My cat enjoys hanging out on the balcony and likes to jump up on the railing. The problem is that my railing is fairly thin, curved on top, and made of smooth plastic -- making it difficult for my cat to balance (she's a bit clumsy in general, too). She occasionally wobbles a bit when trying to walk along the railing, and a couple times she has almost slipped and had to cling on to save herself. Needless to say this makes me extremely nervous, and I've started letting her outside less (only when I can be right there with her). She's very sad about that and regularly sits at the sliding door crying to be let out. I'm not sure how dangerous a fall would actually be (I live on the 4th floor of an apartment building), but I don't want to find out.
Is there any way to either:
- prevent her from jumping up on the railing, or
- make it safe for her to be up on the railing?
What I have in mind is something that could be attached to the railing that would either block her from jumping on it or provide a flat walkway that she could walk on instead of the railing itself. However, I have no idea what might work.