Cat containment resources

How do you keep your cat in your yard?

It used to be that many people thought you couldn’t keep your cat in your own yard. Cats jump fences, don’t they? Cats like to explore. However, allowing cats to roam often leads to injury or even death for your cat – on roads, in fights with dogs and other cats, or through being trapped and taken to the pound.

There are thousands of cats who wander and end up in the pound, who are never reclaimed.

These days there are many ways to prevent these dangers and keep your cat safe.

Here are some resources to help you to build your own cat safe fence attachments or cat enclosure. 

Oscillot is a product that keeps your cat safely in your yard and prevents from scaling fences.

Cat Nets are suppliers of netting which can be used for fence extensions.

Catnip Australia are designers and manufacturers of modular cat enclosures.

SecureaKat supply cat runs and enclosures.

Catmax offer custom designed cat enclosures to suit any situation.

Many shelters have sponsorship arrangements with cat containment manufacturers and showcase their products at the shelter site.

Local councils and state governments often have pet care and containment resources available on their websites.

Animal Welfare Victoria provide this information on their website.

Animal Welfare League of Queensland provide this information on their website.

It is essential that all cats wear identification and for the best outcome three way identification means that neighbours, local vets and Council will be able to contact you if your cat does escape:

  1. Cat specific collar and tag with phone number so neighbours can return your cat if they pick him up
  2. Council registration so that council officers can let the finder know your contact details so you can collect your cat, or have him returned to you, or if impounded the staff will know your cat is owned and will be able to keep him safe until you can collect him.
  3. Microchip so a finder can get a local vet to scan your cat, contact the microchip database companies, and contact you.  Council officers also scan for microchips if they pick up a lost animal. Microchips are essential as cats will sometimes lose a collar. Always keep your contact details updated on the database.

Desex your cat.  A desexed cat is less likely to want to roam and will not be stressed by wanting to find a mate.