How to Make the Best Backyard for Your Dog or Cat

How to Make the Best Backyard for Your Dog or Cat

As cozy as your home may be, your fur baby longs to be in the great outdoors. These ideas will transform your backyard into a pet paradise.

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Why your outdoor space needs a pet-friendly makeover

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Our pets are our babies, and just like with human children, we want them to be stimulated, active, and happy. The backyard is the perfect place to make that happen. "By making a safe, fun environment, we can help to add mental and physical stimulation to our pets' lives," says professional dog trainer Nicole Ellis, an expert at the Dog People on and author of Working Like a Dog. Whether you're a dog person or a cat person, there are several easy ways to transform your backyard space into a fun, welcoming haven for your pet.

Install a cat fence


Dogs aren't the only pets who should get to play outside. One great way to make the backyard welcoming and fun for your favorite feline is to secure it with a fencing system made especially for cats, such as the Kitty Corral Cat Fence Conversion System. "This keeps other animals out and keeps your cat in—giving you the freedom to set up the yard for fun," says Mikel Delgado, a certified applied animal behaviorist and a cat expert on "It also gives your cat the security that no strange cats will be coming into their turf." If you already have your backyard fenced in, this cat-proof fence topper will keep your cat contained and content. How safe is your kitty? Here are 12 dangerous mistakes cat owners should never make.

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Add an invisible fence


If the idea of an actual fence makes you cringe, you can set up an invisible fence for your cat or dog. It gives them the outdoor freedom they desire and the safety they need—without compromising your backyard aesthetic. The PetSafe Wireless Dog and Cat Containment System is made by the same company as the Invisible Fence, but it's a fraction of the price and you can set it up yourself. It covers an adjustable circular area of up to half an acre and is completely portable, meaning that there are no wires to bury.

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