I have a cat, who is 8 months old and occasionally climbs out the window to the roof. Is it safe to let my cat wander on the roof?

  • can you describe what sort of roof you have, are there alternative accesses to it (ladders, tree branches, etc.) beyond the window and how high it is? Cats naturally like climbing to advantage points and your cat might just have figured your roof is a good place to survey it's territory. Whenever or not it is dangerous depends on the roof in question. Also, is your cat primary outdoor or indoor cat?
    – Mandemon
    Oct 23, 2019 at 5:55

3 Answers 3


No it is not safe for cats to go out the window and on to the roof. The obvious first concern is falling.

If your cat did not fall to it's death the first time, it is unlikely to fall next time. The bigger risk is that there is no place to hide, and the cat is very visible from the sky. Birds of prey can be a risk to small pets your cat is at risk of being dinner for a bird of prey.

Additional risks include:

  • Accidentally getting locked out, being subject to direct sunlight with no shade or water all day while you are away.
  • Seeking shelter on the roof when sick or injured, creating great difficulty for you to provide care.

It certainly depends on how high the roof is, but it's not inherently dangerous. Cats have good balance and the ability to right themselves during a fall.

What is potentially dangerous is your kitten being able to go wherever she wants without supervision. She is young and inexperienced. Her natural curiosity has the potential to put her in any number of situations she's unequipped to deal with; e.g., falling off the roof, hit by a car, locked in a space she's hiding in, eating something poisonous, etc.

Cats love to explore. They are territorial. Use these natural traits to train your cat to make good choices. I keep kittens for the first year of life, inside. Then I take them outside in the backyard supervised. I stay with them and encourage exploration while assuring them of their safety and "turf." I have trained all of my cats, ever, to come to a whistle. I have the backyard "escape-proof" to keep them in and unwanted visitors out.

Cats are less "trainable" than dogs but they can be trained to enable your comfort zone and their own safety.

  • 2
    No it is not safe - last year I've seen 3 cats falling from patios, 1 of them died. It ranged from 7th floor to 5th and 2nd. Second floor shattered his pelvis, 5th died and 7th lived but needed to stay in hospital for a few days on oxygen. Cats have somewhat good balance, all it takes is a gust of wind or a bird flying by and them trying to catch it. Now of course his roof probably isn't 7 floors high but 2+ is still dangerous for injury. May 31, 2017 at 13:55

yes it’s okay. if your roof isn’t far from the ground and you’ve supervised for a while before letting them go out alone. i have two cats and they both love going on the roof. they’re outside cats but when it’s dark outside and dangerous, i don’t like letting them roam the neighbourhood. instead i let them on the roof where they like to sit and smell the outside. they’ve both safely been going on my roof for about a year and a half and nothing has happened. Another tip is to be 100% sure you know where they are before you close the window to the roof. if you don’t, there’s a chance they’ll be stuck on the roof for who knows how long and may resort to jumping off which could injure or kill them.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.