Cat Fences! Keep Your Cat Safe Outside!

Most cats enjoy being outside!
Most cats enjoy being outside!

If you have a cat, then you have probably struggled with the decision as to whether or not he should be an indoor or outdoor pet. Personally, I keep my cat, Norman, inside as the dangers of the outdoors are just too great. Norman was once a stray, so I am certain that he occasionally misses being outside. After all, some of his favorite past-times were chasing bugs, sleeping in sunbeams and playing with other neighborhood felines. Ahhhh, the good life.

A giant cat enclosure!
A giant cat enclosure!

Solution: Buy a Cat Fence!

Well, if you are like me and the thought of letting your cat outside makes you nervous, why not check out cat fencing! "Cat fencing", you ask? What in the world is that? Well, there are several companies that actually make fences which are designed to keep your cat IN your yard. If you don't want to fence your entire yard, then you can simply build a safe, outdoor enclosure. Now don't get me wrong, these special "cat enclosures" are not meant to be used as permanent housing…only as occasional play areas.

Purr-Fect Fence, for example, is a family owned, mail-order company that has been in the fencing business for over fifteen years. They started out with fencing that was designed to keep deer out but have since gone into the business of keeping cats in! Not only do cat owners purchase their special fencing, cat rescue groups and shelters do as well. In fact, Purr-Fect fence offers discounts to rescue organizations (nice!).

 

Purr-fect Fence sells cat fencing systems that keep your outdoor cat safe!
Purr-fect Fence sells cat fencing systems that keep your outdoor cat safe!

If you don't want a cat enclosure but have an existing fence that surrounds your property, Purr-Fect Fence offers a fence conversion system which will "cat proof" your existing fence! What a great idea! I would most definitely allow Norman to once again go outside if I was certain he could not escape! The fence conversion kit costs approximately $400. Obviously, prices vary depending on the size of the fence you wish to convert.

Measure & Do Your Homework!

Kitty Fence (or Critter Fence) is another company that sells cat fencing and enclosure solutions. Who knew that cat fencing was such a big business! The Kitty Fence Company sells near invisible, escape proof cat fences that are designed to keep your frisky feline safe as they play and explore the outside world! They sell "non electric" cat fencing solutions (thank goodness, I don't think my cat would enjoy being electrocuted!). Prices vary depending upon the size of your yard and of course, the type of fencing you are interested in. Before you contact any company that sells cat fencing, it would be a good idea to measure the space you wish to fence so that you know exactly how much fencing you will need to purchase. This is the best way to get an accurate price quote. As I say in many of the HUBS I write, do your homework people! Knowledge is power and the more you know BEFORE you contact any company, the better!

Regular fences do NOT keep cats in!
Regular fences do NOT keep cats in!

Cat fencing is a wonderful idea for cat owners who feel guilty about NOT letting their cats outside. While I don't exactly feel guilty about keeping my cat Norman indoors (after all, I know what is best for him) it would be nice if he could occasionally go outside and get some fresh air. I purchased a cat harness for Norman and attempted to take him for a walk…but let's just say that didn't go very well. Unfortunately, I don't own a home with a large yard; therefore, cat fencing isn't a practical solution due to my current living situation. If I ever move to my dream home with a HUGE yard, I will consider building an outdoor cat play enclosure. Until then, my cat, Norm, will have to live with simply gazing out the window. After all, it is easier to care for your cat or kitten inside of you home than it is outside! Meow!

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vlkinpa 7 years ago from South central Pennsylvania

Thanks for this Hub. Cats do like being outside but the dangers are too risky for them. Our orange and white cat loves the outdoors. I had a friend build a hexagonal enclosure for him that is 6' tall and has shelves for him to jump up on. He loves it. Our female cat wants no part of the outdoors even though she was born outside to a stray.


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Cygstarz 7 years ago from Maryland Author

I agree! The dangers outside are too great. I find it amazing that the life span of an outdoor cat is on average, only FIVE YEARS!!! While an indoor cat can live 20 years or more. I guess that proves that outdoor living isn't safe! Thank you for your comment. :-)


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vlkinpa 7 years ago from South central Pennsylvania

You can train your cat to walk in a harness and leash. I've had three that will walk on a leash. At first you take them for a "drag" but eventually they'll walk as long as you go where they want to go. Our male cat loves to go for walks where we live in FL in the winter. Of course, you must dress appropriately because you'll be plowing into bushes, under buildings and down holes not to mention tree climbing. You must look at it as an adventure.


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Cygstarz 7 years ago from Maryland Author

Your comment made me chuckle (the drag part...I can only imagine!). My cat Norman is not very fond of walks...maybe I have to give it another try!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

I keep my cats inside since I have had one die of feline leukemia. That was awful, and there is no way any of my cats can convince me to let them out since. This looks like a wonderful idea! Thanks for the suggestion!


Kittyfence Cat Fence 6 years ago

Nice article - there's nothing worse than losing your pet to passing cars or other animals. Safely enclosed they can run, play and enjoy the outdoors. It's always amazing how many folks have fences for their dogs but wouldn't think to put one up for cats. Hopefully with enough awareness that could change. Cats deserve a chance to be outdoors as well.


Josh 5 years ago

This is the perfect solution to keeping your cat indoors. I might have to purchace the equipment to have this done. I have four cats that I love very much and if anything were to happen to them I would cry a lot. Great hub by the way.


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Cygstarz 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Thanks Josh!


Terry 4 years ago

Do you prefer one cat fence brand over the other? It looks to me like the Purr-fect fence has a better fence top system (spring loaded) but the Kittyfence looks like it has a sturdier gate kit. I'm looking for a safer solution for our outside cats.

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