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Has anyone cat-proofed their garden?

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Ozzie9523 Tue 10-Dec-19 20:09:57

So after the devastating loss of our 3 year old cat on Saturday night to a car (which I’m still crying about), I’m terrified now about letting our other two cats out. Have locked the cat flap for now. How does cat-proofing a garden work, what happens with trees, extensions etc? Thanks

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Fluffycloudland77 Tue 10-Dec-19 20:26:07

I lost my boy too so I’ve been looking into it.

Have a look at protect a pet or sanctuary sos.

Flicketyflack Tue 10-Dec-19 20:27:55

Sorry to hear about your cat ☹️

Why not get an older rescue house cat? 🐈

oohnicevase Tue 10-Dec-19 20:38:25

You can get cat fences which means they can't get out the garden . They lean inwards and the cats can't get a grip on them to get out .

oohnicevase Tue 10-Dec-19 20:39:21

theoriginalmadambee Tue 10-Dec-19 20:44:46

Sorry for your loss 💐.

We have fenced in part of our garden. About 20x8 meters. It is so much better than being nervous about traffic or them getting lost.

Ours looks something like the picture, 2 meters high (against a hedge to one side) and a vertical piece of fence at the top (30-40 cm), if that makes sense. No trees near the fence either and we have doors is ours.

But if your cats are used to roam freely, I would suggest that they stay in for a while and slowly get them used to the confinement.

Best thing for our cats and our nervous system smile.

viccat Tue 10-Dec-19 23:13:09

Ours is from Sanctuary SOS. It's a fence top system made up of brackets and mesh with an overhang. Trees, sheds, extensions etc. also need it as otherwise they could be used as an escape point.

I know friends who've done it quite cheaply as DIY version, just depends on how complicated your garden is and what your existing fences are like (and your DIY skills).

Indella Sun 15-Dec-19 19:46:40

Yep we used Katsecure as it’s more attractive than the mesh systems. Kept our cats in the garden successfully for 3 years now.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 15-Dec-19 20:04:56

I saw the katsecure but I’m sure I saw on their website that they had a report of a cat getting into a secured garden but not out again.

If we get another cat it will be a Bengal and it would hurt an intruder.

Indella Mon 16-Dec-19 00:57:12

I’ve never had another cat come in. Mine are placed just above and just below the fence and cats won’t jump down from it as it feels insecure under their feet. They walk along the fence and tease my girls who can’t get to the them though.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 16-Dec-19 07:10:35

Maybe it fell in more than jumped.

madcatladyforever Mon 16-Dec-19 07:16:00

So sorry to hear about the loss of your baby flowers

I had my garden cat proofed years ago, inward facing netting on top of the fence. I had it done professionally and it cost a few thousand. I did it because my neighbours at the time were so shitty about my cats in their gardens and I was worried for my cats safety.

My cat Shadow worked out how to break out in around an hour so that was a total waste of money.

You are better off getting a catio attached to the house. The fencing is quite uglu. That way they can enjoy being outdoors but it's safe. You can get a really big one if you need to.

madcatladyforever Mon 16-Dec-19 07:17:17

Also several other cats got in and couldn't get out with the fencing which was a disaster.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 16-Dec-19 18:17:08

Did you complain to them @madcatladyforever? For the price of it you expect kitty prison.

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