5 Ways of Making Your Garden Pet Friendly… there are few things that bring greater joy to pet owners than the sight of their beloved furry friend running and frolicking about in the garden, chasing their tail if applicable, perhaps watchfully patrolling the perimeter on soft padded feet, or even hopping care-free around their hutch. As such an important feature in their lives, it is only natural to want to make your garden as safe and enjoyable an environment as possible for your pet, which is why we have compiled this list of five suggestions for doing just that.
1. Stimulate their Senses
Many animals, particularly cats and dogs, develop through their experience of stimulating environments. Consider how you might create a garden design conducive to this focus with well-laid paths leading into sections devoted to their play or exploration; for dogs, this might be areas in which they can dig with impunity, while cats enjoy thick bushes in which to lurk and stalk in reminiscence of their evolutionary counterparts on the savannah.
2. Plan Ahead
Pets do not respond as we would like to the kind of instructions that would work on children…or other adults for that matter. It is not as simple as telling them not to jump on the chrysanthemums or dig up the orchids. Prepare for this eventually by creating boundaries in the forms of box hedges or raised planters to protect your more valuable features. If this does not appeal to you, maybe consider growing only robust plants that can withstand their attentions.
3. Keep the Garden Secure
The outside world is not the friendliest of places for your pet. Whether it’s the fear of your dog escaping and getting lost or your rabbit or chickens falling victim to an invasive fox, pre-empt such issues before they arise with simple, common sense protective measures. Make sure your fence is of an appropriate height for the capabilities of your animal; dogs, even smaller ones, can jump surprisingly high. Secure gates, specially designed habitats for smaller animals, stable architectural features…all will play a part in creating a safe environment for your pet to play in.
4. Plant Accordingly
Many plants commonly found in your average garden can prove harmful to a range of different animals. If you noticed your cat or dog displaying worrying symptoms such as vomiting, nausea or general lethargy, it might be worth investigating the contents of your garden. Lilies, poppies, ferns, bluebells, foxgloves, ivy; all these relatively common plants and more besides can prove hazardous to dogs and cats. Before releasing your pet upon your garden, spend some time doing proper research and make sure you’re not putting them at risk.
5. Wildlife Management
Threats to your pets are not limited to your plant choices. Slugs and snails often carry harmful parasites that can be passed to your pets upon ingestion, such as lungworm. Take preventative measures by using organic methods for controlling such populations before they present a threat to your pet’s welfare.