Posted 22nd May 2018
If you're looking for ways to keep your cat amused and safe in the garden this summer, try following these tips from Cats Protection
1 Cats love to nibble grass - it's believed to help them cough up hairballs. A popular variety is Cocksfoot, which has broad leaves - this makes it easy to bite. Seeds will be available from garden centres and pet shops, and it's easy to grow in trays within the home for indoor cats. Outdoors, cats love their own grassy patch in their favourite garden spots.
2 Catnip will be the ultimate garden treat - it's a plant well-known for inducing a highly excitable reaction in cats. While not all cats will be susceptible, those that do will show a great interest in the plant - rubbing, licking and sniffing it with delirious enjoyment for up to 10 minutes. Dried catnip can be bought, but the fresh plant will make an attractive addition to a garden both owner and cat alike. As a member of the mint family, it is invasive, so will be best confined to a pot as opposed to in the ground.
3 Lavender is a great herb to plant, offering a bushy and attractive hiding place for cats.
4 Cats will love lounging in the sun but can be prone to sunburn. Planting large shrubs presents cats with the chance to find shady spots while still making the most of the warm weather.
5 Planting will allow gardeners to look at other ways to create an interesting garden for their cat. Log piles will be good for scratching claws, while low shrubs create an interesting hiding place for cats to snuggle up in when they fancy an al-fresco snooze.
6 Avoid plants which are dangerous to cats - lilies are especially lethal if a cat ingests pollen from its fur after brushing against them.
7 Make sure your cat has been fully vaccinated before they venture outside - this will help to protect them from diseases and parasites. Neutering will be vital to prevent any unwanted kittens from being born and reduces the chances of roaming.
8 You should think about microchipping - this is a safe, effective method of identifying your cat, should he end up lost when outdoors.
Tips courtesy of Cats Protection