Cats are known to be playful and like exploring their territories. When in indoor territories, you need not worry much about the location of the cat. This is because there is no potential threat or harm that is likely to occur to the cat while in the house. However, when your cat is exploring the backyard or other outdoor spaces, there is a need to be alert and careful. A cat fence helps in confining the cat to a specific outdoor area; where it is safe from any dangers or threats lurking outdoors. Here is a guide on how to put this fence:
Identify the Area to Fence
Cats, just like other pets, prefer playing on soft surfaces. As such, the area you decide to fence for the cat should preferably have grass or other soft material. Additionally, the area should be well-lit as cats are not fond of darkness or dull territories. Clear any debris or cluttering in the area of interest before erecting a cat fence.
Buy Fencing Material
When shopping for the ideal fencing material for your cat, it is crucial that you only settle on a fence through which the cat cannot pass. The ideal fence material to use is a chicken wire as the spaces in the wire are too small for any cat to fit through.
Consider the size of the area you want to fence so that you buy enough chicken wire to cover the entire perimeter of the area you are fencing. In addition to this, also invest in PVC fence posts on which you will reinforce the chicken. Ideally, the space between one post to the other should be about 4 feet. Therefore, you should consider this spacing to identify the exact number of posts to buy.
Setting up the Fence
Setting up a fence for your cat is a simple DIY task that you can do on your own without hiring a contractor. After buying all the materials necessary for the fence, dig up holes for the posts while ensuring that they are 4 feet apart for appropriate spacing. Each hole should be about 12 inches in depth. After planting the posts, attach the wire onto the posts, and secure it using metal zips. Ensure that the zip ties are tight to prevent the wire from sagging. After you have secured the wire on the posts, walk along the length of the fence to ensure that there are no gaps or spaces on the fence. Also, trim any protruding or sharp wires as they are likely to hurt the cat.
After guaranteeing that the fence is secure, you should release the cat in the newly created space. Observe the cat’s behavior as it explores its new territory. You can hire professional contractors to install high-end fences that not only protect the cat but also safeguard the home in general. These fences are usually constructed using bricks, timber, mesh wire, or aluminum sheets. However, these fences are expensive and are likely to cost in excess of a few hundreds of dollars.
For cat owners with limited outdoor spaces, consider investing in temporary enclosures. These enclosures resemble cages that allow the cat to observe its surroundings from a confined environment. Ideally, there are limitless options that you can rely on guaranteeing the cat’s safety when it is in outdoor territories.