Posted : 5/12/2007 12:35:56 PM
Hi, thanks for all of your replies. I've been so busy moving I kept forgetting to get on here. I would almost like the netting idea but that would look hideous and there's no way my roomate would agree to it.
I checked out that website, that arch at the top of the fence is actually what my mom suggested. I could just buy chicken wire and make kind of an upside-down U shape with it so that the cat hits a wire "ceiling" when they climb the fence.
nynative, what voltage is okay for the cats? I already have a solar powered hotwire fence from when I used to have horses. I'd have to go to my parents house to dig it out and check the voltage. Is there a way to lower the voltage?
And I probably wouldn't even let them out except when I was at least home, or outside with them. It's just that doing this will more than double their play area and I really think it's be a good thing for their sanity.
As for diseases, etc, well the yard will have a privacy fence so no other animals (other than the possible raccoon, etc maybe) will come into the yard. Flea control is no problem, I dust everything with diatomaceous earth. As for other cats coming into the yard, I doubt there will be THAT many loose cats in the area since we are near a mildly busy road; also I have dogs to deter cats from coming in as well as the hotwire fencing would probably keep animals out as well as in. The problem is that they AREN'T content indoors. My dog is a jerk to them, and the two cats don't really like each other. I already had to rehome one of my cats (to my best friend) due to daily fighting. I tried to rehome one of the cats I still have now but everytime someone would call about the ad, I'd be too scared to call them back, not knowing where she'd end up.
Again, thanks everyone for your replies!