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can you help in cat-proofing a balcony?

My sister is moving into a new apartment, and is bringing her two cats ,zap and kiff, along. the problem is, she wants to be able to let them out onto the patio of the new place, without worrying about them running away. the patio has a fence four feet high all the way around it, and the upstairs tenants have a balcony above, so our original plan was to screen it in and make a screened in patio. unfortunately, the managers of the complex say that all of the patios must be the same, and screening it in would create a large aesthetic difference between the apartments. does anyone have any ideas about how to keep the cats from jumping over the fence without changing the look of the apartment?

Gorfram5 years ago
You might try using bird-netting. It's a very thin black plastic mesh that's almost invisible from a distance, sold at garden stores to keeps birds off of plants. Buy a package of bird-netting at a store with a decent return policy and keep careful track of the reciept. Show the bird-netting to the manager and ask it it would be acceptable. If so, you're golden; if not, fold it neatly back into the package and return it - it's probably worth a try at least. Or you could ask the manager about building a screened enclosure less then 4 feet high, that will fit on the patio and be entirely hidden by the fence - there really oughtn't be any objection to that. If you make the "roof" removable, your sister will be able to take it off whenever she wants the patio free for use by humans or other creatures over 4' tall.
annula2 years ago
I would ask the owner if he would mind a bamboo roll out fence they are not too distracting and cats can't climb them. They don't cost very much either. I have three cats and its made living on seventh floor apartment anxiety free.
katerlyn3 years ago
re: April 27th I wondered if the above answer was a start, build something like a 4 foot fence or screen, as high as the edge of balcony, then put tilting chicken wire or something so they cannot climb over it at an angle, just a mini scale yard fence with cat guard (is it called "purrfect fencing?") that is advertised on a few web sites.? Is there room to do it a couple of feet inside the balcony?
mikeasaurus5 years ago
Another option is to gradually allow the cats more and more freedom around the balcony and actually allow them to wander off. If you create a loving environment to which they will actually want to return to then they will never run away. However we all know cats are crazy and prone to do whatever they like anyways, so who knows.
cyc4015 (author)  mikeasaurus5 years ago
unfortunately, the apartment complex only allows indoor animals, and would thoroughly disapprove of that. which sucks.
Hmmm indoor only eh? Well the best option I can think of is just a screen door to allow plenty of fresh air and maybe an elaborate cat jungle-gym inside the apartment.
ChrysN5 years ago
You can try something like this and paint it the same colour as the fence. Or you can try an electric fence.
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