CATFENCE is the exclusive New Zealand distributor of PURRFECT FENCE®.

Installing your Purrfect Fence® freestanding system

Purrfect Fence is simple to install, requiring only a few basic handtools. We provide full instructions with your order, but this page will give you a good introduction.

Who can install Purrfect Fence?

You can!

If you’re a DIYer with a few basic tools, installing Purrfect Fence is a breeze. We’ll show you how on this page.

Your local handyperson

You can hire a local carpenter, builder or handyperson (such as Hire A Hubby) to install Purrfect Fence for you.

Take a quick look

This short video shows the main steps in installing a Purrfect Fence Freestanding System (a more detailed video can be found further down this page).

We also recommend that you download and print the Installation Guide.

You may also need the Installation Guide (and video) for the Light Duty Gate or the Heavy Duty Gate, and these are available below.

Ready to DIY? Here’s what you’ll need

  • Tape measure
  • String for marking straight lines
  • Something to mark post locations on the ground
  • Sledge hammer
  • Carpenter’s level to ensure posts are vertical
  • Screwdriver
  • Cordless driver drill, if desired
  • Snips for cutting and trimming poly mesh
  • Tin snips for cutting and trimming dig guard steel mesh
  • Zip tie puller, if desired

Step-by-step video

Here’s a highly detailed, but easy to follow, explanation of how to install your Purrfect Fence Freestanding System.

You’ll learn how to tackle corners and changes in slope.

It’s like going to Purrfect Fence University!

Key points to remember

The recommended span between Purrfect Fence arms is 3 to 4 metres. 

Purrfect Fence works by forcing your cat(s) to climb up the fence which activates the spring-loaded arm if they are able to reach the top (most are not.) So, for maximum effectiveness, it is important that the finished height of your Purrfect Fence be tall enough so your cat cannot simply leap over it. For most domestic cats the minimum finished height (measured from the ground to the tip of the Purrfect Fence extension) we recommend is 1.8m. (Even so, we have had customers tell us it was effective for their cat(s) at shorter heights.)

The arched shape of the arms will provide approximately 25cm additional height from wherever they are attached to the post. In practice, this means a finished height of 1.8 to 2.1 metres.

Don’t forget, you are welcome to contact us for free advice on planning or installing your system.

Inside corners

Purrfect Fence installed at an inside corner

Inside corners (usually 90 degrees, but can be 90-180 degrees) typically require one spring-loaded arm, positioned to split the corner in 2 halves. Inside corners less than 90 degrees need special treatment (see Step-by-Step video).

Outside corners

Purrfect Fence installed at an outside corner

Outside corners are greater than 180 degrees and require 2 or more spring-loaded arms.

Light duty gate

Purrfect Fence Light Duty Gate for installation in cat proof mesh

The light duty gate is 76cm wide and 157cm tall. It can be installed anywhere in the system by simply attaching it to the fence mesh with zip ties, then cutting between the two frames to enable to the gate to open.

Heavy duty gate

Purrfect Fence Heavy Duty framed gate
The heavy duty gate is always installed between two fence posts, one of which is supplied with the gate (the other is an existing post in your fence). We also sell single fence posts if you need to locate your gate where there is no existing post.