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How to cat proof a garden

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Pets123 Sat 07-May-16 19:01:50

After my ct getting hit by a car last week, I want to cat proof my garden so nothing happens to the other one, how do I make it so as to ensure my cat can't get out?

Wolfiefan Sat 07-May-16 19:02:51

I believe there are companies who do it for you. Did you want that or did you want to DIY? I'm sorry about your cat.

Oldraver Sat 07-May-16 23:34:17

I think there is a company called protectapet that will do it (at greta cost) or you can buy stuff and DIY.

Also if you look at their method you could DIY it...there are a few videos on YouTube. I believe someone used hanging basket hangers...the ones that have a bit that goes at 45 degrees to support the net

Oldraver Sat 07-May-16 23:47:25

The DIY ones are all fucking ugly though

ElegantDream Sun 08-May-16 09:52:59

We used Securacat. I've been really happy with them - personally, I think they are one of the better quality ones out there. For a smallish garden they do a kit for under £200 if you want to diy it. They will also fit it for you.

ElegantDream Sun 08-May-16 09:58:03

Securacat website

Foxyspook Sun 08-May-16 20:38:22

I have been looking at this. Securacat and protectapet have both been very helpful. Securacat cheaper - just depends how straightforward the boundaries are...mine are difficult.

ElegantDream Sun 08-May-16 20:58:17

What makes yours difficult? We had lots of trees, but managed it smile

Disneyddog Sun 08-May-16 21:27:09

Are they any good at keeping cats OUT rather than in? We have a greyhound and I worry in case a cat cones into our garden when she's in it!

ElegantDream Sun 08-May-16 21:34:32

We haven't had a visitor into the garden since we put it up. I'm really happy about that.

I have to say that it's not guaranteed to be perfect. We were told that if they do get in, they can't find a way out and get trapped, therefore they learn not to come back. You wouldn't want a cat trapped in (or any other animal).

I have watched the cats that used to come into the garden try and get it, but they haven't managed (it's too high a jump to jump over and they don't like to walk on the netting).

Most people I've spoken to said tha animals are kept away.

Foxyspook Sun 08-May-16 22:17:04

Just that I am very bad at DIY and the garden has lots of different boundaries including low roofs and double gates and large bushes and trees!

ElegantDream Sun 08-May-16 22:43:35

DIY: it's really not that bad - as long as you have a drill with s screwdriver attachment.

Trees: I had to be prepared to cut back more than expected - you need to get back to a single trunk, if possible until above the netting, then the tree can go through the netting.

Honestly, I thought I couldn't do it, but once started, it's ok.

How low are the roofs? They said 5' high minimum, but 6' is better.

I don't regret cutting back the garden. It's such a relief knowing my cat is safely contained. She's spent the entire day outside today. I don't need to worry about cars/ getting lost/ dogs etc.

I think all companies offer fitting as well, but cost is dependent on where you are based.

ElegantDream Sun 08-May-16 22:46:42

Double gates - you put a wooden baton over the top and the netting attaches to this. An arched gate would be difficult, but not a level top.

I ended up sectioning off one area of the garden - just a small area but that would have been hard to cat proof (not impossible). It was just easier.

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