WHAT IS OSCILLOT®
Oscillot® was invented by South Australian by filmmaker, Paul Bok, in 2006. Paul noticed an obvious lack of options for cat owners to keep their beloved feline friends safe at home. The only options on the market at the time appeared to be either cages or netting... And let's face it, who wants to turn their yard into a prison! After extensive research and development, Oscillot® was born, right here in Australia! The Animal Welfare League of Australia and the Animal Welfare League of Queensland have endorsed Oscillot® as a safe and responsible method of containing pet cats to their own property.
HOW DOES IT WORK
Oscillot® 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 first choice for cat owners in Australia, and across the world, because there are no wires, no cages and no netting, it is cat friendly, unobtrusive and can turn most fences into a cat proof fence, easily and cost effectively.
WHAT COMPONENTS MAKE UP THE SYSTEM
Oscillot® comprises of two main components, the Paddle and the Dual Knuckle Post Kit. The Paddle, made from high quality aluminium, is professionally powder-coated to ensure strength and durability. The Dual Knuckle Post Kit is made from acetal, a very durable plastic that is able to withstand weather extremes. All components that make up Oscillot® are made in Australia from high quality Australian materials.
WHAT FENCE TYPES ARE SUITABLE
Oscillot® is most well suited to metal fences; the Stratco Good Neighbour fence is perfect for installation of this system because of its clean lines and the absence of posts and rails. Oscillot® can also be installed onto other types of fence including:
- Stratco Good Neighbour
- Post and Rail
- Timber/ Wooden
WHEN IS OSCILLOT® NOT SUITABLE
For Oscillot® to be effective, we strongly recommend that it is only installed to fences with a minimum height of 1.80 metres (6"1 foot). This recommendation is made because this is the height at which the system has been tested and 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 and accuracy to place a paw under or over the top of the Paddles and get enough of a grip on the fence to scurry over.
DO I NEED TO DO EXTRA 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.
To ensure the effectiveness of Oscillot® the Installer has to be sure that the system is installed so as to create an unbroken barrier around the perimeter of the area of containment. Only correct installation of Oscillot® combined with other necessary escape proofing measures will result in containment of your feline family member.
See more information about cat-proofing your yard by clicking here. 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.