Cats love to explore their surroundings, and outdoor cats also love to roam the neighborhood gardens. To prevent your garden from becoming a danger to your animal housemates and neighboring cats, you should make it safe for your four-legged friends and other animals. You should also discourage your cat from going into the neighborhood alone.
Find out here what to consider to ensure your property poses as little risk to animals as possible.
There are avoidable dangers for cats in the garden
Cats are the most popular animal companions among Germans. Many owners allow their animal friends freedom and excursions in the garden and surrounding areas. Be careful though, there are often dangers for animals, especially in gardens. With a few simple steps, you can remedy the situation so that all neighborhood cats can explore your garden safely.
Make sure that cats and other animals living in your garden cannot be injured or poisoned. Professional water surface coverage can also be a lifesaver.
1. Rain barrels should always be covered: Cats and other animals, such as birds or squirrels, can fall into pools of water and drown if they cannot climb the smooth walls. The same applies swimming pools with a high lip. In addition to the pool cover, a wooden board or other egress aid should be fixed at several points on the edge so that the animals can be rescued if necessary. Ponds can also be a deadly hazard for kittens, hedgehogs and the like – especially if the pools are not shallow and the animals try to drink from them.
2. Fertilizers and pesticides: Many cats like to drink stagnant water from watering cans. However, since fertilizers are poisonous to cats, their use is allowed Irrigation water is never left open to be left Applied pesticides are also poisonous to other animals, such as squirrels, hedgehogs or insects, and are therefore life-threatening. And in general: the less pesticides, the more insects roam the garden.
3. Be careful during the baking period: For many animals smell and taste tinder tempting – but it is extremely toxic. Therefore, grill lighters, but also lighters, should always be locked and in one safe place to be stored. Do not leave the hot grill unattended – curious cats can get painfully burned.
4. Toxic substances: It is recommended that toxic substances safe and to stay locked and remove rubbish from the garden immediately. Cats and other visiting animals can be poisoned simply by stepping on such substances and then licking their paws. These toxic substances include, among others
In principle, it is recommended to avoid such cruelty-free products and use animal-friendly alternatives.
5. Poisonous garden plants: Many garden plants are also highly toxic to our animal companions. These include, among others
- lily of the valley
- And much more.
If you want to be sure that the cats will not be poisoned, it is better to choose one animal friendly green. On the Internet you will find relevant information and reviews of all plants that are poisonous to cats. The plants listed are usually not harmless to adults and especially to children.
6. Safe access to the garden: It is recommended to fence off part of the garden or the entire property to protect cats from dangerous traffic, infectious diseases or animal abusers.
With an escape proof yard, you can prevent your cat from leaving the property. This protects your pet from various dangers such as hunters, animal abusers, road traffic and disease transmission from other animals.
Important: The fence must be at least Height 1.80 meters to be about one protection against excessive climbing because cats are real acrobats. This can be a section of fence about 50cm wide and facing inwards or a perspex border.
It’s also a good idea to keep changing the interior design of your home to satisfy your cat’s curiosity and encourage exploration. Bark logs or other climbing options are a welcome balance for balance artists. If cats spend a lot of time outside, water and, if necessary, food and a safe and warm shelter from the weather should always be available.
7. Cat Nets: The building material for securing outdoor space it should be firm and with a fine mesh is. It is recommended to choose a net specially designed for cats.
The following applies to the mesh size of a fence: Where the head fits, the rest of the body can follow. Make absolutely sure that your cat cannot get caught in the mesh as this can quickly become life threatening.
Cats are happy to be able to use the outer enclosure whenever they want. Arts and crafts enthusiasts have already built the most creative tunnel systems for this purpose – you will find great suggestions on the Internet.
With these tips, you can ensure that outdoor cats are safe in your yard, whether you share your home with a cat or not. A trip to the garden should always be safe and risk-free.
How to recognize a sick cat
If you suspect that your cat may be sick or even poisoned, do not hesitate to consult a veterinarian if in doubt. Any illness, no matter how small, can quickly become a serious problem if left untreated.