Our products work for cats and other pets, too!
Our Outdoor Hidden Fences and Indoor Boundaries are great options for cats, too. You can use the same collar with our indoor and outdoor systems, so it’s an ideal solution for keeping your cat(s) safe and out of trouble both inside and outside your home.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a DogWatch Cat Fence?
A ‘Cat Fence’ is the same DogWatch Hidden Fence that is used for dogs. We just call it a Cat Fence when we are using it for cats! Actually, the Hidden Fence can be used for both cats and dogs at the same time! The Hidden Fence uses an electronic FM radio signal to keep your pet in a designated containment area, such as a yard or specific areas in your house; or out of an area, such as a swimming pool or garden, etc. You can use the same fence collar with our Indoor Boundaries inside your home to keep your pet off a couch, out of a room or away from a kitchen counter.
- How do “invisible fences” work?
“Invisible fences” are created by burying a ‘boundary wire’ a few inches underground around your property. The buried wire carries a harmless, low level radio signal from a transmitter installed in your house or garage. Your pet wears a lightweight, waterproof receiver collar that recognizes the radio signal. As your pet approaches the buried wire, the receiver collar emits a warning signal (audible or vibration). If your pet travels further, he will receive a mild but safe stimulation (also called a “correction”) from the receiver collar. Through a training program, your pet learns to recognize his fence boundaries and learns to stop at the warning signal.
With an indoor “invisible fence”, the hidden wire runs around your couch, under the lip of the counter, around the trash or across a doorway or wherever you need to create either a containment area or an “off-limits” area. We also have “wireless” indoor units that do not require placement of a boundary wire! Ask your local DogWatch Dealer to show you the options.
- Does the hidden fence work for outdoor cats?
Yes. We have successfully trained many cats to use outdoor hidden fences. Because cats can climb trees (etc.), your DogWatch Dealer will work with you to establish an appropriate plan for your outdoor fence. The fence configuration may need to be a little different than a fence that is only for dogs. Training a cat to use the fence is also a little different than training a dog to use the fence.
- How does my cat learn where the boundary is?
Your cat is trained by a DogWatch Dealer and learns the containment area through voice commands, audible (or vibration) warning signals from the receiver collar and visual flags that are set inside the hidden fence. After initial training with the Dealer, your pet goes through a training session with you for a few minutes each day for about two weeks. Your Dealer will develop a plan to meet the specific training needs of your cat(s).
With training, your pet remembers the placement of the flags and is taught to stay within the containment area. During the training period, flags are slowly taken away. If your cat gets too close to the boundary, he’ll hear a warning sound (or feel a vibration) that alerts him to stop. If your cat continues beyond the warning zone, he will receive a mild correction. After training, most pets stop before receiving the correction.
- How old does my cat need to be to be ready for a pet containment system?
All cats are different. Even within the same breed some cats may mature earlier than others. When your DogWatch Dealer meets with you, he or she will evaluate your cat and make a recommendation as to when training should begin.
- Will the hidden fence work for more than one pet?
Yes. There is no limit to the number of cats or dogs (or both!) our hidden pet fencing can protect at one time.