Many pet owners are able to turn their dogs into their backyards without ever worrying about them escaping from their fence, but the same is often not true for cat owners. Many cats will climb fences without even thinking about it and will then roam the neighborhood, putting themselves at risk of being attacked by other animals or hit by a car as well as improving the chances of complaints from your neighbors about your cats being a nuisance. Luckily, it is possible to install fencing that your cats can't climb and that can allow them to spend time outdoors in a safe and controlled environment. These are a few of your options.
Choose Fencing That Can't Easily Be Climbed
One good option is to choose fencing that isn't too easy for a cat to climb. For example, a vinyl fence is going to be tougher for your cat to climb than a wooden or chain-link fence, since it's not easy for a cat to dig its claws into vinyl fencing. Metal fencing is another good option for this. However, you do still have to worry about your cat potentially jumping over the fence, so you'll want to choose a taller fence and make sure that there are no items too close to the fence that the cat can use as a "ladder."
Add an Inverted Topper
Even if you have a standard fence, you can help prevent your cats from getting out of your yard by adding a topper all the way around the perimeter of the fence. The topper should be curved or pointed inward, toward your backyard. This can make it much tougher for cats to climb their way out of your yard.
Build a Cat Area
If you are truly worried about your cat escaping from your fence, or if you have tried various options but have found that they did not work, you may want to build a dedicated "cat area" much like a dog kennel. In fact, you may be able to use a standard dog kennel and then add a "topper" to the entire top. Then, even though your cat may be able to climb the fence, it will not be able to get out.
As you can see, your cat does not have to be confined to the indoors in order to stay safe. If you try one of these tips, you might just find that you are able to keep your cat in your backyard without it escaping after all.
Contact a company such as Rut Fencing for more personalized ideas.Share