How do I keep cats from jumping over the fence?


I have rescued cats for many years and just had a new 6ft wood fence built in the backyard to let the cats exercise and play. Some of them like to climb and jump the fence. I am sure there must be some relatively inexpensive ways to keep them from jumping the fence. Any ideas? Thank you.

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  • 2dogal 2dogal on Dec 31, 2018

    Unless you build a play cage for them, they will continue to escape. A large dog run with "ceiling" would work.

  • Yay! I have 6 rescue cats as well. That's what cats do, they wander and establish territory, just like non domesticated cats in the wild do. There are options. Build a taller fence, per the guidelines of your municipality. Install an electric fence on top of the current fence, (personally not a fan as it can also kill wildlife.) The most creative wah is to set jagged rocks on top of the fence so they have no where to land when they jump up. While this didn't work for me, it did work for a friend of mine. Another option is to build a screened in "catio" for them, but does require a bit of planning and a budget. Might be something to look into for the future. Here are other options:

  • 1401470 1401470 on Jan 01, 2019

    Cats don't like water - so if you spray them with a hose that should keep them from jumping over the fence. You only have to do it a few times for them to learn.... Normally..

  • Firefly Firefly on Jan 01, 2019

    Yup, usually. I have two cats that love the water. I do use a spray bottle with water to keep them off my blinds....when I’m home. They are all so different and I love that about cats. Thanks so much for the comment. It’s good to hear from other cat lovers out there.