especially when they are on the hunt.
The above items are all a matter of personal taste and preference. However, there are a couple of things that should be considered essential.
Otherwise known as Nepeta cataria, it is the stuff that is commonly used inside cat toys and pillows. It is far more potent than catmint, which is why it is preferential despite being arguably a little less attractive.
Avena sativa is only one of several suitable kinds of grass but is probably the best and most accessible. Every cat owner should invest in this simple garden addition because your pet will absolutely love it.
Aside from that, it’s about making decisions based on what will work for your pet. Growing runner beans, for example, on canes is an excellent option as the cat can meander through them and seek a comfortable place to rest.
Special thanks to our furriend Emmy from G+ for this adorable photo.
Additional Items To Consider
It’s incredibly easy to overlook how quickly your beloved cat can become hot, uncomfortable, and dehydrated. Creating areas that will provide shade is very important while providing a source of water is equally vital too. Just remember that this should be left in the shade too or else it could become hot water by the time your cat starts to drink it.
On a separate note, you should accept that your cat is likely to explore the local area. While your pet will hopefully find its way home each night, it’s not that uncommon for them to become lost. Cat collars and pet tags allow your pet to be identified, including crucial details ranging from name to address.
The Final Word
As a cat owner, it’s only fair that you keep your furry friend in mind when designing the look and function of your garden. Make smarter choices regarding the plants while ensuring the shade and hydration facilities are up to scratch, and your pet will be purrfectly happy for life.
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