Last updated: August 24, 2023
Chances are, you want your garden to be the perfect playground, right? But what about the perfect playground, not only for you and your kids but also for your pets? Your pets are a part of the family, and they’re honestly going to love and appreciate nature far more than you will, right? But one thing that’s for certain is going to be safety. How can you ensure that they’re going to stay safe?
Well, there’s always going to be precautions that need to take place.
Just as there have to be precautions if you’re having a child in the garden, it’s going to be the same for animals.
Just like kids, animals are curious; they’ll eat anything that moves, they love to get dirty, and they’re constantly curious. So, what can you do, though, to keep your pet safe when in the garden? Well, thankfully, there are a few things you can do to pet-proof your garden!
You Need to Choose Safe Plants
Just as there are plants that are unsafe for humans, it’s similar for pets, too. So, you’re going to want to go ahead and select plants that are non-toxic to pets. Some common pet-safe options include marigolds, sunflowers, and herbs like rosemary and mint. But it’s best to consider avoiding toxic plants such as lilies, daffodils, and azaleas, as these can be harmful if ingested.
Cats love eating grass, so you’re going to want to consider maybe planting some cat grass so they’ll go directly towards eating that rather than regular grass, too.
Create a Play Area
If your child has a play area, why not make one for your pets too? As you probably know, pets love having a space to call their own, like their bed is their bed, no one else, and it’s always in the same spot. Well, the concept is the same for outside. So just make an area that’s just for them.
Maybe consider getting a cat cage, filling it with toys and treats, and maybe a cat bed.
If you own a dog, it might be similar; have a dog house for them, some toys to play with, and so on. Overall, this play area is super important because this is going to be the best way to keep them active and to keep them from wanting to go beyond the walls of your garden.
Make Sure There’s Shade
For the most part, if you’re planning on being outside, then you’ve probably already created some shady areas so you can beat the heat while being one with nature. But your pets are going to need it, too. So think about trees, pergolas, parasols, and so on.
Overall, the whole goal is to make sure there’s shade so your pets can be comfortable, too.
Consider Your Fencing
The last thing you want is to have your cat, dog, or any pet scurry away because there was a hole in the fence, some gap, or it was short enough to climb over.
This is obviously something that becomes a total nightmare. Your pet can get lost, they can go missing entirely, get hurt, get taken to the pound, and the list goes on and on.
So, it’s best to go ahead and look into your fencing and see what can be done there because, chances are, there might be an issue, and you don’t even know about it. This is crucial for every pet owner to look into before they start consider allowing their pets to wander around the garden.
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