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12 Ways to make your Balcony Cat-proof

12 Ways to make your Balcony Cat-proof

Today I have a little something different for all you pet lovers out there. I’m sharing my personal tips on how I made my balcony cat-proof.

With just a few simple steps you can safely let your cat on the balcony. That way your feline friend can enjoy the fresh air and lovely scenery.

Your cat doesn’t need an abundance of space to enjoy being outside. Even if you only have a small area, this might still be enough for your cat to think he’s “outdoors”. If you know how to cat proof your apartment balcony first, of course.

As their most important outdoor activities consist of sunbathing, stretching and gazing; a comfortable patio, cute balcony or closed off catio is all it takes to make your cat feel like the king/queen of their own outdoor space.

Those of you who follow me closely (*ahem*, #catgram), know I’m a cat lover at heart.

When we finally started our search to adopt a cat, we had one priority.

Since we live in an apartment our new room mate would have to be comfortable staying indoors.

Most pure bred cats are perfectly happy staying inside. As long as they have a window sil where they can safely observe their surroundings behind a thick wall of glass, they are happy, chirping cats.

It’s a different story for the felis catus domesticus, also known as the common house cat.

Even if they were rescued or placed for adoption as a kitten, they probably were still born in nature. They consider green grass and trees as their natural habitat.

As much as they appreciate the comfort of your heated floor, soft couch or comfy lap, they will most likely want to roam and protect their outside surroundings at some point during the day.

So when we spotted a message for Mono, an 11-year old ‘lady’ who loved nothing more than to sleep and cuddle inside all day every day, we fell in love.

Turn your patio or balcony outdoor space into a safe have for your pets, like small dogs and cats. With these 12 must-haves you know you have everything you need to transform a boring terrace into a fun and cozy environment for you and your beloved pet!

How Can I make my Patio Cat Friendly?

The first few weeks our furry new room mate was perfectly happy exploring every room and nook of her new home.

But as Summer approached and butterflies started to teasingly flutter near our patio window, we quickly understood that she considered our balcony as part of ‘her new home’.

So we decided to let her outside for short periods of time. Supervised at first (we live on the first floor of our building) and now we feel comfortable leaving her outside as long as she sees fit.

Over time, bit by bit, we turned our outside living space into our cat’s dream haven.

To help out fellow cat owners with limited outside space, I’ve created this list of must haves for a cat-proof balcony that will make any cat a happy (outdoor) camper.

Below I have added links to items I like and could be useful to you. As a member of the Amazon affiliate program I might receive a small commission when you click on these links. Just so ya know!

How To turn your outdoor space into a Cat-Proof Balcony

Make your Patio a Comfy Place to Relax

Cats love to feel something soft underneath their paws. And if it can’t be a bed of grass or moss, they will search for it elsewhere.

Much like inside your house there are plenty of items they will use to lounge on.

1. Soft pillows or blankets

Leave a towel or piece of clothing on the floor and there’s a good chance your cat will gladly use it as her new sleeping blanket.

If your outdoor area has hard flooring like stone or wood, provide your cat with a softer alternative.

A blanket or soft pillow on the floor or draped over a chair will be much appreciated.

Even something as simple as a cardboard box with a folded blanket tucked in it can become your cat’s favorite outdoor bed.

Just make sure you place the cardboard box and other soft materials where it stays protected from rain and other elements of nature.

2. Add an outdoor rug

A design friendly alternative is an outdoor rug. A pretty outdoor rug instantly adds color and style to your patio or balcony.

Here are a couple of things to avoid when choosing an outdoor rug for your cat-friendly patio:

Stay away from plastic mats or artificial grass:

There’s a good chance your feline friend will chew on it, ingesting plastic particles along the way.

There’s no need to spend big:

Rain, snow and sun rays will do their best to wear the rug out in no time. And your cat will probably enjoy digging his/her nails into ‘their’ rug as well.

Excellent choices, in my opinion, are:

  • Bamboo
  • Rope, raffia or jute
  • Woven fabric
How To make your apartment balcony or small patio a safe place for your cats to enjoy some outdoor time and sunshine.

Have an Outside Place to Observe

Aside from sleeping and eating, cats’ favorite activity is people watching.

3. Make a Peek-through Spot

Don’t close off areas where your cat could peak through. Unless the space is big enough for your cat to get into trouble of course.

Whether it’s the neighbors’ place, the street below or a nearby garden, your cat likes to stay updated about what’s happening around town.

Make sure that even when you close off a certain area your cat can keep its view.

4. A Towering Throne

Cats like to look down on their ‘subjects’. If other (larger) animals can enter your outdoor space, your cat will prefer a higher observation spot.

That way your cat feels superior to the mere creatures entering ‘their’ space.

Make sure the area is closed off properly, for example by installing a multi story catio.

Create a Safe Haven

They say cats have nine lives and they always land on their feet. But I’m sure you’d rather not see that theory tested in real life when it comes to your furry friend.

5. Cat-proof Ledges

Make sure your beloved pet can’t climb on top of small ledges, like the edge of your balcony.

Something as simple as outdoor bulbs can make a once attractive border a now seemingly unstable object.

I only recommend this for first floor apartments or ground floor spaces. And if your cat has little to no interest in jumping ship.

If you live higher up I would consider looking into the ideas below to keep your balcony a cat-safe place.

6. Build a (Mini) Catio

If you have a particularly adventurous cat that can’t be tricked that easily, consider closing the space off with netting or building a catio.

