Good Questions: Good Balcony Railing Cat Cover?

Good Questions: Good Balcony Railing Cat Cover?

Maxwell Ryan
Apr 17, 2006

Hello AT,

I have a balcony that has iron railings. I also have 3 cats that love to hang out on the balcony during the warm months. I put an old bamboo blind across the railings and it looked great but the wind tore it to shreds after a few months. What can I use to cover the railings that looks cool but won't fall apart in the wind? I've tried lattice but tired of that look a long time ago.

Any thoughts? Thanks, AED

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Dear AED,

this is a great question for those of us who live in tall buildings with cats (of which we are not one), and it reminds us of our dear friends, the Wagners, whose enormous cat lived with them in their 27th floor apartment for over 15 years before passing away. From the day they got him, he lived at that height. They had a balcony like yours and he never saw the earth from any other vantage point.

Anyway, the first thing that came to our mind was plexiglass. It's modern, clean, cheap and lets a lot of light through. The other idea would be to buy some willow branch or bamboo fencing and cut it down to size. They both have very nice looks and are tougher than window blind versions.

Anyone else?

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