Stop indoor cats escaping through Open windows!

Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by Tracybunnies, Apr 22, 2008.


  1. Tracybunnies

    Tracybunnies PetForums Newbie

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    Hi everyone/anyone

    Can you help? We have 2 indoor cats but as it's now getting really warm, especially at night we want to open windows at home....unfortunately an open window is an invitation to escape. Only once before has one of the cats flew from the bedroom window and onto the (soft) soil in the front garden - unhurt (luckily) but shaken.

    Any ideas for cat-proofing? Our windows are split 50:50 and the top half opens outwards. If only we had tilt-and-turn windows we wouldn't have a problem!

    Any suggestions welcome!

    Thanks

    Tracybunnies:confused:
     
  2. Amy_1984

    Amy_1984 PetForums Member

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    This may sound silly, but is there anywhere to tie string to the window to allow it to open just enough to let a breeze through but not allow the cats to get out? Im lucky i have safety catches on mine, they open a few inches and are locked unless i take off the catch.

    Failing that.... do you know anyone who installs air conditioning lol ;)

    Good luck.
     
  3. clare7577

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    The only thing you can really do is to fit mesh window guards,or build a run in your garden,so you can put them out on warmer days/nights and enjoy having your windows wide open!
     
  4. Lynsey

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    There's alway new windows!!!! Only joking:eek:
     
  5. Kay73

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    Clare7577's hubby made me a run that my cats can acess through the kitchen window, this was the cats have a safe area, and i can have fresh air!
     
  6. catzndogz

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    :D hi we've the same problem so i'm having some mesh frame made for windows. last year used string to tie window but cats just chewed :D
     
  7. tillyphillips

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    My husband once made a simple wooden frame and chicken wire screen as we lived in a flat and fostered CPL kittens. It stopped many a curious little kitt leaping to its death, but still allowed us to stay cool indoors!

    Hope this helps.
     
  8. AJ

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    We just let ours outside! Gonna duck now! :(
     
  9. Siamese Kelly

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    Stay on your belly with your head down AJ:rolleyes::p:D
     
  10. AJ

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    I'm still on the floor!

    Thought you told me they wouldn't wanna go out after they'd been done? We kept them in their room upstairs for 24hrs after they got home and once they were released they ran straight downstairs and out the door just as usual! :D:D
     
  11. Siamese Kelly

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    Ours were outdoor moggies-big time-and they did go out after they'd been done but it must have become apparent that things on the out were not as they were and within a few weeks they much preferred to either be indoors or right on the doorstep:D Btw-hope your on cushion floor-carpet burns on the face-not an easy explanation to give:p:D:D:D
     
  12. AJ

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    PMSL, laminate floor so I'm alright! Not that comfy though!

    Well I'll just have to wait and see what happens then, they were only done Monday morning. They don't really go further than next door anyway, they just hunt in his bushes for birds all day! :eek:
     
  13. Lynsey

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    When one of ours got let out after being spayed she promptly got herself stuck on the neighbours roof and we had to ring their door bell and ask if they would mind us sticking a ladder up the side of their house so we could retrieve our potty cat!:eek:

    They can be sooo embarressing
     
  14. Siamese Kelly

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    Well I'll just have to wait and see what happens then, they were only done Monday morning. They don't really go further than next door anyway, they just hunt in his bushes for birds all day!
    Tell me about it-thats the only time my old man moggie gets a little palpitation:D:D Lynsey-thats their job in life (same as kids) to be as embarrassing as poss:D:D:D
     
  15. Lynsey

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    Siamese Kelly Lynsey-thats their job in life (same as kids) to be as embarrassing as poss

    And my Mum wonders why I don't want kids!!!!:D
     
  16. Simba9952

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    My girlfriend and I are having the same problem. We are in a ground floor flat, but there are stray cats and ducks in the summer, which our kitty LOVES. I found these forums first and then started fine tuning my search.
    For the answer to your prays (and mine:biggrin:) Please visit

    Window protection for cats - Open your windows without endangering your cat

    They offer standard and custom sizes.
    Other than this you may need a DIY solution. Hope this helps!!!:thumbup1:
     
  17. animalia

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    ... just had a quick peep at both options. My cats would be out of the window in no time with the so called 'protection' of "Flat Cats". The velcro is no use against crafty cat paws. I think the Flyscreen option that allows one to bolt it down, screwed to the frame is probably more secure.
     
  19. animalia

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    I think the only bonus to the Flat cats is it's versatility and 'flat pack' design. easy to store. I find a need some extra room for my screens and you need to cut and assemble them yourself, if you don't opt for them to put them together for you. But they are great once they are done! I wonder if you could still put eyelets into the 'flatcat' screens (like at the edge of tarps or shoe lace holes) and then screw them in with a washer and nut attached to the window to make them more secure? I might order one for an experiment. I like to be fairly resourceful and try things out. The idea of the FlatCat screen is great but I know some VERY clever MC, Ocicats, Siamese and Bengals that would have them off in a min! But it would be lovely to be able to just roll them up and put them in a drawer or under the bed. At the moment they are stacked up and in the barn.
     
  20. IndysMamma

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    We have been looking at catproofing our windows and were looking at using huge press-studs, industrial type ones used on boats and such as being more secure than velcro...

    mind you we've settled on fitting mosquito screens to the outside as our windows open inwards
     
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