Different Types of Cat Fences


It may seem absurd to keep a cat in a yard or an enclosed run, considering their jumping and climbing skills. Most cat fences give cats nothing but a place to climb, but there are many cat barrier systems available to help keep cats safe.

Many fences have a flexible mesh that cats find difficult to climb on. They also have curved lean-ins along the top to prevent cats from jumping over them. This fencing helps to keep the cat safe in the yard and also protects wildlife and stray cats from harm.

Free Standing Fences

These barriers can be free standing or made from thin mesh netting strung between metal poles. They can be used alone or in conjunction with an existing fence. They usually measure 6 feet high and have curved posts to stop the cat from jumping.

If the cat climbs the fence, it can’t get over it and falls back under its own weight. The fence’s bottom is fixed to the ground every few feet to prevent the cat from getting under it and keep other animals out.

This kind of cat proof fencing is popular because it doesn’t need an existing fence. Also, the thin mesh isn’t visible from far away. It blends seamlessly into the landscape around your home and doesn’t alter the yard’s appearance. However, because the mesh is thinner than a traditional fence, it may not be strong enough to contain large dogs or keep predators away.

Add-On Cat Fencing Systems

An add-on cat enclosure (or cat fence retrofit) is a large strip of mesh or band that is placed on top of an existing fence. It attaches to the fence using a series of brackets. This stops cats from jumping over the fence and makes it difficult for them to climb up, forcing them back inside the yard. Because of the strength of the fence, this cat fencing system is more effective in protecting large animals. It can be placed along a wooden privacy fence so it is hidden from passers-by and neighbors.

You will need to make sure the existing fence is in good shape and free from any holes or damage that could allow your cat to slip. There have been some fence reviews that noted that these brackets and mesh can be damaged by snow. Therefore, it is crucial to clear the cat fence immediately after a snowstorm or ice storm. Many fence companies offer snow clips that can be used to reinforce the fence and protect it from damage by heavy, wet snow.

Wireless Cat Fences

An electronic wireless cat barrier can also be used to prevent your cat from wandering off the property. This type of fence consists of a wire buried in your lawn and an electronic collar that your cat wears. If the cat approaches the collar, the wire acts as a barrier and sends a signal. If the cat doesn’t heed the warning signals, the wire will give it a mild shock. This helps the cat avoid the fence. This fence does not have any visible structure above the ground. This allows you to fence off areas like a garden, sandbox, or pool without having to put up any barriers.

The downside is that electronic enclosures don’t keep other animals out. Dogs, wildlife, and other cats cannot be kept out of the yard because they don’t wear collars. Some cats may find the wireless cat fences annoying and will choose to ignore them.


There are many different types of cat fencing. It is worth doing some research to compare cat fence reviews and to determine which cat fence will best suit your needs.