How to create a Cat-friendly Garden? By making simple and inexpensive changes in your backyard, you can create a cat-friendly environment where your cat can be happy and safe.
How to create a Cat-Friendly Garden?
PROVIDE A SAFE PLACE TO SHELTER YOUR CAT
Provide a good hiding place where your cat will feel comfortable in the garden.
The shelter should offer shade so your cat does not overheat in the summer months and protect him when it rains.
To create a safe and comforting place for your cat, use shrubs or foliage, garden umbrellas, old wooden boxes, tables, or chairs.
CREATE A TOILET SPACE
Cats are generally clean animals. You can create a suitable and safe area in the garden to go to the bathroom, away from other resources, such as food and water.
Use a clear area in the garden to provide a little privacy for the cat, and cover it with wood chips, sand, or loose soil.
The toilet space must have a shelter so your cat will still use it even if it is raining.
PLANT SAFE FLOWERS
Keep plants and flowers that can harm your cat out of your garden. Lilies, for example, are toxic to cats. Provide a grassy area. Cats nibble on the grass to help them remove hairballs. Other good plants for your cat include:
- Cat grass: This is a type of grass for cats to chew.
- Catmint is another member of the mint family.
Honeysuckle – Thought to have a similar effect on cats to catnip
- Valerian – Depending on the amount of exposure, this plant has positive calming or stimulating effects in cats.
PROVIDE FRESH DRINKING WATER
Make sure your cat drinks enough water, especially if he is on a dry diet.
Some cats may like to drink water from moving faucets and fountains.
Providing multiple water sources in different spots can also help reduce conflict when more than one cat uses the space.
AVOID CHEMICAL PRODUCTS IN YOUR GARDEN
Do not use garden chemical products; use organic alternatives suitable for cats since many chemicals are harmful to your feline friend. For example, slug granules are toxic to cats.
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