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Do you leave your windows open for kits when your not home?

post #1 of 29
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I'm just paranoid about this. When I'm home, all the windows are wide open. I love fresh air and sunshine, but when I leave for work, I have to shut them, well, not all the way. I leave about a 6 inch gap. Then I put the locks on them. I'm just always so paranoid that some prankster kids will come along and slit the screen to let them out or that somehow they'll push against it and get out. I push on the screens all the time when I'm home to make sure that they're sturdy......I guess I just overreact.........They love to sit in the windows....I hate doing that to them.........
post #2 of 29
i very rarley open my windows we live on a main road the traffic and dust is terrible id be forever polishing
post #3 of 29
It depends on how long I am gone for. If I were going to be gone all day, then yes all of the windows get shut. If I am just going to be out for a little bit, I leave them open for her.
post #4 of 29
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom View Post
It depends on how long I am gone for. If I were going to be gone all day, then yes all of the windows get shut. If I am just going to be out for a little bit, I leave them open for her.
That's how I am too.
post #5 of 29
When I'm home, we leave the bedroom and patio door/window open, but when we are gone, they are shut, I feel bad too, but ever since Harley got out once thru the screen, we will never leave them open while we are gone again!
post #6 of 29
It depends on how long I'm gone for & if it's going to rain -if it's for long/rain then I close them all- If not, then I usually close the downstairs windows & leave the upstairs open-
post #7 of 29
I never did trust the screens in our apartment, so even when we were home the windows weren't open wide enough that the cats could push on the screens and fall (2nd story apt.), unless there was a fan in the window.

At the new townhome, apparently the people had a small child but only put childproof screens in one room. Brilliant parents. So that one has the window open wide, and the rest just open a small amount since I don't trust the screens there either yet.
post #8 of 29
Our place is a freakin' furnace. I've seen Wick actually pant once, when she got too hot, and she shows zero interest in the outdoors. She does sit on the windowsills (we have VERY deep sills), but she doesn't get close to the screens at all. I'm more worried about her overheating while I'm gone than I am about her breaking the screen and getting outside.
Once it's colder we'll leave the windows closed, but for now, they're open all the time.
post #9 of 29
Nope, we have central air and the building is brick.
In the Utah heat it would turn into an oven in no time.
Not only that, but our screens are popout and the kits know it.
post #10 of 29
I live on the third floor and almost never leave the windows open because I worry about my kitty falling out. I have air conditioning and I run it all the time.

I got Chester last June and it wasn’t until this spring that I even opened a window. If I do open a window it’s not all the way. Just enough so we can get air but not very much so won’t be tempted to lean on the screen.

If it gets really stuffy I open the slider to the deck. Chester is not allowed out on the deck either. I let him out once but he made me so nervous when he went to the edge that I decided not to let him out there again. I have this fear that he might chase something and end up falling off because he isn’t paying attention to where he is.
post #11 of 29
I don't even open the the windows with screens in them unless I'm there to supervise. The cats can get through one in nothing flat, and when I tried those really sturdy, strong ones you get at Canadian Tire, they got through it in three days (it was a 9 to 5 job everyday until they got through it, lol. They're my little construction workers). Leaving a window open while I'm gone is out of the question.
post #12 of 29
nope. I leave them open for them only when my parents and I am home, because we live in the city and I am paranoid as it is.
post #13 of 29
I dont leave any open either. Previously, they scratched at the screen trying to get to a squirrel, but the most scariest thing with me and screens is a neighbor who had a tom cat trying to get to his two cats lounging at the window .... demolishing the screen ..... luckily he was there to intervene ....
post #14 of 29
I don't leave my windows open either. Reilly turns into a mischevious monster when I'm not home, so he's not to be trusted
post #15 of 29
I leave my windows open when it's not too hot. My boys just love to sit in the windows and sniff the outside smells. But, we have security windows and we can set them to open only a certain amount, then they lock. I leave them set so the gap is small enough the none of my chubby boys could get out.

The thing I worry about more than someone breaking in is Forest, in his wobblyness, falling into the screen and ripping it or popping it out. The place they like to sit is a big, bay window, so it could pretty easily happen. We're on a very busy street, so if they got out I'm sure I'd come home to a tragedy. (In fact, just last night we saw a cat very nearly get hit by a car.)
post #16 of 29
ever since Wonton pushed through the old screen twice, we dont leave the windows open wide when we're gone (only one or two inches, not enough for him to push through, and we lock the windows so they wont move.

