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 your baby gate with a pet door in order to separate your dog from your cat’s stuff. Separating your dog and your cat is sometimes the best way of keeping order in a crowded home. Knowing where to put litter boxes is also important. Put it in an elevated place is the best way to keep dogs out of litter boxes! This potentially DIY project is effective and also pretty easy, as there is no permanent modification to a door, wall, sliding door, etc.  

This 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 that can be installed inside of any door frame in your house. You can also put it in a hallway if it's wide enough! Don’t forget to set the gate tightly 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), while keeping it accessible to humans. Combine with an elevated cat litter box, and you have the perfect solution! Note that you may need to remove a bar/slat, depending on the size of your cat(s). If it's a mesh-style of gate, you can use wire cutters to make a hole for your cat (be careful not to leave sharp edges).

lab excited that she is getting a dog gate for her and her cat sibling

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. Forget dog proof litter boxes, and give both your pets their personal space!

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