Creating the perfect outdoor relaxation area for summer takes time and effort. Picking the right furniture pieces, designing the whole area, and keeping your patio or backyard clean and stable enough to handle outdoor elements are just some important things to take into consideration for your al fresco haven. However, if you have a furry member of the family, it’s also best to incorporate some pet-friendly features to your patio to make it fun for you and your four-legged buddy.
Install a watering hole
With summer’s rising temperatures, keep your pets hydrated outdoors by creating drinking wells or a watering hole at least the size of a large bucket. Make sure to refill it once in a while and keep it full so your fur babies have enough to drink throughout the day.
Include a catio to your outdoor area
A catio is short for ‘cat patio,’ an outdoor enclosure perfect for indoor or outdoor cats who want to experience the great outdoors while keeping them safe and healthy. Sending domesticated cats outdoors can be worrisome for most owners but having a catio solves your problems while keeping your cat happy.
Go for pet-friendly plants
Most pet owners don’t know this, but some plants like lilies, daffodils, hyacinth, and tulips are a big no-no to cats and dogs. If you want to create a friendly outdoor space for your pets, make sure to steer clear of these plant variety. Instead, go for safer options such as lavender, bamboo, snapdragons, fennels, peppermint, basil, and parsley. You can enclose hazardous plants with a fence, so it will be off-limits to pets.
Keep your pets shaded
Aside from hydration, it’s also crucial for your pets to have a shaded area where they can retreat in especially during the summer. Plant trees in your garden which they can use as a shade to lay under against the heat of the sun. You can also put up a gazebo and canopy for protection.
Create a dig area for pets
While digging will always be animal instinct, make sure your beautifully landscaped garden doesn’t fall victim to your dog or cat’s reckless digging by designating a sandbox or raised flower bed where they can dig to their heart’s content. Place it underneath the shade of a tree so your pet can lay in it for hours.