You love your pet, but you also like a nice yard. Here are some tips for renovating your garden to make it pet-friendly.
By Guest Blogger, John Green
A house is not a home without a pet or two. However, if you want to care for these special members of your family properly, they’re going to require some space to call their own. Feeding and caring for them is commendable, but pets also need some accommodation if they are to stay healthy and happy, and renovating your garden could be just the thing to do it.
The same goes for all other pets, cats, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, ferrets, etc. However, it is also good to look at this as an opportunity to make your life easier and enable your pets to be a little self-sufficient. Here are some ideas for renovating your garden and making it pet-friendly, with minimum effort and investment, but with an abundant reward for both you and your pets.
We all know a neighbor or two who never walks their dog and lets it sit tied in the corner all day long. Well, you don’t need to be a canine rehabilitation therapist to know what these animals need. They need freedom and comfort, and it is only humane to adjust their habitat to suit these purposes as best as possible.
Making Your Garden Surfaces Pet Friendly
While your instincts may immediately turn to grass, lawns are not always the best choice when it comes to garden-friendly pet surfaces. Harder surfaces are typically recommended for dogs, cats, and most other pets that do not fly. This is because they will destroy your lawn fairly quickly, and they may also use it as a toilet from time to time, leaving you with a messy clean-up job.
It is recommended that you control this with a combination of solid and soft surfaces, but they don’t all have to be concrete or earth and grass. You can use bricks, pebbles, flagstone, smooth rocks, and many other similar materials that can give your yard a nice look, too, if you put a little effort into it.
You can use a combination of all these different surfaces to create a network of paths and play areas for your pets. Lastly, a sandpit can be a great idea for a playground, especially if you have multiple pets, but cats might think of it as a toilet, so best to teach them to go someplace else first.
This one goes for all pet types, flying included. Each has its own small comforts they need. Birds will be grateful if you build a bird feeder and restock it often. Cats will appreciate perches on your fence, a catio, or even a cat tree. If you have a tree in your yard, it is a simple yet fun idea to turn it into a cat climber and perch.
Turn Your Garden Shed Into a Dog’s Place
If you live in a hot climate or have rain seasons each year, renovating your garden shed to accommodate your pets would be a great idea. They would even keep it vermin-free as they cozy up inside, safe from excess heat, rain, or snow. But it is so important to keep the garden pest-free.
Make a Mini Dog Park
If you are really creative and you want to be the talk of the neighborhood, with just a bit of carpentry, you can make mini dog parks or a playground that looks like something straight out of a cartoon. This is especially good to keep your dogs and other pets entertained and active, so they expend their excess energy without causing too much chaos inside the house.
Doing complete renovations such as these is also a fantastic opportunity to make your yard safe for your pets and your kids if they like to play together. This means that you can install higher fences with fence guards to prevent climbing. You can also teach your pets, depending on the species, to use a certain area as a toilet.
It is also important to remove dangerous items from your yards, such as sharp tools and nails, and while you’re at it, you should fix any broken fence areas and deal with exposed wiring. If you live near water, you need to take special care to prevent your pet’s access, providing they are not aquatic, of course.
For Dog Lovers
Of all the popular pets, dogs probably depend on humans the most. They are among the first domesticated animals, although goats have the accolade of being THE first. Dogs were used for hunting, guarding our habitats, and searching for precious metals, food, and many other things.
Nevertheless, they depend on us now more than we depend on them. If you own a dog, it is absolutely your duty to treat them humanely and accommodate their needs, which are but not limited to food, shelter, proper care, physical activity, socializing, and so on.
If you are having a tough time understanding what your dog needs, why he or she doesn’t listen to you, and why do they constantly do the exact opposite of what you are trying to teach them, you may want to consult an expert.
This goes double if you adopted a stray dog that may have been abused in the past. In the case of adoption, you may want to consult a canine rehabilitation therapist without knowing the previous owner. They can help with anything from implementing therapy for the dog’s mobility increase, minimizing pain from injuries or other conditions, and much more.
For Cat Lovers
Contrary to dogs, cats do not depend on us humans as much, if at all. House cats sure do, but if you keep your cat in your yard, chances are you only need to feed them, and that’s all. They may come by sometimes to cuddle or to bring you a mouse they caught, but otherwise, they are self-sufficient. However, you want those fences high up, especially if you live near traffic or water, like near a lake or a river.
Author’s bio: John Green has profound experience in the veterinary field with years of experience. Now he handles content at Pet Health Hospital. In fact, John pays close attention to sharing vital information about pets to most pet parents across the United States. Certainly, John loves and cherishes animals and owns two dogs, Marty and Lou.