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stupid question... will they fall down?

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We are moving to our new house in about 2-3 weeks. I am concerned about Piper and Poppy. Our current house is a 1 story, but our new is a 2 story and the top story overlooks the loft, leaving a big gap in the bottom of the railing. will the kittens fall down?? It would definitely kill them if they did, but I'm not sure if I can keep them trapped up until they learn full instincts... they are 11 weeks old right now.
post #2 of 8
Probably not, but you might want to put some soft cushions there for awhile just in case.

I usually confine my kittens when I can't watch them until they are 4-5 months old.
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Probably not, but you might want to put some soft cushions there for awhile just in case.

I usually confine my kittens when I can't watch them until they are 4-5 months old.
or maybe some baby gates or chicken wire?
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For babies, yes I would try to find something to block the area. We have an open area, too that I put an iron fence up because I know that two of my adult cats are acrobats and would at least try to jump to another ledge they could get to.
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The problem is, it's my parents house and you can guess... Well... spend a year building a house yourself and you don't want chicken wire to be the first thing you see. oh well, i guess i'll just leave them in the bedroom until they get a bid older.
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Just keep them in the room till you are there to supervise them.
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I have the same issue. To my horror, my puppy actually fell (unharmed) on to the concret floor below. I dont care how bad it looks I have had the chicken wire up in my apartment ever since.

Recently I got a kitten and worried that she would climb the chicken wire and fall down to the other side.

I am having some velvet curtins that I can secure the area top to bottom so I won't have the chicken wire anymore and so the kitten can't climb.

Good luck with your new place!
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Originally Posted by K.J. View Post
We are moving to our new house in about 2-3 weeks. I am concerned about Piper and Poppy. Our current house is a 1 story, but our new is a 2 story and the top story overlooks the loft, leaving a big gap in the bottom of the railing. will the kittens fall down?? It would definitely kill them if they did, but I'm not sure if I can keep them trapped up until they learn full instincts... they are 11 weeks old right now.
I moved from a flat to a three story home. It has a circular elevator with space all around it where a cat could free fall to the first floor. My two cats go nowhere near that space and I am confident that they never will. If I am wrong I will of course regret it for the rest of my life but I just think cats are smarter than we give them credit for on such things. We also have a balcony on the second and third floors where a cat could squeeze between the bars so I do not let them on the balcony. I really keep thinking I should put a screen of some kind around the elevator, something I have procrastinated about for three months. I think the instinct you talk about is definately in place as far as my cats are concerned so next year I will probably be still procratinating. Maybe I am a poor daddy in this respect but I am trusting in their instinct. (They are 2 and 3 years old (and I expect them to be 20 some day)).
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