Creating An Outdoor Space For Your Pet

Plants & Your Pet: Grow These To Please Your Cat!

Whether you have an indoor or an indoor/outdoor cat, growing the right plants for your cat to enjoy can be beneficial for everyone. They’ll get to munch on some tasty (and healthy!) greens, and your other plants will be spared from sharp kitten teeth. Here’s a look at a few plants that will please your pet!

People with outdoor cats know that their furry friends enjoy a good snack of grass once in a while.  This helps their digestion and sometimes causes them to throw up so that they can get rid of anything indigestible.

For this reason it is a good idea to keep pesticides and herbicides off the lawn.

Everyone knows that most of those of the feline persuasion and nuts about catnip (also known as catmint). They may get very drunk on the herb, but it is also good for them.

You can buy catnip seeds to plant, but the species is invasive, so check the corners of your neighborhood to see if it is growing wild. If you do plant, you may want to pinch off the flowers before they go to seed to keep down the spread of the plant.

Outdoor kitties will imbibe on their own. For indoor kitties, pick a couple of leaves, bruise them with a fingernail and serve.

Lemongrass, oat grass, and wheat grass are also strong contenders for feline favorites. They are great for cat digestion issues. Naturally these are a couple of plants you and your puss may want to share.

When I don’t have the time or space for planting I will buy sprouted wheat grass from the organic produce section of my supermarket for a quick winter treat for my baby girl. Spider plants are also a nice indoor substitute for grass during the winter months.

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Creating A Great Backyard Space For Your Dog

Want to create a great backyard space for your dog? Every dog needs an outdoor area, even if they live indoors. If you have a backyard, consider creating a space for your dog! Here are a few examples to help you get started.

Green the fencing

While putting up a fence is definitely the exact opposite of what most dogs would want, it is what they — and children — need to stay safe.

But there is a way to make it more dog-friendly: place bushes along the edges or plant some creeping vines that will snake up the posts.

As long as you choose things that are safe for kids and dogs, you’ll make the space feel more natural and free. If your dog isn’t a barker and you’re not sharing a fence line, you may even want to have a viewing bubble built in. Great for kids and dogs!

Create a digging area

Digging. It’s an issue that many homeowners have to deal with, and there’s a better solution than simply yelling at your dog when they dig up your prize roses — set aside an area of the yard to be their digging area.

You can use materials like sand or mulch to make it easier to dig and to protect your yard. Convince them that this is the place to be by burying some bones or toys.

Also, consider installing dog-friendly and environmentally-friendly artificial grass, like EasyTurf. For many dogs, it helps discourage digging altogether.

Plus you don’t have to worry about discolored or dying grass patches in areas where your dog relieves himself.

A watering hole

No dog’s dream backyard is complete without access to fresh, clean water. While you can get fancy and invest in a doggy water fountain that connects to your outdoor hose, you can also stick to the basics and just buy a standard water bowl to keep outside.

Whatever you choose, make sure to clean and refill it regularly.

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What kind of outdoor space do you have for your pet? Do you grow certain plants and set up specific areas for them?

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