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How Do I Stop My Cat From Escaping My Garden?

Discover how you can let your cat enjoy the enrichment of an outdoor space with a controlled perimeter.


The stress and anguish that comes with letting your cat roam freely around the neighbourhood is often not worth the so-called benefits, leading more and more cat owners to keep their cats indoors. However, this option denies your feline friend their natural instinct to explore and their genetic call to protect and control their territory. On top of that, your cat may also have a strong urge to reproduce. Sometimes the comfort of a warm home just doesn’t meet their health requirements or satisfy their basic needs. So, neither of these options are ideal and both bring some element of compromise.
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably tried and failed to secure the boundary of your garden, and may have even considered taking your cat outside on a lead or leash. You might have heard that spraying citrus around your garden border will prevent your cat from crossing the boundary, but realistically, cats are clever and resilient little creatures, and a spritz of lemon peel isn’t going to get in their way.  

ProtectaPet is a UK-based family run company which has pioneered a cat fencing system suitable for most types of garden.  A cat containment system provides your pet with safe access to the outdoors without exposing them to the risks that come with outdoor life. They remain safe from risks such as road accidents, cat fights and disease, theft and getting lost on adventures. A ProtectaPet system is clinically proven to improve to the quality of your cat's life, in turn improving yours. 

Discover four customisable options that ProtectaPet offer to stop your cat from escaping your garden:


  1.  Fence-top cat barriers – Cat fence brackets are connected to a vertical boundary from 1m+ in height. The double bend brackets can be fitted to brick walls, concrete posts, gates, timber fence posts and even trees. Polymesh is then applied between the brackets, creating a discreet overhang barrier which cats cannot climb over. They make use of your current boundaries but add extra protection by making it impossible for your cat to escape.

  2. Catio – Catios are typically attached to your house and make use of an existing patio or decking area. A steel enclosure is installed within the boundaries of the patio, allowing your cat to move freely between house and patio. One of the benefits of a catio is that you can prevent cats from accessing the lawn or planted areas, protecting them from potentially toxic plants and flowers. Many people choose to accessorise their catio with furnishing, plants, cat enrichment toys, seating and other decor. 

  3. Cat enclosure – You can set the boundaries that work well with the space you have available in your garden or outdoor space, sectioning off areas if necessary. Fully customisable, the enclosure can be designed to work with any outdoor space with or without full coverage overhead. Steel posts can be bolted to patios or feature groundspikes for turf. 

  4. Cat balcony – If you have a balcony you can make it perfectly cat safe using the cat balcony option. Made from a sturdy polymesh material, a balcony barrier for cats can provide fresh air and additional living space without fear of cats escaping or falling.