Fenced in Kitties

by Jacee
(Utah, USA)

Fenced in Kitties

Fenced in Kitties

Over my lifetime I have had many cats. When I was a child, our cats ran free. Several were run over by cars.

When my husband and I lived in Colorado, we had two male (neutered) cats that we allowed to run free; we lost one to a coyote (we think but don't know for sure). So we got another kitty - an adorable, totally white Angora (female). We could not bear the thought of losing her to a coyote or fox or another cat! On the other hand, we felt it cruel to let one cat roam free and keep her as an inside cat - so we supervised her outside time (we went out and kept an eye on her always). It was very time consuming for us.

Then we moved to Utah - and we acquired another female kitty (a Tonganese). We decided that whatever it took, we would provide them a safe outside experience.

I researched a way to keep them contained in the yard and found www.catfencein.com. We have a 6 ft vinyl fence around our backyard; then we put their Combination Barrier fence on top of that. It deters wild animals, other cats, and keeps our cats in. We have 1/3 of an acre planted with all kinds of bushes and flowers, rock outcropings, etc. where plenty of mice try to stay alive (and a few birds). Our kitties have their own kitty door so they can come and go as they please. We do, however, make them come in at night. Coyotes, if they chose, could possibly sail right over the fence.

Despite plenty of prey and places to hide and play, our male cat, who was used to roaming far and wide, was NOT happy being confined to the yard. How could we tell? He started acquiring bad habits (like scratching the furniture, ripping up the carpet, waking us up in the middle of the night with his howling, etc.) He seemed to be doing these things out of spite (or just unhappy). It did not work for us. So we gave him to a friend of ours who lives on a small farm in Wyoming. He has acres and acres to roam and hunt now. He seems VERY happy.

As for Gracie and Tawni, they appear to be very happy kitties. They eat well, play and sleep as they please, and are adored and petted every moment they allow us to. (Cats rule, as you know.)

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Outdoor Enclosures
by: Jacee

I checked out those outdoor enclosures during my online research, but they are way too confining. As you have noted on another page, cats are born hunters. There is no way the mice are going to come into an enclosure like that so the cats can get them. They're not that cooperative (or more accurately - suicidal). ;D

It was quite expensive to fence in our backyard with the vinyl fence and then the kitty fence on top (the vinyl was the most expensive!), but it was worth it to have very happy kitties who are also safe. We don't worry about them coming and going as they please.

By the way, they don't like the kitty door, even though they know it's their "door to freedom", but they do use it. But if they can coerce us to go downstairs and open the "human door" for them, they prefer it. Funny cats!

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Cat fencing seems a good solution
by: Larry (Editor)

Hi Jacee,

Thank you very much indeed for sharing your story with us. And for sharing your photos of Gracie and Tawni, both of which certainly have the Wow factor, absolutely beautiful cats.

A third of an acre is a lot of space and I would of thought that any cat would be happy with that. But if your male cat was used to complete freedom, I guess that he could not accept any confinement. I think that you are correct in that his 'bad habits' was a way of communicating to you his disgust at being fenced in, rather than any spite.

Your 'cat fencing' seems a good solution to the indoor/outdoor problem, must have taken a lot of fencing for a third of an acre though. :0) Outdoor enclosures are another possible answer.

Do 'cats rule'? You bet they do! :0)

Thanks very much for your submission once again.

Larry (Editor)

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Inside Now Out

by connie k
(lexington ky)

I have several cats and lately one i have had for a few years is just behaving badly...not playing well with others and she is urinating on rugs. This is constant.

So we decided to try her in the yard as an outdoor cat. It has caused me much stress. However Lily Rose has been outside for 8 days today and has settled in. We have a little covered porch by the kitchen and we have set up a little home for her and she is doing well.

It took a while but she seems to have all the comforts of home without destroying ours. She has been fixed and has shots and her claws.

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Medical?
by: Anonymous

If a house cat starts peeing where it should not or fights its fellow house cats it sure is a symptom that something is not right. But it may not be that it simply wants to go outside to live.

Did you take her to the vet before you put her outside? Something could be amiss. I have had two cats whose behavior changed suddenly, in both there were medical problems found.

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A way in?
by: Jane P.

Hello, I hope that your cat being outside has stopped her behavior issues. Has she a way to get inside if she needs too, a pet door? I think that this is so important as you never can tell what dangers may arise, I have wild animals in mind here. Also there is changes in the weather. Good luck with your cat and I hope it is all working out for you and your cat.

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Happy as an outside cat.
by: Larry (Editor)

Hi Connie,

Glad to read that Lily Rose is happy as an outside cat and that the solution to your problems seems to be working for you.

I hope things continue to work out for Lily Rose. Thank you very much for sharing your story with us.

Larry (Editor)

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cats need claws
by: Anonymous

she will need her claws outside. it would be a crime to let a cat without claws outside. cats should have their claws.

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