She's been sitting in our (second floor) windows since the weather got better. Yesterday she got over confident and fell out while swatting at flies. I know she fell and didn't jump because of the scraping sound as she went out.
I nearly went into labor right then and there. Poor DH thought I had as I screamed bloody murder!
She's okay, has a little limp but has no problem jumping up on the bed or table. Not as keen to jump down just now.
Scared the living crap out of me and now I'm in a quandry. I will need to open windows this summer - what do I do about her? I'd LOVE to believe she's learned her lesson but really, what are the odds? With all those lovely chirping birdies outside?
Sound like she was a lucky girl! She might have learned a lesson, but what about a screen on the window? At the vets I used to work in, this was quite a common problem actually, with smashed jaw being a nasty side effect
My response sounded a bit flippant and wasn't meant to be....cats are onthe whole not stupid and I am sure she will have learned her lesson.
The screen is an excellent idea but if not feasible then maybe opent the windows a little at a time-or keep her downstairs?
Mine did this as well, when I was also pregnant, but from the first floor. I will never forget the look of suprise as she slipped, sort of managed to hold on with her paws for a moment then let go ! She did actually learn her lesson and never did it again.
We have a mezannine type thing in our house, with beams over it. The cats love the beams, and every so often fall of one, or off the railing. So far, they've not been injured by doing this, and hopefully are learning their lesson ...
Oh I was on Union Street and Larkin for a few years, my family is all San Francisco Bay Area. LOVE it! And yeah, lots of screens (altho no mosquitoes there, either!)
Chloe the cat didn't hesitate to jump into a window today. Watched her for a few minutes as it seemed she might keep her back end IN the house but the "call of the wild" (okay, it was a pigeon) is too great.
"Come to think of it, she was a stray when I got her - a tiny baby with a bloody, sore jaw. Wonder if that's what happened to her to start with? Dumb cat. but god, I love her so! "
Bloody, sore (and even broken) jaws are a clear indication of a cat jumping from a good height. I would not be surprised at all, if yours was a baby cat not allowed to go out yet who jumped out of a window, rather than a stray (although fortunate the you found her!)
So, the thing is, there is a clear indication she has done it in the past, has done it again, therefore no guarantees for it not to happen again! So... get the screens, or don't leave the windows fully open, she may have few lives left than you think!