You might not have room for a full blown, multi level cat patio. But if you’re worried your cat might get lost or hurt itself if you don’t have a closed off area, you can build a miniature version instead.

As long as your cat can move and turn around comfortably, your furry friend will be more than happy with her new place in the sun.

7. Use Netting

Another way you can cat-proof your apartment balcony is by using netting.

Here’s a simple example of someone who made their balcony cat-proof by using floor to ceiling netting.

You can buy ready to install netting online and in specialized pet shops.

Create a fun outdoor space for your pet. Your cat will love its personal grass bed, made from a raised garden bed. All you need is potting soil and grass seeds to start growing your own cat grass bed. Your cat will love to nibble from the grass and at the same time lounge in the sun.

Grow Cat friendly Plants

Cats are curious in nature. And when you introduce a new plant into your home you can be sure he/she will want to inspect the new house mate.

8. Look Out for Toxic Plants

Cats are less inclined to eat ‘all the things’ like dogs sometimes do.

But when they do take a nibble from a toxic plant it can have pretty severe consequences for your cat’s health.

Check the safe and toxic plants list on the APSCA website before you buy a new addition to your plant collection.

9. Plant a Cat Garden

Now that you know what plants to buy and which ones to avoid, you can start thinking about plants your cat will actually be drawn to, in a good way.

Ideal choices for a Cat Garden are:

  • Catnip
  • Cat grass
  • Lemongrass
  • Spider plant

And this list is certainly not complete. Here’s a fun guide on how to make your own dedicated cat garden.

10. Make a Unique Grass Bed

A great addition to your cat garden could be an actual plot of grass.

We made our cat a raised grass bed. Yep, you read that correctly.

How Do I Make a Grass Bed for my Cat?

It’s actually very easy to make your own outdoor cat grass bed. One trip to your local garden center is all it takes to get the items you need:

  • a (raised) garden bed
  • potting soil
  • canvas to prevent leaking
  • grass seeds

The idea behind this cat bed is pretty simple. It’s very similar to having a small vegetable patch on your balcony or patio. Only, in this case, the ‘greens’ you’re growing is a plot of grass.

The technique to make this grass bed is very simple. Line your garden bed with the canvas. Make sure you cover all the nooks. Fill the entire space with the right kind of potting soil.

Sow the grass seeds following the instructions on the packaging. Water the bed and wait for the grass to grow. Cover the bed lightly with canvas or a blanket until the grass is starting to show.

This way you can keep your cat from digging in and using it as her personal litter box.

Before you know it, your cat will be lounging in her own personal grass patio, enjoying a nibble from the grass surrounding her.

Provide Human Contact for your Pets

Whoever says cats only care about eating and sleeping have never experienced a cat’s true love before.

Once your cat has decided the love is mutual and your feline friend has chosen you to be (one of) its favorite humans, they will want to be by your side ALL THE TIME.

Cats love nothing more than to follow their humans around. Just take a trip to the bath room, and you’ll see.

11. Invest in a Love Seat

A small bench is the perfect way to spend some quality time with your beloved feline friend.

As long as this outdoor seating area has enough room for the both of you to sit on, your cat will gladly keep you company while you’re reading a book or checking your DMs in the sun.

Turn your patio or balcony outdoor space into a safe have for your pets, like small dogs and cats. With these 12 must-haves you know you have everything you need to transform a boring terrace into a fun and cozy environment for you and your beloved pet!

12. Close off garbage and compost bins

The garbage might attract mice and other rodents, making your cat jump for joy. But you’re probably not so happy when your cat follows his hunting instincts.

Aside from the fact that your cat will like to rummage through your thrash, you also have to keep in mind that he might take a bite from spoiled food or other thrash.

Save yourself (and your cat!) a trip to the vet and keep all garbage containers tightly sealed and out of your pets’ reach.

Have you turned your outdoor space in a pet friendly haven? Do you have any pro tips for other pet lovers?



PS: Keep your pets safe inside too! Check out this guide for safe use of essential oils around pets and safe use of essential oil diffusers around cats.

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Tuesday 24th of May 2022

These are great ideas. We have a deck off the top floor of our house, which our cats can climb onto. We don't want them on the roof which has been a challenge. They've been able to jump over any barriers we've put up (such as lattice). Now I'm thinking that putting something on the deck railing might be a simple solution, as they access the roof via the railing. I thought attaching lattice along the railing might work, or even pvc pipe on top of it (although that wouldn't be very esthetically pleasing). If anyone has any thoughts, that would be much appreciated!


Sunday 4th of April 2021

I'm sorry, but did this add any value to anyone's lives. whatsoever?


Thursday 20th of May 2021

@CommonSense, Hopefully the cat's...


Wednesday 23rd of December 2020


We have an indoor cat due to disability. We have a balcony that he looks interested in venturing on to. However, between the railing and the floor is gap that he could easily fall into and I would like to know how to make it cat safe. Any ideas?



Sunday 14th of June 2020

If you've got a balcony with another floor above you, often you've got the bottom of the upper floor's balcony acting as a roof to yours. If this is the case, you can use tension rods to completely enclose the patio with netting to prevent your cat from jumping without costing yourself headspace! Just make sure the tension rods are TIGHT and can't be easily knocked out of place, reinforced if possible.

Ina from The Makeup Dummy

Sunday 21st of June 2020

Thanks for the amazing tip, Juniper!


Thursday 23rd of April 2020

hi do you have any other ideas

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