Tips to Make your Patio More Pet-Friendly

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cat and dog in their pet friendly outdoor patio

Just like you childproof your home, you need to make your outdoor space safe for your furry friends. This doesn't mean compromising on style or functionality - you can still have a dream patio that is pet-friendly, too. 

Here are some tips for modifying an existing patio to make it safer for your animals, and things you should consider if building one for the first time. 

Add a Catio

Also known as a 'cat patio', a Catio is a safe, secure outdoor enclosure for your pet. While primarily used to give 'indoor' cats some exposure to outside enrichment, all cats and dogs can enjoy the benefits of the Catio experience. 

Catios are:

  • Available in all sizes and lengths to suit your garden space and home
  • Offered as freestanding enclosures or added to existing patios 
  • Able to be incorporated into your plan when building a new patio 
  • Made from quality materials to withstand the Perth climate
  • Accessed through the patio, a cat door or other window

We most commonly build Catios down the side of a home when attached to a flat patio, however our team can accommodate any custom requirements to suit your home and outdoor area.

Have a Shaded Area

You need to protect your animals from the intense Perth sunshine. Plant trees in your garden for them to sit under, and make sure they have access to fresh water to keep them cool. 

For your patio itself, try to choose a roofing material with extra cooling qualities, such as the cool top roofing option

Dog Friendly Yard Designs

As well as shade and bowls of fresh, cool water, you can design custom drinking wells to keep your dog or cat hydrated. Think of a 'watering hole' at least the size of a large bucket - careful planning will make sure the space doesn't ruin the look of your garden and patio. See our blog for some decorating ideas.

Be Plant Smart 

Sadly, some plants, flowers and shrubs can be hazardous and poisonous to our furry friends. If you have cats, you will want to avoid plants such as:

  • Lillies
  • Daffodils
  • Tulips
  • Aloe Vera 

Your vet can provide a complete list. Safer alternatives include:

  • Catmint
  • Cat grass
  • Bamboo
  • Lavender

For a garden that allows dogs to run free. Avoid plants such as:

  • Daffodils
  • Oleander
  • Tulips
  • Hyacinth

Again, your vet can provide a comprehensive list. Safer plants include:

  • Windmill palms
  • Purple basil
  • Snapdragons
  • Fennel 

Your patio can be both luscious and pet-friendly by simply giving thought to what you plant and how you landscape.

Use Pet-Friendly Materials

When building your patio or refurbishing your existing one, you need to give some thought to the materials you are using. 

In the blistering sunshine, there's a risk your pet may get hot paws, and some surfaces can be slippery or uncomfortable. What's more, you want clean finishes - without any nails or rough edges. This goes for fences, too, especially since cats are so fond of climbing them. 

We take pride in making sure our patios are finished perfectly - we work with you to ensure your patio is safe for your pet and their delicate paws.

Paths and Walkways

Paths hidden by other features, such as plants, can add a whole new layer of excitement to your garden and patio from your pet's perspective. Dogs and cats that are entertained and stimulated are less likely to get bored and become destructive, giving you peace of mind and ensuring a stimulated and happy pet. 

How can Great Aussie Patios Help You Achieve Cat & Dog-Friendly Yard Design?

Established in 2000, we pride ourselves on building quality patios in Perth. Our expert team can guide you through each step of the patio building process, taking your pets into full consideration. To find out more about our patios and how we can help you, contact us for a free quote.

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