Why Fence In Yards?
Dogs and cats need at least 30 minutes of daily activity, increasing to an hour each day as the companion animal ages. Fencing is great to have at home for several reasons outside of exercise and entertainment. Here are a few important reasons why homeowners should consider installing pet fencing:
- Having fencing is convenient for homeowners to play with their pets. It requires just a few steps out the door to create a bonding opportunity to teach them to learn new tricks and play in a familiar atmosphere.
- Fencing keeps pets protected from external predators including strangers that may try to kidnap pets and wildlife that can potentially harm them. Deer rarely hurt pets; but coyotes, wolves and bear attacks on pets are much more frequent than we'd like to hear.
- Too busy to take pets to local dog parks? Fencing in yards is convenient for doggie play dates.
Pet enclosures are easy to install and will be appreciated in the spring and summer months when all family members want to be outside.
Why Buy Plastic Fence?
When we think about dog fencing, there are two types of fence that usually come to mind: electric dog fence and chain-link. Invisible dog fencing is considered inhumane, as it uses shock therapy to teach dogs to stay within properties; and chain-link are good choices for large dogs but not for tiny dogs.
For small dogs that do not chew or dig, it is worth considering to buy poly dog fencing. Plastic dog fencing is meant for small and calm dogs; but for large dogs that have high energy, it is not a recommended material.
Plastic dog fence rolls has strength grades ranging from 650-1400 pounds and a life expectancy of 20+ years.
Why Build Cat Fence
Like dogs, cats need time to explore the great outdoors; socialize with other companion animals and exercise. Without daily fitness activity, cats will become lethargic and risk health complications as they age. Cat owners may be hesitant to build cat fencing; but the systems on the market are strong, reliable and long-lasting.
Cat fencing is different than catios. Catios are box-shaped and will secure multiple cats. They include tops for wildlife and bird control and keep cats from escaping; however, catios do not offer cats a wide area for them to run and play. That's why cat fencing is better for homeowners with yard space to share with their feline friends.
Cat fencing is made from poly fence mesh and welded wire for added security to secure cats from all sides. While fence for cats do not include tops, they do include overhang extenders to block cats from escaping from the top - and to keep out deer, coyotes and other wild animals that may try to harm the kitties. Cat fencing is easy to install for the DIY'er and will last 20+ years.
Below is a video from Texas Litter Control who shared their Kitty Corral Cat Fence with EasyPetFence.com. They have had the system for years; and their cats love it!
Cat Fends Off Coyotes
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – Surrounded by three coyotes in the backyard of his family's Los Angeles home Monday night, a brave cat named Max held his own and tried to fight them off all by himself -- and the tense standoff was captured on video.
Maya Gurrin and her husband were watching a movie in their Highland Park home when they noticed a shadow of a tail through the window.
They went outside to check it out and were stunned to find a group of coyotes in their yard.
“I just kind of scream and lunge at them, and then they run away, and Max comes, like, strolling in as if nothing happened,” Gurrin told KTLA on Friday.
Little did the Gurrins know that until they scared away the coyotes, the animals had surrounded their beloved pet, apparently eyeing him as dinner.
Then, they checked a surveillance camera.
“It wasn’t until we saw the security footage, we were like, ‘Oh my God, he was out there for a good 30 seconds at least just fighting these guys off,’” Gurrin recalled.
In the video, the coyotes tower over an outnumbered Max, but he wouldn't back down.
The cat repeatedly lunged at the coyotes as each approached separately, forcing them to back off momentarily. But they kept coming right back at him until his owners eventually frightened them off.
“I knew he was like, an outdoor cat and could fend for himself, but nothing like that,” Gurrin said.
Though she can laugh about it now, Gurrin acknowledges the incident could have had a much different -- and tragic -- outcome.
So even though Max prefers being outside, the couple are trying to figure out a way to balance his need for freedom with their concern for his safety.
“He is miserable inside, it really breaks our heart,” Gurrin said.
The solution, for now, is a harness that can be used to walk the cat -- though his owner admits she’s uncertain if he’ll be OK with that.
The Gurrins have lived in the area for a couple of years and have seen coyotes walking in the street, but they had never seen the predators approach their cat before.
In the aftermath of the incident, Gurrin warned fellow pet owners in her neighborhood to be careful.
“Yes, [the coyotes] saw dinner," she said. "But they were not scared and it even took them a second to kind of move when we went outside."
Story re-posted from Fox 43. Written by Tribune Media Wire
Train Your Dog Month
Christmas and Hanukkah are top holidays in December when pets are given away to friends and family members as gifts. When people receive dogs as presents, they often wonder "What now?" January is Train Your Dog Month; and we offer tips and tricks to get dogs listening and learning in their new environment.
Training a dog is no easy task. It requires patience, love and care. Puppies will not be potty-trained right away; and they may not stay inside the perimeter of the yard. The best age for training dogs is when they are 7-8 weeks old. Here are a few things that can be done when training dogs:
- Reward dogs for listening. Practice basic commands like "sit" and "stand;" when they obey, give them a healthy dog treat or pat their head.
- Train dogs to go to the bathroom outside by buying fake grass turf. Take the pet outside often to learn to go outside.
- Speaking of outside, pets require exercise and time outside with other animals. Consider fencing in yards for dogs to run and play. Having a fence will keep them safe from wildlife, strangers and traffic and inside the confines of the property.
- Teach dogs to socialize with other friends. Whether it's from a fenced-in yard, or at a dog park, welcome them to other companion animals.
Dog training can be done at home or at a class with a certified dog trainer. There are many types of dog obedience classes for training dogs and ways for dogs and owners to interact with one another.
Cat Health: Top Diseases
Like dogs, cats are prone to certain diseases. Here are the top diseases that affect cat health.
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
- Feline Leukemia Virus (FelV)
- High-Rise Syndrome
In addition to the top diseases for cats, felines can get Lyme Disease and other tick borne illnesses. Not all ticks have tick diseases; but if a tick is found on the body of a cat, then pet owners need to quickly remove the tick and take the cat to the vet for Lyme Disease testing.
Diseases, such as rabies and Lyme Disease, can be avoided by keeping wildlife away from domestic pets. Separate them with pet fencing that is at least 6 feet tall. Remember, deer, coyotes and other wild animals are common to see in residential areas and are likely to spread diseases to companion animals.