Any solutions for cats and second floor balcony?
My two cats and I moved this winter into a second floor condo in an old, converted Victorian home. One of the selling points for me was the huge open-air (not screened) front balcony/porch off the living room. I'll make lots of use of it now that the weather is getting warm. Because it is a condo with historical restrictions, I am unable to screen in the porch
Here's the dilemma. My two cats are longing to go out on it. We have come from a single family home where I put them on harnesses and leashes and took them out in the back yard every so often, which they just loved. I'm trying to think of a creative solution to allow the cats on the balcony safely. The balcony has waist-high walls all around, without bars or cutouts, so they won't be content in a wire cage on the floor--they won't be able to see anything over the sides. I could just put a cage on a table to raise it up, but there must be a better solution. I would, of course, love it if I could just erect a perch in a corner or just a table they can lay on without caging them but I just don't know whether they will understand the fact that the balcony is on the second floor and not try to jump over the railing. The railing is about 8", so they could perch on it, but it scares me to have them even try. Any thoughts?