For humans and pets alike, nothing beats a cool breeze through a window on a hot day. But with cats and dogs in the home, an open window also poses risks and challenges. How can you protect your pet from escapes and falls while also defending your windows from damage? These quick tips can help.
Assessing Windows for Pet Safety
The amount of pet-proofing each window needs depends on your home and pets. If, for example, you own a small dog or a cat that’s allowed to go outside, an open window may not be of much concern. Meanwhile, for larger dogs or indoor-only cats, windows offer a potential route to trouble outdoors. Second-story windows or higher also present the threat of dangerous falls.
Often, installing a screen is the simplest way to discourage pets from escaping. However, older buildings may come with windows that aren’t designed to hold screens. In this case, consider replacing the windows with newer, more energy-efficient models.
Choosing a Sturdy Mesh Screen
Your first line of defense against a cat or dog escaping through an open window is its screen. But a standard window screen may not have the strength or durability to withstand a pet determined to scratch or push their way outside.
If your pet shows a taste for adventure, invest in heavy-duty metal or fiberglass window screens as well as sturdy frames to support them. Not only will they provide more strength against a stubborn pet, but they should also last longer before needing replacing. This can give you extra piece of mind if, for instance, you leave a few cat-proof windows open while running errands.
Replacing Window Sills
Window screens aren’t the only part of a window that can wear down over time. Large dogs may place their paws on window sills to look outside, while cats sometimes use them as a scratching post. Soft materials such as wood, though beautiful, will soon develop unsightly scratches and chips. Instead, choose a windowsill and frame made of more durable materials such as metal, stone or PVC.
Opting for Soundproof Windows
Dogs, in particular, can generate an impressive amount of sound, especially while you aren’t home. Rather than deal with noise complaints from your neighbors, it might be wise to install soundproof windows, especially if you’re already replacing them.
Sound-absorbing glass dramatically cuts down on the noise that leaves your home as well as the noise coming in. By factoring in noise for your dog-proof windows, you’re also proofing your home against the sound of other people’s pets.
Installing a Garden Window
Finally, if your cat shows a lot of interest in the outdoors, consider adding a garden window to the house. These cozy, sunny nooks give your pet a place to relax while surrounded by nature without needing to leave the safety of home. Satisfying this natural instinct may reduce a cat’s urge to escape through or claw at windows and improve its overall quality of life.
When it comes to pet safety and your home’s value, there’s no need to compromise. By investing in high-quality windows and screens, you can protect your pet from harm and prevent costly damage all at once.
To learn more about your options and what we offer, contact our team at Thompson Creek. Our specialists will work with you to assess your needs and find the right solution for your home.