Alex and I have been in the same apartment for seven years. It has been nice, but it is time to make a move. One of the places that we have been looking at has an indoor balcony type area that is 11 feet off the main floor. This occurs in a hallway on the second floor of the condo, that overlooks the first floor.
I am concerned that the cats may decide it is an excellent idea to jump off the balcony and onto the floor below. There are guard rails similar to stair rails to prevent people from taking a nose dive; however, the cats could fit through the rails fairly easily if they so chose. I am thinking of ripping up the carpeting and putting in some sort of wood flooring on the first floor, so it would not be a soft landing. (Carpet and cat fur are a bad mix, as I’ve discovered in our current apartment. )
I have read several forum posts detailing cats and outdoor balconies, and the consensus seemed to be that cats are sensible until a prey item comes along, like a bird. I can think of some ways to prevent the cats from going through the railings, but jumping over has solutions that are not very attractive. ( cat safety is important though. I’d just like to avoid hodge podge solutions if possible. If not, I’ll deal with odd net and acrylic rigs around that area.)
My question for cat owners is: do you have and indoor balcony, and are cats fairly aware of gravity and how it works?