ADDITIONAL CAT PROOFING
Oscillot® mounted around the perimeter of your yard can only be effective at containing your cats if you have identified and corrected by other means, any gaps that cats may use to escape your yard. Your cats may also be using outbuildings, trees or house roofs to exit your yard. Make sure your cats cannot dig/crawl under fences or barriers. Block off any spaces between fences and buildings where your cat may squeeze through. Remove items such as garbage bins, building materials, barbecues etc. near the fence line that may assist your cat to scale fences, walls or barriers. You should remove shrubbery, bushes and trees and tree branches near fences that your cat may use to escape. Install tree guards around trunks of trees with branches that overhang fences and buildings.
Additional cat proofing of the fence itself can be required when installing on some fence types, especially timber. This is due to the 'climbability' aspect, where cats can sink their claws into the timber whilst scaling the fence- giving them the leverage required to scale with enough speed and power to get over the installed Oscillot®. This additional cat proofing it outlined in our Installation Guide.
If you are not sure about the suitability of your fence/ yard, you can always contact us with a description or photos and we'd be more than happy to offer more specific advice about your situation.
But don't worry... Oscillot® can certainly still be the solution to keeping your cat safely at home! If you find that kitty is managing to scramble up your timber fence and over, even after installing Oscillot®, you can install a sheet of polycarbonate below the Paddles, about 40 centimetres wide should do the trick. This will prevent the cat from being able to get any traction near the top of the fence, preventing the scrambling over and, in conjunction with Oscillot®, making your fence cat proof. For flexible polycarbonate sheeting, check out something like this Suntuf Handi-Roll.
The minimum recommended fence height for installation of Oscillot® is 1.80 metres. If your fence doesn't meet this heigh requirement, and replacing the fence isn't an option, you can consider increasing the height with rigid polycarbonate sheeting. We recommend using 4.5mm thick UV treated polycarbonate available in Australia from Dotmar.
Check out some photos of additional cat proofing measures from our customers...