Cats are very inquisitive creatures. They are sometimes too curious for their own good. A cat in good health can easily jump a 6 foot high fence. This means that you will need to take extra measures to keep them from jumping or climbing over the fence. Your best bet will be to build an anti-cat fence that will keep them safely enclosed.
Keep in mind that cats have paws and claws that are adapted to make them fantastic climbers. You can easily remember how, when they were kittens, they performed amazing feats. They will still have these skills as adults, honed to an even sharper degree.
This means that you will have to remain on the lookout for new ways to keep your cat safe. Some excellent methods will be discussed below.
How High of a Fence Can a Cat Jump?
Cats are excellent climbers as well as jumpers. They are spry, lean, taut, and very eager to perform such a feat. A cat in good health can jump a fence that is anywhere from 6 to 8 feet in height. This means that, if you want to keep them safely inside your yard, you will need to build a fence that is anywhere from 9 to 12 feet high.
There are a number of different types of fences that you can build to keep your cat in your yard. We recommend that you start with a high fence equipped with roller bars. If this does not suffice, you can move up to a fence that is equipped with special anti-cat spikes. This should be more than sufficient to prevent your cat from escaping.
How Can I Get My Cat To Stop Jumping The Fence?
Now that you know that your cat may well be able to jump a very high fence, it will be up to you to take action. You want to keep your cat as safe as possible. This means doing all in your power to prevent them from getting into mischief once they leave the safety of your yard. Here is how to make this happen.
1. Make the Fence Higher
If your fence is very small in stature, your logical first move should be to make it higher. A cat in good health can jump very high indeed so make sure that your new fence is tall enough to keep them safely in the yard. A fence of at least 9 to 12 feet ought to do the trick. It will also keep human intruders out.
2. Build a Fence with Roller Bars
You can place roller bars on top of the fence to keep your cat from getting over it. These are special bars that move when your cat’s paw touch them. This may well do the trick. Keep in mind there may be a minor risk of injury to your cat. Your cat may also be able to outwit the bars by jumping over the fence without first balancing on it.
3. Put Anti-Cat Spikes on Your Fence
Another solution may be to put specially made anti-cat spikes on top of your fence. These are blunted, rather than sharp, so they won’t cause any injuries. But your cat will not like the sensation of them under their paws. You must make sure they are on top of a high fence. This is because your cat will simply jump over a lower one.
Types of Cat Proof Fences
There are a number of cat proof fences that you should be aware of. These are the fences that you should consider building in order to keep your cat safely inside. They can also be used to prevent other cats from around the neighborhood from dropping in on your property. These fences are completely safe for cats and other animals.
Free Standing Fences
These are the most common types of fences that can be built to keep a cat in or out. They are usually a little taller than six feet in height. They are usually curved, especially at the top, to keep cats from getting a firm grip. This type of fence is rooted at the ground to keep your cat or dog from burrowing to get around it.
Add-On Fencing Systems
As their name suggests, these are add-ons that can augment your existing fence. You can attach them with brackets in order to create a special anti-cat overhang on the inside of your fence. This creates a barrier that keeps your cat from jumping over the fence. It also keeps other animals from being able to enter your property.
Wireless Cat Fences
This is the type of system that doesn’t require a conventional fence of any kind to be built. You simply bury electronic wire around your yard and have your cat wear a special receiver collar. When the cat gets too near the boundary level, they will get a warning buzz, a bit of vibration, or a mild shock. The shock is fully adjustable.
You may already have a metal fence in place to keep your dogs safely in the yard. If this is the case, you may need to make some changes to have the fence fit the needs of your cat. Your best bet will be to enclose the arch of the fence. You can also angle the top of the fence in order to limit your cat from climbing or jumping over.
You can add special anti-cat spike strips to your fence. These will not injure the cat in any way. This is because they are blunted rather than sharp. However, your cat will definitely not like the feeling of these spikes under their paws. This is one of the most effective ways to keep your cat inside and neighbor cats safely outside.