For anyone who is worried about their cat coming to harm outside of their garden a product called Protect a pet could put your mind at rest. OH and myself installed this around our garden perimeter wall a few days ago but if you have 6ft fence panels it will work on those too. As long as you fit it correctly and think like a cat, you should be able to contain your kitty but still give him/her access to the garden. Not only does it stop your cat from escaping your garden but also stops other cats from being able to get in. When installing it you have to think like a cat i.e don't give them leverage by placing large pots/tables or climbable trees near the edge.The plants we have chosen to go at the edge of the garden are tall but will bend if a cat climbs on them. A nice climbable tree is going to be placed in the centre of the garden away from the edges.
Our cat's are going out tomorrow, after having been in the house for month:)
This is what it looks like, just like they use for lions in the zoo. This isn't my cat or garden.
Last Edit: Sept 25, 2016 19:02:37 GMT by Bellatrix
I agree with that 6herry, at the old cottage OH built a run off the back room. The french doors opened out into it. It was large enough for the cat's to do what they like to do, hide under plants and catch mice etc, chew on some grass and a nice spot of sunbathing. They never got out and seemed very content as they could burn of some energy through climbing and running around.
Well usually when people move house with cat's they keep them in between 2 - 3 weeks as cat's are territory bound more than anything else. This get's them used to their new homes first before going outside. Let them out too early and you risk your cat trying to find it's way back to it's old home. My cat's do not roam free because one is very old and deaf and wouldn't cope with negotiating traffic etc and the other has an eye condition which can interfere with her vision. Had to wait a month, a little longer than usual as OH needed time to put the protect a pet up and make sure there were no weak areas. Meanwhile they have been trying to get to know each other in the new house as my old cat wouldn't tolerate the new one at the cottage and they had to be kept seperately, unfortunately this is still the case after trying everything we can to calm the old one down. She is a lovely old affectionate cat but turns into an utter monster when she see's the other one:(
Oh what a shame they don't get on, however not a huge surprise as cats really only tolerate family members. I only have one cat a time as I think it is very stressful for them to share territory. I adopted a rather large tabby this time last year and he and my one remaining dog are now firm friends.