RSPCA warns cat owners to keep windows closed during warm weather

The RSPCA is warning cat owners to keep their windows closed as the charity hears increasing reports of cats falling from windows.

The RSPCA Herts East Branch had reports of three cats falling from windows in the space of 24 hours last week.

The animal charity also recently investigated the deaths of two cats who were found lying close together outside Kingswood House, in Kimpton Close, Druids Health, Birmingham.

Following inquiries it was found that the cats had died in a tragic accident after falling from an open window.

Branch operations manager, Vicky Burrell, said: “We need to warn well-meaning cat owners of the dangers they could be putting their pets under by having their windows open.”

Nicola Stevens from Hitchin, Hertfordshire woke up one morning (July 25)to find that one of her two young kittens had fallen out of her daughter’s bedroom window.

Nicole said: “I would like to get the message out there that this can happen. We had never seen the kittens go near the window before, but when I got up this morning, poor Kara was outside and was dragging her back legs.

“I am shocked that an accident like this can happen and other owners need to be aware that their cats can fall from any open window.”

Caroline Allen, RSPCA London veterinary director, said: “In the summer months we do seem to see an increase in the number of cats being brought to us which have fallen from a balcony or window.

“It is unfortunately a relatively common condition that vets see during warm weather. Cats don’t seem to have good perception of great heights and it’s possible that when distracted or playing they may fall from open window and balconies from many floors up, which can cause serious injury and even death. We urge owners to take great care of their cats near windows and on balconies in this warm weather.”