How to stop a cat from going through a dog door?

posted 2 months ago in Pets
Post # 31
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Busy bee

Once the cat feels a breeze through any type of door/hole/window there will be curiosity and they’ll try. I don’t think there’s a way to prevent the cat from going through.

Post # 32
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Bumble bee

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j_jaye :  I love the image of a visiting cat chilling on your couch like he owns the place.  Lol!  And then a doppelganger of your own cat confusing things.  Hilarious!

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I don’t have any really helpful advice, but wanted to pipe in to say our kitten started to use our dog door within a few months. Our cat is small- about 10 lbs now fully grown— and we have the largest size dog door they make because our Rhodesian ridgeback is over 100 lbs. I didn’t think she would be able to push open the door because it’s magnetized and pretty heavy, but it definitely didn’t stop her. And just yesterday, she surprised us with a gift from the yard— a bird that she brought in and killed in our bathtub… 

Post # 35
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Bee Keeper

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sbl99 :  oh wow thats pretty amazing! Are you going to try this out?

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2021 - City, State

I’m going to have to echo what everyone else said, if you don’t want an outdoor cat then you won’t be able to use the dog door.

The house I used to live in had a cat flap which when we got our cat I didn’t want her using. She was also tiny and super light. I locked it into the “come inside” position so she couldn’t push it open and she had a huge thing of trying to figure out the mechanism.

she was chewing bits of cardboard and taking them to the bloody flap to push them because she wasn’t heavy enough to try to do it herself and then discovered the lock and ate it.

needless to say she’s an outdoor cat now, she’s also a demon in fur I suspect 

 

Post # 38
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Bumble bee

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sbl99 :  honestly, it’s always been my dream to have a safely enclosed yard so my cat could have an outdoor space to enjoy safely.  Some of the cats I’ve had were perfectly content to be indoor cats but others wanted out so desperately that it broke my heart to keep them in.

Post # 39
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Worker bee

Forgive me if someone posted, but there are dog doors that only open when a dog collar with a sensor is present. 

you should google around for those dog doors and install one and put the sensor on your dogs collar.

Post # 40
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Buzzing bee

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sbl99 :  If you are set on having an indoor cat, I think you’re better off getting rid of the dog door and letting the dog out and in manually. Really don’t see this working out any other way. Most cats go where they want when they want, and weighing down the door isn’t going to help.

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