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Making Your Garden Pet Friendly

Do you like the idea of keeping pets at home? Are you a little concerned about ensuring they stay safe in your garden? Then you’ve come to the right place. Today, I’m going to offer some tips and advice that all my readers can use. My family has kept animals ever since I can remember, and they have always made us happy. With all that in mind, take a read through this article and put the ideas into action before you bring an animal home. If you do that, you won’t have to worry about them escaping or causing any trouble. Also, try to purchase your pets from rescue centers if you have one in your hometown.


Ensure you have a secure fence in place

Before you do anything else, you need to go around your garden checking your fence. Dogs and cats can fit through the smallest gaps, and you won’t want your animal to disappear. If you notice any areas of concern, just make sure you sort them out before buying your pet. The last thing you need is for your dog to get into the neighbors garden and make a mess. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out what will happen if your cat managed to get near a fish pond. Of course, it’s possible that you might overlook some insecure areas of the fence.However, you should just try to do your best.


Build outdoor houses for your animals

The summertime is upon us, and most animals wear a thick coat. So, it makes sense for you to create outdoor houses so pets can stay cool. That is the case regardless of whether you’re getting dogs, cats, or something different. Chickens are popular at the moment because they’re fascinating creatures. If you choose to have an animal like that in your backyard, make sure you use automatic chicken door solutions. The last thing you want is for them to become too hot and uncomfortable in the sunshine. The same goes for dog kennels. Ensure the animal can get in and out as it sees fit.


Make sure you create a shaded area

Most importantly of all, you need to create a shaded area in your garden. That is where your animals can go when the sun becomes too hot. It’s sensible to keep their outdoor water bowls in the same location to ensure it doesn’t get too warm. You can make a shaded section of your garden by planting a large tree or erecting a shed. That could also give you a space in which you can keep all your animal food, etc. Dogs love chilling out in the shade on a hot day. So, make sure you give them the opportunity.


If you put all those tips into action, your new family pets should have a happy life. Of course, it’s sensible to keep animals inside your home for the first couple of weeks. That is because they need to get used to their new surroundings. Also, that will increase the chances of them finding their way back if they ever escape or get lost. That is especially true if you’re planning to buy a cat.

Comments

Linda Szymoniak said…
I firmly believe that cats (excluding feral ones) should be indoor-only pets. If they go out on a leash or in an enclosure, that's fine, but the life expectancy of cats that are not allowed to roam is nearly four times that of cats that are allowed outdoors. My dogs, too, spend the majority of their time indoors, but go outside for potty, play, and exercise. We have a securely fenced yard, but even they, they aren't allowed outside unless someone is home to watch them. There are just too many things that can happen to them if left alone outdoors. (For instance, I have a neighbor who leaves their Pit Bull outside in their yard when they aren't home - no matter the weather - and they don't always secure their gate. I've had to coax the dog back into the yard and hook their gate on several occasions, one time where the dog nearly got hit by a car before I could get it back into its yard.) As far as shade for dogs, even if they are only out for short periods of time, you do need to make sure they have shade and plenty of fresh water. Dogs can get heat stroke rather quickly in extremely hot weather. Some - especially light-colored dogs - can get sunburned, too.

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