Keeping Your Outdoor Cat Near Your Home

Owning an outdoor cat can bring you worry about its safety, as well as the fact that it could meander off your property, and maybe never return home. With a naturally curious nature, cats are extremely independent and clever. In order to keep its curiosity at home, you need to create an inviting outdoor space for your pet – a place that it will know is home.

 

Fashion a Cat Garden

A cat garden, like a dog garden, is a space where your cat can be itself. A yard is not necessary to fashion a garden for your outdoor cat, you can use other spaces. Areas such as patios and porches can also be turned into a homely space for your cat to play and be entertained. The only thing you need to ensure that you supply is a litter box.

 

Cats love a special place that is designed especially for them, for any time of the year. It will not destroy your patio or porch, as long as you create a place a cat can enjoy.

 

Designing the Outdoors to Keep a Cat Close to Home

Keep your cat close to home by designing the outdoors to be suitable to your cat.

 

Provide trees and plants that create shade for your cat to have a cool place to nap, away from the heat of the sun. Purchase cat toys and scratching posts in a spot designated for your cat to play. These items should only be taken out during sunny or clear days, as moisture can cause them to become moldy.

 

Opt for a small water fountain surrounded by some plants to create a nice ambiance for your cat, and also provide a place where your cat can have a refreshing drink. The fountain will need to be cleaned weekly to prevent it from building up mold and algae, as preventative cleaners can’t be used in the water as it is poisonous.

 

To prevent your cat from using the garden area as a bathroom, show your cat where the designated litter box is. The litter box can be set aside from the garden area, and designed with some decorative stones to mark off its area. You can also create a natural litter box by digging a small hole on the side of the garden area, and filling it with a mixture of cat litter and potting soil. Surround this area with some larger rocks to keep the mixture intact. Show your cat this area and allow it to become familiar with its new bathroom.

 

Grass that Cats Love

In the garden area that you created, plant some cat grass, called Dactylis Glomerata. An easy way to grow this type of grass is in a new litter tray. Place the grass seeds in the litter tray, and cover it with chicken wire. This will prevent your cat from using it as a litter box. In time, the grass will grow through the wire, and your cat will have a nice mini yard. This is great way to add a touch of outdoors to your patio area if you don’t have a yard.



Source by Derrick R Anderson


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