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​How Do You Train a Cat to Stay in the Yard?

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Letting your cat outside for the first time or being concerned about your older kitties whereabouts can be a really stressful situation. We often hear of owners who can’t sleep at night for worry that their cat hasn’t returned for dinner, or restless imagining what harm could come in their cat’s way on its journey. But training a cat isn’t as easy as training their canine counterparts. Cats are very independent animals. But read on to find out our tips and tricks for keeping your cat close to home.


Cat Name Call Training

  • Train your cat to come to you with a name or sound
  • Call your cats name each time you feed it
  • Or shake a food container / tap fork on the can of food
  • Reward with strokes, fuss, or play when they come to you
  • Then use this to entice them back inside the home

For more tips on teaching your cat its name check out this article on WikiHow.


Cat Leash Training

  • Invest in a cat specific harness and lead
  • Don’t use a collar instead of a harness as they could choke if they try to escape
  • Let your cat become familiar by letting them interact with the harness without putting it on them
  • Let your cat wear the harness in the house first before controlling them with a lead
  • Attach lead and encourage your cat to walk in the house with treats
  • Let them explore freely without being dragged in a certain direction
  • Be sure to go somewhere quiet


Another good source of information on cats is Katzenworld, here they talk about keeping your cat within the confines of your property with GPS cat collars!


Make the Garden Safe for Your Cat

Make your garden irresistible for your cat! Cats have a strong free will and they are also curious and natural hunters. You can only train your cat up to a certain point. The only sure-fire way to ensure your cat won’t venture further than your garden is to use a cat containment system.


Cat Fence Barriers are the easiest method to convert your entire garden into a cat safe territory, if you have suitable pre-existing fencing or walls. The unique design of the ProtectaPet Fencetop barriers means your cat won’t be able to escape your garden and can even be fitted around trees, sheds and gates.


Cat Enclosures are freestanding for when there is no pre-existing boundary or if you would like to have a partition in your garden. These systems are flexible so can be used to construct a cat run, cat pen and cat tunnel!



A Catio allows you to transform your patio into an outdoor lounge for your cat. Sleek steel frames offer the ultimate security!



All of these options are available to buy for DIY in our online shop or for professional install, you can get a free quote by contacting us here.


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