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)
caz2golden: On walk today saw a dead branch hanging from a tree over a road. Probably been there a while but have not noticed before! Who do you report it too, tree would be owned by whoever has the field but the branch is over highway?
Sept 5, 2017 20:21:08 GMT
lotsofcats: I would report it to the local council's highway department.
Sept 6, 2017 12:51:54 GMT
caz2golden: sick of poor weather
Sept 10, 2017 14:09:19 GMT
scallywag: chucking it down here
Sept 11, 2017 13:00:00 GMT
caz2golden: Had the drizzle etc yesterday, today was windy which has blown a load of young Manx Shearwaters onto the beaches Dumped a load on the beach cleaner (think we were up to 10 birds) and then I found another so took that to a place of safety!
Sept 11, 2017 16:20:30 GMT
alfiemummy: I've been very lucky today - it chucked it down but only during my lunchtime!
Sept 11, 2017 17:19:03 GMT
scallywag: That was when I got soaked thru thunder hail and lots of heavy rain , Beau was dragging me home LOL
Sept 12, 2017 19:15:41 GMT
lotsofcats: We had very high winds during the night and I slept through it all but if Kobi had barked just once I would immediately be awake.
Sept 13, 2017 12:49:30 GMT
caz2golden: We had the same here Lotsofcats, except I was awake for fair part of it. We had intermittent power cuts too. Felt sorry for the raw pet food delivery man the next morning who was probably coming across a lot of downed trees etc.
Sept 15, 2017 11:07:04 GMT
caz2golden: Frustrating here today, one moment looks lovely but before you have chance to go out it is overcast and drizzling again. Must find weather window for a dog walk!
Sept 15, 2017 11:08:13 GMT
scallywag: It was lovely and sunny here till 2pm then just as I was also getting ready to take Beau out it chucked it down and still is My washing did manage to get dried thou
Sept 15, 2017 14:41:31 GMT
caz2golden: Was ok here today. Dogs enjoyed zoomies session on grass at end of lead walk today, even Sophie tried to join in, making me have to run to encourage her to run too! Madness! Only sorry I could not video it.
Sept 18, 2017 22:17:57 GMT
scallywag: Me toooo would like to see you running about Caz
Sept 19, 2017 10:38:25 GMT
caz2golden: Should have seen me today trying to keep Sophie on course on the beach! lol
Sept 19, 2017 20:00:24 GMT
caz2golden: Back to being drowned rat at work! Now home and warming up.
Sept 20, 2017 14:05:39 GMT
scallywag: What about today Caz it looked to be very wet over there in the West , we have had sunshine here with a breeze , clouding over now but then we are due rain around 5pm onwards
Sept 21, 2017 14:18:37 GMT
scallywag: Did you all get my PM ?
Sept 21, 2017 14:19:00 GMT