Vets warn owners over open windows in high-rise homes

Wednesday, 13th April 2011

Vets have warned owners to make sure they close the windows if they live in high-rise homes.

The Blue Cross animal charity has asked owners to be vigilant with windows to make sure that their animal does not end up needing pet meds.

Their advice follows a number of incidents where curious cats fell from high windows over the course of just a few days.

Nigel Griffiths, a vet at the charity, said: "Every year we see an influx of cats with very serious injuries during the first spell of warm weather.

"Some owners think that a cat's ability to balance will stop them from falling or that they have a sixth sense to prevent them going too near the edge but sadly it's just not the case."

He added that young cats are particularly at risk because they are naturally inquisitive and could easily lose their balance.

The charity is asking owners who live above the ground floor to keep their pets away from open windows and balconies and to cover them up with a mesh screen.