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    I have a 20 gallon long terrarium from exo terra that has a screen top. I have had my African Fat Tailed gecko for a couple weeks now and everything has been fine up until today. I live in an apartment with 3 other roommates. My gecko stays in my room while my cat can either be in my room or out in the living area. I cannot keep them in separate rooms due to my living situation. But basically, my cat likes to sit on top of the terrarium and I have had no problems up until today. Today she jumped on top and the screen broke from out under her and she fell into the terrarium with my gecko and then proceeded to terrorize my gecko. Luckily my gecko is completely fine, he escaped behind the foam type of decoration on the back of the terrarium. I was wondering if I used Gorilla Glue if that would help fix the screen? I already know how to put it back together so it looks like it was never broken before, but at this point I need something to reinforce it or something that will keep my cat off of the terrarium.

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    I suspect that gorilla glue won't be enough. maybe add some wood or metal cross-braces, because you can bet that your cat will probably continue sitting on it.
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    I would fabricate a solid top- plexiglass with ventilation holes drilled into it, perhaps. That would not only protect it from the cat, but it would also help maintain the humidity that fat-tails prefer.

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    Another option is to cover the top with a wire closet shelf, or something similar.
    I use ones like this:
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    They come in several sizes, but can also be cut shorter if need be.
    My tanks are arranged against a wall, so the front "lip" on the shelf is placed at the front of the tank, which keeps it from being pushed off if a cat jumps up on it.
    Another option I've used in the past is a fridge shelf, which fit some of my smaller tanks. I found them at a second-hand store, dirt cheap.
    The wire allows for air circulation, and can take the weight of just about any cat.
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    Where do you get one that would fit the terrariums? My terrarium is 18 in x 24 in and everything I see online has a width less than 18 in and that won't fit

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    H. Depot has a 72x20 for $20.

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    Make a little square box with 1x1's to fit the top of the enclosure and stretch chicken wire across it and wire some low voltage batteries to it. It will never look at the gecko the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fowlertoad View Post
    Make a little square box with 1x1's to fit the top of the enclosure and stretch chicken wire across it and wire some low voltage batteries to it. It will never look at the gecko the same.
    not cool, someone could take this as a real suggestion. what may seem like a joke to you can easily be taken as serious to someone younger or who has trouble with social cues. let's respect all animals on this forum, no need to show up to a thread a month later to tell someone to electrocute their cat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fowlertoad View Post
    Make a little square box with 1x1's to fit the top of the enclosure and stretch chicken wire across it and wire some low voltage batteries to it. It will never look at the gecko the same.
    If you can't come up with a humane suggestion, please don't comment.

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    The only inhumane thing in this thread is not proving a safe enclosure and allowing a natural predator of the gecko to lounge on top of the tank. Low voltage wires are commmonly used to create boundaries and the cat obviously needs some.
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