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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-02-2011, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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? Cats & Window Screens

Tonight the window was open and Onyx perched herself on the ledge in front of the window. The window has a screen in it.
Has anyone had a cat tear the screen up to get outside?

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-02-2011, 12:10 AM
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Mine only tear the screens up at night to get to the bugs O.o


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We had cats tear our screened door on our porch once, but it was several of them. I'm not sure Onyx could do it by herself without you noticing first.
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MowMow slams into them from time to time when a bird flies by too closely. I bought some wire cooling racks (for cookies) at Walmart (super cheap) and put them upright in the window track and closed the window around them. If he really hit it hard it would still knock the screen out but hopefully keep him from following it.

You can see above the wire rack where he hit the screens before. Putting holes in them. If he's really interested in something outside I can put them upright so they sit taller (and the window is closed more).



I think he was trying to figure out what I was looking at outside.
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Never had a cat tear a screen to get out, but I have had the screen pop out. So make sure it's really secure.


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Mine only tear the screens up at night to get to the bugs O.o
Same here. He's really good about not scratching/climbing the screens, but when he sees a bug outside, he will go for the screen. I have to be very careful and only leave our sliding door wide open when I'm in the kitchen with him. Our windows are never open more than a crack.
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Bindi likes to sit by the screen in our living room window and i'm sure if he found out how he'd tear it up to get outdoors.
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Several years ago I had an indoor cat, and the neighbors cat would come to our house and tear holes in our screens trying to get to our cat.
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the bix box home improvement stores cary screening that is pet resistant, not to hard to do yourself, but make sure everything from the spline to latches are secure..

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Before I brought my girls home, I had my window screens re-done with petproof screens (big $$$ but worth it). The slider door i couldn't do because it didn't fit in my car ... but I only leave that door open when I'm around to watch them (and they just LOVE sitting in front of that - with no swatting at it, no trying to get out), otherwise I leave it open only a couple of inches.
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