Photo Friday: Balcony Cats

My wife was promoted to property manager in 2009 and transferred to Myrtle Beach to run a property there. We got a third-floor apartment at the back of the property. If I remember correctly she wanted to be out of the way so most residents wouldnt know where we lived.

I rigged screening around the balcony railing with double-sided tape so the cats could go outside without the temptation to jump down. I also attached screening to long pieces of wood and hung them from the top of the balcony so the cats couldn’t jump onto the railing and possibly hurt themselves by falling off. That screening was then rolled up when not in use so nobody would notice it was there.

Bottom to top: Tigger, Alex and Abbey

All of these photos were taken almost ten years ago on June 21, 2010 using a digital camera that was outdated even for the time, so forgive the quality.


The pool noodles were added after we adopted Chris because he was able to squeeze his body under the railing and jump down from the third floor. (see here).

Chris and Tigger
Tigger and Alex

So what do you think of our little trip to the past?


24 thoughts on “Photo Friday: Balcony Cats

  1. onespoiledcat

    PERFECT way to “escape-proof” your balcony and it looked nice too which is sometimes tough to do. Very clever. The pool noodles did a great job for the “under escape” !!

    Hugs, Pam

  2. karim jaber

    excuse me, but could you please show pictures of how you cat proofed the ledge? i am moving to an apartment on the 3rd floor with a balcony and i am looking for ideas to cat proof the balcony without using a net because in france the landlord wont allow it 😦

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I wish I had thought to take better photos back then. I can’t show you but I can tell you. I bought vinyl screening that was the same width as the balcony railing was high. I attached it around the railing using double sided tape at the top and bottom. Our apartment was on the third floor and had a wall on both sides of the balcony as well as a ceiling. To keep the cats from jumping on top of the railing I bought small but long pieces of wood and stapled the wood to the screening at the top and bottom. I then hung the wood from the cieling and let it drop down over the railing. I attached it there somehow but don’t remember how. When there was no cat on the balcony I rolled the screening up and attached it to the ceiling, out of site. That way nobody would notice the screening unless they looked hard to see the screen that I taped to the bottom.

    2. Charles Huss Post author

      I just looked at the post again and you can see where the screen is taped at the bottom of the bacony. I also have pool noodles stuffed under the railing because Chris was actually able to squeeze under the railing when he was young.


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