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Tilting Windows Are A Danger To Cats — 27 Comments

  1. Yea there can be just as many dangers inside as well as outside. Its really hard sometimes esp with Having Jasmine inside. She trys her hardest to outsmart us. We keep the Cat door locked at night. Which, means we have to open the door for the other Cats so its an open and close game most of the night. She sneaky manages to escape,and found where she was escaping last night. There is a small gap in a broken window which we have bordered up. Am hoping either next week or week after will take Jasmine to get fixed. Which be great as she so full of energy.

  2. They’re rare where I’m at.
    I’ve seen them in a few old warehouses though.
    Most windows here slide up and down these days and “catch” at various levels so there’s no chance of slamming shut.
    Some older homes from around the 1960’s may have the jalousie (louvre) windows still that crank open.

  3. Ours are sort of door windows, which is wonderful for downstairs as Walt and Jo come and go by that one, see the pic. But the upstairs windows are the same, so to have them open we need to put a mesh screen up to keep our cats safe.
    At present because of the noise and stink from those dogs just the other side of the fence I never have mine open at all anyway.

  4. I think being paranoid about cat safety is healthy – at least for me. But, no matter how hard I try, I know that !00% cat proofing is impossible. There are probably 50 dangers inside that I haven’t even thought of. And, I hate surprises. So, it’s like always being on edge waiting for a cat to encounter one. Always watching, always listening inside and outside. Always on the move.

    • Another of them gone today Dee, very poorly young mother with 4 kittens signed over to CP, only one left due to give birth any time now.

        • They phoned CP because the mother couldn’t feed the kittens and when Marion came to collect them and saw the state of the mother I expect she persuaded them in her own inimitable way to sign them all over.

          • This makes me so sick that the poor little mama had to reach that state before CP was called.
            The pregnant one that’s left needs to go too.
            At least, it’s comforting to know that CP helps and doesn’t kill.

            • Yes that’s the RSPCA and CP both know about the situation now and intervened, a huge relief to us!

  5. This is a tragedy It is so very sad. So many people don’t “cat proof” their houses and just don’t THINK about what can harm them.

    Awhile ago I wrote about the dangers of pet doors. They also are extremely risky. Kittens can escape since these doors aren’t small enough. Stray animals can get into the house through these doors, and wreak havoc with any pet that is inside.

    Thanks for writing this article, Ruth! There is so much education that must be done to keep all of our pets safe. I really feel for this kitty. This is just so very, very sad.

    • Thanks Jo, we have just one rule in our house, it’s ‘think cat’
      I think most long time cat caretakers have the same rule, but that little cat has paid with her life because of her owners carelessness.
      Hopefully they have learned a lifelong lesson that you can’t be too careful with cats around.

  6. Yea its definitely a wake-up call. As you just never know. They can get themselves in small areas. Thats often when they may get locked in garages and in other areas.

  7. We thought the biggest danger to those cats was being run over as toms chased them desperate to mate, or hurt by the huge dogs in that house, never for one moment thought about a window being the cause of one’s death.

  8. Oh Ruth & Barbara this is just so horrible. It reminds me of a window I had when i was living alone. It had a push pulley, was like an Victorian type House. Where u pushed the window Up and Down. You are so right, Cats & Kittens can easily get into small places. Even I find with Cat doors, they can easily get their wee paws caught in the door. I’ve had to help My cats a few times as they got Caught. Thing I’ve noticed with mine,they are very clever at Jumping on to high objects like onto Wardrobe, then sometimes they get stuck. Its definitely makes you more aware of closing some windows and doors, to make sure this sort of thing NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. Its very traumatic and i know you guys been worried for awhile, about that Cat and its so sad.

  9. It’s such a tragedy for that poor cat and her kittens. I was speaking to one of the women yesterday evening after asking her what the outcome was and she said the RSPCA man had told her that the little cat had broken her back from her neck down to her tail and that no amount of money would pay for an operation to mend it. They seem to think that she had been out of the window (apparently the cats have been using that window to get in and out because there is a conservatory roof below that they use to jump onto and from to get back inside) and the accident had happened as she tried to get back in, as she had kittens she might have misjudged the size of her body or perhaps the window wasn’t open as far as usual, or maybe she slipped and fell in but got her head edged but anyway it seems that she hung by her head for something like 3 hours, the RSPCA man told them that the lady opposite had phoned them at 9.30 but they say they didn’t leave the house until 10.30. Either way that cat has been hanging in distress several hours and must have twisted and writhed to try to get free, whether or not the fact that she always had two collars on made a difference there is no way of knowing, apparently the blinds at that window were torn to shreds so she must have been trying to get a hold on them.
    The women have had to sign a statement acknowledging what has happened and declaring that they will not leave the windows open while the cats are unattended in the future, they have also been advised to have their other cats spayed. We told them also to remove the cord that runs through the bottom of their blinds and they have done that. It’s so sad, so needless, people have to realise they can’t just bring an armful of kittens into the house and let them fend for themselves, they need feeding, spaying and caring for – just like babies and puppies do!

  10. I would never have thought this possible. Did the window slam shut on her back as she tried to get through it? It looks like that. I am surprised she was trapped where she was – at the top of the window. Tragic. Very sad.

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