Fletcher and Peaches - 1989
Lista - 2007
The Cat Containment System
If you decide to try the idea on
your fence, please let us know
how it works on your particular fence line with your particular cats.
The image on the right is of the
side fence. Note that there is not a vertical Kitty Klip -- two big dogs lived
next door and the cats were not inclined to go over this fence.
Specific Fence Types
Wooden Fences - Facing In
If you can see the 2x4 and 4x4 support posts on your wooden fence you will
need to cut enough pipe to fit both the upper horizontal 2x4s, as well
as the upper part of the vertical 4x4s.
To attach Kitty Klips© to the upper horizontal 2x4s, you will need
to first measure the length of the 2X4s, between each of the 4x4s.
Make the cuts in the PVC pipe, removing approximately an inch of pipe along
the horizontal. Then simply pry open the “klip” and slip it onto the 2x4.
If the length of this Kitty Klips© is fairly long, you may need a
second person to assist in this step. It is also helpful to wear gloves
in order to prevent your fingers from getting pinched.
For the vertical 4x4s, you will only need to cover approximately 2 feet
of surface toward the top of the fence. Following the same procedure, cut
the pipe to length, make your additional length-wise cuts and “klip” onto
We have received some input that at least one cat out there is a little
Arnold Schwartzenkitty and can climb the single Kitty Klip©. If this
is the case with your little monster, try adding a second piece of PVC
(uncut) next to the PVC clamped around the 4x4. This makes the spot wider.
here to see what we're talking about.
If your wooden fence faces the other direction and you can
only see the flat side of the fence boards, then the Kitty Klips©
should be slipped over the top of the fence line.
In this case you will not need the extra lengthwise cut, as the Kitty
Klips© will be fairly easy to attach to the thin boards.
If your wall is less than six inches wide, you can follow the same procedure
as for the 2x4 sections of wooden fences. Measure the distance to be “klipped”.
If it is longer than the length of the pipe, butt the pieces together.
Make your length wise cuts, taking out the approximate 1” strip to assist
in the “klipping” step.
We have a 6-foot tall stucco wall about 8 inches wide, topped with
1 and 1/2 more feet of brick. The jumper was still able to make it over
by snagging his claws into the bricks and climbing to freedom. The wall
is too wide to allow the Kitty Klip© to be attached alone. In this
case you will need to attach the Kitty Klip© to a heavy flat-bottomed
object, such as a brick and place the Kitty Klip©, with its ballast,
on top of the wall. If you have a long length of Kitty Klip©, use
one brick every few feet.
could also buy a length or two of 2x4, attach the Kitty Klip© to the
2x4, and place the combined contraption on top of the wall.
- A determined cat may still be able to get over this approximately 8
foot wall, so some additional brain power may need to be invoked for these
wide walls. Perhaps a moderately thick, but still flexible piece of Plexiglas
could be inserted between the top of the wall and the Kitty Klip©.
The draped Plexiglas should prevent escape.
Chain Link Fence
Using the same procedure as for a wooden fence that faces out, measure,
cut and attach the Kitty Klip© to the top of the fence line. Although
the cats can climb up the links, this is not the easiest thing in the world
for them. Off balance somewhat to start with, their escape is thwarted
when they reach the top and meet a 4 inch diameter hard plastic pipe they
can’t get their claws into. Of all the fences tested, chain link is the
weak link, but if the fence is high enough to start with, Kitty Klips©
can prevent escape.
Some cats can learn to master the art of climbing up the links of chain
link fences and some special additions may be required for your cat(s).
We suggest covering the links with something that will prevent the cats
from getting their paws into the links. Perhaps some plexiglass attached
to the fence and dropping approximately 1 to 2 feet down from the top will
You might also consider inserting thin vertical slats into the fence
If you have a tree that sits close to your fence line, you will need
to examine it carefully for kitty accessibility. By cutting various short
lengths of Kitty Klips© and placing them around selected branches
on the tree, you will cut off their escape route. This is another area
where thin sheets of Plexiglas - thick enough to prevent sharp cat claws
from penetrating - may be helpful in preventing escape.
For ideas on keeping
your cats occupied jump to Ideas for Cat Fun!
Most recent update 6/17/07
42nd Street Productions
Kitty Klips was invented by Rick Barker
Page created and maintained by
Connie Terwilliger, Voice Over Talent