Cats that love going outdoors are exposed to different kinds of hazards like car accidents, contagious diseases, and cat thieves. Cat fences will provide a safe environment for your cat without restricting the freedom to roam around your lawn. Most of the cat fences have extensions at the top to prevent the cat from jumping over outside the enclosed area.
The survival rate of indoor cats are five times greater than cats who love to roam around outside the house. Some owners would tend to resort on cat leashes to protect their pets. However, a number of cats would not like it and it gives injury and skin damage to the cats’ necks. These outdoor cat fences or cat enclosures could be the solution in increasing the outdoor-loving cats’ survival rate.
The following are some types of cat fences that are either do-it-yourself, affordable or professionally installed:
Free-Standing Models – These fences are made of light weight, flexible polypropylene mesh grid that is strung between wooden or metal poles. The fence is placed around the boundary of the property to surround it completely. Usually, the top of the fence is curled inwards so that the cat will not be able to get over it even if it manages to climb on it.
Fence-Top System – This type uses thick strips of wire mesh added on top of an existing fence to keep the cat from going over or from other stray cats from getting inside the property. This type is easily installed and can fit any height and type of fences.
Electric Fence – This type uses a method that is being used for a very long time in containing a cat. The fence is supplied with a small electric current through an underground wire. The cat’s collar is attached with a detecting device that will enable the fence to emit a sound of alarm when the cat comes close to the fence. The cat is then given a small dose of electric current if it still ignores the alarm and proceeds in touching the fence. This fence is receiving controversial debates whether it is safe for cat’s use or not.
PVC Pipe – This method uses pipes that are placed in an existing wooden or chain-link fence. This is inexpensive and is easy to do. It prevents the cat from having a firm grasp on the fence’s surface, therefore keeping the cat safe inside the enclosed area.
Even if cat fences are present, owners should still supervise and check on their cats at all times when it goes out of the house. Cat fences cannot keep birds like eagles, owls and hawks out of the enclosure. These birds sometimes prey on the cats. Therefore, owners should not let the cats out over long periods of hours without being put into shelter.
Outdoor cats should also be vaccinated to ensure safety from communicable diseases like rabies. Cats who love roaming around outside the house are predisposed to acquire fleas. Therefore, proper flea control should be maintained because cat fences could definitely not prevent that from happening.