I live on the third floor of a building, and when I first got my kitties I used to have really bad nightmares about them jumping out the window. I am so careful, but I haven't found a way to put permanent screens in - we only open the windows quickly when kitties aren't around, and then put the screen in super-fast. Tonight I had a few friends over to help me move some furniture, and one opened a window without telling me, and didn't put the screen in. About 20 mins later, when I walked by the bedroom I saw that my Kiki was sitting all the way out on the ledge, by the other window, which wasn't open, so I couldn't grab her. I closed the door, locked it, and coaxed her back to me, but when she turned around her hind legs fell off the ledge, and she had to scramble not fall off. She almost came back in to me, but changed her mind halfway, and turned back out onto the ledge. I realized she was too entranced to come back, so I snuck my arm out past her carefully (not to startle her) and grabbed her all in one fast move, held her tighter than ever in my life, and pulled her back in. I am going to find a way to put permanent screens up now if it kills me, but I'm trying to understand, what's the right thing to do in a situation like that? Also, I just needed to share this, since it was one of the scariest experiences I've ever had, and I can't stop imagining how easily it could have ended with Kiki gone.
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10/14/06 at 8:04pm