the first time he pushed through he was gone a couple hours and i was a wreck. i sewed up the rip and tested the screen and it seemed ok. the second time, luckily i was there. back to the window, typing on the puter, and i had my music up too. luckily, somehow i heard "rriiiiiiip". and i looked, and theres no cat in the window, and a big hole in the screen. i ran out the door and luckily he was just sitting under the window, and he looked up and meowed at me as if to say "mommy, i'm outside!". i brought him in and the next day we went to the hardware store and bought the heaviest gauge screen we could find, and rescreened the windows. theyre pretty tough now, but i still wont leave the windows open enough for wonton to get through if im not home. i do crack them a couple inches, though.
post #17 of 29
I leave the windows open, but I have wood shutters on the lower half of all the windows. I leave the louvers open on the shutters so they get air and then open them all the way when I get home. DH just replaced some of the screens with pet screening from Home Depot, it's a lot heavier than regular, but I'm still afraid to leave them wide open.
When it was just Sam and Clio, I left them open all the time, but since Pru is here now that's changed. She actually bent a bar in a crate to get out when we first brought her in. Since I saw that, I rethought the screens.
post #18 of 29
I'm too worried that the boys will pop the screens or, even worse, get stuck on them trying to climb them (Jacob did that tonight again - he was "nailed" to the ensuite bathroom screen yodelling like crazy for someone to come and rescue him)! We usually just make sure the central air is on to keep them nice and comfie!
post #19 of 29
I never open the windows in my duplex! Aside from living in a really bad area...i would never risk the chance that one of my animals could get out .
post #20 of 29
Our windows are almost never opend. Partly because most of the year the weather is either too warm or too cold for it. We have a lovely metal roof so even on really cold but sunny days in the winter the heat doesn't kick on often in winter. So deffinatley in the summer the air stays on. I'd be concerned about the girls getting out too!
post #21 of 29
Never. I have a window cleaner and he could open it wider when he's cleaning in the girls room
post #22 of 29
I don't leave my windows open when I go out - partly beacuse of the cats and partly due to the crime level around here!

When I am home I will leave the landing window (with a screen) open and all other windows on vent! I do go out with the windows on vent though, as they can be locked in that position!
post #23 of 29
I leave one window open - in my bedroom. It is located in a such a place that it is extremely unlikely an intruder could get in and Astrid has been really, really good about not clawing the screen -never once has she tried.

However, I hadn't considered another cat or animal on the outside and what might happen. When I am home I do leave the windows open for her and she loves to look out and sometimes run from room to room to follow the action outside.

I am really torn between her comfort/pleasure and the safety issue. I so hate to have her stay in an empty apartment all day with the air on, but I can't stand the idea of anything happening to her.

So far so good, but after reading this thread I am leaning more on the side of safety. I make sure the first thing I do when I get home (after giving her lovvies and scritches) is throw open the windows. I have been leaving the blinds up half way to she can see out but not open the window for her to get out. It makes it very warm in here on sunny days but like I said, I feel so guilty that she is in here all closed up.
post #24 of 29
Our windows all open from both the top and the bottom, so all of them are open about a couple of inches. We don't have central air conditioning, so it'd be just too darned hot to leave them closed all the time, plus I hate the smell of stuffy enclosed air -- I fling the windows open in the winter time when I clean. I don't open the windows more than a couple of inches, though, because I've seen the way Spike flings himself at closed windows when he spots a squirrel on the ledge; he could definitely pop the screen out (or rip right through it) if he saw something he wanted outside.

As for crime in our area ... Well, it'd be easier just to smash the window in the door and then turn the lock, so whether or not the windows are open makes no difference to our safety. Everything in our apartment is insured; the cats are the only things I worry about, in the event of a break-in.
post #25 of 29
Heck NO!!!!!

Would never be able to forgive myself if anything happened to my baby boy!!!!
post #26 of 29
When I put the window screens on in late April or early May the windows stay open until October!!!! No A/C in our house. We have casement windows so our screens are really pretty big! I have never had a cat pop out a screen. EVER!!
The only time the windows are shut is if it will rain inside the house or if we go away and its going to rain or go away for more than a day. I guess none of my cats have ever though about messing with the screens on the windows or doors.
Lucky I guess!!
post #27 of 29
OH GOD!! What kind of Meowmy am I???? I never ever even thought of screens popping out! Neighborhood crime is not an issue - very close watchful neighbors and a good street, so I leave almost every room open every day all day and have for 2 years!!! Now I'm freaking out.
I always have left completely open - Living room, Dining room, kitchen, and both bedrooms. I just can't stand stale houses I love the fresh air and so do all my babies. With 5 windows open - there's a window for each of my kitties. In 2 years, they've never scratched at the screens or pushed on them - I do have to say that. Even when the birds are all outside or the squirrels - they sit and "chatter" to them through the window. I never thought of them popping a screen out. Although I do have to say - my old lady when she gets out hugs the foundations, so no worries about here, 2 of my others (peanut and snickers) are terrified of the outdoors, so no worries there. Pebbles and Chance though - that would be trouble. The love it outside! Now I'm scared!
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by GailC View Post
When I put the window screens on in late April or early May the windows stay open until October!!!! No A/C in our house. We have casement windows so our screens are really pretty big! I have never had a cat pop out a screen. EVER!!
The only time the windows are shut is if it will rain inside the house or if we go away and its going to rain or go away for more than a day. I guess none of my cats have ever though about messing with the screens on the windows or doors.
Lucky I guess!!
Phew! Now I feel a little better. You must have put this response up same time I was doing mine.
I'm with you - windows open all the time. Even when it rains. I only close if the rain is coming inside. I also have big screens. Full size of the entire window. Maybe we are ok? I'm still a bit nervous.
post #29 of 29
I never open my windows more than tiny bit, and would never leave my boys unsupervised with them even like that, as they don't lock in position and I worry they could push them open further and get out.
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