DIY Cat Fence
Since the time I lost Pickle to a hungry coy wolf January 2016 Ive had the resolve to put up cat fence to keep my cat family safe. Rolls around end of summer and my kitties are ripe for real adventure. Ive had this fence up for a few weeks and Im on a constant look out for yet another clever escape. My roommate’s cat is doing most of the escaping for now. It takes her no time at all to find the next escape route. A lot of my suggestions are thanks to her. While my babies are not quite experienced enough fortunately for me, Im hoping to utilize her escape skills in time to cat proof my cat fence. I like to think they feel content here inside the yard in company of one another, cicadas, grasshoppers and one giant climbing paradise of a tree. Orange loves hopping onto the shed roof top from there and thats where he hangs out a lot. But.. cats are curious creatures and contentment requires upkeep 🙂
Choosing the right cat fence
At first I was ready to shell out $600 for a ready made cat fence. I would recommend that route if you can afford it. I believe the support structure is much more sound, of better sturdier material. It will likely save you time not having to fortify areas that a flimsier construction inherits. Also there is a Houdini proof fence mechanism thats available, which collapses with the weight of the cat but springs back up once the cat releases. Noone likes the feeling of falling.
DIY will likely save you lots of money though. If you do go the DIY route, there are better options for different types of fences. For example, if you have a chain link fence, I suggest a DIY roll bar for your cat fence.
Cat Fence Pitfalls
My frugal nature had me searching for a diy option. Sure enough I found one step by step tutorial on how to cat proof your yard fairly easily. This is bar far the most cost effective cat fence. However, as you will see in my videos, where I have provided detailed suggestions, there are plenty of ways a cat can escape this set up. I believe this fence can work very well when installed with attention to details. However, Im still trying it out and likely havent ruled out all escape possibilities.
This set up requires deer block and garden stakes. Garden stakes are actually very easy for your cat to bend with body weight. Their primary purpose is to support the mesh and to keep it tight enough so that the cat cannot grab a hold of the fence behind it. Even so, if your cat holds on to it for any length of time, the stake will break and will have to be reinforced. I use other such stakes and tie them with zip tie in places my cats favor. Deer block, a kind of very fine mesh, also rips easily. Supposedly cats dont like holding on to it. However, its important to “stitch zip tie” it as I show in my video. Otherwise next time your cat attempts that same route, the mesh wont be in its place to stop it. A clever cat may take the gaping opportunity of your oversight and escape before you get a chance to fix it.
Also, check that the mesh is properly taut between the stakes and staples below. Watch for unusual holes and rough areas in your actual fence where cats can grip through the mesh. Gates and corners offer special challenges as I demonstrate in my video. Good luck 😀
Watch My Video: Back Support Putting Up Cat Fence