Keeping the Peace: Separating Cats and Dogs at Home with a Baby Gate

Are you a family that has both cats and dogs? Does it drive you crazy every time you see your dog trying to get into your cat’s litter box or food? Not only is it unhealthy for your dog to eat your cat’s litter but it is also annoying for your cat as well. Cats frequently like to have their own space and to be left alone more than dogs do. Here’s an inexpensive way to modify some of the best baby gates into an even better pet gate with a pet door in order to separate your dog from your cat’s stuff.

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As a pet owner, separating your dog and your cat is sometimes the best way of keeping order in a crowded home, especially for young child safety and little ones as well. Knowing where to put litter boxes and cat food is also important. Putting it in an elevated and sturdy place is the best way to keep dogs out of litter boxes and from eating your cat's meals while also putting safety 1st for all members of your home!

This DIY project is effective and also pretty easy, as there is no permanent wall mounts or modifications to a door, wall, sliding door, etc. This project is a great way to give your cat the space they need while keeping “their” room still accessible to people. All you need to do is get an inexpensive baby gate or dog gate from amazon or any local store that can be installed inside of any door opening or door frame in your house. You can also put it in a hallway if it’s wide enough or use a gate extension to make it work for the space! Don’t forget to set the gate tightly with the pressure mounts (or create your own pressure mounting) so your dog can’t use their nose or paws to push it open.

Make sure your cat can fit through the bars/slats and your dog cannot, and voila – you have a way to separate your cat(s) and dog(s) (without needing a separate cat flap) while keeping it accessible to humans with an open and close feature. If you have a large dog, make sure to also get an extra wide pet gate or an extra tall pet gate as well. Combine with an elevated cat litter box, and you have the perfect solution! Now your dog and cat can have their own play yard areas in your home. Note that you may need to remove a bar/slat on the safety gate, depending on the size of your cat(s). If it’s a mesh-style of gate with steel construction , you can use wire cutters to make a hole for your cat (be careful not to leave sharp edges). You can also paint it or add your own details to make it work with the rest of your own home decor.

woman playing with yellow lab

This solution is not only a great way to make an easy cat door, but it is also a great solution for small dogs too; especially when you don’t want to cut into your doors or walls or purchase a small dog door. Forget dog proof and safety lock litter boxes, and give both your pets their personal space with this "best seller" DIY baby gate pet door idea!

Nick Pullano

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Nick Pullano


Pets: I have a half border collie, half angel named Mikey.
Fun stuff: My dog's tongue is slightly longer than her face, so frequently her tongue sticks out a little even when her mouth is closed.

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