Cat Friendly Garden

How to create a cat-friendly garden

If you have a new cat, or have moved to a new home, and want to start letting them out it is important not to let your cat out until they have become familar with their new environment. This gives them a chance to spread their scent and find their own way home, and usually takes three to four weeks.

When you let your cat out for the first time, let them out before meal time – that way, they’re more likely to want to return to eat.

While you might not be able to confine your cat to your garden, there are some things you can do to encourage them to stay.

Provide an inviting, safe and private toilet area. Newly-dug soil or gravel is perfect. You could even add some cat litter to encourage them to toilet in their new space. Make sure it is dug over regularly so it remains hygienicAdd fencing.

Cats can climb most fences, but a two-metre high, close-boarded fence, together with a hedge running parallel to it, will encourage them to stay within the garden

Add cat-friendly plants. You could create a cat-friendly corner in your garden filled with cat friendly plants like catnip, mint, cat thyme and lavender. A patch of longer grass provides a soft bed and nibbling it can help your cat cough up hairballs. Plants without thorns are ideal of creating shady spots for naps, and logs make great natural scratching posts. 

Nepeta (Cat Mint)
Hiding places. Cats might feel threatened in an open space, so make sure your garden has plenty of places to hide.Try scattering dry food in the safe areas of your garden to encourage them to search it out

Have a look at the video in the link for more ideas: