Not all catios are enclosures or cages that keep your cat inside a physical structure.
Cat fencing is another way to create a safe and fun area for your cat in the confines of your existing garden space.
It is usually tall, curved fencing that extends upwards from your existing backyard fencing.
It can be used to transform your entire back yard into a safe catio space for kitty, preventing them from escaping into your surrounding neighborhood.
These fences are made with safe, non-sharp materials that ensure your cat’s safety and well-being.
Instead of worrying about your cat jumping over the fence, get them a cat climbing fence so they can have a good time in the backyard while staying safe and protected from outdoor dangers.
For more info on why keeping your cat contained is a good idea check out our article on the top 20 catio benefits.
Cat Fence Starter Kit
Instead of making your own cat fencing from wire mesh, it’s much easier to just buy a ready-made kit.
This complete cat fence system is a great starter kit for pet owners made from strong poly fencing material. It is guaranteed to keep cats in and deters them from clawing the fence.
The top, also made from poly mesh, will stop birds from trying to hurt the cat; and the bottom is made from a wire fence to stop chewing and digging.
Converting An Existing Fence
There’s no reason why you can’t convert your existing structure or fence into a large cat play area.
This fence conversion kit enables you to turn your existing fencing into a fully secure cat enclosure:
This is an easy-to-install DIY fence project!
You just have to mount a set of fence extenders to existing fence line posts or to the walls of a garage, shed, or outbuilding and attach the fencing material.
Making Your Own Custom DIY Cat Fence
Aside from off the shelf cat fencing kits, the other main option you have is to make one yourself.
For this you’ll need to come up with a design to fix some brackets on your existing fence and then attach either wire mesh or poly mesh to the brackets.
Check out this video showing what a DIY cat fence can look like:
Alternatives To Cat Fencing
If you decide that fencing the whole of your existing garden is too big a project, the other option is to create a smaller cat enclosure.
You might decide to buy an off the shelf catio kit for example, which is a pre-made pack that you can assemble yourself in a space in your garden or porch.