Occasionally we come across situations where there is no suitable area to be completely enclosed and a barrier needs to be considered instead. This option needs to be used with caution, however, as it does not completely guarantee your cat being able to escape, and may not prevent other cats from entering your backyard (and then not being able to get out).
Particular attention needs to be paid to ensuring no readily accessible jumping points are located within close proximity (such as air conditioning units/ hot water systems/ ledges/ BBQs/ outdoor furniture/ garden sheds/ trees or large pot plants).
There are 2 main barrier options that we use:
1. Angled barrier
An angled barrier is where a number of 25×25 galvanised steel tube posts are bent at 45 degrees and angled in to the backyard along the perimeter fence line. The area between the steel posts is then netted to create a barrier that your cat can’t jump over. Steel used for barrier frames is galvanised but can be powder coated to match fencing or gutter and fascia colours for that extra quality finish.
2. Oscillot® cat containment system
The Oscillot® System consists of a series of four-bladed aluminium paddles, which are mounted along fence lines between end posts containing bearings. When a cat tries to jump and scale the fence, they will place a paw on the paddle, which then spins; the cat cannot get traction and falls safely back to the ground.
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