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    Felisafe cat-proofing net

    Last week was my week off with the primary goal of making the garden safe for the boys. I almost succeeded. The netting is now 100% in place but there is still stuff to do, including chicken-wire to stop tunnelling and general fence-fixing.

    I will post pics further down, once I get a chance to take some.

    For the high-level netting I went with Felisafe, which is a simple system consisting of custom made brackets, standard nylon netting and fixings. The brackets are normally angled so that the netting comes into the garden at an angle that is steep enough to stop the cats being able to climb it (upside down). The netting is flexible enough to stop them getting a grip too.

    Things I learnt;

    1. Planning. As with all things, planning (and measuring) are key to making it all work right. I got a few things wrong, like not realising quite how high the net goes and so to keep the neighbours happy I have to drop the brackets by about 6 inches. Other things are ensuring that when you have "things" around the edge of your garden or, in my case the decking, that this doesn't present a simple set of steps so your "prisoners" can simply jump over the net. So, things like an old shed, garden furniture, trees (none at the sides for me), bins etc.

    2. Time. It took much longer than I thought to get the netting up. It's simply that there is a lot of work. Having the right tools does help and having a powered screwdriver is a probably must - I used my drill which is heavy, but OK for me. To stop the cats from getting "under" the netting you have to fix it at every 10cm with an eyelet cable-tie - this is 10 per meter or about 600 in my case.

    3. No garden is a perfect rectangle. Mine is a rectangle on a slope but with added decking which presents a challenge in securing against the handrails and the sudden drop-off between the edge and the rest of the garden. We humans get stairs to get down - cats get a convenient point which they can easily overlook the neighbours and so get tempted. The pictures will make more sense later.

    4. Not a complete solution. You have to think laterally and, like all solutions meant to stop your cat getting over the fence, it's not going to stop the little treasures going through or under. I am burying chicken wire around the periphery and nailing it to the base of the fence. There is also the new shed which has a gap behind it and the netting goes around the shed, so netting is being dropped down between the fence and the shed to stop egress that way - pinning the nylon net to the ground (which is hardened with cement as it's part of the base) is "fun".

    Overall, it looks like it will work but took longer than expected to put up and the additional work makes it even longer. There is one section I have concerns over which I may have to raise slightly as an athletic cat could make a break for it that way.

    As I said, pics to follow.

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    Looking forward to seeing the pics. As we have quite a small garden it's something I've thought about donig so will be interested to hear how yours works out. An idea of how much it cost would be appreciated too.

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    Wow… that's quite some challenge you have on your hands. Our garden is tiny, but we also encountered some of the same problems you mention.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Galbavy View Post

    To stop the cats from getting "under" the netting you have to fix it at every 10cm with an eyelet cable-tie - this is 10 per meter or about 600 in my case.
    We started out using the eyelets too, but soon switched to tie-wraps. This pic also shows how we catproofed the conifer with an anti-climbing sleeve made of plastic.
    Felisafe cat-proofing net-netschutting.jpg

    And tunnelling...? You have some pretty smart kitties!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Antonia View Post
    And tunnelling...? You have some pretty smart kitties!
    No, just a refreshing sense of paranoia... :P
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    We are so lucky in that Kitten has shown no desire or apparent ability to be able to scale our fences. I think if he did we'd go for the lead and tether approach, but the idea of cat proofing the whole garden is brilliant, if a bit ambitious as it will allow your cats so much more freedom. Can't wait to see the photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brightlight23 View Post
    Kitten has shown no desire or apparent ability to be able to scale our fences.
    Neither had El Monto... until recently.

    Felisafe cat-proofing net-montyhoudini.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antonia View Post
    Neither had El Monto... until recently.

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    I would love to know what his audience was sayin
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    Quote Originally Posted by Helen & John View Post
    I would love to know what his audience was sayin

    Bet it was something like "If you don't get into trouble for doing that I am right behind you but....!"
    Brilliant photo of another I can do it MC escape try,if they had a motorbike they would be dangerous...x
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    Quote Originally Posted by Helen & John View Post
    I would love to know what his audience was sayin
    She said: "You go, fattybum!"
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    i can see my two doing that ... the red climbs to the top pf his run with ease ...but the brown would let him try the climb first

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