According to recent surveys, more and more millennials are looking for housing options that cater to their pet’s needs and comforts. Whether you own a dog, a cat or rabbits, animals are curious and intuitive little beings, and much thought is needed to design a space that sparks their exploring nature.
Contrary to popular belief, there are many ways you can design your own outdoor space without massive renovations and new construction. Here is a list of some creative ways on how to improvise your existing outdoor space to make it a safe haven for your pets.
- Opt For Toxin Free Plantation
Who doesn’t love a few perennials and greenery here and there? But here’s the catch. There are a lot of popular extremely beautiful planting options that can be potentially harmful for your pets. These plants release certain toxins that can endanger your pet’s life. It’s best to look up the US pet poison list beforehand to avoid any unforeseen situation.
- Go For Artificial Grass
We all have naughty and intuitive pets that love exploring and sniffing the great outdoors. If you have a passion for planting grass, but also have a naughty and playful fur baby, I highly recommend looking up to Astroturf for landscaping your outdoor space. It comes in handy in a few situations. For starters, it’s an excellent and affordable way to get the real deal without breaking the bank. It’s excellent for smaller portions and backyards and absolutely hassle free. The best part is that Astroturf does not act as a breeding ground for fleas and ticks so it’s an excellent choice for homeowners keeping double coated dogs and cats.
- Keep Your Pets Distracted
Animals have an innate tendency to dig up the grounds and scratch the surfaces off. While it is unavoidable, it’s very much possible to reduce the occurrence. Keep your pets distracted by setting up an agility setup, specifically for your active dogs. For cats, it’s important to plant a tree or a medium sized log style ladder that keeps the feline busy with the satisfaction of scratching and climbing obstacles. Other smart ideas include keeping a ball, a rubber bone or a frisbee in hand to keep your pet entertained.
- A Fresh Water Feature Adds Dimension
For home owners and pets that love lounging outside for the most part, summers can pose as a time of distress. With temperatures soaring, dehydration and hyperthermia can ensue which is why I highly recommend adding a fresh water feature in your outdoor space especially for the winters. Not only does it look stunning and refreshing, it also acts a brilliant way for your pets to quench their thirst after a long play session. You can go for something as simple as a kiddy pool, an automatic fresh water fountain feature or placing a ceramic dish full of water daily.