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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-04-2007, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Cats and balconies

How many of you live in apartments and condominiums and if so how many of you allow your cats on the balcony? Because my place is small I cannot deny them an outdoor enclosure and the balcony is the only thing I can offer them but Spotty has to be watched like a hawk or he tries to jump on the railing and Rosie does not try to jump on the railing. She usually just sits on a cusion. But she does bite the leaves of one of my houseplants and I have to chase her away from it. I don't give my cats grass because it makes them throw up every time they eat it.

Rosie seems more content to be an apartment kitty than Spotty. I think Spotty would be happier in a larger space such as a house. He gets restless sometimes going inside and outside constantly during balcony time and meowing while Rosie happily sits on her favorite chair. But I'm too attached to Spotty to give him up. Does this make me selfish or just a devoted cat lover? I've got to make this work. Strict supervision on the balcony at all times and both cats have to come indoors when they misbehave.
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I know what you mean by a restless cat who wants a larger space -- sounds like Rocket.
Can you screen in the balcony so they can be out there unsupervised?
Something like this:



from here: http://www.thecatsden.net/index.html (look under "photo galleries")
or maybe you could build it yourself.
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I would never trust my cats not to try to fly so I enclosed my little balcony with deer netting. It was very easy and inexpensive (about $40)to do and I feel so much better knowing they are safe out there.
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Wow! You can't even tell from street level. Nice job!

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Nice work, nanook, that looks like a great place for cats to hang out.
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That looks GREAT! I wanted to do something similar at the community I lived in in Florida but they did not allow you to.
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I wish I could but my Home Owners Association forbids it. I own my own condo but the rules are strict. We only own what's inside our condos. Anything outside within a public eye view, they have the right to make restrictions unfortunately. I'll just sit outside with them and try not to let them out at night or when they're most active.

I'll bring Spotty inside for a play session when he gets like this. Fortunately it's not high. Although I can't rule out the possiblility of an injury if the cat does fall. I live on the second floor. I have a neighbor on the 3rd floor to the right of me. She has allowed her cats freedom to go in and out and the cat has done regular tightrope acts on the railing from her apartment to the neighbor's apartment and never fell. But I will not take that risk with Spotty. I think he could fall. Fortunately if I'm outside with him I can control his actions. Because I startle him when I catch in the planning to jump phase and if he really misbehaves I send both cats back inside.
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Condos can be a pain.
But one of the reasons I used the deer netting is I'm on the third floor and you can not see it from outside. I'm in an historic building so what it looked like did matter to the landlord.
Another thing I thought of which might deter them from jumping up on the railing is to put planters all along it with upright plants in them. I have smaller ones and Nanook has been known, on the rare occassion, to try to jump up on them. Naughty cat! But maybe something like this, just longer and with taller plants in it would work?


P.S. Thanks you guys! Yes the cats LOVE it! Especially when they have their 5 am crazies, they chase eachother out one window and in the other. It's too funny!

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Another rule the HOA has is that we're only allowed to have 5 plants on our balcony not to exceed 5 gallons. It's crazy. I'm already technically violating the pet rule which is no more than 2 small animals not to exceed 25 pounds in weight. When I first got my 2 cats they met that rule but now that they've gained weight I'm in violation. But of course they're not going to come out and weigh that. They just don't want big dogs. Silly rule isn't it. Why don't they say no more than 2 small animals not to exceed a certain height?

And yes my cats love to eat houseplants which is why I only have succulents. Thanks for the suggestion. I'd have to think about how that's going to work.
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Boy, their tough! What's the point of a balcony if you can't have plants!!

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