Published By: Satavisha

How To Build A Cat-Friendly And Safe Garden For Your Feline Friends: The Ultimate Guide

After a harsh winter, when the air smells like spring, we all love to go out in the garden again and bathe in the warmth of the sun—while admiring the pretty blooms. Our cats are no different, they admire the pleasant weather and a yard full of amazement and diversion.

If you are planning to create a cat-friendly outdoor space for your fur baby, there are many ways to get started and delight your fluff ball. We already know that cats enjoy bird-watching and playing out in the sun. By offering a space where your feline friends can roll around and play—you can provide much-needed enrichment.

Our cats cannot communicate their needs to us, but we must figure out what they need or want the most. You may not know where and how to start with the garden, but that said, we can tell you about some basic things you can incorporate in your feline-friendly garden to make it meow-velous!

Provide shelter

Large garden umbrellas, trees, and shrubs can perfectly fulfil the shelter requirements of your felines. By offering some shade, you can make sure your cat is not exposed to the extreme heat during sweltering summer months — especially the ones prone to skin cancer (cats with white coats or pink ears and noses). A shelter will provide a cool shade for your cats to seek refuge, hide under or relax. In addition, hiding spots can make felines feel more secure when they are surveying their territory.

Provide ample climbing opportunities.

Cats love climbing—and they can use almost any hard surface as a scratch post. If you don't want your fur babies to scratch the bark of your trees—to ensure protection, you can install vertical logs for your feline friend to climb on and scratch. They also enjoy perching up on top to navigate their territory, so consider installing a high, accessible spot that they can climb.

Pick your plants carefully.

Cats are very picky about what they eat. However, to ensure safety, keep toxic shrubs, flowers and plants out of your yard. For instance, lilies, hyacinths and daffodils are toxic to cats and can make them sick. You can grow hard-wearing shrubs and delicate potted plants to prevent your cat from trampling them. Grow a grassy patch where they can rub their backs or nibble on some crunchy greens to help spit out hairballs.

Also, cats are crazy for catnips, so do not forget to grow some in your yard. This leggy plant with pretty, white and violet blooms requires a sunny spot and well-draining soil.

Provide proper fencing

The best way to protect your kitties outside is with fencing. Make sure your garden or lawn is surrounded with cat-proof fencing. You can install screen fencing over an existing fence to extend protection. Installing roller bars can also keep the predators out and your kitties in.

Create a designated spot to litter.

Add a bed of loose sand to encourage your cat to use a designated spot in the yard to discharge, and it will help discourage them from littering your neighbour’s garden. Make sure the patch is covered with a shade over it—allowing your cats to use it even when it is raining.

Giving outdoor access to your cats can be very good for their health, but the environment needs to be safe and inviting. By employing these changes in your yard, you can build a haven for your fur babies.