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Comment by Strega on August 1, 2013 at 2:21pm

That sounds reasonable too.  Yes, I forgot about the rules of apartment blocks.  As long as she can't get a grip to climb the barrier, it should work reasonably well.  Try to cater for a mad dash, if you can, because that's probably the only time she would be in danger.

Comment by Unseen on August 1, 2013 at 2:02pm

@Strega - Anything visible outside the balcony would undoubtedly bring down the ire of the management, who don't want the outside of their building looking like it belongs to a poorer section of Hong Kong. I was thinking of maybe attaching a 6" wide horizontal sheet of clear plastic to the inside of the railing to block access. 

However, you know how resourceful and inventive cats can be when they want to do something.

Comment by Strega on August 1, 2013 at 1:58pm

Wire netting, Unseen.  You probably want to fix up a "safety net" setup with the holes wide enough to allow her legs to slip through but not her body.  She is almost certainly not going to fall normally, but if she happens to be chasing a moth she may overshoot.  A horizontal stretch of wire mesh the far side of your rail, should provide you with some comfort.

Comment by Unseen on August 1, 2013 at 1:18pm

Okay, Patricia. Enough with the criticism. Suggestions?

Comment by Unseen on August 1, 2013 at 1:01pm

I have been letting Squeaky out on my 6th floor balcony, and a few months ago she threw a scare into me when I found her walking outside the privacy panels on my balcony on the 3"-4" rim outside the panels. Crossing my fingers, I figure she's a cat and a natural tree dweller so I should just trust her sense of balance and sure-footedness.

Today, she raised the ante when I caught her walking on the railing of the balcony,, which is exactly 2" wide. I have no idea how she managed to get up there. And to make things more exciting and scary, it's a bit windy today. She's done it twice to my knowledge. Frankly, she may have done it a few times before because I was out of town for 10 days and I can't watch her every minute of the day.

My options are few not pleasant. 1) to close my eyes and let my cat be a cat (which has been the approach I try to stick to) or 2) never let her out on the balcony she loves so much. I have thought of trying to put something unpleasant up there like double-sided tape or wrapping the railing in foil, but then I picture her being flummoxed and falling off in the wrong direction when she attempts to go up there.

Comment by Unseen on July 30, 2013 at 6:08pm

Squeaky got her FVRCP booster yesterday and like the original FVRCP she got 2 weeks ago, it hit her like a ton of brick. Not quite as bad as the first time which had me wondering if I had a medical emergency on my hands. That time, she threw up a couple hours after getting the shot, and then seemed quite weak and slept quite a bit more than a cat normally does, her little chest barely moving. The second day was almost as bad. The third day she was pretty normal. The same thing happened today, when she got her booster, and today, so I assume tomorrow will be pretty good.

I just wonder, since this shot hits her so hard, does an indoor cat really need it. She's semi-indoor in that she is allowed out on my sixth floor balcony. I suppose it's conceivable that she might catch some bird stupid (or sick enough) to get caught and of course, while it's rare, bats doo sometimes wander into homes. And bats are first-class rabies carriers. Still, the odds are against it. 

What do you folks do?

Comment by Unseen on July 28, 2013 at 11:36am

Strega, that was hilarious.

Comment by Strega on July 28, 2013 at 11:17am

[Exerpt from the "Squeaky diaries"]

Day 170
My pet has shown he cannot be trusted to find his way home effectively.  He was lost for a very long time.  Another human came and tried to take over our lair, but I could see through the deception and viciously defended our home, scaring them off.  My pet finally found his way back to me, and I have been trying to comfort him.  It must have been traumatic for him.  Now I sleep against him so he can't wander off in the night.  When he goes outside the lair, I call to him so that he can find his way back. It seems to work.  I think he has learned his lesson, but I tell him how silly he was, constantly.  I am hoping my perpetual reminders of how foolish he was, are getting through.  Since he has proved himself to be unable to care for himself properly, I have inspected all the equipment he leaves around the lair, to ensure that it is safe for him to touch.  I am now trying to teach him to hunt, in case he gets lost again.  I have started with something simple, and have tried to show him how to catch and kill flying things.  To date, although he watches me, he has not shown any ability to copy me despite my repeated efforts. He may be flawed and unable to hunt at all.  Time will tell.

Comment by Unseen on July 28, 2013 at 10:49am

Cat reflexes are astounding. Squeaky regularly catches flies off a window pane or screen, but I just saw her catch a fly on the wing. It flew above her and she reached up and grabbed it between her front paws.

Comment by Unseen on July 26, 2013 at 12:42pm

Clearly Squeaky experienced a little separation anxiety. Spending 10 days without her "mother" (me, since male cats don't do any parenting) has affected her. For the second night in a row she has spent the entire night in my bed instead of playing in the dark. I walked down the hall to take out the trash and she meowed just inside the apartment door, calling out to me until I returned, 


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