Updated by Sheryl on Oct 28, 2021
We put out every effort to ensure the health and happiness of our kitties. However, even when we've established the ideal environment for our cats at home, the call of nature continues to lure them. Cats may desire to escape outside for a variety of reasons, but in order to keep them safe, it's vital to figure out how to prevent them from leaving the house without their human companion. If you make your cat happy and give him or her some incentives to stay indoors, you will reduce the likelihood of your cat bolting out the door.
If your cat losing balance and falling out of a window, take them to your vet as soon as possible for assessment and treatment. Breaking their bones is only the beginning of the potential injuries they might have sustained, and many of them are unlikely to be visible at first glance. There is no treatment available at home, and many of these animals are in excruciating agony (whether they show you or not). Avoid attempting to pro vide your pain meds to them; this is a recipe for catastrophe; instead, take them to the veterinarian for examination and safe treatment immediately.
Cats frequently find themselves in this situation after being knocked off their perch on a windowsill by a loud noise. This is especially true for windows that are left wide open and do not have any protective barrier in places.
It is possible that your cat losing balance and falling if the vacuum cleaner or blender starts running when it is resting on the sill of an open window. When they jump onto a windowsill or deck/balcony railing, they might lose their equilibrium. They could also lose their balance when they are searching for passing bugs, flies, or birds near an open window or on a fire escape. Even fire escapes, in some cases, may not be sufficient to avoid a severe fall. The surface is frequently slick, and a leaping cat may quickly fly over the fire escape, landing and onto the other side. Indeed, even a window screen may not be sufficient to prevent a fall from occurring.
If your cat is always loitering by the front entrance, waiting for an opportunity to flee when an unsuspecting visitor opens the door, consider utilizing the rear or garage entrance instead rather than entering and exiting by the front door. Another ideal alternative is to depart and enter through a door that has an antechamber on each side. After passing through the first door, make sure it is securely closed behind you and check around to make sure your feline companion has not followed you. If your cat manages to go past the first door, you will be able to catch him or her and bring him or her back inside before he or she exits via the secondary door, which indeed leads to the outdoors.
As long as your cat believes that being near the door means that you will pat or play with her, she will gravitate toward the door. Make an effort to break yourself of the habit of meeting your cat and receiving a pleasant hello the moment you step through the door. Don't even think about looking at your cat until you've taken your shoes off, taken your jacket off, and stepped away from the front entrance.. Instead, meet your cat with a loving greeting and pat it on the head only in the living room, bedroom, or corridor. In this manner, the cat will learn to meet you in the location where it knows you will pay attention to it. When you depart, follow the same procedure. Instead of saying goodbye to your cat at the door, say hello and goodbye in your chosen place.
If you have a cat door and your cat is free to come and go as it pleases, consider installing a lock or a sliding latch to keep it from dashing out into the street.
Educate your cat to position itself—or sit in a set location—somewhere else than the front entrance. You can train your cat with a clicker in the same way you would train a dog. Teaching station cues and seat cues is an enjoyable and straightforward process.
If your cat is not spayed or neutered, it will have a greater desire to go about seeking prospective mates than a cat who has been spayed or neutered. If your cat has been neutered, on the other hand, it will have no urge to reproduce and will be more likely to want to stay at home with you. Spaying or neutering also stops cats on balconies from jumping and is generally considered safe for cats as young as eight weeks old, but you should always check with your veterinarian.