How do you protect screening on a lanai from cats?

Don't want to block the air, just want to keep the cat from scratching or tearing the screen ...

  11 answers
  • Alice Alice on Jun 14, 2018

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  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 14, 2018

    They make pet proof screening sold on the roll.

  • Dfm Dfm on Jun 14, 2018

    Give the cat a scratching post seasoned with cat nip. Some cats are vertical scratchers, others like horizontal scratchers. If kitty is going for the screen, a vertical post Post with platforms attatched. Known as a cat tree will keep them occupied.

  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Jun 14, 2018

    from the inside or outside ? there are vinyl coated very light weight wire that could be put up ( either side ) that is virtually invisible when installed

    • Andrew Beavis Andrew Beavis on Aug 02, 2020

      Great idea as even the pet safe is not strong enough to defeat the cat.... how are you attaching It to the Lanai ?

  • Shortcake Shortcake on Jun 14, 2018

    Hello Caryn, Spray bottle and fill it with water and when you catch the cat scratching on it then spray the cat/s and tell them to stop!. It works, but you'll need to stay with it.

  • Caryn Campisano Rowe Caryn Campisano Rowe on Jun 15, 2018

    Thank you, everyone! Great ideas … :)

  • Paige Paige on Jul 11, 2020

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  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 30, 2021

    Give kitty either an upright or floor scratching post. You could also lay some clear contact paper over the bottom portion of the screening until kitty learns it not fun to scratch. Also maybe leave some catnip toys on the floor for fun.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 16, 2023

    Are these indoor cats or outdoor cats?

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 03, 2023

    They make pet proof replacement screening. Just go to and type that into the serach engine.