There are many ways our native wild life can be protected. Creating cat yards is one we are passionate about and support 100%. The advantages for your cat are:
Safety from cat fights, dogs and other animals, cars and motor vehicles, poisons, malicious people and theft. The more urban the environment the risker it can become.
Health with less exposure to infectious diseases like cat flu and FIV as well as toxic chemicals. As your cat lives ‘closer’ to you, you are more likely to notice changes in your cats health, such as eating, drinking and toileting habits, giving you early indications of any potential problems. It is also estimated indoor cats live approximately 10 years longer than outdoor cats.
Complete control over your cat’s diet – not just from wildlife snacks or stealing of other animals foods but also from well intending neighbours who can give treats and additional food.
Cleanliness – no more bringing the outdoors in with sandy or wet feet and all those bits caught in fur that late gather in a pile on your bed as they are removed while you sleep.
Happier neighbours as reduction of garden disturbance and excrement from toileting.
Cats kept purely indoors require outdoor elements such as sunlight, fresh air, greens to nibble on as well as grounding (to touch the earth). All of these can be provided in a safe, healthy environment with a cat yard. Click me for links to help you get started.
Other ways we help native wildlife:
Fauna-Friendly Gardens can be developed by planting trees and shrubs that provide food for native animals. While it is essential you select plants that grow in your area, here’s a staring point https://perthzoo.wa.gov.au/fauna-friendly-gardens
Hollows & Nesting Boxes: In Australia, about 300 vertebrate species (including birds, possums and microbats) use tree hollows for nesting, protection from predators, shelter and roosting. But a tree needs to be quite old to develop the sorts of hollows useful to arboreal animals. And we’re running out of old trees! https://perthzoo.wa.gov.au/nest-boxes-native-animals
Encourage healthy organic soil with plenty of micro-organisms as well as grubs and bugs to forage. Compost your fruit and vegetable scraps and add with organic matter into your soil. Keep your garden chemical free. Fauna eat insects and can be poisoned by plant pesticides, as well you your garden and you!
Your Cat Yard
http://www.catkingdomenclosures.com/ Victorian based that supply across Australia
http://www.edenvalleypets.com/how-to-build-a-cat-enclosure/ How to build one yourself
www.bettapetsystems.com.au Victorian based that supply across Australia
https://www.facebook.com/groups/279644759164166/ Cat Enclosure Ideas – Western Australia (public group)