Best Cat Proof Window Guards and Screens

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With their love for heights and adventure, cats love nothing more than sitting precariously on a window sill. They may have a knack to land on their feet but that doesn’t protect them from injury. Installing a simple window guard can give you piece of mind to keep your cats indoors, whilst allowing you to keep your windows open for fresh air.

In this guide, we explore the different options available to you, what you should consider, and review the best cat window screens on the market.

Our Best Cat Window Guards & Screens

We’ve compiled the top rated cat window guards from this guide for easy viewing. Some of the products reviewed were intended to be insect screens, but actually create the best option for cat window guards. You can view a full breakdown of our window screens (including photos) further down this guide.

Best Value Window Screen

MYCARBON Window Insect Screen 2 Pack 150 x 180 CM Insect Mesh Window Insect Screen Can Be Cut to Fit without Drilling | Transparent | Insect Protection Mosquito Window Net Black

MYCARBON Window Insect Screen

Initially designed as an insect window screen, we have found it to be the perfect protection for keeping our cats indoors whilst our windows are open. With a fine mesh, the product is extremely effective when taut, and attaches to a Velcro that you stick to the edge of your window. With 2 in a pack, its great value for money. You can read our full review, including our in situ pictures below.

Our Rating: 4.5/5

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Best Quality Cat Window Screen

Adjustable DIY Magnetic Window Screen Max 71” x 43”Fits Any Size Smaller DIY Easy Installation Keep Bugs/Flys/Mosquitoes Out(White Frame with Grey Net)

LuGaMo Magnetic Window Screen

We loved the quality of this product. You attach magnetic strips to the edge of your window, and fit the screen to your exact measurements. It comes with corner fittings to ensure the screen stays in place even if your cat begins pawing at it. We found the magnetic hold to be far stronger than its Velcro competition and the easiest to use when opening or closing your window. You can read our full review, including our in situ pictures below.

Our Rating: 4.5/5

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What to consider when buying a cat window guard

As cat owners we’ve had to use a number of window guards to protect our kittens from escaping! We have based our reviews on a combination of price, quality, durability and ease of fitting, but you should also consider the following:

  • How large is your window?
  • Will you be regularly opening and closing the window? (consider a magnetic fixing if so)
  • Are you looking for a window mesh or net?
  • Is your window double hung, sash or tilted?
  • Will you be fixing the guard to your window or a wall?

Cat Window Guard Reviews

Our cat window guard reviews are ordered by overall rating from highest to lowest.

1. MYCARBON Window Insect Screen

MYCARBON Window Insect Screen 2 Pack 150 x 180 CM Insect Mesh Window Insect Screen Can Be Cut to Fit without Drilling | Transparent | Insect Protection Mosquito Window Net Black

Our Rating: 4.5/5

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This product was the easiest to fit by far and provided a strong enough grip to the window to prevent our cats from being able to pull it off. The product is easy to cut using the tool provided (both the self adhesive strips and the netting),  and allows fresh air flow through your window whilst keeping your cats safe.

The setup took us around 15 minutes to get it perfect, it didn’t fit as well as the magnetic competition, but it was good enough for us! You simply clean your window, cut the self adhesive strips to size and stick down (wait an hour or two for them to stick), then attach the netting and trim to size. The netting has a wire texture making it difficult to tear, and the Velcro attachment makes it very easy to simply peel back to open or close a window.

The finish from this product wasn’t quite as good as the LuGaMo screen in 2nd, but for the money, it is brilliant value, and does an excellent job at keeping your cats indoors.

Key Features

  • Tear resistant window protection
  • Can be easily cut down to fit any window
  • Easy to install with adhesive tape
  • 2 screens included within each pack
  • Comes in two sizes (150x180cm & 170x180cm)
  • Attaches using Velcro strips
  • White mesh means it doesn’t block any sunlight coming into the window and is hard to notice from a distance

2. LuGaMo Magnetic Window Screen

Adjustable DIY Magnetic Window Screen Max 71” x 43”Fits Any Size Smaller DIY Easy Installation Keep Bugs/Flys/Mosquitoes Out(White Frame with Grey Net)

Our Rating: 5/5

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This product was definitely the toughest and most durable of the lot. The magnetic strips that attach to your window hold the screen in place (our cats had no chance of pawing this down) and make incredibly easy to remove for opening and closing your window. The product is easy to cut, and you can cut both the mesh and magnetic strips to perfectly fit your window.

It took us around 15 minutes to fit it perfectly (it would be a lot quicker if you were doing multiple windows) and we were really happy with the finish once it was up (it definitely looks prettier than its Velcro competition – especially on a white window). The screen is a wire texture, and has proven to be very tough when our cats have attempted to paw at it.

With the quality of this product comes the price. We feel it is excellent value for money for what we consider to be the best cat window guard on the market, but some will find it too expensive, especially if you need to buy for multiple windows.

