Help me cat-proof my balcony
I moved into my new apartment a few months ago on the sixth floor with a good sized balcony.
In our previous apartment, we had an olive coloured wire net that we hung up so that cats couldn't fall out. It was a student apartment so we could not drill or install windows. There were a number of issues with the net solution. First, it was really ugly in my opinion and I really hated it. To top it off it wasn't all that secure. And it didn't even prevent my cats from jumping up on the railing. One of the cats would attempt to lay on the railing with her body weight away from the balcony as if it were a hammock.
We could not have the door (or windows for that matter) open unless we were closely watching them so of course we would, but sometimes they would jump up anyway when we turned our backs or if they saw a bird or insect and got excited.
We need a way to air out the apartment in case something is smoky in the kitchen and during summer evenings. This new balcony is particularly difficult because of its shape and because the door doesn't close from the outside.
- Inglasa the balcony (install balcony windows). We got a quote for the cost of this, but we found out that our building stopped allowing this for some reason, even though there are a number of balconies with glass installed.
- Set up a net in the most aesthetically pleasing, yet secure way possible with a transparent net. Although, I read really bad reviews about the transparent net as they are flimsy.
- Install an extra door on the balcony doorway with a metal bug net that can be opened and closed from the balcony side. We wouldn't allow the cats out on the balcony unless they were on leashes. This option allows us to be a bit more relaxed with not having to watch them closely while we air out the apartment and we could enjoy the balcony without an ugly net (albeit with cats on leashes or not out on the balcony).
I am leaning toward the last option. Obviously, my first is to install windows because that is the most aesthetically appealing and secure option, but that is not allowed as of now.
- Edited by Evelina 2022-03-22, 08:54
#0: Before I read your preferred solution, I thought the last one sounded best given the circumstances.
Does the balcony door open inwards? If so, you might even be able to attach a net over the opening (and perhaps elastic rope for securing the corners and automatic straightening of the net). You can make the net yourself using white (or any other color) rope so it is perfect in size for the opening. It would be cheap and easy to make. You could use it as an interim solution while you decide how you want to do long term.
To make the net (but perhaps too short):
To fasten the net:
For corner straps:
Best regards, Niklas 🎈
Thank you, great idea! It opens toward the inside.
I did some research and found this solution. I talked to my boyfriend and we agreed to do the door as a good solution for now. We shall see what they say about the inglasning. They are redoing all of the windows in autumn anyway so we even if they end up allowing us to do the inglasning, we would have to wait until after that.
I believe that are cheaper door solutions from than this, but we will get the insect net from here since it seems smarter than the usual insect net which is quite easy to tear.
#2: That’s a nice solution. Is the net rolled up when not in use?
Best regards, Niklas 🎈