Asked on Sep 16, 2016

Door for 30" hallway to keep cats out

Kathy White
by Kathy White
I need to put something in the hallway to keep my cats from accessing the living room and kitchen when I am not home. It is only 30" wide but it needs to be taller than 5' (they are good leapers). Any ideas?
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  • Autumn Pies Autumn Pies on Sep 16, 2016
    Have you considered a privacy screen? They can be made pretty inexpensively with a simple frame or bi-fold doors and hinges, and could fold up or lay flat against a wall when not in use. You could chose to mount it to one area on the wall or leave it free standing depending on how your cats are. Your options are endless on styles that would match your decor.
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  • Ducky Ducky on Sep 16, 2016
    How about a screen door with a fancy design in it!
  • Kathy White Kathy White on Sep 16, 2016
    I have been looking at that actually. It has to be strong enough that they can't knock it down. Thank you for your help! :)
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    • IFortuna IFortuna on Sep 18, 2016
      Cats will climb up a screen door and will definitely ruin it. They can even open pocket doors. Mine used to do this. My cat, Phoebe, used to open the pocket door to the bedroom in the morning and come jump on me to wake me up! She ruined the screen door to the deck climbing up on it. So cute. I miss her every day. Better to get solid doors installed with door knobs or latches that they cannot use. They are very smart.
  • Lynne Kail Lynne Kail on Sep 16, 2016
    you can have louver doors made to specs. and they will allow air flow but keep cats out also. You can paint or stain them easily.
    • IFortuna IFortuna on Sep 18, 2016
      Cats will probably climb these as they do screen doors, unfortunately.
  • Dianna king Dianna king on Sep 16, 2016
    I use 2 baby gates together and turn them upside down
  • Krykit Krykit on Sep 17, 2016
    Pocket door.
    • IFortuna IFortuna on Sep 18, 2016
      Nope, my cat, Phoebe, used to open the pocket door to the bedroom. They can figure out how to open many types of doors. : )
  • Yodacat Yodacat on Sep 18, 2016
    If you go with some kind of screen structure, you can replace the thin screening with "pet screen". Lowes and Home Depot carry it. It costs about $20 to replace a standard door. You will have to get smaller gauge spline to fit in the groove, as the pet screen is thicker. I have used the pet screen numerous times and the babies have never ruined it. It will not snag or tear when they grab it.
  • Taf Taf on Sep 19, 2016
    I use a pet gate (purchased at Lowes), and an electric mat. The mat is on the dog side of the gate. Keeps them from getting to the cat food and litter boxes. To train the cats, I put the mat on the lowest setting and left the pet gate open. Only one of the five was brave enough to venture out. She didn't get far though. None of the others have every jumped the gate. But I think they may have tested the mat by putting their paws thru the bars.
  • Kathy White Kathy White on Sep 20, 2016
    I actually just order a pet gate, tallest I could find. I have never heard of an electric mat. Where did you find that. What a great idea!
    • Taf Taf on Sep 21, 2016
      ScatMat - the one in the picture below is only 17.99 at That's a great price. Most pet supply stores carry them.
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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 06, 2023

    How about an accordion door?