Follow these top tips to turn your garden into a heavenly haven for cats, rabbits and guinea pigs.
Edible gardens for rabbits and guinea pigs
You can save money on food and create a beautiful garden with these plants – all of which are safe for rabbits and guinea pigs to enjoy:
Rabbits and guinea pigs can eat every part of a rose. The flowers can also be dried out and mixed with hay. It’s safest to grow your own roses if you’re feeding them to pets, to avoid too many chemicals.
Bramble and blackberry plants
Bramble and blackberry leaves and bark are great for rabbits’ digestion – and the good news is, you don’t need to worry about thorns. Rabbits will happily graze around them, leaving the sharp part behind.
Mint, lemon balm, lavender, thyme and rosemary are all great for pets. But plant lemon balm and mint in pots if you can – they grow fast and can take over your garden if you’re not careful.
Few rabbits or guinea pigs can resist a wild geranium. They’re different from the brightly coloured geraniums you might plant indoors, growing in big clumps and spreading out wide. The leaves and flowers are especially good for pets recovering from surgery or other stressful situations.
Create a cat-friendly garden
Make sure your garden has these three features to create a space your cat will love:
Somewhere to hide
Cats like to know they have somewhere to go if they feel threatened. So placing a few pots or small shrubs near your cat flap can help your cat feel safe. Large shrubs, trees or furniture elsewhere in the garden will also offer a hiding place and shelter from sun and rain.
Something to climb
Give your cat some logs and posts to climb and you’ll earn some serious brownie points! They love climbing, and generally feel safer if they can survey their territory from a height. Cats also use posts or logs to scratch and mark their territory.
Somewhere to go to the loo
You can create an outdoor toilet area by spreading out some loose, non-toxic sand. Make sure this is in a sheltered part of your garden and your cat will be more inclined to use it, whatever the weather.