How do you create the perfect feline garden for your cat? Well it turns out that there are many ways to keep cats safe and keep them entertained in your backyard this summer.

“Just like us, cats love to go out, especially in the hot summer months, and will look for areas to play, nap and relax outside,” says Emma Osborne, Events Manager at Cats Protection. “Creating a feline-friendly garden is a great way to encourage your cat to stay closer to home, keeping them more secure, and making sure you can enjoy their company. “

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Cats Protection, who will be attending this year’s Gardening Scotland event from June 1-3, has come up with some planting and design ideas that will bring fun to cats this summer.

Read on for some ideas below:

1. Cats love to nibble on grass, and it is believed to help them cough up hairballs. A particularly popular variety is the Cocksfoot, which has broad leaves making it easy to bite. Cats will love their own patch of grass in their favorite spot in the garden.

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2. The ultimate garden treat for fun-loving felines is catnip (Nepeta cataria), a plant known to induce a highly excitable reaction in cats. Not all cats are sensitive, but those who do will show a great interest in the plant – rubbing, licking, and sniffing it with delirious pleasure for about 10 minutes. Dried catnip is available at pet stores, but the fresh plant also makes an attractive addition to the garden. Since it is a member of the mint family, it can become invasive, so it is best to confine it in a pot rather than in the ground.

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3. Lavender is a great herb to plant in a feline-friendly garden, providing a bushy and attractive hiding place for cats.

4. Cats love to bask in the sun, but can be prone to sunburn. Planting tall shrubs gives cats the opportunity to seek shade while enjoying the warm weather. “While there’s no reason cats can’t enjoy the summer months as much as their owners, it’s important to remember that they also need to be protected from the sun,” adds Emma. “Sunburn is a particular danger, especially for white cats or those with pale ears, so care should be taken to ensure they are protected from direct sunlight on very hot days.”

5. Besides planting, gardeners can look for other ways to make their garden interesting for their cat. Log piles make great places to scratch their claws, while low shrubs make interesting hiding places where cats can snuggle up for an outdoor nap.

The white cat with red and black spots, sits in a green grass
The white cat with red and black spots, sits in a green grass

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6. Avoid plants that can be dangerous for cats. Lilies in particular can be fatal if a cat ingests the pollen in their fur after rubbing against them.

7. Make sure your cat is fully vaccinated before venturing outside to protect him from diseases and parasites. Neutering is also vital in preventing the birth of unwanted kittens and in reducing homelessness.

8. Cats Protection recommends the microchip as a safe and effective way to identify your cat if it gets lost outside.

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