How to Keep Your Cat in the Yard
by Hannah Scholtes
Cats are stubborn, and they want their way. As independent thinkers, it is difficult to train cats the same way one would train a dog. No matter how hard you try to keep them from roaming free, you always seem to find them prowling through uncharted territory, like the neighbor’s yard or the endless field behind your house. By nature, cats love to jump, climb, and explore, especially when given free range. They can jump about six times their length—usually around eight feet! But sometimes you find them in the street, and that’s when the situation gets a bit hairy. As much as we want to give our cats the independence they insist on obtaining, we know all too well that there are too many potential threats outside of your yard.
Here at PetDoors.com it’s not all about dogs. We have a love for cats too. That’s why we want to take the time to provide you with a few of our top-recommended solutions to keeping your cat in the yard.
If you already have a fence installed, overhead netting is an easy way to prevent your cat from escaping the yard by jumping or climbing. Cats will climb just about anything that looks sturdy, so netting is a great choice for preventing this. The overhead netting installs on the top of your existing fence, resting at a 45° inward angle. Cats don’t want to climb upside down, especially on a material that is not solid.
Fully Netted Fence
Fully netted or mesh enclosures are great options for homes that don’t yet have a fence installed. The material used in the free standing fences prevents cats from being able to climb them.
The Oscillot is a rotating paddle that installs on the top of your existing fence. When your cat tries to climb over the fence, the paddle rotates toward your cat, causing them to fall back into the yard. It creates the illusion that they can still climb out, but once they reach it, there is no way to successfully get over the fence. This is also helpful for keeping neighboring cats out of your yard.
Another option is installing a Catio off of a porch or window. A catio is completely enclosed, so your cat would not physically be in the yard, preventing any chance of escaping. If installed outside a window, you would need a cat door for windows. For even more control over your cat’s access to and from the catio, a microchip cat door for windows is a viable. A lot of catios are made big enough that people can comfortably use them as well, so you can spend quality time with your kitty.