This picture is a few months old. My cat’s love hanging out on the balcony. I had just completed my Reiki I class and was sitting out on the balcony practicing on my patients….my cats. The edge of this balcony is almost 4 stories up. We live on a steep hillside so though it’s a 2 story house….we have almost 2 stories underneath.
Well….Clove when she was a kitten would climb out on the very edge of the ledge on the outside of the rail. I almost had a heart attack the first time I saw her out there. I didn’t want to scream and panic and cause her to panic and possibly fall off. So I turned around and called her name and she showed up by my feet. After that she was not allowed out there unless one of us was sitting out there.
One night I was cleaning my kitchen and went out to the balcony to throw food out for the coyotes who like to hang out on our hillside. I came back in and went back to the kitchen and kept cleaning when I heard an odd noise on the balcony. I went out to look and didnt see anything but felt it was her. So I came in and looked in every room in the house and could not find her. My sons looked under all beds….and nothing. I figured she must have snuck out when I went out to feed the coyotes. She is quick….but most times she tried to get out we would feel her run past our feet. So my sons went down the hill and called her for hours. Nothing. I eventually put candles on each balcony and waited. I did cry like a baby once I knew she was gone…but I didn’t feel she was GONE gone.
My balcony is closest to the hill so I slept with my sliding glass door open HOPING she will find her way to my balcony. Sure enough…..5 am she woke me up. She took hours to calm down. Her bottom lip had dried blood on it but I couldn’t tell if there was any other damage. I got her to her Vet that morning and he x-rayed her body and ran a few other test to check for internal bleeding. After all of that…..he said she was fine. But he did give me pain medicine for her because he said she was going to be sore. Sure enough…we got back and she stayed under my bed for a week. But she was drugged up with the pain medicine and she slept and slept. He said that cats have been known to fall from sometimes 20 floors and they only break their jaws when they land because their heads snap forward and hit hard. He said they become like flying squirrels. WHO KNEW?
But after avoiding the balcony for months…she finally started trying to go out there again. So I had to order something to keep her safe so this is what I found. My son put it on for me.
She hangs out in her spaceship because we still have Hawks that perch on a tree on the other side of the house.
I did not purchase this chair for her….but she took it over. I would sit in it to just watch the clouds and Hawks and she would be above my head chomping on the chair. After trying to stop her from biting the trim and clawing it….I pretty much gave her the chair. As soon as the chair starts to look horrible….I will replace it and hopefully keep her off of it.