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Installing Oscillot®

Installation Overview

Oscillot® is designed to prevent cats from scaling fences with a minimum height of 1.80 metres when installed correctly in accordance with our Installation Guide on a suitable fence type and yard setup. The recommendation of 1.80 metres is made as it is the height at which the system has been extensively tested and has proven to be safely and reliably effective.

Oscillot® was originally designed for installation on metal fences. We now have customers across Australia, and the world, with installations on many different fence types and variations including timber, masonry, composite and vinyl. Cats use a jump-grab-climb action to scale fences. Oscillot® prevents the 'grab', thereby eliminating the required leverage meaning the cat cannot get itself over the fence.

The most important point to remember when installing Oscillot® is that your cat needs to be jumping from the ground to the top of the fence in a single motion with no help on the way up in the form of ladders or platforms. Ladders and platforms include objects next to the fence such as trees, trellis, sheds and garden beds etc.  It may also include timber fences themselves that are easily scaleable with cats sinking their claws in and climbing like a ladder.

In more than 90% of installations, installing Oscillot® alone is adequate and will result in effective cat-proofing of the fence to keep your cat safe at home. For some fence setups, in particular timber fences (mostly those with the posts and rails on the inside of the fence but in rare instances flat timber palings; an extra cat-proofing measure in addition to installing Oscillot® may in some instances be required. This is due to the 'climbability' of some timber fences. You can read more about additional cat-proofing here.

Most installations only take a matter of hours and require only a few tools. If you don't have the tools, or don't have the time to install, you can find an installer here. If you have a local Handyman that you are happy with, they will likely be able to do the installation for you. Get them to check our our Installation Guide and call us if they have any questions about your installation.

Before you Install

To ensure the effectiveness of Oscillot® we recommend that you check that your existing fence secures the full perimeter of your yard, block-off any gaps, make sure that your cat cannot dig or crawl under the fence, keep the fence clear of any objects that your cat may use to scale the fence, e.g. garbage bins, building materials and barbeques, remove any shrubs and bushes located close to the fence, install tree guards around the trunk of any trees located close to the fence and remove any tree branches overhanging the fence. 

Suitable fence types

  • metal, colorbond, post & rail, good neighbour, galvanised
  • timber, wooden, paling, horizontal slat, lap & cap
  • super 6
  • masonry, concrete, fibro
  • vinyl
  • composite

Unsuitable fence types

  • fences less than 1.80 metres in height
  • balcony balustrades/ walls
  • cyclone fencing
  • brush fencing
  • unstable or unsafe fences or structures

The Do's

  • Do install Oscillot® on fences that are at least 1.80 metres in height or greater
  • Do check that your fence is secure with no gaps under it or through it
  • Do consider every possible escape route and if any additional cat-proofing measures may be required
  • Do read the Installation Guide before you begin. 
  • Do ensure you have the correct tools for installation. You will need a drill, 150mm Phillips driving bit, 2.5mm drill bit, electric drop down saw (or hack saw), tape measure and a marking pen.
  • Do get permission in writing from your neighbour if you are installing Oscillot® on a shared fence
  • Do contact your Local Council to check with formal approval is required before installing Oscillot® on your property. In most states of Australia, council approval is not required to extend a solid fence height up to a maximum of two metres from the natural ground.

The Dont's

  • Don't have objects within two metres of the fence that cats may use as a ladder/ platform e.g trees, barbeques, pot plants etc.
  • Don't just install Oscillot® and not consider other escape routes. When installing, check gaps in the fence, under the fence, between gates etc.
  • Don't let your cat out into the yard by itself after installation straight away. Supervision for the first four weeks is recommended. before letting the cat out unsupervised.
  • Don't be concerned if other cats enter your yard and can't get out. Let them out via the gate or door. They will generally not return again as wandering cats do not like being trapped in a yard that is not their own and will avoid it.

The cat-proofing process

To ensure the effectiveness of an Oscillot® installation the system should be installed so as to create an unbroken barrier around the fence perimeter of the area of containment. Only correct installation of Oscillot® combined with other necessary escape proofing measures will result in full and complete containment. 

