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What the playground is for children is the garden for cats. However, this must be safe from cats. This is the only way to ensure that nothing happens to your darling.Cat in the garden
When a cat moves in, the everyday life of a family changes suddenly. After all, animals are naturally curious and want to discover everything. Especially when you are new to the family, you don't know about any prohibitions. Accordingly, not everyone wants to permanently grant their cat free-run, because after all, all kinds of dangers lurk outside of which the animals have no idea at first.
A good alternative, however, is the freewheel in your own garden, because you can make it cat-safe with a few simple steps. You will surely not succeed perfectly right away, because of course you do not think of everything right away. In the first few weeks, however, you will quickly notice where there are loopholes or dangers lurking.
Tips for a cat-safe garden
Tip 1 - properly fence in the garden:
The right fence around the property forms the basis for a cat-proof garden, because after all, your cat must not escape. The aim is that your cat can stay in the garden without having to keep an eye on it.
So if you are looking for a fence that is cat-proof, you have to make sure that it is high enough. Since a high fence is not only conspicuous, but also blocks the view, you should definitely consult with your neighbor beforehand so that you don't get into trouble later. A little tip: You can then improve the look a bit by planting climbing plants on the fence or planting a few bushes in front of it. But please do not use ivy for planting, as this is poisonous!
It is also important to choose the right materials. The fence posts may e.g. by no means be made of wood, because your cat could climb up there. You should definitely prefer iron piles. There may already be a chain link fence around your property. In this case, you could also see whether an extension upwards is possible before you completely replace the fence.
Before you set up the fence, you should inquire at the local building authority. In some localities you need a permit for fences from 180 centimeters high. In others from a height of 200 centimeters.
Tip 2 - attach cat defense belt to trees:
Even the tallest fence can be useless if your cat discovers any other loopholes. So never forget that your cat can climb high. A tree placed close to the fence could be a good opportunity to get over the fence. You should therefore secure tall trees or even move them. (Reading tip: transplanting a tree - 11 important tips)
If it is not possible to move a tree, you can also attach a cat defense belt (e.g. available here) to it. These are wire belts with rods, which not only make climbing trees more difficult, but also serve to protect free and cave breeders. The individual metal parts are simply plugged into each other and can thus be individually adapted to each trunk size.
Tip 3 - planting the garden:
So that your garden looks attractive, you should of course plant it. If you own a cat, you must make sure that you do not plant poisonous plants in your garden. If there are already a few poisonous specimens in your garden, you must plant them out. (Reading tip: Poisonous plants for cats)
If you want to green the fence, you should also not put any plants in front of it that will become quite robust over time, because at some point your cat could be released.
Tip 4 - plant piss-off plants in beds:
You can hardly protect your beds from cats, because they just love digging too much. You can integrate so-called “piss-you-plants” into the beds here and there. The nettles of this plant contain essential oils and cats do not like this smell at all.
Tip 5 - secure the garden pond:
A pond is extremely popular with cats because they like to sit on the shore and drink from it too. However, you should prefer to avoid fish in the garden pond or you can put a grille under the water surface. The area on the bank should also be nice and flat. Creepers have lost nothing here.
Tip 6 - chemistry in the garden is taboo:
Chemical spray agents should be absolutely taboo. Even snail grain has no place in the garden. Antifreeze, oils, paints and wood preservatives shouldn't be left open because of your children. These belong in a closet that neither children nor cats can make “unsafe”.