FAQ

FAQ

Do you have a question about how our Cat Fence systems work? If so, there is a good chance that someone else has already asked the same question. Before you get in touch with us, view some of our frequently asked questions below. You may be able to find the answer that you are looking for in a matter of seconds.

HOW MUCH DOES A CAT FENCE COST?

All of the CatFence systems are created to suit your individual needs. We will be happy to provide you with a price for a fence once a consultation has been carried out. 

WHAT IS A DOGWATCH CAT FENCE?

The  Cat Fence is a fencing system that uses an electronic radio signal to keep your cat WITHIN a designated containment area, such as a garden; or OUT of an area, such as a swimming pool, patio, or veg patch. Our cat containment fences also work in the interior of your home to keep your cat off a sofa or away from a kitchen worktop or out of rooms.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

A hidden wire, buried underground, carries the harmless low-level radio signal around the containment area. Your pet wears a receiver on a collar that emits a mild stimulation, or correction, when they get too close to the designated area. With an indoor pet containment fence, the hidden wire runs around your couch or other containment area and is not visible to the eye.

WILL YOU HAVE TO DIG UP MY DRIVEWAY?

Not at all – we will make a small incision in the driveway with a disc cutter, place the cable in the gap and reseal it with silicone after. In most cases you can’t even see where we have been. For all installations we will advise the best positioning for the cable and endeavour to make it as ‘invisible’ as possible.

HOW OLD DOES MY CAT HAVE TO BE TO BE READY FOR A PET CONTAINMENT SYSTEM?

As a general guideline, your cat should be at least 4 months old. We also recommend that you introduce your cat to a collar strap a few weeks prior to introducing a cat to the system.

WILL THE PET FENCING SYSTEM WORK FOR MORE THAN ONE PET?

Yes. There is no limit to the number of pets our hidden pet fencing can protect at one time. Each pet will need his or her own receiver collar, and new animals must be trained.

WHAT IF I MOVE?

Once you purchase the Cat Fence System, you may expand it or take it with you when you move and just purchase a new boundary cable. Your cat will require re-training to the new boundary – the great thing is the warranty travels with you (even overseas).

HOW BIG AN AREA WILL THE SYSTEM COVER? WHAT KINDS OF AREAS WILL IT COVER?

CatFence offers models that can cover properties from a tiny town garden, to a huge area of up to 350 acres. You can contain your cat in or out of almost anywhere, including interior features of your home such as sofas, dining rooms, and work-tops. You can also exclude your cat from certain areas in the garden, like swimming pools or flowerbeds. We can install the cable buried or tacked to fences and walls – the system is individually tailored to suit your property and cat’s needs. Contact our office for a quote today

WILL A SYSTEM WORK WITH ANY PET?

Our systems work with cats and dogs of all breeds, ages, and sizes.

CAN MY CAT GET OUT OF THE CONTAINMENT AREA?

With proper training and correct use of the system this will rarely happen. We pride ourselves on our 99.5% success rate on our installed systems but going forward it is important to take into account any physical changes that you make around your boundary i.e installation of any structures that the cat may be able to use as a ladder to climb up and over the signal.

HOW DOES MY CAT LEARN WHERE THE BOUNDARY IS?

Your cat is trained by one of our highly trained installers and learns the containment area via the indoor training protocol. During the indoor training the cat will learn the audible warning signals from the receiver collar and learn to recognise the visual flags that are set inside the hidden fence. Your cat follows the indoor training session at his or her own pace but usually over a period of 3 – 5 days. With training, the cat understands the placement of the outdoor training flags and is taught to stay within the containment area. During the training period, flags are slowly taken away. If your cat goes towards the boundary, they will hear a warning beep indicating they’re too close to the containment fence. If the cat reaches the boundary, they will receive a mild correction.

WILL THE SHOCK HURT MY CAT?

No. This type of stimulation has been proved to be safe and effective with cats (Lincoln 2016). The amount of correction can be adjusted so that a cat receives the appropriate level of stimulation for its size and temperament – Each collar can be set at different levels to ensure the best achievement for each pet. Obviously your cat will have to encounter a correction in the early stages of training. However, after the appropriate training period the cat will listen for the audible warning and afterwards never penetrate the correction zone. The small discomfort encountered at the initial stages is far outweighed by the possible dangers of your much loved cat disappearing or being run over. CatFence products are used and recommended by vets.

Recent research into the use of containment fences for cats has reported favourably:

“No evidence of long-term welfare problems with electronic containment of cats”

HOW LONG DOES INSTALLATION TAKE?

Depending on the size of the property, installation and training is usually done within 1 day. Occasionally on larger properties the installation may take 2 days but no more than that. A normal day starts with the engineer arriving on site at 7:30am; he will then discuss the layout of the cable and walk the boundary with you to make sure you are happy with everything. He will usually set up the indoor training unit after his initial walk around the boundary in order to get the cat or cats started with the training protocol. Both the owner and the trainer will act as a voyeur over the course of the day and our installer/trainer will adjust the computer collar to each cat’s response. Once the indoor training is underway his he can install the exterior cable and get the main system up and running. Once the installation is complete he will give the owner a follow on programme to monitor the cat or cats progress over the next few days before allowing the cat outside. Each cat’s training notes will be returned to the office so that we are able to offer any ongoing support. Most cats are ready to go outside after a few days indoor training and we recommend that the owner builds up gradually on the outside time so that the cat learn at a steady rate – slow and steady wins the race!
If you still can't find the answer to a question that you may have, please feel free to get in touch with the team at CatFence today by calling:
01628 476 475
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