PRIVACY FOR CATS
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In the previous post, I shared our experience moving into the new house. Although it was relatively easy to keep the same routines, there were a few challenges. Finding a dog-free zone for (feline) Ricky was one of them. In our last house, my husband closed in the area under the stairs in the basement creating a large, private cat bathroom! A door for people was framed in on one side of the stairs, and a wall with a cat door installed, and elevated feeding station was set up, under the stairs. There was a light in the closed off area and plenty of space for both litter boxes. Yes, he has two. My husband and I could not figure out a plan for our new, multi-species dwelling. I could not bear the thought of having to cut a hole for a cat-flap in an old farmhouse door.
Thankfully, during the process of selling the old house and packing, we were introduced to The Door Buddy. This stylish little door strap was designed to keep dogs, babies, and toddlers out of the room that contains cat food and litter boxes. The Door Buddy is available in two, stylish prints: grey chevron and caramel lattice.
After reviewing the installation instructions, I used treats to bribe Ricky and Reese (my smallest pup) into helping me determine the length of the strap, and by adjusting accordingly, I was able to open the door wide enough for Ricky to get through but narrow enough that none of the dogs could.
The Door Buddy was easy to install. I just peeled the backing from the strong 3M adhesive and stuck the anchor to the door frame and the latch to the door (based on the direction of door opening). Two extra adhesive pads are included in each package, and further replacements are available for purchase. The Door Buddy works on inward and outward opening doors, bi-fold doors, pocket doors and double doors. It’s EVERY door(s), buddy!
Our basement door is close to the door that accesses the garden; the occasional wind tunnel would cause the basement door to slam shut. Not so great for fearful animals. Heck, it made me jump, too! This was easily remedied using the Finger Pinch Guard (also available from Door Buddy). Even if the wind tries to blow the door closed, this Foam Door Stopper causes the door to gently (and quietly) bounce back open enough that Ricky can work his way back through the door, opening it back to strap width. If for reasons other than wind tunnels, the door was at risk of closing (say Henry was ticked off at Ricky and simply felt like being a bratty brother and shutting him downstairs), the pinch guard ensures this will not happen, and that Ricky will not be stuck in the basement all day.
Another example of why the pinch guard is a good idea…
One day, after work, I came home (to the old house), excited for my greeting from Henry and Reese (we didn’t have Jack yet). As I walked through the door, Henry barked at me and ran off to the bedroom. No Reese.
These dogs are creatures of habit – what would cause Henry to snub me, and where the heck was Reese? She would rarely leave the rug at the front door when one (or both) of her people were out.
I followed Henry to the bedroom, and there, through the frosted glass of the ensuite door, I saw the form of my little princess. As soon as Reese saw me, her tail wagged, and she demanded I open the door to let her out. Reese had a habit of going into the bathroom and rolling around on the bath mat. That day, she must have rolled into the door and shut herself in. I know she could not have been in there more than four hours at most: the dog walker had been there earlier in the day. It was warm, and she had the comfort of the bath mat to lie on. Still, I felt like a bad mom!
I wish I had known about the pinch guard, sooner
No worry of tails or whiskers being caught in the door or pets shutting themselves in a room!
The lock and unlock latch secures the door from either side making it easy for me to open the door to place Ricky’s dinner on the stairs for him, secure the door behind me when I go downstairs to clean his box, and effortlessly open the door again when I’ve finished scooping. No need to juggle dishes or straddle baby gates!
Ricky, also known as (silly) Goose, and Rooster got the latter nickname because of the incessant (VERY) early morning meowing, comparable to the crow of a rooster. If we shut him out of the bedroom, he would meow to be let in. If we shut him in with us, he would meow to be let out! If we left the door open, the dogs would not settle completely and would bark at every little noise they thought they heard and would run out to the main area of the house. In the new house, we installed a second strap on our bedroom door. It keeps the door closed enough that the dogs settle, and allows Ricky the freedom to come and go as he pleases.
We’re excited to announce that The Door Buddy is generously giving away two straps to two subscribers of Her and Her Dogs! Open to residents of Canada and the U.S. Also, a 25% discount code – SADIE&CO is in effect until the end of the year – for everyone!
Door Buddy believes in giving back, supporting the community, and striving to create a better tomorrow. For every Door Buddy sold on TheDoorBuddy.com, $1.00 goes to Pet Partners. Pet Partners promotes positive human-animal therapy by providing animal-assisted interactions to a wide variety of clients including veterans with PTSD, seniors living with Alzheimer’s, patients in recovery, and children with disabilities to name but a few. To learn more about Pet Partners, click here.
Thank you, Door Buddy, for making our transition to the Farmhouse much easier!