Trust me – you’re not the only one who obsessively panics over the mere thought of your cat escaping through the window. And really, it’s not an irrational fear – at all.
There is a laundry list of dangers lurking outside for you (and your cat) to worry about. Aggressive run-ins with other animals could leave your cat injured or unable to return home. On top of that, you also need to consider pest problems and your cat catching a disease from another animal.
Okay – we know that the outside world is dangerous for cats. You’re probably thinking – Then why does my cat keep trying to jump out the window?
Don’t worry – he’s not trying to escape your lovely home and run away forever.
The truth is – your cat is eager to catapult through the window like an Olympic pole-vaulter for a variety of reasons – but it has nothing to do with you.
Cats are curious little creatures who have a “keen hunting sense bred through generations.” Because of this instinct, cats are always waiting for an opportunity to scurry outside and test out their skills. If you’re really lucky, Mittens might just bring you a dead rat from his adventure!
Well, I’ve got the perfect solution for us, cat-lovers. Here’s how to stop cats jumping through window…
What You Need To Cat-Proof Your Window:
- Child or cat-proof adjustable window screen
- Child or cat-proof secondary window lock
- Cat condo or perch
Step 1: Create A Barrier
I get it. The thought of your cat wandering alone and hungry out in the world is truly terrifying. Been there. Felt that. In fact, I still do!
To avoid this dreadful nightmare, you’ll need to invest in (or create!) a protective barrier or screen for your cat’s favorite window. A window guard ensures that your cat can safely enjoy the outside views without temptation. Luckily, there are several products out there (like Fenestrelle Expandable Window Screen or Kidco Mesh Window Guard) that provide heavy-duty security for your window and cat.
The best part? Most window guards and screens are adjustable and super easy to install! If you rent your space, you won’t need to worry about drilling into the window frame. You’ll easily be able to do it alone or with the help of a trusted friend.
If you’re into DIY projects – you’ve definitely got options here. Crafting your own cat-proof window screen is surprisingly easy (and affordable!) Plus, there are several tutorial videos that guide you through the process. Pre-made window screens are great for sliding windows – but, if your house has large French windows, DIY screens are the perfect solution to stop cat escaping window.
Give it a try – I’m sure you’ll be fine! In fact, have fun with it! I do.
Step 2: Lock It Up
I don’t know about you, but my cat is basically a ninja-escape-artist. Anytime she has the chance to escape, she’ll go to all lengths to try and do it. I have no idea why – she gets treated very well here. I suppose that’s just the mystery of the feline, huh…
If your cat is the crafty type too, you might need to consider a secondary reinforcement.
Just in case the window screen fails to get the job done, it’s a good idea to install window locks for added security (and peace of mind). In fact, window locks are among “the most effective ways to prevent a fall and decrease the risk of serious injury for infants and toddlers” and are approved by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). If it’s good enough for a terrible-two-year-old, it must be safe enough for Fluffy. Luckily for us, cats do not have opposable thumbs – so, there’s virtually no way they could manage to break open this second barrier.
There are several companies out there (like Defender Security) that make installing window locks simple and affordable. If you’re a big fan of fresh air, this window solution is for you! Most window locks allow you to crack the window slightly and secure the lock so that it doesn’t move.
Just make sure the crack isn’t big enough for your cat to sneakily slip through!
Step 3: [Safely] Give Your Cat What He Wants
So, you’ve installed your barriers and locks – but now, your house kind of feels like a cat prison.
I totally get it. You want your cat to be happy – but, you also want your cat to be safe. I think that’s the predicament of most cat guardians.
Luckily, there are a few ways that you can make your cat feel closer to the exciting world outside without putting them in danger or making them feel locked away. The first step is to make changes to your cat’s environment to avoid the dreadful “cat hanging out window” nightmare.
Here are some tips I’ve put together for you.
- Let Your Cat Enjoy The View: Sometimes, just being able to see the outside world is enough to satisfy the urge and stop your cat escaping the window. It may seem boring to us, but the act of watching other animals and plants from a safe location is super stimulating to our furry felines. Since household windows are often too high up for cats to comfortably reach, you’ll have to get creative. Consider investing in a cat tree or cat condo that can be pushed close (but not too close) to your cat’s favorite window. Alternatively, a high-top chair or small table will also do the trick! This solution gives your cat a safe view of the outdoors and decreases the chances of your cat jumping up on the small window ledge. You’ll be surprised to find that – most of the time – your cat just wants to enjoy the view!
- Create a Designated Outdoor Area: You can also stop your cat escaping windows by giving them some real time outside. Does your home have a screened-in porch or fenced-in back yard? Consider allowing your fur-baby to roam and hunt outdoors a few times per week. She’ll love it!
Cats love space. They don’t want to be cooped up or feel locked away. That’s why it’s important to give them a space and a view that’ll make them feel more connected to the outside world. Depriving them of that will only lead to a miserable kitty.
Have You Ever Heard of a Catio?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I only recently became acquainted with the word – and what it means. Trust me, you’re going to want to hear about it!
Let me explain it to you.
A catio is an outdoor “enclosed structure designed to be secured to a window or door leading outside your home.” Essentially, this structure allows your cat to experience the great outdoors in a super safe environment. Catios generally have a single entry/exit point – which means you don’t have to worry about your cat escaping this creative enclosure. It might seem complicated, but experts swear that you can build your own catio in three hours or less!
A catio is a great way to keep your cat safe and happy without feeling imprisoned and without jumping out your window. It may cost a bit to set up, but it’ll be worth it for the sake of your cat’s happiness. Plus, think about all the money you’ll save on vet bills!
A catio can save you a great deal of hassle and money. It’s well worth the investment!
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