Key Features

  • Attaches to your window using self adhesive magnetic strips
  • Easy access to open and close your window
  • Adjustable size to fit any window
  • Measures 180x110cm
  • Much more durable than Velcro alternatives
  • More cat proof if you have an adventurous cat that will try to escape
  • The magnets are strong, making it difficult for a cat to pull them off

3. Maran Cats Window Protection for Cats

Maran Cats Window protection for Cats,Self-Adhesive White Window Screen Mesh Net Anti-Mosquito,Semi-Transparent,Cut To Size-100x120cm

Our Rating: 4/5

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A quality cat window screen with pre attached self adhesive fixings making it easy to fix to any window. The product is excellent for smaller cats as they learn their limits! The window mesh allows a free flow of fresh air through the window and gives you piece of mind that your cats are safe inside. 

Key Features

  • Easy to install & held in place by self adhesive tape
  • Enjoy fresh air whilst protecting your cat
  • Strong pvc coated fibreglass mesh
  • Comes with fixings embedded into the product
  • Comes in four sizes (70x100cm, 100x120cm, 120x150cm, 150x150cm)

4. Flat Cats Window Protection For Cats

Flat Cats Window protection for Cats Standard Single Pack

Our Rating: 4/5

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The quality of this product was very high, and reviews show that this screen is one of the best for stopping adventurous cats from breaking through. It only comes in one size and due to the pre-attached fixings, the product is not adaptable in size (you can contact the supplier directly for a custom size). For the size and adaptability, we found the cost high, and preferred other options.

Key Features

  • Easy to install & held in place by self adhesive tape
  • Enjoy fresh air whilst protecting your cat 
  • Strong pvc coated fiberglass mesh
  • Comes with fixings embedded into the product
  • Only comes in one size – 60x115cm

5. Trixie Plastic Protective Grille for windows

Trixie Protective Grille for Windows - Top/Bottom - Extendible - 75-125 x 16 cm, White

Our Rating: 4/5

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A simple but effective plastic grill that fits to the top your tilting windows to prevent cats escaping or getting stuck. Simple to attach to the window frame to allow for fresh air through the window whilst keeping it safe for your cat.

Key Features

  • Can be attached using glue or screws
  • Screws are supplied
  • Option of buying additional side panels
  • Measures 65x16cm

6. Trixie Protective Net Transparent

Trixie Protective Net, 4 x 3 m, Transparent

Our Rating: 4/5

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This large cat net is perfect for covering large windows to keep cats safe from escaping. Coming with hooks, anchors & fastening rope, you can make the net very tight with little flexibility ensuring enough strength to hold any sized cat. We preferred the mesh screen alternatives as our cats quickly began clawing at the netting once setup.

Key Features

  • Transparent window net
  • Comes with hooks, anchors & fastening rope
  • Can be used both internally & externally
  • Can be cut to the size you want
  • Comes in five sizes (2mx1.5m, 3mx2m, 4mx3m, 6mx3m and 8mx3m)

Window restrictors to limit window openings

Although not foolproof on their own, window restrictors can add another layer of security to your windows to help restrict the chance of your cat getting out your window.

2 x UPVC Window Cable Restrictor Lock with Screws Child & Baby Safety Security Wire Tested to British Standards (White)
  • Complies with BS EN 14351-1:2006 British Standards - always buy British Standard tested products.
  • High quality cable restrictor for extra security, health and safety at home and baby / child safety.
  • Ideal for UPVC, Timber, Composite Doors and Windows!
  • Used in homes, residential accommodation, hospitals, schools, universities and offices.
  • Quick & easy to fit - supplied with fixing screws & 1 key.

Last update on 2021-12-01

How to stop cats getting out of a window

Protecting your cat from falling out a window can be easier said than done as most cats will try their hardest to break through any window guards, but some ways that you can try are:

  • Install a window guard Window guards are the best way to prevent cats getting out a window. Whether you get mesh or net pet screens; installing a guard for both windows and balcony’s will allow you to enjoy fresh air whilst having peace of mind that your cat is safe.
  • Limit leaving windows open You can often lock windows to only open a certain distance. For most windows, this is enough to restrict a cat from going out, but where your cat is small enough to get through, make sure you limit leaving windows open on floors above ground level.
  • Limit time in areas that are high up If you have balcony’s or double doors above ground level you should limit the time that your cat is left alone in these areas and always try to dissuade your cat from sitting on any railings when they are young.

Do window screens work?

As owners of many cats over the years, we have had pet window screens installed on multiple windows. We have found guards to work very well when our cats were kittens, which in turn allowed them to learn when putting themselves in a dangerous situation. The effectiveness of window screens is often down to the fitting of the net or mesh and also how obstructive your cat is, sometimes more destructive cats will claw and climb window nets to break through, but from experience we found this only happened on the odd occasion.

Cat Protection for Balconies

Balcony’s are often larger than window openings, but there are a number of cat window protection options that are better suited to balcony’s. We have included our favourite balcony net below:

PiuPet® Cat Safety Net (transparent) incl. 25m fastening rope, Protective Net for Balcony & Window | Extra-Large 8x3 m | (8 x 3)
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  • ✅ 𝗢𝗣𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗔𝗟 𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪 - the transparent nylon threads and the ideal mesh size (3x3cm) ensure that the view from the balcony is not constricted. Enjoy the unrestricted view outside!
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Last update on 2021-12-01