When the warm weather rolls around there is nothing better than a cross breeze to cool down one's space. We have a large screen door at the back of our apartment that really facilitates the cross-breezin', but we also have indoor cats that fancy themselves outdoor-types, and to prove this they have ruined many a mesh screen. With a little sacrifice I have finally fixed this problem for good!
Our solution was to replace the traditional screening with chicken wire instead. This heavy-duty solution is not for everyone, but we have been completely satisfied with the results. At first I was worried about the look, not wanting it to feel too "cooped-up", but in the end I don't mind at all. Yes, the screen looses any bug-prevention practicality, but it does let the cool air in while keeping the cute cats from getting out!