Asked on Feb 05, 2020

How can I block off a doorway to keep cats out of room?

by B

I need help trying to find options to block a double doorway to keep cats out of room but still be able for air/heat to circulate between rooms

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  • Gk Gk on Feb 05, 2020

    You could try a screen door but if your cats are climbers with claws and are very determined to get into the room you don't want them in I wonder how long that screen door would last! You could try and find a magnetic screen door to fit to see if that would keep the cats out. A cheaper alternative than a wooden screen door.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 05, 2020

    Hello B,

    Tape a net curtain across the entrance or make a frame and fix curtain to it and place that in space between doors........Best wishes.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Feb 05, 2020

    Hi B,

    Here's an idea from someone else who has the same issue. You may need to make a few adjustments to make it work for you, but this is a basic idea. If your cat is a climber, it might just be able to climb up this setup. If that's true, you might be able to attach sheets of plexiglass to the "cat" side so your cat won't be able to get a grip. Wishing you the best.

  • Em Em on Feb 05, 2020

    Get a screen door that will fit the opening and replace the plastic screening with chicken run wire. The cats can't scratch and ruin it and the air circulation is better. My doorways were wide arches so I built a 2 x 4 frame to attach the screen door to and then filled the gaps on the sides with 1/2 round tacked to the frame to keep the cats out.

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  • Bjhodges Bjhodges on Feb 05, 2020

    Baby gates

  • William William on Feb 05, 2020

    Since cats are climbers and high jumpers I would make a panel out of 1X2 wood firing strips and 1/4" plywood about 4' to 5' high. Make it wide enough to wedge it into the doorway. You could also make it like double doors and hinge them so they can be opened for access. A hook to close them so the cats can't get in. Paint or stain to match the woodwork.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Feb 05, 2020

    My daughter uses a baby gate. You can easily slide it out of the way or step over it. The one she has is made from lattice.

    You could purchase lattice, I'm pretty sure it comes in 4'x8' panels, and frame it to cover the opening. You can get it in wood or plastic.

  • Could you install a screen door indoors like you would on the front door of your house?

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Feb 11, 2020

    Hi B, this is Peggy. When we get a new cat we put it in a room with a screen door, so the other cats can know it is there, and they can't get to each other. After a while we remove the screen and let the cats together, they already know the smells and they get along. I would suggest a screen door that fits your door frame. Good luck.

  • Paige Paige on Jul 11, 2020

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  • Deb K Deb K on May 10, 2023

    Hi B. hope this helps you out. Cats don’t like to scratch sticky substances, so you can put double-sided tape on the bottom of the door.

    You can also use aluminum foil because cats don’t like the feeling or the sound that aluminum foil makes. If you are worried about the look of the tape or aluminum foil, keep in mind that this should only be a temporary thing.

    Once your cat gets used to the fact that they can’t enter that room, you should be able to remove the tape or the foil.

    You could also try this room divider

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 06, 2023

    Put up a screenless screen door, attach chicken wire to it so you have airflow .

  • Mogie Mogie on Sep 06, 2023

    Make a wooden frame and then staple a screen material in that. Put small hooks on the frame of the doorway and simply attach or take down when you walk thru.

  • B B on Sep 10, 2023

    We had a similar problem when we would go away because a few of my cats would fight so we put up foldable doors to be safe when we left to separate them. Kept them up but now we don’t need them because cats can tolerate each other now. But it’s nice to have the option if for whatever reason we wanted to close the room off. My husband put in openings that have a medal screening to air flows thru. Openings are in each panel of the doors