Disciple of Otis Anna recently asked for some tips and tricks to help keep her cat at home. Anna does not intentionally let her kitty roam free, but the kitty has has been tearing through window screens to escape the house. Although there are window screens available that are advertised as “pet resistant”, if you really want to ensure that kitty can’t tear his or her way to freedom, I would recommend doing away with screens altogether and using wire or hardware cloth in your windows.
Although The Brothers and I are not window screen tearers (well, Brother Henry did it by accident once when he was going after a fly), the Guardians created a custom, wire window insert for the window in Kitty Valhalla. That window is the highest one in the house, so the Guardians didn’t want to take any chances that we might fall out of it. They made the “safety window” with wood, wire and screws that they got at a place they called “Home Depot.” A picture of it is below.
Since window tearers are likely to look for other means of escape once the windows are secured, I would recommend taking a look at the information in My past blog post titled: The Dilemma of the Door Dashers. One more thing I would recommend to help calm down a high-strung, indoor kitty is to try using a Feliway diffuser. The Guardians used one of these when I was making the transition from Limbo into The Promised Land. It really helped Me to calm down and feel safe.
Whatever you do, don’t give up on keeping your kitty safely contained. Some of us will test our boundaries, and I know we can try your patience by yowling loudly to be let outside, but you are our Guardians! It is up to you to set the boundaries and keep us safe. You would not let a two year old child run around unsupervised outside, no matter how badly he or she wanted to. You should not let your cat do so either.
So Sayeth Otis