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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 3:49 pm 
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Bengal Kitten

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Hi everyone.
I was hoping I might be able to get some advice or ideas on how to bengal proof windows.
My 2 bengals are house cats as we like to keep them safe and live on a busy road so will not allow them out.
However this does not stop them being curious!
If we ever have a window open, even the small top window they are always very intrigued and like to jump up and balance on the frame!
Luckily we have been around when they have done this so we have been able to lift them down before they escape! And luckily we have not needed the windows open much as it has been winter and the summer was so bad last year!

We are in the process of buying a house so will be moving in the near future. We are moving into a first floor maissonette and I am trying to plan ahead.
We would love to be able to keep the windows open when needed without having to worry about them getting too curious and either jumping out or in the worse case scenario, falling out.
We obviously can't keep an eye on them 100% of the time so would like the peace of mind that they are safe.

So, has anybody got any solutions for my problem? Any ideas will be gratefuly received!

Thanks.

Polly Xx


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 4:33 pm 
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Location: South East England
Hi There

Our relatives when they lived out in South Africa had wrought iron shutters on there window. This allowed the windows to open inwards with the shutters closed. The cats couldn't get through the shutters but the fresh air could get in.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 4:42 pm 
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Here in the US, most windows have screens to keep the bugs out. They are usually metal mesh, but you can also buy "pet-safe" screens made of plastic that are supposedly non-tearable. In my case, those have been sufficient to keep my cats inside. I could imagine that a determined Bengal might be capable of ripping them to shreds though. In the basement, I've installed chicken wire in front of the window for added security. It doesn't look pretty, but it's only a basement window and it keeps the cats in when the window is open.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 5:49 pm 
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Thank you very much for your replies.
I have looked on the web and have found a number of places that can fit fly screens that I hope will do the job! :D


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:59 am 
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i'd look for the security screens - fly screens made out of a much tougher metal. They look the same, they're non cuttable. Any cat (let alone a bengal) can get through ordinary fly screen. I've yet to meet one that can manage to escape through security screen.

Our house was burgled (BIG TIME) almost exactly a year ago, so we had security screens put on all of our windows. The added bonus is that now we don't have to constantly repair them where the cats get at them!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 3:53 pm 
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Careful though, even with the stronger screens. Make sure they are attached securely!

At my old apartment, one wall of the livingroom was literally all a window. (huge blinds went across the wall.)

My BAD boy would climb the patio door screen there. I had to have the screen replaced at least three different times because his weight would make the entire thing fall down! Ugh!

I'm lucky they never made me pay to have them keep replacing it. :P

Yes, I did capture it on video...

http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseacti ... oid=165452

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:55 pm 
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little monster!! :shock: :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:13 am 
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yeah =) Our security screens have very tough frames and are bolted on with specialist bolts. Someone would need to come with a power drill and the correct bits to remove them to break in now. Easier to just smash a window.

But it DOES make things difficult for the cats!!! No escaping through these things =)


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 4:57 pm 
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Oh, I forgot to add that keeping the patio door closed wasn't an option. My apartment in CA didn't have A/C (a lot of them don't there), and that was the ONLY "window" in the livingroom/kitchen at all. :P

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:32 am 
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thanks for the tip on security screen, i will look it up this coming spring, if it ever comes back that is, we just had another 40cm//16inches of snow this past weekend :evil:

my 2 young ones liked to climb between the exterior window and inner one, ripping through the ancient screen there. If only this security or even pet screen can do the job, i will be able to breath easy when the suns shines again.

thanks :!:


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:02 am 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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locally the product is called secureview

http://www.secureview.com.au/

lots of companies that do external blinds and awnings or security doors will provide it. I'm assuming that if you can't think of a better way to describe it, showing this website will let people know what you are after.

hope this helps


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:58 pm 
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Hi,

I made a simple frame out of roofing batten, and stapled chicken-mesh to it...I have made one for the bedroom window, one for the patio door at the back, and one for hte french-door at the front.....

Only safe for use whilst Im in the house...but it allows some fresh-air flow in the summer....oh, & of course, its not wht you'd call PRETTY....but thats what the Bengals are for!


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