Invisible Fence Collars for Cats



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Invisible Fences For Cats

Invisible fence for CATS???? I know about the fence for dogs, and even had one, but for cats?

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One of the worst things for any pet parent out there is losing their beloved furball. Even if you’re keeping your feline friend strictly indoors, there’s no guarantee it won’t accidentally end up outside.

For pet parents who allow their kitties to roam the outdoors, things are even more complicated.

Each time your kitty is wandering around the yard, it can bolt towards your fence and get lost into the unknown world beyond it. Why would cats want to leave the safety of your yard or home’s confinement? For several basic reasons:

  • Curiosity
  • Heat cycles
  • Fear, anxiety or other emotional distress
  • Appeal towards whatever scents or sights are out there

The inborn curiosity and hunting instincts, as well as the whimsical mood swings and adventurous side of your cat can make it want to leave the premises of your home without thinking about the consequences.

Road accidents are probably among the first things that come to your mind right now. However, even if your house or apartment isn’t located on a street with busy traffic, that doesn’t mean your pet will be safe if it escapes your home.

One of the various ways to keep your feline pal inside the safety of your home’s perimeter is to invest in invisible fences for cats. You may or may not have heard of them, but many people use them even for apartment cats.

What are invisible fences and what do they do?

The way invisible fences work is quite simple. An invisible fence is basically a combination of two or more devices – transmitters and receivers. The transmitters can be placed indoors or outdoors and they outline a safety zone or create an invisible threshold. When the boundaries are crossed the transmitter emits a wireless signal to the receiver in order to alert it about the trespassing.

The receiver is located inside a collar.

When your pet tries to cross the invisible boundaries set by the transmitter, its motions will activate it. Then the receiver inside the collar will act upon the warning settings you’ve selected. There are 3 types of warnings:

  • Electric current (shock)
  • Sound
  • Vibration

As such, whenever your cat attempts to cross the line, it will either be warded off by an electric current, a sound warning or a vibration warning. All of these warning signals will be administered by the collar, which holds the invisible fence’s receiver.

Will it work on your cat?

Depending on your cat’s temperament, the results will be different. Invisible fences can indeed scare any cay away from the idea of crossing any boundaries. Unfortunately, they do inflict emotional trauma on your pet. They may anger it, stress it, make it anxious or harm it in other ways.

What’s more, they also hurt it physically.

Cats have extremely heightened senses. The electric current in invisible fencing systems isn’t that strong, but it’s still painful. If your pet has a problematic heart condition, invisible fences for cats or dogs must be off-limits! And even if your kitty is healthy, the sound and vibration warnings will still be too overwhelming for its senses.

So, yes, invisible fences do work on cats. But should you use it on your own? I’m personally not a fan of any type of shock collars when it comes to using them on felines. The Humane Society regards even dog collars as “the least humane” form of training device. And a canine’s organism can withstand higher voltage than the feline one.

If you really need to ward off your pet from the outdoor world, invisible fences with no shocking are a good idea.

Even though the vibrations and sounds are still too intense for the feline senses, they beat the alternative of electric shock. Fortunately, most cats out there won’t try to push their luck once they receive the sound and vibration warnings. As such, there won’t be any necessity of administering an electric current.

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