November 4th 05, 08:53 PM
"Stevie via CatKB.com" <[email protected]
> wrote in message
> Frank Pittel wrote:
> >: Our cat has cat trees to climb but insists on climbing the screens on
> >: sliding glass doors and the front door screen. We have tried
> >: squirting him but he is not deterred. We have even tried ignoring him
> >: because we thought he might think it was a game, but nothing seems to
> >: Does anyone have any other ideas? We need the sliding glass doors open
> >: will have to use the air conditioning system. Stephanie
> >Sounds a lot like my problem. Rather then climb the screens they've
> >if "grab" the screen in a corner with their claws they can pull the
screen out of the
> >frame and let themselves out.
> Well, my cat hasn't discovered that trick -- but he has ruined all 4 brand
> new screens!!!!
What is the clearance between the sliding doors, the width, and what are the
frames made of? If there's about 1/16" clearance between the sliding doors,
and they're not wider than 4', I think I have a solution to your problem:
Tack a sheet of galvanized or black anodized wire mesh on the frames of the
door over the screen. Black anodized mesh is less noticeable and a little
more decorative. The mesh comes in a variety of openings from about 11.3 mm
(0.446") all the way down to 1.5 mm (0.062"). The 11.3 mm is less
noticeable and doesn't restrict any light or air. The openings are also too
for a cat to get his paw caught and too large to catch his claw. Tacking
the mesh onto the frame, creates a little space between the mesh and the
screen- so your cat's claws can't reach the screen.
If the frames are made of wood- simply staple the mesh to the frame using
heavy duty 5/8" rounded
staples- cats can't pull out 5/8" staples- or wire brads. If the frames are
made of aluminum, use small pop rivets. Depending on the clearance between
the sliding doors, you might have enough room to cover the edges of the mesh
with a thin molding that you can stain to match to door, or aluminum molding
if the frames are aluminum. The molding will also add additional support
and hold the mesh in place. You can do the same for windows since the mesh
doesn't interfere with opening and closing the windows.
I use the same mesh-over-screen combination for my cat's outdoor enclosure.
The mesh is available at Home Depot for about $10 a roll 4' wide X 10' long.
The mesh comes in a variety of wire diameters (thickness) from 0.0800" (2
mm) all the down to 0.0090" (0.228 mm) so you shouldn't have any problems
with clearance between the doors. The thicker the wire the stronger the