Attach a cat net without drilling
Preventing cats from falling off the balcony
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Cat lover who rent know this very well: The balcony door needs to remain shut, so the little darling won't fall down. Landlords mostly prohibit the use of cat nets for two reasons:
1. It may affect the visual appearance of the residential building.
2. Attaching a cat net requires "structural changes" (drilling).
But there is another way! You could present your landlord with the following arguments:
1. A transparent cat net from the pet shop is barely visible from the outside and from the balcony (see picture).
2. You can attach the cat net without drilling if your balcony railing is iron. In that case, you can use magnetic hooks to attach the net.
In my case, I simply used 10 magnetic hooks FTN-25 for the installation. Five hooks were attached to the balustrade of the balcony above (see picture above) and the remaining 5 to the railing of my own balcony.
Tip: Secure the hooks on the metal with fitting rubber caps. This ensures a better adhesion in all directions and the hooks won't shift. Also, the metal is protected from scratches.
The cat will be happy that she can be out on the balcony again. It's a win-win for all involved - cat, cat lover and even landlord!
P.S.: The building superintendent checked out my solution for the cat net and liked it so much that he is telling other cat lovers with the same problem about it.
P.P.S.: We had two hurricane-like storms lately that broke big branches off trees and even uprooted whole trees. I am happy to report that the cat net has survived the storms without damages!
Note from the supermagnete team: Our magnets are made for dry indoor use. Extended outdoor use may cause them to rust and lose their magnetisation.