Gardening For Cats Safety And Pleasure
Spring is just around the corner and it’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to outdoors. Gardeners generally fall into two categories:those who enjoy watch their cats sniffing and luxuriating in the greenery, and those who will be happiest if cats just give their gardens a wide berth.
There are many ways to solve this problem. First you can plant kitty grass which is much safer than eating the lawn grass, which may have harmful chemicals. You can purchase ready made trays of wheat grass in health fool stores, and some pet outlets offers both wheat and oat grass kits on their web site, both in containers and also packages of seed.
Plants Attractive To Cats
- Creeping Rosemary
Many plant nurseries have resident cats. If your local nursery has a cat try to find out what plants that cat prefers.
Most communities require each cat in a household to be registered and some have limits on the number of cats one household can own. Keeping your cat indoors avoids problems with neighbors and protects your cat from being hit by a car, encounters with unfriendly dogs, or attacks by other animals. If your cat is allowed outdoors, train her to wear a safety collar with an expansion device and a tag that gives your cat’s name and your telephone number to distinguish your cat from stray cats. Proper identification enables someone to contact you if your pet wanders far from home.
Cats who are allowed to roam may damage neighbors’ gardens or use planters as their litter boxes. If you allow your cat outside, keep a watchful eye on her. If she leaves to visit a neighbor, bring her back to her own yard.
A cat who is not neutered or spayed may become an undesirable neighbor. Female cats come into their first heat cycle between five and seven months of age and may have several heat cycles throughout the year. Spaying eliminates the problem of a female in heat who attracts male cats and annoys the neighbors. A male cat who is not neutered can be prone to roam and fight. He also sprays urine, which has strong, unpleasant odor.
Keep you cat well nourished by feeding a nutritionally complete and balanced quality pet food. Take her to your veterinarian regularly to keep her vaccinations current and to be certain she is free from internal and external parasites and in general good health.