Stupid Cat or Stupid Humans?

Saturday, June 07, 2008
We had a bit of a heart stopping moment today. We covered most of the balcony railings with green plastic mesh to provide the nasturtiums something to crawl up as they grow. It also works well to keep the cats from hanging half off the balcony. Well, there was about 2 feet of the railings that the mesh didn't reach so there's open space between them. We've put two of the largest planters in front of them as both of my cats had a tendency to stick their heads and half of their bodies out into space. They've both been very good lately though and we've been opening the door (yes the one I smashed my toe in) and allowing them to roam around out there without a human babysitter. Until today that is. Sitting in the living room knitting, I heard what sounded like a pot falling over. Mom didn't hear it (she's deaf anyways) so I went outside to investigate. Much to my shock and horror (and the detriment of my blood pressure), I found Anubis crawling along the little bit of concrete on the other side of the railings unable to back up and unable to find a way back through. I started screaming for my mom who came rushing out. Thankfully at the end opposite the open railings is a spot where there is also no mesh but blocked by a wire shelf which can be moved. Mom went rushing over and moved the shelf. Nubi slowly made his way over. As soon as he was close enough, she bent down and grabbed him by the back scruff and tossed him roughly into the apartment. Man oh man was he pissed off. I, on the other hand, don't think I've ever been so afraid. Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggh. We have since agreed on a rule that NONE of the cats are allowed on the balcony without a human to watch them. Egads, I just took 10 years off my life....

6 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

That would have killed me.

Red said...

That took ten years off my life too! Was Anubis stressed out by the whole experience or was he, like, "I knew what I was doing all along! Hysterical women..."?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Cat and kids - they'll both be the death of you. Thank god you didn't panic.

Sheamus the... said...

Cats... they're half in half out anyway.

Heather said...

We had a similar incident with Herbert - Hubby Dearest watching tv one evening, thought he saw a reflection of the little rotter in the window (we're on the 12th floor) - realized Herbert was on the OUTSIDE LOOKING IN - silent meow forming on his lips. The window ledge is only 4 inches wide, metal, and slopes. Blood draining out of our legs, hearts pounding, opened the patio door, rattled the treats bag, Herbie came scampering in, none the worse for the experience, but we're sure it was responsible for the additional grey hairs on our heads. Cats are now forbidden the balcony. Herbie had slipped out when I had shaken the table cloth - kitties can be sneaky. Heather's mom, Jean

Heather said...

We're also using wire shelving to block our indoor windows so cats don't sit in windowsills and lean on the screen (and then fall through). It's a little bit like living in a jail, and the cats don't appreciate it much, but there's no fear of cats going splat.

- Heather

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