Kitties are very curious, as you’ve probably noticed. In fact, they can be downright nosy. Fluffy loves to supervise her humans as they are going about their days. Most of the time, this is just cute and endearing. However, if you like gardening, you may need to take a few precautions to protect both your pet and your plants. A local Webster, NY discusses gardening with kitties below.
Be sure to only use safe plants. Many popular plants are toxic to cats! Lilies are one of the most dangerous ones. Other unsafe options include daffodils, tulips, azaleas, and chrysanthemums. Check the ASPCA website here for a full list of safe and unsafe plants.
Here’s where things take a bit of a turn. You may have heard of toxoplasmosis. This is a condition that can be transmitted via parasites found in some cats’ feces. The disease can cause serious issues for pregnant women and people with compromised immunity. (Ironically, it also makes people more friendly to cats, which is definitely a bit odd.) It’s mentioned here because cats do sometimes use gardens as, well, litterboxes. A short fence may help keep your feline buddy out of your plants. Other than that, just be sure to wash your hands very carefully after gardening or changing cat litter.
We always recommend keeping cats indoors. They’re just much safer inside, where they are protected from cars, weather, predators, and other hazards. However, you can give your furry pal the best of both worlds. One option is to make a kitty enclosure. This allows your furball to enjoy some sunlight and fresh air, without being endangered by cars, predators, weather, or other hazards. You can buy ones that you just put together yourself, or start from scratch with a custom design. Look online for ideas and instructions.
Don’t forget to plant a few things for Fluffy! Catnip and cat grass are pretty easy to grow in pots. Set a few out inside your home for your feline friend to sniff at and nibble on. If you want, you can give your pet her own little lawn to look adorable on. Just plant cat grass seeds in a shallow storage tote or an old litterbox. Voila!
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