Categories | Pet Fencing
Animal fencing can be defined as a fence that is used primarily for the purpose of keeping your pets or other animals contained within a certain area. It is important as you do not want your animals to be able to escape, potentially causing problems with your neighbours, getting into fights with other animals, getting lost, or having an accident. Fencing doesn’t have to look unattractive though as most fences are designed for their aesthetics as well as to keep your animals in.
Types of Animal Fencing
There are several different types of animal fencing that you can choose from. The most common include:
- Invisible fencing -- this is relatively new and it allows you to contain your pets without any visible fence. An electric wire is placed underground around the area of the property in which your animal is to be contained, and the wire emits a signal. A receiver is then attached to your dog’s collar which receives the signal and gives the animal a very mild electric shock (similar to static electricity) if they get too close to the hidden fence.
- Electric fencing -- this style of fencing is great for larger animals and it can be run around the paddock or area in which your animal is to be kept. A current is run through the wiring of the fence and it gives the animal a shock if it gets too close. The current is enough to be unpleasant but not cause harm. You can use electric fencing on its own or in conjunction with another system.
- Chain link fencing -- this fencing is made from rolls or panels of sturdy wire and it is held in place with strong metal posts. The fencing itself is galvanised so that it can stand up to the weather. It is an economical option and allows your pets to see out into the world.
- Wooden fencing -- the picket fence is the most well known wooden fence but you can also find panel wooden fencing or paling fences. They are very common in suburban backyards and can contain most types of pets.
- Colorbond fencing -- this is one of the most common types of fences as it suits all backyards. The panels are of a good height so they can contain many different pets easily and they are attractive, which is why they are so popular for homes.
- Split rail fencing -- this is a fence that consists of support rails that have two or more rails running horizontally across it. It is an open style of fencing and one that is very common on farms or in rural areas.
- Masonry fencing -- this is fencing made up of stone, concrete, or bricks. It is very strong so will keep the largest of pets contained, and it is also very attractive, suiting most homes. If you don’t want solid masonry fencing, you can add in decorative details such as glass panels or wrought iron panels.
Other Types of Enclosures
As well as the types of fencing outlined above, there are some other great enclosures to keep your pets or animals confined. These include:
- Pet runs - these are specially enclosed runs that allow pets such as cats and dogs to only be able to enjoy a certain part of the garden. They can be entered from the home or they can be a standalone run. Usually, these are completely enclosed on all sides, including the "ceiling" so that the pet cannot escape These runs use a strong mesh that cannot be sliced by claws but they can use a solid material for the ceiling to give shelter.
- Pens - pens are great for enclosing all kinds of animals from dogs to chickens to pigs and they can be whatever size you need. Generally they are made from steel, mesh or wire, and timber or a combination of these materials and have open sides with sheltered elements so that animals are protected from the sun. They can be permanent or portable as required.
- Stables - stables are generally used to house horses and are placed inside large buildings to give the horse shelter. The stable has individual stalls for each animal that is housed inside and it also features such things as outdoor exercise areas, tack rooms, feed rooms, and so on. Horses have bedding provided and it is cleaned out regularly.
- Portable enclosures - these are ideal if you are renting or if you canot install a permanent fence or enclosure for whatever reason. They are lightweight yet very secure and are best used for smaller domestic pets such as cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets and so on.
Choosing Animal Fencing
When you are choosing animal fencing or enclosures, there are some things that you need to consider. The first is whether you need something that is designed purely to contain your pets or animals. If it is, then you can get away with an economical, yet effective solution such as chain link or a pet run or pen. However, if you require an aspect of decorativeness to your fence or enclosure because it will be a part of your home decor, then this will obviously affect your choice in the materials that you choose. Don’t forget to take your home’s security needs into account as well if you don't already have a form of perimeter fencing – strong, visible fences are the best deterrent. If you don’t want a fence at all but still want to keep your pets safe, the best solution will be an invisible fence that you can’t even see, or one of the great enclosures that are available.
If you have an animal that’s a real Houdini and keeps escaping from regular fences, you may need to combine two types of fences together – a standard visible fence, and a hidden fence that administers a small electric shock. This is an additional expense but it will give you the peace of mind that you need. Alternatively, you can consider a fully enclosed pen that has wire or mesh on literally every side.
Don’t forget to consider your budget as well when choosing fences or enclosures. Look for a fence that fits in with your budget (don’t forget to include the costs of installing the fence) but still meets your other needs such as colour, size, and style. If you are confused about what to get, your supplier should be able to give you advice or additional information.
Where to Buy Animal Fencing
There are different places that you can source animal fencingand enclosures from. These include your regular fencing suppliers, specialist fencing suppliers (especially if you are after an invisible fence), hardware stores, and large stock/feed stores. When you are purchasing the fence, ask if an installation service is provided and if it is part of the cost or additional. If installation is not provided, you will need to factor this into your budget. Also ask if your supplier will deliver the fencing to you – this is extremely handy if you have a large area that needs to be fenced. Enclosures can be purchased from large pet stores or specialist suppliers.
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