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How to Make a Cheap Cat Fence

Simple Instructions for Your Cat Fence

It should be intuitive to you to build a cat fence with these materials. Your fence may be more attractive than mine. I had two needs so built two types of cat fences.

Materials you will need.

1. U Shaped Nails

2. Hammer

3. Ornamental Wire Fencing-.with prongs that normally stick into the ground. These come individually, in rolls, or in a folded variety. I found mine at K-Mart. It cost about 3-4 dollars for 10 feet of fencing. The green fencing I bought in a roll at a garage sale

4. Wire cutters

Cat Fence #1. The first need I had was to keep the cat from walking on the top of the wood railing, so he couldn't jump over the fence. I put the white folded fence along inside of the railing by first attaching the U shaped nails and inserting the prongs into them. It helps to have a helper if you have the rolled or folded type of fence. This kept him in for quite awhile, until his diet started working and he began leaping up to the cross beam on the wood fence. Thus, the need for :

Cat Fence #2. I took the green rolled fencing and put the U shaped nails on the horizontal beam. Then I inserted the progs into the nails and hooked the prongs upward so that if he jumped, he wouldn't stick himself on the prong. I will grow a vine up the fence which will ultimately cover the fencing. You will also note in the pictures, that in case he was climbing up the fence post, I had put a plastic bag on the post, so that he couldn't cling to it. However, those will be removed, as he isn't climbing posts. You should have seen his surprise, when he first tried to leap up to the horizontal beam. No problems since. Commercial cat fencing is also available at places like Below see some other thoughts about cat fencing

Ideas about cat fencing. If you use the kind of plastic supports that go around the bottom of an electric wire fence, that hold the wire (available cheaply at a farm supply) and string any kind of netting between them, that would work, but that is too much work for me as you have to screw them in. Netting could be fabric, voile, plastic or landscape netting used to control erosion. If you need to extend the fence from say 5 feet to 6 or 6 to 7 feet, simply stick in a U shaped nail into the fence and insert the pronged fencing on the vertical to extend the height of the fence. These ornamental fences can also replace chicken wire or other wire you would stick around the bottom of the fence, as long as the cat is not small enough to slip through the openings.

Cat Fence Photos

Vertical Cat Fence

Vertical Cat Fence

Horizontal Cat Fence

Horizontal Cat Fence

U Shaped Nails

U Shaped Nails

More Vertical Cat Fence

More Vertical Cat Fence

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Tori Murrill (author) from California on December 02, 2016:

Just saw a great way to keep a dog from digging out ..cinder blocks with the two holes filled with gravel set horizontally along the fence line.

Tori Murrill (author) from California on September 04, 2011:

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You are so welcomed. I'm glad to hear when my little "daughter of an engineer" brain works!! Let me know if you have any photos of how it works for you and we can try to post them on here. My regular email is if you want to contact me directly.

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on September 03, 2011:

Thanks so much for this! I have been searching for ideas on how to keep my cats in the yard. Up useful and awesome!

Tori Murrill on August 02, 2011:

RIP Charlie, his big old heart gave out, but hopefully this fence will go on to protect more cats, so they can be loved while loving the outdoors. Thanks for the inspiration.

Tori Murrill (author) from California on November 17, 2010:

Thanks Martha, we love him, and unfortunately just got the news he has a big heart, which we knew!!, but it is cardiomyopathy that goes with the big boned like Maine Coon Cats, (not only fat) cat breeds. He may live a normal life or have a stoke. He is on meds now. :(

Martha on August 13, 2010:

Charlie is so handsome! I'm glad that people are loving their cats enough to keep them away from harm.

Tori Murrill (author) from California on August 06, 2009:

Actually mine is more like 8 or 9 inches. It depends on what fencing you choose, where you set your nails. I could have used the white fencing and it would have been more like 12 inches out.

Tara on August 05, 2009:

It looks like the horizontal fence extends out about 6 or 7 inches, is that right?

Tori Murrill (author) from California on May 09, 2009:

There is a not too good picture of the u-shaped nails on this website. They are on the deck. They are pointy at both ends so that when you pound them, both ends stick in. (This happens to be my sister's comment, now I will call her and further explain!!) But if she didn't get it others might not too...thanks MB.

mb on May 09, 2009:

Feline Fence Engineer! (I don't understand the U-nails, but the rest seems reasonable)

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