Can Cats Break Through Screens?

by Alex Kountry
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Can Cats Break Through Screens? We’ll take a look at the pros and cons of letting your feline friend enjoy the great outdoors.

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While cats are small and agile, they’re not immune to getting hurt – even when trying to do something as simple as going through a screen door.

In fact, one of the most common emergency calls that veterinarians receive is for a cat who has been injured after trying to brea a through screen.

There are a variety of injuries that can occur when a cat tries to break through a screen, including cuts, scrapes, and punctures. In some cases, the injuries can be severe enough to require surgery.

To prevent your cat from getting injured, it’s important to make sure that your screens are in good condition and that there are no holes or tears that your cat could potentially get through.

What Type of Screen is Best?

There are different types of screening that can be used in windows and doors to keep cats from getting out, and each type has its own advantages and disadvantages.

One type of screen is made of plastic mesh. This type of screen is usually very strong, so it won’t tear easily if your cat tries to claw through it. However, this type of screen can be expensive, and it doesn’t always look as nice as other types of screens.

Another type of screen is made of metal mesh. This type of screen is often less expensive than plastic mesh, but it can be more difficult to install. Metal mesh can also rust over time, which can make it less effective at keeping cats in (or out).

A third type of screen is made of fiberglass. Fiberglass screens are usually very strong and durable, but they can be more difficult to clean than other types of screens. Additionally, fiberglass screens can be more likely to tear if your cat tries to claw through them.

No matter what type of screen you choose, it’s important to make sure that it’s installed properly so that your cat can’t escape. You should also regularly check your screens for holes or tears, and repair any damage as soon as possible.

How to Keep Your Cat from Breaking Through the Screen

You love your cat, but you don’t love it when she tears through your screen door or window. Not only is it a costly repair, it’s also a safety hazard for both you and your pet. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to safeguard your screens and keep your kitty safe.

The first step is to understand why your cat is trying to break through the screen in the first place. In most cases, it’s because they see something on the other side that they want to get to. This could be another animal, a person, or something that they find interesting. If this is the case, you’ll need to provide them with another outlet for their curiosity. This could be a scratching post for them to climb on or a toy that they can play with.

If your cat is breaking through the screen because they’re scared or anxious, you’ll need to help them feel more secure. This could involve providing them with a safe space that they can retreat to when they’re feeling overwhelmed. You may also want to consider speaking with a veterinarian or animal behaviorist to help get to the root of the problem and find a solution that works for both you and your pet.

Once you’ve determined why your cat is breaking through the screen, you can take steps to prevent it from happening again. For example, you can install special screens that are designed to be tougher and more resistant to claws. You can also make sure that all of your doors and windows are properly secured so that there’s no gap for your cat to squeeze through. And if all else fails, you can always keep her indoors where she’ll be safe from harm.


Based on our findings, we can conclude that cats can indeed break through screens. While they may not be able to do so with their claws alone, they can use their weight and momentum to break through the weakened material. In addition, cats’ sharp claws can easily puncture or tear through screens, making them a potential hazard for homes with young children or pets.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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