my cats would love this too.....keep em safe and happy. I too have remorse, that I am being selfish, but I want them to be safe. They are indoor kitties, that love to look outside, especially with the window open. Gosh, I would freak out if they pushed the screen open.
For cats--(for safe outdoor experiences)... CagesByDesign.com sure had a lot of options for cats getting air/fun! www.qualitywindowscreens.com/ and, pet-guards-pet-screens-c-102.html and Cat screens online, shop Target.com And again, the hardware stores that have 4in, 6in and 12in secondary screens to put inside the window so 1/2 the window can have air flow safely for cats.
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My cat Midnite would love this. She loves to sit at the window or back door and watch the birds. She is so comical. She tenses up and wags her tail like crazy when she sees a bird and then she meows real loud at them. I wish I had the money to get her one of these.
I haven't done an enclosure yet, and unlikely due to the small deck; but I DO have secondary screens that insert in at least the left to right moving windows. Sometimes I put them upright if I can get it truly tight enough that it STAYS up; or you can buy various size small screens that adjust to size and can stack 2 or 3 of them, and secure with the wood edged slider screens. It's saved my real screens AND of course, kept the Cat IN, but gets great air, and she sees thru the window down in back garden and front windows, and she is safe. Also put stacked secondary screens at sliding door, so we can get SAFE air! I bought them at a hardware store, have 3 sizes and since they can slide to fit, they fit lots of spaces.
I would just like to say they are not being punished for bringing me presents. I know that they are doing it because they love me. They are being punished for pushing the screen out of the window and escaping the house. They aren't really being punished anyway. I just keep the windows shut so they can't push the screen out. They can still look out the windows. Besides it is getting cold out so I really can't have the windows open because it gets too cold in the house. I always thank my babies for my presents before I put their presents back outside where they belong.
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Fitness Minutes: (149,811) Posts: 4,635 10/24/10 8:59 P
Oh No, don't punish them. They are bringing you a present. That's what cats do. I love it when my kitties (6 of them) bring me presents because that shows me that they care about me.
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That is too funny. My boys know how to get back in, but they won't come back in until they have a present for me. Just a couple weeks ago the one brought me a bird still alive. They have been punished since then. No windows open and no looking out the front door either. It is getting too cold for that now anyway.
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My issue was dealing with intercity fleas that are getting tougher to kill. I think that next year I'm going to try and build one on my kitchen roof like a mini caged deck for my gang. Mine too have pushed out a screen and made a break only to panic as soon as they are outside and crying for me to bring them in. For some reason they can't figure that out or are too scared.
One of mine was a stray I broght in and I think he was a dog in a former life. He would cry by the window to go out, as soon as he was out cry to come in, and do this repeatedly. In winter he would cry and when the window was open, stay still and sample the air until I had enough of the waiting and close it.
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If my cats could pay for it themselves I would get one in a heartbeat. We have a security door that is like a full length screen door except made out of metal instead of mesh. They go crazy at all the birds and lizards that go by that they can't get to. My one cat will push the screens out of the windows just to get outside and catch a bird. There are too many animals out here that would eat them or hurt them to just let them out by themselves. I would still supervise them even in an enclosure. They are both very sneaky.
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Fitness Minutes: (149,811) Posts: 4,635 10/23/10 8:48 P
I'd love to, well I should say IZZY would love for me to, do something like that. She lives and breathes for the outdoors. I can't take her out anymore because if I do it once, she drives me nuts for a week. Poor thing, I feel bad for her. But I just canNOT let her be an outdoor cat on her own. Sometimes I think it's selfish on my part, because I know she'd be happy, but then I'd probably never see her again. About the only place I could build some type of enclosure for her, with a tube like they have to go in and out, would be in the kitchen over the sink. We have an old well house building right there, that I could fence in.
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Fitness Minutes: (99,117) Posts: 3,133 10/23/10 8:20 A
WOW, they are great enclosures for kitty. Thor has his own..a huge screened in porch of our music room. We keep the screen door locked and bring him inside if we are going out or we use another door. But I can see where these could be wonderful in many circumstances. They were fun to look at.
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