Fences - Cats - DIY?

A friend of mine has one of these fences that's about 178cm (5'10") tall:
http://stratco.com.au/products/fencing/types/good_neighbour/good_neighbour.asp
She wants to stop her cats getting out, and other cats getting in. I know full well that there are numerous commercially available products that will stop cats (along with other animals) climbing fences. I'm sure they do work, but they're all fairly pricey, particularly if attempting to cover a significant length of fencing. I'm now thinking about trying a home-rigged set up. I'm considering getting a whole heap of empty 2 Litre plastic softdrink bottles (Soda bottles to any USA readers), then cutting off the base and neck of the bottles, then cutting them lengthwise, then siliconing them to the tops of the fence so the sides of the bottles "curve downwards" from the top of the fence. I'm thinking this curved plastic will be too smooth and slippery for a cat to get any grip with it's claws. I have no problem with spending some time getting this to work, but I want to keep the cost down, so spending lots of $$$ isn't happening.
I was wondering if anyone has attempted anything like this, and if they can offer any advice. Thanks.
To any cat "lovers" out there, my friend isn't getting rid of her cats, nor is she trapping/baiting any of the cats in her suburb.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

****I guess my reply didn't make it into the NG, but it gave me a chance to realize that it was x-posted. I'm posting only to rec.gardens. Here's message:
- Show quoted text -
As the owner -- more like servant -- of cats these many years, I have to agree that almost nothing will stop them getting over a fence.
You might be in for some frustration trying workabouts like you suggest.
Have you checked out DIY electrical deterrents?
Also spraying fences with whatever animal smell is most repulsive to cats?
Last, it's been suggested that turning a hose on the invading cat repeatedly and forcefully might get it to reconsider whether it's worth entering the premises.
This is about keeping cats from getting IN
Keeping them from getting OUT is a whole nother ball-game. I never had any luck, even blocking up every possible exit point. If your situation lends itself to creating a cat-run with chicken wire, at least the cat can get some outdoor R&R.
Good luck; you're going to need it!
HB
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
In article

Try http://www.catfencein.com /
--
Welcome to the New America.
<
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA736oK9FPg

  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
In article

to be fair, you could just set the follow-up to misc.consumers.house and that would get it out of rec.gardens
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

I removed rec.gardens from the newsgroups twice. Once Shelly put them back, and I don't know who put it back in the post above. This time I put it in so that you could read it. Finito, OK?
--
Welcome to the New America.
<
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA736oK9FPg

  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Hi dear all places where have chances to big crowed these place covered by wire fencing and timber fencing and many other fencing which stop the public outside the stage and prevent performers from public violence and violence activities fencing specially make those place like Zoo Historical places wild places and around the harmful chemical industries which discharge dangerous chemicals which harmful for public's
--
Robert04


Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Hi dear all places where have chances to big crowed these place covered by wire fencing and timber fencing and many other fencing which stop the public outside the stage and prevent performers from public violence and violence activities fencing specially make those place like Zoo Historical places wild places and around the harmful chemical industries which discharge dangerous chemicals which harmful for public's....
--
Robert04


Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Robert04;967975 Wrote: > Hi dear all places where have chances to big crowed these place covered > by wire fencing and timber fencing and many other fencing which stop the > public outside the stage and prevent performers from public violence and > violence activities fencing specially make those place like Zoo > Historical places wild places and around the harmful chemical industries > which discharge dangerous chemicals which harmful for public's....
'Gold Coast fences' (http://qualitytimber.com.au/about-us )
--
Robert04


Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Here lies bunny? Huh?
D
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Nah. 'His fur coat'.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Farm1 wrote:

I still don't get it. What has that to do with anything?
D
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

OK, "hic jacet lapin" is one of the 4-1/2 Latin phrases I remember. It's suppose to translate, colloquially, as "ha! So THAT's what it's about!" In this case, our friend's beef about fluoridation might be a window into his weltanschauung (world view).
HB
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

I put my cats out all the time, tied. They look forward to it. It requires certain precautions.
Greg
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

I'll add. They like me sitting with them outdoors. They can enjoy walks on a leash. Not all cats adapt well.
Greg
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Related Threads

    HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.