If you want to live with cats or pet a cat, you should undertake some responsibilities since the cats are full of action and pretty much love outdoor places like a balcony/garden. Besides, it is better to keep in mind that cats have a high rise syndrome which means they can fall from high balconies or windows. In this sense, of course, you should pay more attention to keep your balcony or garden safe and entertaining so that you will be able to prevent your cats from being injured. For this purpose, you should create a cat-friendly balcony which means a balcony decorated for cats to play and watch the world safely. So, today I want to mention some general cat-safe balcony instructions and cat-friendly herbs ideas.
Safety Instructions for a Cat-Friendly Balcony
You should follow some safety balcony instructions for your cats. As a first thing, you can build a patio on your balcony or garden for your cat (Catio). There are different types of catio in which your cats will be having a good time safely. Additionally, you can put some amusing toys into the catio like diggers, walking or climbing paths, and hammocks. Because of these accessories, your cats will have a good time and keep their natural skills. Apart from buying or building a catio, you can turn your balcony into a catio as well. So then, you will need one of the following; bird netting, fish netting, chicken wire or play safe porch guard to make your outdoor place safer for your cats. Also, you can turn these materials into decorative curtains for your balcony. For extra safety, you should train your cat to wear a harness.
Herb Garden Ideas for a Cat Balcony
In addition to those steps mentioned above, you should create a herb garden for your cat balcony because they pretty like to see a small patch of grass, some eatable plants, shady and sunny spots to sleep, high spots to watch, and some sands or soil in gardens and balconies. For the purpose of creating a beautiful herb garden for the cat balcony, it would be better to know much about cat-friendly plants first. With the help of cat-friendly plants, your cats will enjoy having time in outdoor places. These ideas will inspire you to decorate your garden or balcony for your lovely cats. Below, you can find some healthy herbs and their benefits for cats.
Healthy Herbs for a Cat-Friendly Balcony
- Catmint or lemongrass (aphrodisiac)
- Catnip (stress reliever)
- Mint (for digestive problems)
- Rosemary (natural flea repellent)
- Thyme (shooting effects)
Caution: Please be careful about plants that can be poisonous for cats such as flame lily, tiger lily, azalea, daffodils, sago palm, oleander, and cyclamen.
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