I have a Russian Blue named Tiggar and he's an indoor cat. After a previous accident we've realised that he's not too bright when it comes to cars but he's always trying to escape! We have our garden proofed and he really enjoys it out there but the problem we've faced every year is that in the summer we can never have the window open because Tiggar sees it as the great escape. It's been unbearable with the heat and we just couldn't bring ourselves to get one of those ugly window nets. After talking to a friend who recently had shutters installed after a visit to John Lewis we've found the solution. We decided to go for window shutters from Clement Browne, who were also in our local John Lewis and we are absolutely thrilled. They look stunning and we can now have the windows open whenever we like. Keeping the shutter slats open means light and fresh air can get in but Tiggar can't get out! I'm incredibly happy but Tiggar doesn't seem to be.
I thought it might be an excellent solution for us as we have a similar issue for our upstairs windows, not that the cats aren't allowed out but due to at least one we would not trust to go out on to the windowsill & potentially try to jump on to the conservatory roof. We have seen 2 have exit that window in the past - 1 (Penny) managed to reverse & go back along the sill & back in the window whilst the other (Roman) did go out & jumped down on to the conservatory roof (luckily avoiding the roofline spikes!) & had a problem getting a purchase on the sloping roof. He kept sliding but we think the gutter stopped his slide enough for him to get a couple of bounces pack up the roof & on to the windowsill. We were in the garden at the time & had our hearts in our mouths as we watched as it would have been a very hard landing on the patio/pots below. We've also had a cat (Chloe) go out a couple of the front windows onto the porch/garage roof below she was always able to get back in except once, when she was a bit older, & we had to help her. our Lexie is the idiot cat that would try any of these escapades but not succeed as well.
Unfortunately I'm not sure the shutters would suit us as the cats enjoy watching out the window or snoozing on the windowsill cushions we have (they still snoozed there before we had the cushions) & it looks as if the shutters cover the windowsill. But it is worth investigating further, thank you.
We are also looking at the Flat Cat mesh window covers.
Happy days with Roman, Osiris & Lexie (remembering Chloe & Penny)
tonib: Sounds like it was a good job we didn't have Roman as a kitten then. He's never misbehaved like that, only his first Xmas with us when he half-inched the stuffing! - I hope that's not famous last words!
Jul 20, 2018 12:47:00 GMT
tonib: Lexie is another matter but usually not breakables - except potentially of herself when she fell behind the large display cabinet/sideboard on being left alone for the 1st time in our dining room aged 2.5 years!!!
Jul 20, 2018 13:27:50 GMT
tonib: She jumped on top (via the table I believe) & managed to fall between it & the wall & appeared to be suspended by her head part way down (the gap narrowed!) I had to get a burly neighbour in to help move it, quickly moving weight/breakables as pos. 1st
Jul 20, 2018 13:34:33 GMT
tonib: She was fine but got checked by vet just in case! That was a heart stopping time, especially her cries!
Jul 20, 2018 13:34:59 GMT
lotsofcats: I can remember when that happened with Lexi.
Jul 20, 2018 18:56:39 GMT
tonib: You've got a good memory, that was in 2012 I posted on the old YC forum
Jul 20, 2018 21:51:09 GMT
Gillykat: Wooohoooo updated piccies of the two new girls been sent.....they look adorable....and as tthough they'll boss Monty around summik rotten! My poor wee man
Jul 25, 2018 19:23:44 GMT
Gillykat: Listen! Can you hear that? SILENCE!!! The three ninjas are all asleep I shall enjoy it whilst it lasts
Aug 3, 2018 8:37:19 GMT
lotsofcats: It won't be for long. When I had kittens I just used to sit and watch them for ages - are you doing that yet?
Aug 3, 2018 11:09:00 GMT
Gillykat: Oh yes......just drinking their adorable cuteness Been picking up and cuddling new boys too and they're starting to realise I'm a harmless idiot who gives them a treat every time I do so.
Aug 3, 2018 15:37:15 GMT
scallywag: Thought they were GIrls ?
Aug 3, 2018 17:23:20 GMT
Gillykat: So did we scallywag Turns out, once I got them home, I checked and both are boys I'm VERY pleased about this cos I adore boy cats....always had absolute sweethearts of that sex in the past
Aug 4, 2018 10:07:36 GMT