Calling all creative cats!
May 4, 2010 6:37 PM Subscribe
How can I keep our cats from jumping a 6 foot wood privacy fence? Is there a way to attractively do this? I have some ideas, but hate to waste the time and energy if the cats are going to get over anyway. Any thoughts?
posted by murrey to home & garden (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Reason we need this: We have one daredevil cat without pain receptors apparently, one sweet, small cat who is giving us litter box problems and one fat cat. Fat cat is too fat and lazy to try. Problem solved if we could just force feed the other two :) Daredevil cat just got back from a three day vet stint after severly gashing his chest on something --vet thinks he ripped it going over the fence(it was really disgusting and he acted just fine?). Sweet, small cat has recently taken to eliminating in all the wrong places inside and loves being outside but I am a nervous wreck when she gets out of the yard. I want to teach her how to use the dog door to go outside to do her business.
I saw some commercial products like this one
but it is pretty expensive and aesthetically unpleasing. I was thinking of getting brackets (like a plant hangers) that extend into the yard about 12 inches from the top of the fence inwards. I would place these 6-10 feet apart and place something on top of them. I was thinking evenly spaced thin wooden slats might look okay--weird, but okay. It would be sort of a 12 in lip on the top of the fence that is horizontal to the ground.
Has anyone ever done anything like this successfully? Would a 12 inch barrier at the top of the fence be deep enough so the cats can't maneuver their bodies around and over it (they seem to really have to work to get over the 6 foot fence as it is)? Could a netting of some sort over the brackets be better? Anything else I am not thinking of? Any other ideas?
PS: I do not want to build a full cat enclosure. I want them to enjoy the yard with (and like) the dogs.