Every yard is different and every cat has different abilities. Oscillot® is designed to prevent cats from scaling fences of 1.80 metres in height when installed correctly in accordance with our Installation Guide. Installing Oscillot® alone in most cases is entirely effective for the containment of pet cats. However, in a small percentage of instances, additional cat-proofing measures may be required. 

When installing Oscillot® ensure that there are no ladders or platforms within two metres of the fence that your cat can use to get enough leverage or momentum to get over the system. Keeping in mind that a cat needs to be jumping 1.80 metres to the top of the fence for Oscillot to be effective, if you have a tree branch that is only 1 metre from the fence, the tree will need to have a tree collar to prevent the cat climbing it or be removed.

Oscillot® can also be installed around shed, pergola and roof guttering as long as the cat is jumping 1.80 metres to reach the area on which you are installing Oscillot®.

After installation

After installing Oscillot® we recommend confining the cat indoors for several days to enable you to release, via your gates, any other pets or wildlife that become contained in your yard. These animals will rarely return after being contained the first time as most cats and other critters do not feel comfortable being trapped in an area that is not their own territory. 

When releasing the cat into the yard, we recommend supervising them for at least one week to ensure that they do not find ways to escape the yard, such as a tree, shed roof or digging under the fence.If you have recently moved to the house, we recommend confining your cat indoors for at least three to four weeks whilst your cat adjusts to the new environment and develops an understanding of their new home. After this initial period, allow your cat supervised access to the yard for short periods and once you are confident that the cat recognises its new home, you can provide full, unsupervised access to the yard. 

Our most frequently asked questions about installation

Is there a minimum recommended fence height for installation of Oscillot?

We recommend that Oscillot® be installed on fences at a minimum height of 1.80 metres or 180 centimetres. This is the height at which the system has been extensively tested and demonstrated to be effective.

Which fence types are suitable for installation of Oscillot?

Fences that are at least 1.80 metres in height and are one of these fence types;
  • metal, colorbond, post & rail, good neighbour, galvanised 
  • timber, wooden, paling, horizontal slat, lap & cap 
  • super 6 
  • masonry, concrete, fibro 
  • vinyl 
  • composite

Do I need to get my Neighbours permission to install Oscillot?

Although you may not be legally obliged, we do recommend that you obtain permission from your neighbour in writing if you plan to install Oscillot® on top of a shared fence. It is recommended that you check with your Local Council if you are not sure.

What lengths does Oscillot come in?

Oscillot® is available in DIY Kits. Each Kit is made up of Paddles which are all 2 metres in length. The Paddles can be cut down to size as required. See our Installation Guide for information about cutting Paddles to size.

What can I do if I don't want to install Oscillot myself?

Your local Handyman should be able to help. Our comprehensive Installation Guide contains everything your Handyman will need to know for a successful installation.

Can Oscillot be installed on balcony balustrades/ walls?

Balcony balustrade/ fences generally are not suitable because the minimum recommended fence height for installation of Oscillot® is 1.80 metres. Balcony balustrade are generally between 1.2 metres and 1.5 metres, which is too low and Oscillot® will likely not be effective when installed at such a height. The risk is heightened when installing Oscillot® against our recommendations in an apartment or unit that is several stories off the ground, because the cat may jump up, causing the paddles to spin, the cat will become off balance and the Paddles rolling may cause the cat to fall out of the balcony, rather than back in, resulting in a long fall to the ground.

Do I have to get Local Council approval to install Oscillot on my fence?

Local Council approval is generally not required to install Oscillot. However, to avoid issues arising, we recommend checking with your Local Council and getting their response in writing before installing.

Will installing Oscillot keep stray cats OUT of my yard?

We don't promote Oscillot® to keep cats out as such. Whilst having Oscillot® installed around the perimeter of your yard can certainly help to deter neighbouring and stray cats from entering your property, it is not fool-proof. Cats may still find a way to enter using trees, sheds, garages etc. in the neighbouring yards to get up and over the system and into your yard. They may then become trapped in your yard and not be able to get back out again with Oscillot® in place.


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