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Advice on how safe my flat is for a cat!

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by noth1ngness, Nov 6, 2018.


  1. noth1ngness

    noth1ngness PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all,

    I'm posting here to seek some advice because I'm looking to adopt a cat very soon, but I'm worried that my apartment isn't safe for a cat to live in. The aspect of my apartment's layout that is worrying me is the mezzanine on the top floor. My apartment is 3 floors, and the mezzanine is located on the top floor. I've taken photos to try to show the way it is situated within my flat, and they're below.

    My question is: Is there any way for me to cat-proof this mezzanine so that there's no way for her/him to fall from it accidentally? Is it even necessary for me to be worried about this, or is a mezzanine such as the one in my flat not actually that dangerous for a cat to be exposed to? As you can see in the photos, my apartment contains a church window (I live in a church that's been converted into flats) with a very spacious brick sill that a cat could potentially jump down to from the mezzanine, which is what I'm worried the cat might do, underestimating how far of a jump it would be (about 2 floors down).

    If I could get any insight on this issue, that would be amazing. Thanks for reading.

    xx

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  2. ewelsh

    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    Hello

    You have a beautiful building.

    Yes that is one big drop, rather alarming and I worried over my kittens falling through the banisters :eek:

    You definitely need to do something. A kitten will fall for sure as they can’t judge that well yet attempt most things. An adult cat not used to it’s environment will explore therefore at risk.

    I have no idea how to do it, but you must have something firm in place not loose netting not secured on both sides!

    Maybe contact the cat proofing specialist

    Good luck
     
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  3. TriTri

    TriTri Standing up for cats

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    Unfortunately that would be hazardess for a cat. Some people will say they always land on all four paws, but there have been plenty of injuries with cats not landing properly. Here’s a picture of four of my cats on a wall outside the front door of an elevated bungalow I use to own. I turned around once and I don’t know if I brushed by the tabby cat, or just startled it, but it went flying into the air. It was equivalent to a first floor jump and fortunately she landed on all four paws on the grass below. It was very scary! Your 2 floors would be very scary!
    You will need to cat proof it somehow. I’m sure it can be done. Please show us some pictures once it’s done!
     
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  4. Rufus15

    Rufus15 Banned

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    Are you in the UK and Europe and have access to Zooplus? You could use their netting to enclose it, I've done similar on my balcony
     
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  5. fluffykittie

    fluffykittie PetForums Member

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    Or perhaps you need something like a net to catch them should they jump. They're called "suicide nets".. Because emergency services put them on bridges etc
     
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    Jesthar PetForums VIP

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    I'm pretty sure that would be very dangerous for a cat, though - easy to get something trapped in the net and panic, plus there's no easy way to get them back up.
     
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  7. fluffykittie

    fluffykittie PetForums Member

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    Yeah maybe, it shouldn't be the first line of defence but a last ditch insurance policy. I'm not even sure the human ones will be suitable for a cat, it's more of the idea tbh
     
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  8. noth1ngness

    noth1ngness PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you all so much for your replies! I hadn't thought about implementing some kind of netting, so that is a great idea. The only catch is that the brick wall of my flat, since it's the original wall of the church, is protected in that us tenants aren't allowed to make any changes to it that would leave lasting damage or traces behind. So I'm not sure how netting could be secured...

    I adore my building, especially because I'm a history buff and I love old architecture, but I hate that it's making this adopting-a-cat process more stressful than I hoped it would be. I might just have to put some boards up behind the railing and restrict access to the third floor unless I'm in the room with my cat to supervise.

    I think having someone from the shelter I choose come over and do a home inspection would be my best avenue forward! I will def post some more pictures here of what I eventually do to my mezzanine. x
     
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  9. Charity

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    Netting isn't the answer if the cat is going to fall into it, their paws will just go through the holes and there will be no firm footing enabling them to get out. I think you need some expert advice as it looks pretty dangerous as it is. Cats when they fall from heights can break their jaws and other serious injuries.
     
  10. Treaclesmum

    Treaclesmum PetForums VIP

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    You could secure netting with cable ties. However you'd need tight netting with very small holes. A kitten would definitely be at risk in a property like yours, but older cats can often navigate around precarious places quite well.
     
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  11. SuboJvR

    SuboJvR Joey’s Mummy

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    What about some sort of solid mesh running along the rails by your pillows etc, up to the height of that railing. And above it, netting from the railing to the ceiling (if you can fix stuff to the ceiling?)

    So rather than preventing damage from any accidents, prevent any access to the troublesome section at all?
     
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    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    If I’m reading the pics right ...

    Behind the bed a framework, covered in taut, small gauge netting, cable tied securely to the bannister - floor to ceiling. Not attractive but could be disguised a bit with voiles.

    Cardboard inners from rolls of carpet rammed into the open slits to prevent access elsewhere?
     
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