Are you getting fed up with cats climbing over your fence, visiting your garden and pooping everywhere? Have you tried everything to stop cats pooping in your garden? Then perhaps it’s time for you to create a cat proof fence.
Cats will often use your fences as their entry point into your garden. That’s why it’s vital you make them as difficult to use as possible.
Our Ultimate Cat Proof Fence Guide
Below we’ve covered the options you have for creating a cat proof fence in your garden. These techniques are both safe to cats but also effective at deterring them from your garden.
We’ve discussed chicken wire on Cats Banned plenty of times in the past. The wire mesh of chicken wire is uncomfortable to cats. That’s why lining your fence in a chicken wire can prevent cats from climbing up your fence.
All you need to do is line the panels where cats climb with mesh. You can even just line the bottom 50% of the fence so it’s less unattractive. Remember that cats can leap quite far though so they will learn that they can jump past it if you don’t line enough.
The other option here is to line the ground below the fence with chicken wire. Cats often climb over the fence then jump to the ground. If you can make the landing a little more uncomfortable for the cat then they’re unlikely to enter your garden in that manner again.
Plastic Fence Spikes
Don’t worry, we’re not talking about lining your fence with barbed wire and turning it into a prison – even if that might seem tempting! Instead, we’re talking about inconspicuous fence spikes. You simply take a length of the spikes, attach them to the top of the fence and let them do their job.
The good news is that they often come in a shade of brown that blends in with the colour of your fencing so they’re not an eyesore.
One concern many animal lovers have is that spikes invoke a fear that they will be harmful to cats and other animals. But rest assured that this is not the case. Like the spikes shown below, the majority are plastic or rubber so won’t piece the skin of a cat. Instead, they’re simply uncomfortable which forces the cat to move on and avoid the area in future.
Imagine sitting on a pebble beach – that’s what it’ll be like for a cat sitting atop your fence with spikes.
Metal Fence Spikes
You’ve probably seen them on the edges of roofing in your local town centre – the anti-pigeon metal spikes. Now they may not be illegal to use to line your garden fencing and will probably be effective but we’d strongly advise against them.
The law states that any harm caused to another person’s cat is criminal damage. Metals spikes will harm a cat quite easily. Whether you’re a cat-lover or not, this simply isn’t right. We’ve covered ample ways in which you can deter cats from entering your garden (just check out this checklist). But we would never condone harming a cat – regardless of how frustrating it can be having them poop all over your flower beds.
In some cases, cats won’t actually be entering your garden by clambering over the top of your fence but by finding gaps and cracks in the body of the fence. That’s why it’s vital you find out exactly where a cat is entering your garden.
Head outside and do a full inspection of your fence. Are there damaged panels? Are there gaps that could be covered by a piece of painted plywood? Ensuring there are no easy access points
Your Cat Proof Fence
We’d love to hear about what you’ve personally tried to create a cat proof fence. Drop a comment below letting us and fellow readers know exactly what you’ve tried to prevent cats from climbing over your fence. Don’t forget to include what has and what has NOT worked for you: