Cats love looking out windows — birdwatching is always a favourite pastime! But if you don’t have a screen on your window or want to allow your cat to hang out on your balcony, safety is definitely an issue. Also, cats love to scratch almost everything, and the screens on your windows are fair game, so you might be looking for something to protect them too.
We looked at a variety of window guards and screens available to Canadians that should help keep your cat safe and your screens less raggedy. We hope that these reviews will lead you to the right product that will fit your needs!
A Quick Glance at Our Favorites in 2023
|Best Overall||Saint-Gobain Pet Resistant Repair Kit||
|Best Value||Flyzzz Replaceable Fibreglass Mesh Screen||
|Premium Choice||QWR Pet Screen Door||
|Pawise Protection Net||
|Tooltriz Pet Proof Screen Replacement Kit||
The 7 Best Cat Window Guards & Screens in Canada
1. Saint-Gobain Pet Resistant Repair Kit — Best Overall
|Size:||36 x 84 inches|
The best overall cat window guard and screen in Canada is the Saint-Gobain Pet Resistant Repair Kit. It is a bit of a DIY project, but what you get is a strong screen that can replace the screens of two average-sized windows or one door. It’s also flame resistant.
The kit includes a 25-foot spline (a tube or cord used to attach the screen to the window frame) and a tool to install it. It can replace any screen and is quite resistant to a cat’s claws. It’s quite easy to install and is Greenguard certified and ortho-phthalate free.
That said, the material is quite tough, which might be challenging to for some people to install. It’s also a dark and thick screen, which might filter out some of the light.
2. Flyzzz Replaceable Fibreglass Mesh Screen — Best Value
|Size:||Three sizes, from 39.3” to 196.8”|
The best cat window guard and screen in Canada for the money is the Flyzzz Replaceable Fibreglass Mesh Screen. It’s meant as a replacement screen for doors and windows. This one is flame resistant and comes with two splines that are 21 feet long, as well as a spline-pressing tool.
The company offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee and will provide you with a replacement or refund if you aren’t happy with it. It’s also easy to install.
However, it comes folded, and for a few of the screens, the folds make it more vulnerable to tearing. Additionally, the mesh is just large enough that it might let in smaller insects (like midges).
3. QWR Pet Screen Door — Premium Choice
|Size:||Eight sizes, from 28” to 96”|
|Material:||Vinyl-coated steel wire|
The QWR’s Pet Screen Door is definitely for doors rather than windows, but sliding doors are basically huge windows. It can also be used inside the house, like if you want to keep your cat contained in one room or if you’re introducing new pets. Installation and removal are easy, as you peel off the adhesive backing and place it on the door frame, and Velcro keeps everything in place.
The screen itself is made with thick vinyl-coated steel, so it should withstand your cat’s claws. It also has a double-sided zipper, so you can still come and go without removing the whole thing.
Unfortunately, there is no way to attach it to the floor, so some cats will realize that they can crawl underneath. Additionally, if your cat is particularly rambunctious, the screen and Velcro might not withstand their rowdiness.
4. Pawise Protection Net
|Size:||Three sizes, from 13 feet to 9.8 feet|
Pawise’s Protection Net is a good option if you want your cat to safely enjoy time at a window without a screen. The netting is made with durable nylon threads that don’t block the view in any way and will prevent your cat from getting outside or falling off the balcony if you want to catproof it. It’s made with a fishing line-like material, so it’s more difficult for cats to damage it.
But it is expensive and quite shapeless, making it more challenging to put up. We’re also not sure if it is safe enough for a balcony, particularly if your cat tends to be boisterous.
5. Tooltriz Pet Proof Screen Replacement Kit
|Size:||Two sizes, from 48” to 100”|
The Tooltriz Pet Proof Screen Replacement Kit is a screen replacement kit. It’s pet-proof because it’s made with tough fibreglass mesh and should withstand your cat’s claws and teeth. The mesh is coated with PVC, making it durable, waterproof, and flexible. It’s also easy to install and is about three times thicker than regular fibreglass mesh.
But it’s expensive, and despite the price, it doesn’t include the spline or a spline tool. Additionally, it comes folded, and removing the lines from the folds can be challenging.
6. Jumxsrle Cat Balcony Netting
|Size:||26 x 10 feet|
The Jumxsrle Cat Balcony Netting is designed for balconies, but you can cut it and fit it to a window if you prefer. It’s made with fishing line-like nylon, which makes it fairly transparent, so it doesn’t block the view. The material is difficult for cats to damage (although determined and bitey cats could manage), and it can help keep pigeons from visiting and pooping.
But it is pricey, and the netting openings are large, which means you won’t be keeping out insects.
7. Mypin Reinforced Cat Screen Door
|Size:||Four sizes, from 32” x 84”|
|Material:||Vinyl-coated steel wire|
The Mypin Reinforced Cat Screen Door is made with vinyl-coated steel wire and is attached to a door frame using stickers with Velcro. This makes it easy to remove and place elsewhere, and it comes with extra stickers in case the originals lose their stickiness. It has a double zipper so you can enter or leave the room without removing anything.
The issues are that if you place the stickers to hold it in place on painted walls or door frame, it will likely rip off some of the paint upon removal. Additionally, for some of these screen doors, the zippers are faulty. Also, determined cats will probably manage to chew their way out.
Buyer’s Guide — Buying the Best Cat Window Guards & Screens in Canada
This buyer’s guide includes tips and food for thought to help you with your decision-making.
Keep in mind that if you’re looking for a screen to replace the regular screens in your windows or doors, it needs to be thick enough to keep out bugs yet tough enough to withstand your cat’s teeth and claws. It might also reduce the amount of light that usually floods in.
Netting is typically used for balconies. It can work well, but you should always watch your cat while on the balcony, and you’ll still get bugs.
Measure, measure, measure! Ordering the wrong size will automatically make it useless. You want the screen or protector to fit perfectly. Keep in mind that many of the products on this list can be cut to fit a window or door without damaging it, but double check that it can be modified without damage. Read the manufacturer’s description carefully, along with the reviews. Another pet owner’s mistake might save you from making the same one.
When the instructions say that you should clean the door frame before placing the adhesive for the Velcro, this means clean it thoroughly! If there is any kind of residue left behind, whether dust or from the cleaner itself, the tape will not adhere properly.
When you have a new screen in place or even if you’ve had it for a while, ensure that someone is always around to monitor your cat. The last thing that you want is for your cat to get outside or even worse, fall. There’s no guarantee that your cat won’t find a way out, no matter what the manufacturer says. Always keep an eye on your cat, particularly if they are bitey and boisterous!
Don’t forget that cats are incredible jumpers. Don’t place netting around the balcony railings, and not expect your cat to jump on top of the railing, anyway. You’ll need to place mesh or screens over the entire window, balcony, or door.
A product’s durability depends on the material but also on your cat. If your cat is fairly easygoing and doesn’t try to destroy everything in sight, most of the products on this list will probably work well for you. But if you have a cat that tends to bite and chew on as many things as possible, you must ensure the product’s durability.
Aim for a product that is quite thick (which will cut down on the light), and read reviews. Consider asking questions for other cat owners to answer.
Our favourite cat screen is the Saint-Gobain Pet Resistant Repair Kit. You get a strong screen that is quite resistant to a cat’s claws, and it’s one of the only screens that comes rolled instead of folded (which does make a difference).
Flyzzz Replaceable Fibreglass Mesh Screen is well priced and easy to install and has a great refund or replacement policy.
QWR’s Pet Screen Door is our premium choice pick and gives you the advantage of using it in doorways around the house. Due to the Velcro, it’s easy to install and reposition.
We hope that these reviews have helped you find something that will work for your home and more importantly, for your cat. We know that you want them to be entertained and happy but also safe.