How To Keep The Cat From Using The Dog Door

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How To Keep The Cat From Using The Dog Door - 3 Options to Buy and a DIY Dog Door Hack |
How To Keep The Cat From Using The Dog Door – 3 Options to Buy and a DIY Dog Door Hack

This post doesn’t really have much to do with decorating, but it does have to do with solving a problem that keeps my pets safe and my house cleaner…and I thought if I had this issue some of you might, too.  Read on to find out how to keep the cat from using the dog door.

The issue was that I have a dog door, which my cocker spaniel Winston (in the picture above) has used for all of his life (10 years and counting).

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I also have cats…somewhat large, long haired, mostly-white cats that are meant to be indoor cats…and they were indoor cats for the first 4 years of their lives until one of them (Chanel) figured out how to use the dog door.  Then I had one mostly-brown with leaves tangled in her fur outdoor cat.  Not only did she track all of that dirt into the house and onto the sofa, she also very quickly got into the habit of bringing me “presents” (ie. dead mice that appeared in the middle of the living room floor.  Yuck!).

I was on the hunt to find a dog door solution that would let the dog go in and out, but keep the cat in.  My original thought was that there must be something I could buy to do this.  And I found three options that were workable, but each one had a couple of things that didn’t quite fit with what I wanted.  So I ended up modifying the dog door I already had and it seems to have done the trick (for less than $20 I might add)!

Click Next to see the options I considered (one of them might work for you), and what I finally ended up doing.

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4 Responses

  1. Jordan Le Bouton

    I don’t have a dog door yet. I am trying to figure out how and where to put one. I have to go down 3 steps to the landing. Open the inside door and then the screen door. I contemplated taking screen door off but then can not have door open in the summer. No room to install one from the wall down there either. Very perplexed but I and my Daisy would very much like one. I also have a cat who thinks the great outdoors would be an adventure. I think not. So I read this with great anticipation. Back to trying to figure how to do this.

    • Hi Jordan…that does sound like a problem situation. Maybe you could put 2 dog doors in? One in both the inside door and the screen door lined up with each other? Then teach the dog to go through both…a bit of a pain to install (and more expensive), but it might be worth it. Now that I have a dog door, I don’t know how I ever owned dogs without one! Anyhow, I hope you find something that works. If you find a good solution, I’d love to hear what you did :)

  2. Hi! I read your post and tried it out. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the magnets with the screw holes in it. Can you tell me the brand you used? I can’t make out the words in your picture thanks!

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