The Cat Fence-In System. It's GRRRREAT!
I've brought up the cat fence-in system before, and many of you have asked about it.
When my first cat, Yogi, a stray that made me fall in love with cats, got hit by a car and killed, I was more devastated than words can describe. I decided that I would adopt a new kitty from Cats Are Us, but knew I had to do everything in my power to keep it safe. I also brought Tarzan into the family, and he was used to being outside, as he lived the life of a stray Tom cat bachelor before trusting us enough to join the family. While I believe it's a good thing to keep cats inside 24/7, I felt that cats who had already lived outside might not like being confined as much as those who never knew the outdoors, and I also wanted to be able to sit outside with them.
I heard about the Cat Fence-In System and checked it out online and we decided to get it. Our front-yard is fenced in, and the cats have access through the pet door in the attached apartment where they live. As you can see by the picture, it's not very noticeable. Brackets hold up a mesh fence topper, which sticks out about 20 inches at an angle, preventing a cat from jumping to the top of the fence. You also have to make sure you don't have any trees or shrubs too close to the fence line, or a cat can climb high enough to jump over. The fence company also sells tree rings to prevent a cat from climbing trees. In our case, we cut down one tree.
The Boss installed the fence-in system on top of our existing fence, but any fence company could do it as well. You can put in on top of any type fence--wood, chain link, etc. Our front yard is fairly big, so it cost around $550 for the materials to do the entire area, though we saved by not having to hire someone to install the topper. It's not that hard to do for anyone handy.
There are two types of fence: one can be used on fences at least 5 feet high, the other, which we got, can be used on fences at least 3 feet high and also prevents strays from being able to jump in. With added hardware, you can even cover a gate so it can still be opened.
Here is a link to the Web site. You can find out all the details and even watch a video of a cat trying to get out of the fence. My cats never even tried to jump up and over, though Tarzan got out once before we cut down the tree that was too close to the fence line.
So Catfish and Tarzan have their own jungle to play in and enjoy the outdoors, but still be safe. Check it out at:
posted by Sandy at 4/11/2007 09:36:00 AM