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How to keep your cat safe on a balcony this summer

How to keep your cat safe on a balcony this summer
It’s not just heatstroke and exposure to the sun that puts your pet at risk this summer. Here’s how to stop your cat from having a nasty fall from a balcony or window
While the weather is finally looking up, it’s important to remember that the dangers of hot weather for pets extend beyond heat strokes. As temperatures rise to welcome summer, many of us might keep windows and balconies wide open to let in the heat and breeze, which pose a significant risk to our curious feline companions.
"Many of us might keep windows and balconies wide open, which pose a significant risk to our curious feline companions."
Katy Alexander, a veterinarian at national pet charity Blue Cross, says that Blue Cross’s animal hospitals regularly treat cases of cats falling from open windows and balconies, resulting in broken bones, internal injuries and sadly sometimes, death. She dives deeper into this risk that you might not have considered and shares some tips to help keep your cat safe this summer.

Dory’s story 


Credit: Blue Cross
A heart-wrenching incident involving a 16-week-old kitten, Dory, highlights the urgent need for safety measures. Dory required emergency surgery after falling from a third-storey window. She was rushed into the charity’s animal hospital in Victoria, London, sadly her leg was so badly fractured vets had to amputate it.
"Dory required emergency surgery after falling from a third-storey window"
She faced several weeks of rehabilitation and rest before the team at Blue Cross was able to find her a new loving home. This heart-warming outcome serves as a reminder of the importance of proactive prevention and protective measures for our feline friends.

Preventing accidents

There are a few tips from the pet charity for keeping your cats safe this summer:
  1. Put up screens and nettings at windows to create a barrier that prevents cats from falling out
  2. Keep balcony doors closed to restrict access to potentially dangerous areas
  3. Install tip and tilt windows, which allow ventilation while reducing the risk of your cat slipping through

Cats’ curiosity


Credit: Blue Cross
Katy mentioned that every summer, animal hospitals witness unfortunate cases of cats who have fallen out of open windows and from balconies.
"It is essential for owners to remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions to prevent these accidents"
“Like Dory, they are often young, experiencing their first summer and are curious to see a window or door open. We also see older cats who have fallen out of a window having found a spot to snooze on a window ledge or balcony.”
It is essential for owners to remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions to prevent these accidents from occurring. By paying a little more attention, you can keep your pet safe this summer.
For more advice on how to keep your animal safe this summer visit bluecross.org.uk/summer
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