Cats are juts lovely aren’t they? With their fur, their purring, and their ability to sleep just about anywhere at any time; these adorable fluffsters are a BIG part of life in the UK.

While it’s true to say that some folk just don’t get along with our feline friends, there are plenty more people out there who know a pet cat just completes your home – and your family.

With all this in mind, today we’re going to talk you through how to create the purrfect cat-friendly garden.

Be Plant Wise

Cats are strange creatures. There are plants and foods out there that are delicious to us humans, yet deadly to our furry friends.

Lillies, Amaryllis, Azaelea, Rhodedhendron, as well as Chrysanthemum and Cyclamen, amongst many others on an exceedingly long list, are all toxic to cats. As these plants are commonly found in most gardens up and down the land, it’s best not to worry too much – after all, cats are pretty good at avoiding the things that are going to hurt them.

If you’re looking for plants that your cat is just going to love, the winner has to be cat nip. This little herb sends moggies CRAZY, seriously. Plant this and your cat will love you forever.

Cats are also quite partial to marigolds, thyme, rosemary, and mint.

Cat Fun

Providing plenty of resting places, and shady snooze zones for your cat will fulfil all their basic requirements. Cats like skulking about in the undergrowth, and as we all know too well, spend most of the daylight hours fast asleep.

Making sure they have plenty of resting options that are hidden and out of the way is a smooth move your cat will love – or not, you never quite know with cats after all…

Human Fun

Cats are pretty good housemates – not too demanding, and not too clingy. Take sensible precautions to avoid moggy problems by making sure any uncovered earth is protected from becoming a litter tray, and keep delicate plants in containers so they don’t get trampled by a cat stampede. 

Chemical No Nos

If you currently use garden pesticides to get rid of pests like slugs, flies, and beetles, it’s best to play safe and switch to a cat-friendly brand. Slug pellets can be confused for food and are highly poisonous to cats.

Likewise, be careful to only use pet-friendly varnishes or outdoor paints – cats like to get up close and personal with objects so they can claim them as their own. Definitely better to play it safe when it comes to harsh paint chemicals.

In Summary

Why not plant swathes of catnip along a path or in a section of the garden you know your cat likes to spend time in? Plant long grasses for them so they can tap into their deeply hidden wild roots. Finally, try to deter neighbouring cats from ruining your cat’s territory claims by tacking a layer of smooth plastic over the top of any fencing. You could also try those mock-cats with reflective-eyes – positioning one so that it sticks up over your fence may be just enough to put off any unwanted visitors.