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​Gardening with Cats During Lockdown

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Many of the UK’s gardens are looking better than ever, one of the small perks that have come with the lockdown. People have had more time on their hands than usual. That and the addition of some incredible spring weather has resulted in many households giving their gardens attention and time. If you’re beginning to join the gardening craze, made slightly easier thanks to the reopening of garden centres, here are some tips on how to create a cat friendly garden and keep them safe at the same time.

Know Your Seeds

Many seeds are toxic to humans and pets such as cats and dogs. Take the time to read the back of the seed packets or bulb packs to learn more about what you have in your hands. Keep all seeds and bulbs out of reach of your pets and be particularly careful when planting or soaking in water overnight.

Toxic Plants

There are so many plants that are toxic to cats. We have a whole blog dedicated to this titled ‘plants that are toxic to cats’, which you can read by clicking that link. Check through your current garden to make sure it’s safe and remember to check the list before you buy new seeds or plants for your garden. If your neighbours have any toxic plants, you can protect your cat by installing cat fencing or a cat enclosure to ensure your cat doesn’t accidently get poisoned. Further information is available on the International Cat Care website.

Design with Your Cat in Mind

When you design a new layout try to provide your cat with an environment that they will adore and love to explore. Cats love to find shade, to sunbathe, to get up high and discover sheltered hiding spots. Plant cat friendly grasses alongside slabs, install cat shelves on walls and use trees and other plants to provide cover and climbing opportunities. Cat fences can be easily designed to fit around trees, sheds, and other obstacles, just give us a call if you need advice on how to DIY your own cat fence to ensure your cat cannot escape.

Weed Killers and Slug Pellets

Weeds and slugs can cause gardeners huge problems. Killing them with weed killer and slug pellets are common, but these chemicals are often lethal to pets if consumed. We recommend looking for natural ways of eradicating slugs and weeds. When this isn’t possible, ensure you lock away your pets during and after treatment and lock away all chemicals so they can’t be accessed.

Read our article for further tips on creating a cat friendly garden by Dr Lauren Finka. We hope you find the inspiration you’re looking for. Don’t forget to share your photos of cats enjoying their outdoor spaces (or indoor greenery) with us over on the ProtectaPet Facebook page. 

​Cat Myth Busting – Cats Always Land on Their Feet

The saying ‘cats always lands on their feet’ is commonly said and believed by many. Cats do have a rather impressive righting reflex that does indeed mean that when cats fall, they will twist themselves to land on their feet, but it’s not guaranteed.Injuries to Cats When Falling from HeightFirstly, cats need to have enough space between the [...]

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Cat Wars

A recent article in the Guardian has caught our attention. The article discusses how cats are causing disruptions between neighbours. One of the stories involves a couple in Hammersmith who opened a legal case against a neighbour. John and Jackie Hall are the proud owners Ozzy, a beautiful maine coon. As we all know, you are never really an [...]

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Keeping Your Cat Safe at Christmas

It’s that time of year where we share the risks that are ever present at Christmas If you’re a new cat owner, we hope you’ll find this information useful in preventing unwanted trips to see the vet and enjoy a fun and happy Christmas with your kitten and cats.Christmas Tree HazardsReal Christmas trees – Don’t let [...]

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​My Cat is Unconscious, What Can I Do?

Many of us are aware of what to do if we need to help a fellow human if they are unconscious, but what about cats? Giving basic first aid to cats isn’t something that is taught in schools, yet it’s a valuable life skill that would benefit all cat owners to know. Knowing what to do can help [...]

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​Keeping Your Cat Safe Over Halloween

Halloween is great fun for (most) humans but can be a stressful time for cats. There is a lot of chocolate, sweets and decorations around the home, all posing risks to our feline friends.Halloween DecorationsDecorations can be a lot of fun, especially for younger, playful cats. It is important to monitor your cats and ensure that they can’t [...]

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​Bishop’s Castle Police Investigating After Dead and Injured Cats Discovered

Bishop’s Castle residents are worried that cats in the Shropshire town are being targeted. Police officers are currently investigated and at the current time they have been unable to rule out foul play. The investigations began after two kittens were found deceased and the disturbing discovery of a detached cats tail found in the town.The police have communicated their [...]

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​Can I track My Cat with GPS?

A major concern of most if not all cat owners is the risk to their cat as they venture outside. Cat theft, road accidents and cat theft are all very real risks. One of the ways cat owners are trying to gain peace of mind is with cat GPS, but does it really work?It is absolutely possible to track [...]

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​Do Cats Prefer Real or Fake Christmas Trees?

It’s almost time to get the Christmas decorations up and for many this Christmas will a first as a proud cat parent. The festive period is a lot of fun, especially with cats in the house. All those extra things to attack, prowl and pounce on. There are a few risks worth knowing about, but in general the home [...]

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​Croydon Cat Killer Documentary - Raising Awareness

A documentary focusing on the Croydon Cat Killer has been released on VICE. Titled “To Catch a Cat Killer’ the film investigates the mutilation and deaths of over 300 animals in the UK. Two members from SNARL (South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty), Boudicca Rising and Tony Jenkins, were followed during their investigations. Both individuals have been working on [...]

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