Cats and balconies

I saw a cat sitting on the third floor balcony of another apartment in my building. We are on the third floor as well, but don’t let the cats out on the balcony because I have issues with such things. The cat was sitting on the edge of the balcony, happy as can be.

I wish I could let Dayle & Sera out on our balcony, but I just don’t trust things. I don’t trust that one of them won’t miscalculate on a jump (which Dayle does often) or slip, or try to chase a bird off the edge, or some other mistake or accident leading to one of them falling off and down to the pavement, or to huffy’s roof. Three floors isn’t that far, but it’s far enough.

And really, I don’t think I could go through that again. I still have nightmares and flashbacks and feel horrendously sick to my stomach from memories of the first time it happened, off that 17th story balcony by pure accident. As such, the cats stay in, and we have to lock them up when we want to open the windows or the balcony door since there are no got-damn screens in this got-damn province. I’m hoping to get a screen custom-made for the patio door – we tried to buy a standard one but it didn’t fit.

Anyhow. It’s sad that my paranoia keeps the cats inside and not on the balcony watching the world like that orange tabby on the other side of the building. But for my sanity it’s for the best. It’s been something like seven years since then, and the memory hasn’t become easier to deal with – it doesn’t seem like it’s going to any time soon.


  • theoldmac

    July 13, 2006 at 4:31 am

    It’s not paranoia, It’s good sense.

    I back your decision to lock ’em in 100%. It might be different if you were on the ground floor and they had tags (though I’m sure the_dayle would disappear for days at a time and come back with trophies of his hunting prowess), but not on a balcony (at any height).

    What’s the deal with no screens? They’re only like the second best invention known to man.

  • Jenny Lee Silver

    July 13, 2006 at 5:03 am

    They seem to think in Vancouver that there are no bugs around (and there really aren’t very many) and so they don’t have screens – it’s almost a pride thing sometimes. I don’t get it. A lot of the apartment buildings are oldish (60s-70s) and if they did have screens they’ve long since vanished and were never replaced. The newer condos and houses seem to have screens much of the time, but not the older ones. It’s really strange.

    Don’t these people have kids who climb out windows??

  • theoldmac

    July 14, 2006 at 12:10 am

    screens rarely prevent children from falling out of high rise apartment windows in Toronto… but apparently the badly drawn advertising on the garbage bins is doing a better job…

  • spadoink

    July 17, 2006 at 11:37 pm

    we dont’ close our doors much anymore.
    isaac has no problems so far that we can tell.

    wasn’t quite as happy when i came home from teh honeymoon and someone had put a bookshelf right up against the railing though. nothing like making it even easier for him to play on the railing.