Is your cat shredding your indoor plants or always by the back door trying to get out?
Miss Kitty would be ecstatic to get her own garden patch for laying in, eating grass and nibbling and rubbing on some herbs or flowers.
Choose Plants Which Are Safe For Your Feline Friend
Nothing better for a cat to lounge in the grass and gnaw on it, that is cat heaven! Always look for naturally, organic grown, GMO free (cat) grass seeds like Marley’s Cat Grass (Amazon) to keep it healthy for your cat. Lawn grass (seed) is not recommended for the unknown if pesticides and fertilizers were used in the growing process. Also particular grasses like Saint Augustine has really thick sharp blades which could damage the intestinal walls when eaten.
Besides growing a patch of just cat grass, it can be designed more interesting with adding other plants, flowers and herbs which are enticing, fun and healthy for your kitty kid.
Here is a selection of plants & herbs which are safe for cats:
- Lemon Grass (not as essential oil though)
- Goldenseal (immune system)
- Red Clover
- Lemon Balm
- Lemon Verbena
Safe flowers for your feline garden:
Catnip and Valerian: These two plants I would not make readily available as they loose their effect on a cat when constantly exposed to. It’s better to limit those to once or twice per week for your feline to have most fun with!
Please only use organic soil to avoid exposure of your cat to pesticides and fertilizers, like Nature’s Care Organic Planting Mix (Amazon)
We grew some grass for our (indoor) cat. We think she likes it.
Did you create a indoor garden for your cats? Share yours beneath.
Do you know the typical “Top 10” or “Top 100” lists of the “most popular” names for dogs, cats, babies and whatnot?!
First I wanted to go a similar route but then I was thinking “Why when we have come across quite some interesting dog names throughout the years in our pet sitting service business!” So the Top “…” most popular changed into “The most interesting, uncommon and unique dog names” !
Check it out:
- Ava Jane
- General Patton
- Lake Sparkle
- Molto Bella
- Petey / Petie
- Rohan, Ronan
- Tizzer McSqueak
Does your dog have a unique, interesting name? Drop us a line below!
A good while back I started seeing puzzles for dogs hitting the stores which made perfect sense to me to keep the pooches engaged and break the every day boredom. I was thinking “what dogs can do, of course, cats can, too!” and bought my feline kids a couple of those dog puzzles.
They figured it out quick but I didn’t want to buy more and more as they don’t necessarily come cheap.
So! DIY it is!
Treat Puzzle on a Dime
- Storage Container
- Exactor Knife and Scissors
- Lighter or Sand Paper to smooth edges of cut outs
- Cat Toys
- Treats or Kibble (can even add some Catnip!)
Project, Instructions & Photo Credit: The Glam Cat
Cats are very intelligent but need constant stimulation to prevent boredom and keep them happy. DIY project on a dime and re-purposing existing toys. Hours of fun for your cats!
Tip: Use kibble instead of treats if your cat is overweight. Ms Kitty will have to “work” for her meal 😉
Since the little feline people need places to sleep and hang if you don’t want them to take over yours- here are a couple of super stylish FURRRRniture, guaranteed cat approved!
IKEA Hack – Cat Condo
Love IKEA as much as I do??! Here’s an easy DIY project with just pretty much assembling a few items and still leaving room for some of your own ideas to match it with your home decor!
- IKEA coffee table and side table
- Glue or Hot Glue Gun
- Sisal Rope
- Faux Fur Fabric
- Scratch Pad
- Staple Gun
- Hook Eyes
- Cat Toys, Cat Grass, Etc
Project, Instructions & Photo Credit: Brittany Goldwyn
Well Traveled Suitcase Lounges
Maybe you adored the cute vintage suitcases at thrift stores and flea markets or even already have one at home and don’t know what to do with it.
I find this suitcase bed super cute and super easy to build plus it leaves so much room for customization to your own personal style.
- Suitcase (old or new)
- Table Legs (old or from hardware store, even the leg of an old swivel chair would look awesome!)
- Paint if desired
- Sheepskin or faux fur
- Drill to attach legs
- Glue or Hot Glue Gun
Project, Instructions & Photo Credit: Camille Styles
I hope those got the creative juices flowing a little bit and I’d love to hear about your projects! Drop me a line 🙂
It sure is true that it takes quite some maintenance to have a nice, presentable and usable GRASSY backyard with especially larger canine family members romping around, running along the fence to socialize or argue with the neighbor dogs and of course poo-ing.
I see dog owners at loss when their canines develop their habit of having a blast turning the yard into holey field…. you have a digging problem! And they sure have a different opinion of how the perfect hang-out area should look like.
So What To Do??
Always supervising them while outside? — That gets old fast and you wanna be able to do other things in the meantime and not restrict outside time to just a few minutes to go poo…
Scolding them? — Nah, that doesn’t work because bad attention is attention too and that’s exactly what your dog loves, attention from you…
Well, and praising him doesn’t make sense either lol
The “Quick” Fix
Covering dug up areas with chicken wire. I know.. It’s not pretty for the moment but keeps your pup from digging as it’s not comfortable and he is not getting anywhere with the chicken wire in place.
Just make sure that the cut edges are not poking upwards to hurt your pup. Your grass gets some rest to grow back or you want to spread some new grass seed out.
The Fun Zone
How about embracing what your dog loves so much?
A designated fun area! Just pick an area of your yard like off to the side but still in sight so your pup still feels like part of the party when you are out there too and fence off this partition.
You can really deck that out nicely with a fence style of your choice if you don’t like chicken wire, like wooden posts with robe or modern wire cables.
If you choose a corner of your yard, you can hang a sun sail in the corner for a shady area and even a cool dog house for nap time.
If the idea of building a cool dog house got your hooked,
check out these sites for building plans:
36 Free DIY Dog House Plans & Ideas for Your Furry Friend
15 Brilliant DIY Dog Houses With Free Plans For Your Furry Companion
You can keep a grassy area for going poo (lovely because the rest of your yard is not a land mine field anymore)
and to get back to the digging issue, you could have a good sized spot within this fun area covered with sand or even put up a large sand box like you’d have for two-legged toddlers …. overall you pooch is your fur kid, right?! 🙂
Now to add even more to the excitement, bury dog toys and/or treat bones in the sand and you can only imagine how much FUN this not only is for your dog but also for you watching him having a blast while enjoying YOUR area dig-(and poo)spot-free!
Got another idea to keep dogs from digging or have you built doggy haven in your backyard? Would love to hear from ya.