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24th June 2008, 09:56 PM
Hey everybody!
I am running into a little problem here and was hoping you all could help. I am trying to keep Harley out of a certain are, cat litter/food, and can't get a gate wide enough to go across. I just want something short so he can't jump it and we won't have to take it down everytime we want to get to that area, out bathroom is back there. It is about a foot, maybe, wider than a baby gate so it won't work. That's really the only place I have to put the cat food and litter box and he is starting to get into both. Can anyone out there think of something I can do with it? This separates the kitchen and hall. I am really not too particular about what it looks like as long as it is short and we don't have to open it everytime we want through. My mind is blank right now so I figured I would call upon all of you for ideas.....thanks :paw:

24th June 2008, 10:46 PM

I had this same problem and found Babies R Us to be very helpful. I measured the doorway and went there and most of the gates were not wide enough, but they do have two that can stretch pretty far that I have no problem getting over. They have signs on all of their gates that list the dimensions and they have a much larger selection than your average Toys R Us. Hope you find one!

Love my Cavaliers
24th June 2008, 11:12 PM
I have used an X-pen to cover two doorways at the same time. I have to double parts of it over, but it does the job. I bought it a while ago - maybe they come in smaller sizes so you won't have to double it up as much. I also take it outside and have used it to block off the front door. My Dad has Alzheimer's and just loves to let my 4 babies right out the front door. This way, he has to step over the x-pen to get to the front door and the dogs can't follow. I keep the gate part where my Mom can open it so she doesn't have to do the step over thing. Works great.
Oliver :paw: (bl male - 7); Riley :paw: (b&t female - 5; still recovering from SM surgery 2 weeks ago); Madison :paw: (ruby female - 4); and Oz :paw: (tri male - 11 months)

24th June 2008, 11:21 PM
Another option is to raise the food and the litter box onto a table or shelving. My cats have their food at a shelf reached at the top of their cat tree. The litter box is turned so that the opening is towards the base of another cat tree where two posts that support the tree form a kind of baffle that the cats can go through to the box, but the dogs cannot fit through. There are also enclosed litter boxes where the cat goes i through a raised opening than goes down into a passageway into the litterbox. Dogs cannot get in.

24th June 2008, 11:25 PM
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25th June 2008, 01:48 AM
I have my cats food on top of a speaker in the living room and their litter boxes are under a table in our office that has garden fencing around it and they have to jump onto the table and down under where it's fenced off.

25th June 2008, 09:32 AM
I use a large piece of plastic trellis on an extra wide door.

25th June 2008, 12:10 PM
good luck!

25th June 2008, 02:04 PM
Thanks, these are all great ideas. I am going to do some experimenting with them. Continue with the suggestions if there are any more, it won't hurt in case these don't work. The only thing about the long gate is, is that I don't think one of my cats will jump over it. I need something about 1/2 that height. THANKS AGAIN!

25th June 2008, 04:16 PM
I have been having the same problem with Lola getting into the cat box and cat food...i just ordered this:

Hopefully my lazy cats will learn to jump over this! I don't know if that fits your doorway, but hope the info helps.

2nd July 2008, 06:26 PM
Just wanted to let you know that the gate I ordered : http://www.petmountain.com/show_product/107607

works very well! It adjusts up to 44inches so I don't know if that helps you or not....my cats have jumped over it and it's worked very well for us!

2nd July 2008, 09:09 PM
Thanks for the update! My hubby is supposed to be making me one that looks real similar to this BUT the key word is "supposed to". LOL I think it would be worth it to just order one. Glad it's working for you....:paw: