How to Prevent a Cat From Getting Out a Doggie Door


Having a doogie door is handy for those times when your dog wants to go out without your help. But if you have a cat too, a doggie door can transform from a convenience, to an annoyance, or even a danger for your cat. Learn how to keep your cat from escaping through your doggie door

Things You'll Need

  • doggie door
  • squirt bottle
  • citrus spray
  • tools for relocating door

Train the cat to stay away from the doggie door. You can accomplish this through loud noises when the cat gets near the opening, or squirting the cat with water when he or she gets near.

Apply an odor to the doggie door that the cat will not like, but the dog will not mind. For example, many cats dislike the smell of citrus such as oranges and grapefruits.

Relocate the doggie door. Depending on the size of the dog, you can move the door up a foot or two from the ground. A larger dog will still be able to easily enter and exit the door, but a smaller cat will not.

Secure the door with a snap or latch that a lighter cat cannot push past.

Train your dog to push at a latch or lever to open the doggie door. This may take some interesting engineering, depending on how smart your dog is.

Tips & Warnings

  • A heavier door made of wood or thick plastic will be much harder for a cat to open than a door with rubber or light plastic.
  • Do not re-engineer the doggie door in such a way that it could close on the cat, injuring him or her. Cats are notoriously hard to train, so don't be surprised if one week he appears to be catching on, and the next week he decides to ignore all his training.

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