Cat Fence

Keep Your Cat Safe Using an Electric Cat Fence

 

Finding a suitable electric cat fence to keep your feline companion safe may prove to be more difficult than you may at first assume. The problem is that people often feel that cats are too independent and need to be allowed to roam freely, when in fact they are more prone to getting into dangerous situations than dogs, since they are smaller and thus more vulnerable, despite of their independent nature. Therefore it should be of utmost importance to keep them safe.

 

  • Electric cat fences provide efficient cat containment in the safety of your own yard. They are far better than regular cat fences, which can often be quite dangerous in some ways. Unaware of the benefits that an electric cat fence could provide, some people try all sorts of methods attempting to keep their cats off the road. Some may even keep the animals locked inside the house while they’re away, which might usually be a very unhealthy option.

     

    Unfortunately, there are not too many products designed to use electric fence technology for cat containment. This is mostly because people believe that these methods only work for dogs, but are unsuitable for cats. Fortunately, there are more and more companies that adapt the technology for feline safety and even create unique cat fence containment devices that are designed to allow pets to taste the freedom of running around a garden while also keeping them safe from the dangers of the world outside.

     

    Now, cats are very intelligent creatures, so it can be difficult to keep them contained while also allowing them to maintain their sense of freedom. Cat fences, therefore, have to be built in a considerably ingenious way in order to avoid causing your pets to feel trapped.

     

    The principles according to which most electric fences for cats are designed are similar to those used when building dog fences. There is a transmitter box that sends a signal through a buried wire that determines the boundary of the “invisible wall” designed to keep your pets at bay. The cats are fitted with a collar that provides electric stimulation when the animals get too close to this boundary.

     

    The main difference between a cat fence and an electric dog fence, however, is the design of the collar and the intensity and duration of the electric impulse. Cats are far more sensitive than dogs and could respond adversely to some types of electric stimulation. This can lead to some dangerous consequences and, in some cases, the cat can even leave the perimeter forcibly and avoid returning because of the memory of the electric shock.

     

    This is precisely why the special receiver collars designed for electric cat fences have to be far more refined. Most cat fence products may also include a tone-only option that is geared to be used in cases when your pets are more prone to panicking as a result of electric shocking, even though the stimulation is of low intensity. Therefore, even if in many cases the same type of wire and transmitter box can be used for all types of pets, if you want them to have the same boundary, it is very important to provide your cats with special collars. If an electric fence that you have purchased does not have the option of buying additional receiver collars specially designed for cats, then it should be used strictly only for dog containment.

     

    There are many cat fence manufacturers that can provide as many receiver collars as you require in case you own more than one cat. Surprisingly enough, this is not an impediment at all, since cats often respond more positively than dogs to the training process. This fact has been determined by specialists who were in charge of manufacturing and testing special cat fences and has also been confirmed by many satisfied customers who have bought some of these products and claim that their pets have had absolutely no trouble getting accustomed to them.

     

    A cat fence can also be used to promote indoor happiness. In most situations you will want to keep your cat inside the house and this can prove to be quite a troublesome issue, since cats generally have a habit of climbing on top of furniture and exploring practically every little corner of a house. This can also be dangerous, since the animal can get hurt quite easily, especially if he gets trapped in a tight place.

     

    Many indoor solutions have therefore been developed for training cats to stay away from certain areas of the house or for establishing effective boundaries in multi-pet homes. Although the basic idea behind indoor cat fences are similar to those used for other electric fencing options, the wires are usually somewhat different, as they have to be easier to conceal. You will also need considerably less wire, and the receiver collars will have to be configured differently than in the case of outdoor use.

     

    For a cat fence to work properly there is always the need to ask for the opinion of a veterinarian expert or a special cat trainer, since some cats might not respond well to such boundaries. Pets that are too aggressive, for example, are prone to consider the electric signal as a threat and might not be happy about the training process at all. If this is the case, it is best to use caution before thinking of purchasing an electric fence.

     

    Although there are some alternatives to an electric cat fence, experts believe that if you truly want your cat to submit to some type of containment, there is really no better option, since regular fences and even special metal fences for cats will often have a negative effect on the animal, making it feel trapped.

     

    It is simply not in the nature of a cat to stay in a confined space for too long, so unless you use special methods to help her accept various forms of confinement, you will simply have yourself a very unhappy feline. Using an electric cat fence may well be the only way of offering your beloved pet that certain amount of freedom that she needs so much, while still keeping her as safe as possible.

     

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