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Feline High-rise Syndrome — 12 Comments

  1. If I lived in a high rise apartment, with or without a balcony, I would be a nervous wreck.
    I would be on guard all of the time, counting heads and checking windows/screens to make sure they are secure.
    Forget about sleeping.

    • I’d be the same. I’d be super vigilant. What is surprising for me is that a lot people are pretty laid back about letting their cat go out on the balcony. I believe they think a cat will be inherently careful.

  2. Its really sad for everyone that can’t have an area for their cats. It saddens me, as I feed bad sometimes with having outside areas. I remember what it was like as I had a flat that had become I had a young kitten at the time. So had to be careful, it’s really sad what happened to your friends cat Marc. It’s sad that people still don’t protect their cats after a situation like that, but I guess people think it will happen again.

  3. My friends cat fell 11 floors and died shortly after – it was incredibly sad they said. She jumped for a pigoen. They still let their cats on the balcony with no barrier which I don’t agree with.

    I got awful news – our balconies are not safe and need to be removed and rebuilt at a huge cost. So I can’t do a serious job out there now for the cats – I was going to build stuff and put many plants but now it’s got to wait probably a very long time. This is very sad for the cats, they will suffer because of it.

    • That is crap news. It is distressing from several aspects the worst being your cats. There will be a lot of noise and disruption too. I hate that. Best of luck though to you all.

  4. ” You wrote the topic and cat matahari proved the point about cats loving dangerous heights “! A candid photo i just removed of cat Matahari lounging at her favourite spot on the gallery ledge, 5 floors from earth.

    • She illustrates the article perfectly. I am glad she is on the page. I had forgotten how much of a good example she is of potential feline high-rise syndrome. Thanks Rudolph.

  5. I never knew that cats could survive a fall from a 8 storey flat although freak cases have been recorded.My two cats were and are still models of a city cat loving the life of dangerous living.”P.O.C” has photo’s and articles of my cats “Matahari” and “Matata” sitting on the window ledges,the ground being five floors below.As Michael says the danger is that cats tend to sleep on the ledge which my 7 year old Matahari loves exhibiting on the house gallery ledge.She sits on the balcony ledge and dozes, doing this twice a day, once in the morning and then late in the evening at dusk.I am a firm believer in destiny and hope that their daily habits do not endanger their life since i can’t correct this flaw in their natural behaviour.

  6. This was very interesting, but once again, it is up to the owner to be responsible about their pet. I lived in Manhattan with 3 formerly feral cats and the were happier there than anywhere else because they seemed to feel like they were safe from the hard life outside. One who had always hidden for more than ten yesrs came out more and was much more siociable. The only funny thing was that he stayed on the radiators until winter when they got hot.

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