Last updated: August 12, 2021

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Welcome to our big cat net test 2021. Here we present all the cat net products we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the net.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best cat net. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a cat net.




Summary

  • A cat net is basically for the protection of your cat. It can be used in many places and is easily available from a variety of shops.
  • There are various aspects to consider when choosing a net. Basically, however, a distinction is made between normal/transparent nets and wire-reinforced nets.
  • As far as installation is concerned, it can be summarised that it depends on the material of the cat net, but it is often possible to install this protective measure yourself.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a cat net

As the owner of a cat, is it important or necessary to buy a cat net? Are there different types of nets and where is the best place to attach them? We will discuss all these questions and many more here.

At the beginning of our guide, we would like to clarify the most important questions about cat nets and give you an insight and overview of possible offers.

What is a cat net?

A cat net is a net that can be made of various materials and is intended to protect your cat.

Especially in the warmer months of the year, when windows, balcony or patio doors are open, there is a risk of your pet falling or escaping.

A cat net can be used in a variety of places to keep your cat safe while spending time outdoors. (Image source: pixabay.com / Alexas_Fotos)

In principle, a cat net is a conventional net that is stretched to create a barrier. However, it is not only important to pay attention to where and how the net is attached, but also which mesh size is chosen. A cat net can also serve as a bird protection net.

Where can a cat net be used?

A cat net can basically be used anywhere, but it makes sense in places such as windows or doors that lead to a balcony or terrace and thus into the garden.

Perhaps you are wondering why we are talking about windows here? Well, on the one hand it can be dangerous if you live in a high house, for example, and the cat could possibly fall a long way.

But much more dangerous is often the tilted window. Some cats try to get out through the tilted window, often getting trapped and seriously injured.

With balconies, the risk is mainly due to the possibility of falling down, and with terraces, the risk is due to the pets getting out. Last but not least, you should also make sure you choose the right size of net.

In which sizes can cat nets be bought?

The size of the cat net or the size of the meshes should be adapted to the given location and, more importantly, to the size of your cat. The larger your cat, the larger the individual meshes can be, but cats should not be underestimated.

Buying a mesh that is as dense as possible is a sure way to play it safe.

Did you know that cat nets can be stowed on a roll and bought by the metre? This means that before you buy, you simply measure how many metres you will need for your window, door etc. and then tell a specialist advisor in the shop how much of each roll you need

How much does a cat net cost?

As with all products, the figures for the individual prices vary. Of course, the cost depends mainly on the material, the more stable and better equipped the net is, the more likely it is to be reflected in the price. Below we would like to show you a comparison of popular products:
Product price in €
Bella and Blue approx. 20€
Morry's approx. 20-30€
Trixie approx. 50€

So the average price of such a cat net is between 20-50€.

What are the alternatives to a cat net?

However, if a net seems too unstable or you have only had bad experiences with cat nets, a cat grid or cat enclosure might be the right solution for you.

Cat nets are especially popular around windows, as some cats try to get outside despite the net and get tangled in the net. A cat screen is very stable and they have no chance of injuring themselves.

The cat enclosure is suitable if you have an indoor cat that may not be allowed in the garden or a balcony/roof terrace and want to offer the cat its own little house.

Decision: What types of cat netting are there and which is right for you?

There are a few things to consider when buying a cat net. Therefore, you should inform yourself in advance about all the options to find the right net for you and your cat.

In the following, we will list the different types and materials as well as their advantages and disadvantages. There are three different types of cat nets:

  • wire reinforced nets
  • ordinary/ tear-resistant nets
  • transparent cat nets

Wire-reinforced cat nets are of course very robust due to the wire they are made of and are therefore very suitable for active and strong cats.

Normal cat nets or special designs are usually quite sufficient for the ordinary domestic cat. As soon as the cats see the net and have become familiar with it, they usually accept it and do not try to penetrate it any further.

Transparent cat nets are very fragile as they are only made of a very thin yarn and are therefore only recommended for very well-behaved and tame cats.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of wire-reinforced nets?

Nets reinforced with wire are probably among the most popular, as they are not only much stronger, but also last longer, are more weather resistant and safer. The wire provides increased bite resistance and is mostly also less prone to cracking etc.

Advantages
  • very stable
  • therefore often more durable
  • weatherproof
  • more reliable
Disadvantages
  • can interfere with visibility
  • quite conspicuous
  • can be more likely to rust

What are the advantages and disadvantages of ordinary cat nets?

Of course, you can also use ordinary cat nets. These are usually more readily available and, above all, cheaper than nets reinforced with wire. The installation of such nets is also often easier and can be dismantled without much effort.

Advantages
  • readily available
  • similar function to wire
  • cheaper
  • easy to install
Disadvantages
  • not very suitable for agile cats
  • often more short-lived, can also impair visibility

What are the characteristics of transparent cat nets and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

this type of netting is very popular because it is hardly noticeable from the outside as well as from the inside, similar to insect screens. However, one should make sure that the net or the yarn is not too thin, and thus the efficiency is affected due to the appearance.

Advantages
  • does not interfere with the view
  • rusts less easily
Disadvantages
  • is often overlooked by cats
  • often too thin
  • not very stable

Here again is an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of a net reinforced with wire compared to an ordinary/transparent cat net:

Advantages
  • increased bite resistance
  • increased safety &
  • durability
  • better UV resistance
  • better in weather
  • more stable
Disadvantages
  • more expensive, very conspicuous
  • usually difficult to put up yourself

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate cat nets

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible cat nets. Below you will find the criteria that will help you to distinguish between different cat nets:

  • Size
  • Stability
  • Location
  • Mounting

Size/height

The size of a cat net can be understood as 2 different things. One is the size of the area the net has to cover and the other is the size of the individual meshes of the net.

There is no right or wrong with either of these. Of course, the net should be larger than your window, for example, so that you can stretch and fasten it properly.

The same applies to the size of the meshes. This depends on the size/breed of your cat and should not be underestimated. However, it is better to be one size too small than one size too large!

Stability/Resistance

The stability of the net also depends very much on the temperament of your cat. If your cat is very active and likes to climb, it is advisable to buy a wire-reinforced net, as this is much more robust.

A cat net serves as a protective measure, and you should be especially careful if your cat has access to a balcony or roof terrace. (Image source: pixabay.com / StockSnap)

However, if your cat is not too keen on climbing, follows rules and is not particularly agile, it will probably be enough to get an ordinary cat net, as this will then serve more as a deterrent than an actual benefit.

Location

Cat nets are usually used near windows or doors. Here, too, there are special nets for the window area or for the balcony/roof terrace as well as for the terrace door leading out into the garden. Different materials of nets are suitable for each location, as already mentioned above.

Installation

Depending on which cat net you have chosen, the method of installation will also differ. While most nets can be mounted by yourself, there are others, especially wire-reinforced ones, which often need to be mounted by a professional.

Mounting is half the job, because no net, no matter how sturdy, will serve its purpose if the mounting is not done properly and thus it has not been fixed properly.

For alternatives to nets, such as grids, it is usually necessary to get help from outside, as these are often more complicated to install.

Facts worth knowing about cat netting

Can you fix/attach a cat net yourself?

Indeed! Of course, it depends on the type of net or cat protection. With some designs it will probably be difficult for an amateur to find a solution for fastening, with other simple nets the assembly will probably not be a problem.

Nowadays, however, there are many useful videos and instructions on the Internet on how to attach such nets or similar things yourself.

Image source: pixabay.com / DarkWorkX

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