Looking for new ways to keep your cat in the yard? We’ve looked high and low to bring you some of the best cat fence rollers and cat containment kits. In this article we’ll cover both DIY setups using PVC pipe as well as systems you can buy and get delivered fast.
Rollers sit on top of a fence and roll or slide deterring your cat from walking along the top of the fence or trying to get over. They also go by the name “coyote roller”. Coyote rollers were devised to prevent coyotes from coming inside your fence and grabbing your small dog or cat.
They also do a great job of the reverse – preventing your cat from escaping.
Containment kits used curved fences and other means to keep your cat on your side of the fence.
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DIY Cat Fence Rollers and Coyote Rollers
First let’s cover how to do it yourself. This system uses PVC pipe. The pipe fits over a fixed tube that is bolted with angle iron or L-brackets to the top of your fence.
When a cat tries to grab the top of the roller and jump over the roller well rolls. This prevents them from getting the footing they need to jump over the fence.
Here’s a video describing what to do.
Four foot lengths of 1″ PVC pipe
A pair of 4″ L-brackets for every 4 feet
50 feet of Vinyl Coated Cable
Wood Screws – #10 x 1 Inch
If possible try and build these in four feet sections. You want them light enough that they roll easily due to the weight of a cat.
If you build them too long with 10′ sections of PVC they might be too heavy allowing your cat to hop the fence.
Still, slick PVC is a great deterrent to prevent your cat from jumping the fence (or to prevent coyotes from getting in).