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When I think about cat on an apartment balcony I just HAVE to ask how can cats be so stupid to jump from such a height – and very often to their own death? I mean don’t they have survival instincts? How can they not estimate the height from the point of jumping? It simply amazes me.
My neighbor living next to my apartment in the building had a big black cat with yellow eyes. It loved sitting on the balcony. Then one day I saw a gentle white net hooked around the whole balcony. I thought it was for mosquitoes, but the wholes were just too big. I wondered what it was. And it was quite subtle, you had to come close to a meter or two to notice it.
The next time I saw her she explained it was a protection for the cat not to jump from the 6th floor apartment balcony. To be honest her cat seemed too lazy or too indifferent to do such a thing but you never know.
So that was my inspiration for the idea of putting a fence on my balcony for cat proofing it. It’s a shame I didn’t search online because now I see that I have reinvented hot water. People have already known the solution but still I am very proud that I came to the same practical idea.
Let me show you a picture of what it looks like on my balcony:
As you can see my balcony is completely made for adults. It has these wide gaps which are dangerous for a cat or small dog. Actually even for a toddler they could be potentially dangerous.
As I didn’t want the cat litter box to be inside – at least not in the warm months of the year I put it on the balcony. But I couldn’t risk my cat falling from a 6 floor height.
I remembered my neighbor’s net and I decided to get something similar. But in my case I had to find something firm enough to prevent my cat from falling or jumping over and something not to distract the view as well. My apartment is quite small and I need to have an open view.
So one thing led to another and I found my perfect wire fence with small square openings, in perfect grey color to match my balcony fence. It was also not a distraction to the view:
This wire fence looks not so tough and easy to handle but let me tell you that I had quite a hard time stretching it over the balcony. I must have looked funny too doing this in a summer dress :), but it was one really hot day.
I must have spent about one whole hour stretching and pulling the thing until I had it placed right:
I had a little problem with the corners but you can see that with a little curve the wire fence fit quite good over the balcony length. There was no way that something other than a bug could get through this fence.
I was happy, my cat was happy – although not consciously knowing it and I felt like a real pro that day. It was such a big problem for me and I solved it – in a very good way too. All by myself!
Anyway although I don’t have my cat anymore I left the fence. I must say I am very satisfied with this solution, it worked perfectly in terms of protection and being easy on the view. It’s a good protection and you never know what the next pet will be.
If you are interested in cat proofing your balcony this way I have picked some very similar mesh fences like mine. I promise you that this solution will not let you down and will serve you well in case you have a balcony structure like mine.
I think the first one is a great choice, I have seen the image the customer has posted – it looks very much like my creation here and it is used exactly for cat and dog.