About Wireless Fence for Cats

{image}Skip to main content. A wireless fence allows your cat to safely explore outside.

A wireless fence allows your cat to safely explore outside.

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Some pet owners find wireless electric pet fencing to be a reliable way of allowing pets to safely enjoy the outdoors. These fences deliver a mild electric shock to the animal when he approaches the fence line, similar to that created by static electricity, deterring him from crossing the boundary. There are pros and cons to invisible fencing, however, and it is important to be aware of both when considering this type of containment.

Pros

Wireless fences provide an invisible pet fence without burying wires underground, making fence installation cheaper, easier and less likely to violate the guidelines of stringent homeowner’s associations. The lack of underground wires also makes the fence portable and practical when you want to keep cats away from areas such as bird feeders and flower beds. Smaller, indoor versions of invisible fencing are available to keep cats away from expensive furniture or other pets they don’t get along with. The invisible fencing can also keep the cat out of certain rooms, such as the kitchen or nursery.

Cons

Wireless fencing does use a mild electric shock to deter the cat from crossing the boundary, which bothers some pet owners who feel it is inhumane. Always use a collar designed for a cat to avoid delivering more of a jolt than necessary. A frightened cat or one focused on chasing prey may ignore the shock on the way out of the yard but be hesitant to cross the boundary line (and get shocked) again to re-enter the yard. Remember that, unlike traditional fencing, invisible fences will not keep other animals or predators out of the yard.

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