How High Does a Cat Fence Need To Be?

This publish first appeared on ProtectaPet here.

We all know that cats have “9 lives”, however have you ever ever contemplated how far yours can leap? The distance a cat can leap is decided by quite a lot of components, together with age, weight, agility, and total well being. Furthermore, a smaller kitten might not have the ability to leap as excessive as an grownup cat, and a few sorts of cats with decrease statures might not have the ability to leap as excessive as others.

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Read extra about various factors that set up your cat´s leap peak on this text by PetKeen.

Because your cat’s springy hind legs, muscular muscle groups, and lengthy, sinewy tail assist cats steadiness and land on their ft, it’s not a good suggestion to discourage them from leaping. If you don’t need your cat leaping on the fridge or counter tops, for instance, you’ll be able to redirect her leaping to extra acceptable spots. Meanwhile, as a result of leaping is ingrained in your cat’s DNA, having designated leaping places may assist maintain her glad.

HOW HIGH CAN CATS JUMP FROM THE GROUND?

An grownup cat’s common peak is someplace between 1 foot or 30 centimetres.

The common wholesome grownup cat can leap as much as six instances their peak in a single leap (measured from the bottom to their shoulders), which is anyplace between 150 cm (4.9 ft) and 180 cm (5.9 ft), however surprisingly some will attain the leap peak of 8 ft or 240 centimetres!

However, small, aged, or sick cats won’t be able to leap that prime.

Watch this video of cats jumping in action!

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CAN A CAT JUMP OVER A 5 FOOT FENCE?

A wholesome cat can leap over a fence that’s between 6 ft and beneath. This implies that if you wish to maintain them secure inside your yard, you’ll want a cat fence barrier. Keep in thoughts that cats’ paws and claws have been developed to permit them to climb with ease.

For that purpose, more often than not cats won’t leap over fences; as an alternative, they may seize the highest, pull themselves up, and cross. To seize the highest edge, all they need to do is leap or climb excessive sufficient. Of course, a cat can climb as excessive because it desires if the fence has gaps, similar to chain hyperlink or hen wire.

Therefore, any development in your yard ought to be rigorously examined.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS TO CONSIDER ABOUT CAT FENCING?

First issues first, you will need to create the house that shall be appropriate for you, different family members, your cat and different pets you may need.

Successful “cat fencing” requires a mixture of peak and a solution to prohibit the cat from grabbing the highest. A six-foot fence with a “cat-proof” function is regular, so long as it’s not too near any furnishings for cats to leap over. Because cats climb instantly up the fence, probably the most primary factor is a horizontal barrier on the high that factors inward and is broad sufficient for them to not seize the far edge. It is good whether it is mushy or malleable in order that it doesn’t appear safe, as they won’t try and climb it.

DIY KITS FOR FIRST-TIME CAT FENCERS

Depending on the peak of your pre-existing fence,  ProtectaPet presents DIY kits for fences or walls that are 6 feet or taller, an extra long kit for 5-6 ft boundaries, and an extension kit for fences or partitions 3 ft or taller.

Alternatively, the place there is no such thing as a pre-existing boundary, you’ll be able to check out ProtectaPet’s enclosures and catios – that will help you discover precisely what you had been on the lookout for.

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