I’ve got four cats. None have ever gone outside. I live in a fairly rural area that’s developed enough, but there’s an acre and a half around me. Woods, field, etc. Wandering outside are squirrels, a family of groundhogs living under the back deck, rabbits, possum, chipmunks, raccoon… and feral cats. ( Also bear and rattlesnakes and deer, but let’s be serious. Unless I bait with raw meat, I can’t see a bear forcing it’s way through the window. I know, such things do happen, but it’s darned rare.
Quite a few feral cats are out there. My office is in the lower floor of the house. Not really a basement, but the windows on this level- at this side of the house- are set so that the bottom window sill is perhaps 6 inches from the dirt. I have no central air.
I love fans, fresh air moving through. It has come to pass that the housecats love to sit in the windows and watch the world fly/crawl/scamper by. Nothing new, all cats love this.
Several times in the last few weeks I have been sitting here before The Oracle Of All Things ( the computer monitor ) and have heard what can charitably be described as a choking whimpering moan. I turn to see one of the cats. Sometimes on all fours, sometimes up on hind quarters with paws against the window frame. The lower window is up a crack but NOT enough to let an animal pass through.
Said cat is in high terror state. Tail fluffed out wildly, moaning, jaws convulsing, body tense. I stand up…and see a feral cat inches if not a foot or two from the window. Just sitting there. Being a feral cat.
My concerns :
A) I am aware that at some point, on of the cats will pee out of sheer terror. This will either sprinkle cat urine all over my Apple Cinema Display or all over my video edit system, all depending on which window they are standing at.
B) I fear very much that a feral cat will simply launch at the housecat, and go straight through the nice pretty smooth expensive new windows with their nice pretty smooth black vinyl screening. This will cause much uproar. Whether we are home or not, I suspect it would be bloody work to get the feral cat off of the housecat before killing it ( or them, if we are not home and the feral cat(s) get the run of the place through the screening. )
Any idea of what I can use to completely protect the house from an outside animal? I don’t want to leave the windows closed, and the screening is useless for anything with more mass and forward velocity than a mosquito. I have seen with my own eyes, a housecat launched through the metal screening of a second floor window and fall out to the ground. Fortunately, it was about a 15 foot drop onto soft damp lawn and it landed, and ran.
Chicken wire would look like shit but would protect the housecats. I suspect that if a real emotional/chemical pissing match happened, a feral cat might spray towards the housecat. :eek: :eek: :eek:
Thoughts? The windows are low enough to the ground, that opening the top window instead of the bottom one wouldn’t solve the problem. And as I said, that fresh air sure is nice to have flowing through here. Especially because the 4 litter boxes are right now sitting about 15 feet from me. Both windows up, fresh air pulled past me, bad cat smelly air pulled out near the boxes. Nice.