MOST cats can clear up to fi ve times their own height from a standing jump. But there’s light at the end of the tunnel for pet- parents grappling with keeping their cats safely contained on their property.
With cats so adept at scaling regular fences, a safe alternative to cat cages and netting is available to counteract the feline penchant for jumping and climbing.
The Oscillot System, the fi rst and only of its type, puts a whole new spin on the phrase “get a grip”.
A series of four- bladed paddles are mounted along fence lines between end posts.
The end posts contain bearings which allow the paddles to spin freely when touched.
As soon as a cat tries to scale a fence, their paws hit one of the paddles.
It then begins to spin so the cat can’t get traction and drops back to the ground.
The system is installed on top of existing fences and is fully portable if you move house.
Suppliers recommend installation on fences of a minimum height of 1.8m to ensure confi ning those dextrous and adventurous moggies.
Keeping pet cats safe from dog attacks, feline diseases and road accidents are all part of the equation for cat owners.
Containment fencing becomes a worthwhile investment rather than a cost when you consider cats confi ned to their own property statistically outlive free roaming cats by up to eight years.
Cats allowed to roam don’t win the popularity stakes either, especially if they’re defecating in neighbouring gardens, fi ghting with other cats or attacking wildlife.
Containment fencing also prevents other stray cats from getting in.
Along with de- sexing, having cats confi ned in your own yard helps reduce the chances of unwanted litters.
When you consider the huge numbers of unwanted kittens handed over to shelters every summer, being part of the solution to this problem is satisfying for true cat lovers.
For more, watch the video at oscillot.com.au