INSTALLATION

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.

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.

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.

WHICH FENCE TYPES ARE SUITABLE FOR OSCILLOT®?

For Oscillot® to be most effective, we recommend that it is installed to fences with a minimum height of 1.80 metres (6" foot). This recommendation is made because this is the height at which the system has been tested & proven to be effective.

For fence heights lower than 1.80 metres, the concern is that a cat could scale up the fence whilst still maintaining enough composure & steady momentum to place a paw under or over the top of the Paddles & get enough of a grip on the fence to scurry over.

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. 

THE CAT-PROOFING PROCESS

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®.

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. 

AFTER INSTALLATION

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. 

READY-TO-GO CAT-PROOF FENCE KITS

Designed for installation to most fence types!
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2 metre Cat-Proof Fence Kit (DIY)

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FAQs

Oscillot® is a system that is designed to keep pet cats safely and effectively contained to their own yard.

Cats use a jump-grab-climb action to scale fences, Oscillot® is designed to counteract this technique by preventing the 'grab'.

The system itself consists of a series of four-bladed aluminium paddles, which are mounted along fence lines between end posts containing bearings. When a cat tries to jump and scale the fence, they place a paw on the paddle, which then spins; the cat cannot get traction and falls safely back to the ground.

Oscillot® is fast-becoming the most popular choice for cat owners to contain their feline family members because it is designed for DIY installation, there are no wires, cages, netting, or electric shocks, it is very unobtrusive and blends aesthetically with your yard and it is 100% Australian made and owned from high quality materials.

Oscillot® is made from several components including the Paddle, Dual Knuckle Post Kit and Bracket.

The Paddles are made from high quality extruded aluminium that is then powdercoated to its final colour. The Dual Knuckle Post Kit is made from long lasting, hardwearing acetal plastic that is designed to withstand outdoor weather extremes. The Bracket is made from stainless steel that is then powdercoated in a black colour finish.

Oscillot® is available in Cat-Proof Fence Kits ranging from 2 metres up to 100 metres. Each Cat-Proof Fence Kit is made up of Paddles which are all a standard 2 metres in length. The Paddles can be cut down to size as required. 

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Oscillot® is manufactured entirely in Australia

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. 

We cannot recommend using Oscillot® to stop dogs from scaling fences because at this stage, there is no evidence as to effectiveness in keeping dogs contained nor has the required testing been carried out. 

No. Oscillot® has one of its blades slightly weighted which prevents spinning or making noise in the wind.

Yes. 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.

At least 1.80 metres in height &

• Metal (Colorbond, Post & Rail, Good Neighbour, Galvanised)
• Timber (Paling, Lap & Cap, Horizontal Slat)
• Super 6
• Walls (Masonry, Concrete, Fibro)
• Vinyl
• Composite

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.

We 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.

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.

Although we do not offer on-site measure & quotes or installation services, we have a list of Installer contacts across Australia offering their services for the installation of Oscillot®. Click here to find an installer. Our comprehensive Installation Guide contains everything your Installer will need to know.

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