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Do Cat Fences Really Work?

This is a question we get from cat owners all the time. When you first see an outdoor fence system designed to contain pets without a roof barrier, people are left scratching their heads as to why their cat can’t climb over. Let us tell you how it works!

The Science

The movement required to climb over our cleverly designed overhang fencing doesn’t come naturally to a cat. In order to do so, a cat would need to climb and then flip over the lip of the fence.

Although cat’s are arboreal creatures and it’s in their nature to climb trees, we still hear of countless tales of cats becoming stuck and unable to get back down again. This is a similar problem for cats when it comes to cat fencing. says; “It's really easy for cats to climb trees—cat claws are the ideal tools for propelling them upwards… “A cat in a tree may have trouble coordinating their hind and front feet when they try to back down. It’s just not a movement cats normally do,” says Susan Bulanda, a canine and feline ethologist, author, and search and rescue trainer who lives in Maryland.”  

This doesn’t mean they won’t try! Your determined feline friend may try to get over the fence, but after a couple of failed attempts and a damaged ego, normally cats quickly become comfortable within their safe territory. 

Patented Technology

We created our intuitive design to save pets out of love for our own. You can read more about out story here. Our products are patented and designed by international-leaders in cat proofing. We have been constantly improving our design of cat fence barriers and other containment systems since 2009.

The ProtectaPet® logo on your fencing brackets acts as an assurance of quality that you are receiving the very best in cat fencing solutions. 

Agile and Strong Breeds

We have developed the ‘Bengal Bend’ on our 70cm overhang. The double bend in the bracket gives enhanced protection for the strongest and most agile breeds.

If you’re concerned about your cat being able to break through the mesh or brackets due to strength, you can be assured in knowing that we use powder-coated steel for strength, sleek aesthetics and durability. The fencing is low maintenance and long life in use. The mesh is exclusively manufactured for ProtectaPet, so you won’t find it anywhere else!

We have kept over 17,000 cats safe within their garden, if you read our reviews you will be hard pushed to find an example of a cat escaping over the cat fence barrier. Escapes can happen if the barrier is not fitted according to the manual: there must be at least 6ft between the ground and the barrier and no plant pots or wheelie bins that could provide leap points. There are a few rare examples of particularly agile cats that have managed to get over the barrier. If you’re concerned that your cat would be able to get over the barrier after reading this post, then please get in touch for a bespoke quote for a catio or other mesh roofed solution.