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What Is The Best Fence For Pets?

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Pets need to get outdoors occasionally, but allowing them to run freely is neither safe nor legal in most urban areas. A pet fence keeps your pet contained and prevents other animals from entering your yard as well. A good pet fence doesn't have to be an eyesore or look like a pet prison. You just need to take sensible precautions.

Best Fences for Dogs

When choosing a fence for your dog, you need to keep several things in mind. As a rule, dogs are curious and protective. This can create problems because curious dogs will try to escape the confines of a fence and protective dogs may bark excessively or lunge at passersby. The type of fence you choose will depend partially on your dog's personality and breed:

If you have an aggressive dog, it will be more relaxed behind a fence that doesn't allow it to see outside your yard. A larger breed won't try to jump over a 1.8 metre high fence. It might try to jump over a lower fence. If you choose a fence with openings, they should be narrower than the dog's head and narrow enough to prevent other dogs from entering your property.

Dogs may also try to dig under fences. A solid ground-level barrier such as brick or concrete will help convince your dog trying to dig under the fence is a bad idea. If you leave even a small gap between the ground and the bottom fence rail, it's like an invitation to widen the gap and squeeze outside.

Best Fences for Cats

Cats have climbing skills that have to be taken into consideration when designing fencing for them. In most cases, a solid Colorbond fence will help prevent a cat from escaping and also shield it from the view of dogs and other predators that might be in the area. However, a determined cat can and will find a way out of an enclosure if given the opportunity. Don't plant trees or any other plants a cat came climb next to your fence and don't allow any ""wiggle room"" under the fence. If you install a timber fence, consider installing a top section that angles in towards your property. The cat may be able to climb the vertical timber, but will not be able to climb around the top barrier.

When outdoors, cats pose a danger to birds and other small wildlife. If you have to leave your cat outdoors for an extended period, it may be better to create a safe haven by installing specially designed netting that allows the cat to be outdoors but not be a danger to other animals or exposed to danger. Cat netting comes in a variety of colous and can be installed against any kind of fence. It's ideal on a veranda or in a patio, where you can even set aside a designated ""kitty enclosure"" for those times when you have to leave your cat outdoors unattended.

Pets are companions who also crave companionship. While having a good pet fence is important, the fence should be a temporary haven for your pet only. To keep your pet healthy and happy, spend time with it when you're at home and if you have a larger, active dog, take it out for exercise regularly.

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