How to Install Cat Proof Fencing
Cats are often attacked by dogs or run over by vehicles, and may require expensive veterinary treatment. The injuries may even result in the untimely death of a beloved pet. If a cat can be contained in the owner’s garden with cat poroof fencing, he will not only be safe from road traffic accidents and dog attacks, but will also be protected from fights with other cats in the neighborhood. Cat bites can spread deadly diseases. According to the Cat Health Guide on Feline FIV, there is no cure for Feline FIV, which is mainly spread by bite wounds. Keeping your cat away from other cats which may be infected with FIV will prevent him from becoming infected.
Items Required for Cat Proof Fencing
- Garden mesh 50cm wide
- Metal brackets
- Plastic cable ties
- Galvanized staples
DIY Cat Proof Fencing Installation
In order to be effective, the fence should be at least 6 feet high, and the fencing should fully enclose the garden. Any shrubs or trees close to the perimeter which cats can climb up should first be removed. If one side of the garden is enclosed with a hedge instead of a fence, your cat may still be able to get out of the garden. Consider having the hedge removed and replace it with fencing. Follow these steps to cat proof an existing garden fence.
- Prepare weather proof brackets so that they are bent at an angle of 45 degrees. Building restraint straps are ideal for use as brackets, and have pre-drilled holes which can be used when fixing the brackets to the fence. Restraint straps can be bought from good DIY stores and builders merchants. Cut the restraint straps to lengths of half a yard each. Bend one end to 45 degrees at 4 inches from one end.
- Fix one bracket to the top of each fence panel using wood screws. Use one bracket for each fence panel.
- Fix the garden mesh on top of the brackets. Secure one end of the mesh to the first bracket with plastic cable ties. Use 2 or 3 ties for each bracket. Place the length of garden mesh over the second bracket and pull tight to take up the slack. Fix to the second bracket with cable ties. Repeat the process for all fence panels. Trim the excess length on all the cable ties.
- Attach the bottom edge of the mesh to the fence with galvanized staples. Use a hammer to fix them securely at regular intervals of about 4 inches. This will ensure that the cat is unable to get underneath the mesh.
Professional Fence Installation
If you do not feel able to install your own cat proof fencing, then you could contact a local fencing contractor and ask them to quote for the work.