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Cat proofing my garden

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Suzynick, Apr 14, 2011.


  1. Suzynick

    Suzynick PetForums Junior

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    One of my cats went missing just before christmas and when he returned he was absolutely petrified and all his claws appeared to have been bashed. The vet seemed to think he had run for his life. As he appeared so jumpy even to this day, we have decided that the best thing to do would be to cat proof our garden. We only have a small house and garden so with two cats its going to be tricky! We are very overlooked so quite reluctant to chop any trees down, we only have two in the corners but they provide a bit of cover.
    Any ideas, photos especially would be very helpful! My other half is insisting he will cat proof it rather than get a specialist company in to do it :rolleyes::
     
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    Dally Banjo PetForums VIP

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    When we did our's at the last house OH made brackets at work & we used chicken wire as its easy to bend. You can buy brackets & bend them to suit easy enough :) something like this Cat Proof Fencing, How to Cat Proof a Garden Fence

    & make a sort of collar for any trees so far up so they cant escape that way, a bit like the lamp shade ones the vet uses.

    You have to watch for other cats dropping in though :rolleyes:
     
  3. Suzynick

    Suzynick PetForums Junior

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    thanks for that. I think my other half had kind of that idea but said our trees are too close to our fence so he though we might have to chop them down as there would be no room for the mesh?
     
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    we are thinking of doing the same.

    the trouble being that we only have 6ft fences on two sides of the garden, and a lower fence on one side (white picket fences, damn newbuilds!)

    so for us its gonna be pretty hard to do!
     
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    koekemakranka PetForums VIP

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    Well worth it. I sleep soundly every night since having my garden catproofed. What it does for your peace of mind is incredible. And frankly, now that my cats are not threatened by all the random roaming neighbourhood toms, they are much happier too. :D
     
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    Suzynick PetForums Junior

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    Just cut the branches off just above fence level & put the mesh round them to that way they can still climbe up but not out :D
     
  9. Suzynick

    Suzynick PetForums Junior

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    I can't wait. Both my cats have always stayed very close to the house, but we have a nearby parkland where I think Alfie may have encountered a fox when he dissapeared, plus he is very inquisitive and has caught his foot in something before, also seem to get more and more people thinking our road is a race track despite it being a built up housing estate! There is also the worry of cats being snatched (never heard of it in my area but you never know) cats being poisoned by anti freeze etc far too many worries.

    We always used to worry when we came home if both cats would be ok, I don't worry much at all now as Alfie only goes out on a harness in the garden, and Storm is a real stay at home cat anyway.
     
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    Oooh this company is right near me.... would love to do this to my garden for Eric!
     
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    Great links. Our back garden has a couple of trees in it and the cat easily climbs up them, then gets out onto the garage roofs behind our house, then jumps down, wanders around on the road, before coming back round to the front of the house via OCD woman's garden.

    I think I may begin another doomed attempt at cat proofing. :mad:
     
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    We thought we had proofed ours with a type of stiff plastic netting, not sure what else to call it. Considering Sooty is 15 that should have been enough, but no, I caught him climbing up it much like a human!!
     
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    Cats can get just about anywhere eh! :rolleyes:
     
  14. goldleaf

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    after 2 years we have a 100% success rate at keeping cats in the garden with cat proofing systems, to say we are proud of this is an understatemnt. two have escaped but both times this was due to an owner leaving something the cat could jump from.

    as for the trees, dont cut them down they look good. there is a solution but im having trouble putting it in to words. but basically you treat the tree as something to go on the outside of your system rather than inside it.

    to the original poster if cost is an issue we can sell you the felisafe system and you can diy with the instructions provided, or we can supply the purrfect fence system but i dont think it would suit your garden. the katzecure system is a little more advanced regarding installation but it can be sold diy too and we would be happy to guide you along

    Dan
     
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    Well I put the plastic netting you describe over the gate between our front and back gardens up to head height - the cat just climbed straight up and over. So I extended it all the way up. The cat now just climbs over the back wall and jumps down from the garage roofs. More research needed I think. :mad:
     
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    I've looked at your website - looks like a good system. How far does the overhang intrude into the garden to stop the cat climbing around it?

    We have a number of trees in the garden that the cat climbs up to get to the top of the wall.
     
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