Windows, Screens and Cats

Charm looking out the window.
Charm looking out the window.

I had a near miss with Charm and the bathroom window screen last year, and I should know better after years of cats who have tested every window and screen I’ve ever had with a few frightening escapes. I wrote this article on keeping cats safe by open, screened windows with this and my experience with nearly my entire household escaping from a damaged window screen years ago—which may have significantly changed the story of my life with cats had I not rounded them all up and gotten them back inside. I have a few others to tell too, in time. Both Namir and Kublai were escape artists—I would swear Kublai had thumbs when I wasn’t looking, and Namir had a Swiss army knife hidden in his right paw and you can read about one of his great escapes in Just a Little Adventure. Someday soon I’ll tell other stories of their little escapes.

Rather than republishing the article this year I’m linking back to the original article, “Windows, Screens and Cats”, so readers can always refer to just one article.

Article contents:

Charm’s escape—twice!

Make sure your screens can handle your cats

Materials

Construction

Installation, new screens and reinforcing old ones

High-rise Syndrome

Meanwhile back in 1998, the first escape

Click here to read the entire article: “Windows, Screens and Cats”.

sketch of two cats at window
“Boys at the Window”, 1998, 5″ x 5″colored pencil on coquille board © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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“Boys at the Window”, 1998

At the top, it just so happens the two principals in this story are at the very window they escaped from that morning! Allegro reclines on my desk and Stanley on the windowsill, watching me work. Some things never change—today I have Sunshine and Bean sprawled on my desk now and Mimi on the windowsill, watching me work. This scene was from 1998, in the house I rented before I moved here, when I was still experimenting with drawing materials and styles and techniques. The reference photo was poorly exposed, a little blurry and they were silhouetted, but I liked the composition and did a little sketch from this photo as well as photos of each of them individually on “coquille board”, an illustration board covered with a tiny raised pattern that would capture a drawing material like colored pencil, creating a sort of halftone pattern. This was used far more often when line art was required for printing in black and white, but I still like textured boards for things like this. I’ve never published this image or the others so I thought I’d use it to illustrate this story since there is a connection, of sorts. I’ve also used coquille in my set of notecards from that era, “Kitties Being Kitties” and also mentioned its use in “The Artist’s Life: Early Feline Influences and Memories”.


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4 thoughts on “Windows, Screens and Cats

  • August 8, 2017 at 8:50 am
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    The link to the original article is not working – it just goes back to this page. Is there some way to read the original article? Thanks!

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    • August 8, 2017 at 9:43 am
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      Anonymous, I have no idea why it’s doing this. I have redirects from older articles as I updated the information because readers had bookmarked the older ones and I wanted to be sure they had the latest version, but all of them pointed to the 2015 version, which is the one you want. I removed all the redirects. It seems to be a Firefox thing because it works in Chrome just fine. Here is the actual link, so see if this works: http://thecreativecat.net/windows-screens-and-cats-2/

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  • May 27, 2016 at 7:12 pm
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    I worry about that and try to check them often.

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    • May 27, 2016 at 7:59 pm
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      I actually go around the house and check all the screens through the day, and I don’t leave the windows open if I’m going to be out for any length of time. Better safe than sorry!

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