Cats are the safest when they are indoors, but as a homeowner, you can take a number of measures to prevent your cats from being at risk when they spend time near your landscaping. One thing that can prove to be quite effective is building a fence around the entire backyard, adding mesh to the top, and then reinforcing the top of the fence with coyote rollers to prevent cats from being able to leave the yard. However, aside from this ingenious setup, you also want to avoid growing any poisonous plants.
One of the most dangerous plants that you can have in your yard is azaleas. These are common across the United States, partly due to their superb attractiveness, but they are not worth the curb appeal. Ingesting a few leaves can lead to symptoms such as seizures, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you do not get help from a veterinarian, your cat could end up passing away, but this is an easy problem to keep from happening.
Another plant that you should not have in your yard is lilies. While you can grow the common Calla lily without having to worry about major health issues, ingesting any part of the plant can still lead to minor symptoms such as vomiting, drooling, or foaming around the mouth. Some of the more dangerous varieties include wood, red, Easter, and Western, which can all cause life-threatening problems. So, as beautiful as these flowers may look on your property, they are not fitting for a cat-friendly landscape.
While you may enjoy the idea of growing vegetables in your backyard, there are some varieties that you will want to refrain from growing if you would like to eliminate the risk of your cats getting sick. Tomatoes are a perfect example of a plant that is easy to grow and can provide you with incredible harvests, but since they can cause various issues such as diarrhea, confusion, and weakness, they are not a good choice. Although your cats may only see the tops during the growth stage, you should also avoid growing garlic and onion as consuming either one can lead to digestive problems with your cats.
A cat-friendly yard does not have to be limiting in any way, especially with options such as catnip, sunflowers, and scented geraniums as perfectly safe options. Just make sure to avoid toxic plants and you will not have to worry about your cats when they head out into the backyard.
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