Cat repellent keeps curiosity nonlethal
Is there a way to keep my cat safe on the lanai of my high-rise? I'd like him to enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors, without risk of his jumping where he shouldn't.
Answer: One idea is to install durable, plastic mesh netting that is designed for outdoor use. Another idea is SSSCAT, a product that has an electronic motion sensor that detects your cat's motion. It delivers a burst of air if the cat approaches forbidden areas.
When you take away places that he wants to be, try to replace them with places where he can enjoy heights safely. There are many attractive wall-mounted perches that will blend with any home decor.
Q: My parents live in a house with a yard. How can they safely provide outdoor playtime for their cats?
A: It's easy and inexpensive to contain cats in your yard with a little creativity and the help of your neighborhood hardware store.
Garden net secured with fishing line to garden poles deters cats from scaling a fence, because the nets are not stable. Or, build an outdoor cattery, a feline-safe playroom enclosed by wire mesh. Cats can go from inside to outside at their leisure, without roaming away.
The Hawaiian Humane Society has instructions on building an outdoor cat playhouse as well as cat fencing. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 356-2223.
Another option is in a cat walking jacket, available at the Hawaiian Humane Society. Using a walking jacket allows for bonding between pet and owner and gives your indoor cat some outside playtime.
The Hawaiian Humane Society welcomes questions by e-mail, email@example.com. Indicate "Pet Ohana" in the subject line. Or, write "Pet Ohana," Hawaiian Humane Society, 2700 Waialae Ave., Honolulu 96826.