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).
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.