cats love to wander around their garden, taking the air, climbing
trees, searching for prey and finding the sunniest spot for
a mid-morning nap. Many like to roam further afield, into
adjacent gardens, fields and woods. While cat owners generally
want their cats to enjoy the freedom of the outside world,
many have valid reasons for needing to confine their cats
to their own back yard. Busy roads, non-cat loving neighbours
and even unfriendly local felines may make it hazardous for
a cat to be allowed free access outside.
answer to the indoor/outdoor dilemma is to fence in your garden.
There are several ways of doing this, depending upon your
requirements, size of garden and finances.
The electric fence system works through the use of a wire buried underground which carries a much reduce electric current. This works in conjunction with a receiver worn by the cat on a collar. The wire sends
out a signal to the cat's receiver; an audible warning sound
is emitted every time the cat walks towards the boundary wire
and if it is ignored the cat receives a small correction – similar
to static electricity.
Use of electric fencing has always received mixed reviews. Some people are very pro the system and it has worked well for them and their cats. However the jury is still out on its use and DEFRA is currently in the process of reviewing the use of electric fencing in this environment. This system has recently been made ILLEGAL IN WALES.
and alternative ways of fencing in the garden
is always interested to hear of new ideas to keep cats safely
contained within their own garden. We have received
the information below on some new ways of achieving this.
We have not tested these systems but
they may suit your specific needs - whether you are trying
to keep your own cat in or neighbouring cats out of your garden.
has also received information from Mrs Bridgewater in
Herefordshire who has solved the problem of containing
her cats by using metal fencing made from profiled steel,
similar to that used on modern industrial buildings.
She says ‘It may sound awful but is actually very attractive
and closely resembles a painted wooden fence with the
posts finished with ball caps. It comes in a variety
of colours, is strong and longlasting and, more importantly,
our cats can't climb it because it is metal rather than
full details visit the website – www.colourfence.co.uk
system works by fixing either one or a series of wooden
poles to your garden fence (see picture right). It is
a unobtrusive way of keeping your cat contained, without
affecting the aesthetics of your garden.
further information, including prices and contact details,
please see their website - www.katzecure.com
Klips Cat Containment System, from the USA, foils a
cat's desire to escape using PVC drain piping inside
or on top of a wooden fence (see picture right) – this
prevents the cat from getting a grip. It can also be
used on top of chain link fencing.
more information and installation instructions go to www.kittyklips.com
alternative fencing system is Friendly Fence, which is now
availabe in the UK. For further information please go to: www.purrfectfence.co.uk
system attaches to the top of wooden fencing. The company
does not currently have a website but can be contacted on
01487 815909 or emailed at: firstname.lastname@example.org