Letting your cat outside to explore and play can be dangerous, especially if you live in a crowded area where your cat is at a higher risk of being hit by a car, attacked by another animal, or being stolen. If you still are interested in allowing your cat to spend some time outdoors, it's a good idea for you to look into the benefits of getting a cat enclosure built. If you've decided that a cat enclosure is a good fit for your backyard and are looking for ways to make it fit in nicely into your yard and be efficient, consider some of the following landscaping tips.
Incorporate Cat-Safe Plants
The most important thing to consider when you want your yard to look nice and still be safe for your cat is picking out the right plants. Many people make the mistake of choosing plants based only on their appearance, resulting in your cat being exposed to potentially poisonous plants that could be harmful to their cat. With this in mind, look for plants that are cat-safe and look nice. A few good options to consider include parsley, basil, and even catnip.
Make Sure the Enclosure is Completely Secure
When designing an outdoor enclosure for your cat, your first priority should be making sure it is secure. No matter how much time you spend on making it look nice, it will be a waste if your cat can escape. To keep the enclosure secure, consider using panels that have no spaces between them or making sure that the enclosure has a ceiling that your cat can't escape through.
Provide Plenty of Shade
If you want your cat to be comfortable using the outdoor enclosure, even when it's hot outside, you need to make sure that plenty of shade is included. While a chain-link type of enclosure can work nicely and be affordable, it can often lead to problems due to no shade being provided. By getting a ceiling to be applied to the top of the enclosure, you can make a big difference in how comfortable your cat is, and it will make all the difference when the temperatures begin to rise during the summer.
Building an enclosure for your cat to use outdoors can be a fun way to allow them to get some fresh air without making an unsightly addition to the yard or putting them at risk. Keeping the above landscaping tips in mind can ensure that the finished project looks great and that your cat will have a secure place to spend time outdoors. Contact a company like Glynn Young's Landscaping & Nursery Center for more landscaping tips.