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How To Keep Kittens From Going Out The Doggy Door?

Discussion in 'Cat Behavior' started by BetsyJane, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. BetsyJane

    BetsyJane Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    I have two (litter mate) almost 4 month old kittens who are V-E-R-Y interested in the doggy door. One went out once and we have since kept the doggy door closed off. As you can mention, this is far from ideal for our puppy dog! In addition, any time we open the door - which opens to our deck - the kittens are a threat to leave. One has, a couple of times, and fortunately does not go far and we can retrieve him. We live in a suburban area and have 2 large owls in our backyard and 2 hawks nearby. In our metro area, coyotes are not unheard of. I want these kitties to be indoor cats.

    Does anyone have a method of keeping cats from exiting through a doggy door?
     

  2. mwallace056

    mwallace056 TCS Member Top Cat

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    you have to keep it block or invest in a doggy door that uses microchips to open for a specific pet. in this in case, the dog. there no other way to keep them inside, idk. When you open the door try to distract them with throwing a toy or a laser pointer. Other members will chime in with better tips

    Can you turn the deck into a catio? Where they can go outside but still be safe?
     

  3. BetsyJane

    BetsyJane Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    Will consider the distraction. Cannot change the deck; the dog still has to get out and whatever method she uses to get out, the cats can use. :( Also would render the deck a bit unusable for other purposes. But thank you for your quick reply.
     

  4. rubysmama

    rubysmama Forum Helper Staff Member Forum Helper

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    The only thing I can think of is, as @mwallace056 already suggested, a microchipped pet door, which appear to be fairly expensive. Though probably worth it, compared to an emergency vet visit if one of the kittens got injured outside.

    Google also found these:
    How To Keep The Cat From Using The Dog Door
    How to Prevent a Cat From Getting Out a Doggie Door
    Want Your Dog to Go Out the Pet Door, But Keep Your Cat In?

    TCS also has this article which might come in handy, if they discover the regular door also leads to outside.

    How To Prevent Your Cat From Darting Out The Door | TheCatSite

    Hello and welcome to TCS, btw. :wave2: If you decide to stick around, do introduce yourself and your kittens in our New Cats on the Block forum. :compsurfing:
     
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  5. Pjg8r

    Pjg8r TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    2D83BA0B-6098-4547-A0F3-B2A9A21DBDA0.jpeg What worked for me (I had a large dog) was setting up the air canisters that detect motion and blow air. Some people use them to discourage cats from jumping on counters. Since the air was so low to the ground my dogs didn’t even notice it. A smaller dog might not like the air in its face so that may not work so well. This kept my cats from going out the doggy door for years- they avoided that corner of the room completely.
     

  6. LTS3

    LTS3 TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Why can't you change out the current dog door to a microchip one?
     

  7. Kflowers

    Kflowers TCS Member Top Cat

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    If you have a small dog, he is also in danger of attacks from owls. Some will go for dogs as large as 50lbs. Obviously, they can't take off with that much weight, but their talons will damage the dog.
     
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  8. fionasmom

    fionasmom TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    @Pjg8r is that a Great Pyr? How adorable those two are together.

    As for the situation, I have to agree that unless the air canister works, or something equally distracting, you need the microchipped door or you need to retrain the dog to use jingle bells at the door, etc.
     

  9. Pjg8r

    Pjg8r TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    @fionasmom yes he’s a pyr. He could stand in the doggy door and the cats still wouldn’t go near those air canisters. I think I was lucky about that.
     
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  10. BetsyJane

    BetsyJane Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    Thank you for the multiple suggestions. I read the TCS article and will try to follow the suggestions. We're going to try the magnet trick. Hubby is handy. I've read the pros and cons of microchipping the dog/door and this would not be my first choice.
     
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  11. BetsyJane

    BetsyJane Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    Understood. Our dog is about 40 pounds and is 7 years old, and she has been indoors/outdoors for 7 years. Our older dog, up to 65 pounds, also spent his life indoors/outdoors. The kittens weigh about 3 pounds each.
     

  12. 1 bruce 1

    1 bruce 1 TCS Member Top Cat

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    Pyrenees? Wonderful animals :cloud9:
     

  13. Kflowers

    Kflowers TCS Member Top Cat

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    I expect you'll need the jingle the bell when they want to go out method. With the size difference it wouldn't be that hard for one of
    the cats to squeeze out under the dog as the dog goes out the door.
    If you train your dog to ring a bell when he wants to go out, you can
    show your friends and they will be unbelievably impressed. Really. I've see friends be impressed with this. (Not my dog, someone else's)
     
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  14. fionasmom

    fionasmom TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    It is very popular in the dog world to use jingle bells at the door and moderately easy to train the dog to use them.
     
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