1. Sometimes the most suitable area doesn't have a door, and
2. Even when it does, there are few things most cats HATE!! more than a closed door.
- They'll shoot through like lightning the nanosecond you open the door.
- If you don't open the door they may make an insufferable racket until you do.
- And it's almost impossible to convince them they're not being abandoned or punished.
3. Hip-high "pet gates" sold in stores do not faze any able-bodied feline older than about 2 weeks.
- The usual reaction is "Hey, thanks for the jungle gym, helper-monkey!"
- New-mommy cats even climb over carrying their kittens.
Like a regular door, this barrier protects the entire doorway.
Unlike a regular door,
- It lets air, light, and sound through so the cat feels less isolated and doesn't get as upset.
- It's climbable without making lots of noise.
- A helper-monkey like you can get (or just reach) in and out without creating escape space around your shins.
- Putting it up requires no tools and leaves no marks.
- And, partially disassembled, it rolls up for transport and storage or parts can be "used for the other use!"
Although designed with cats in mind, it would probably work for under-20-pound dogs, many birds, large lizards (iguanas, tegus, monitors), lemurs, tarsiers, coatimundis, sloths (jeez I want a sloth!!); in short, anything that likes to get altitude but isn't majorly heavy and wouldn't consider vinyl aviary netting a tender yummy dessert.
Step 1: Parts is parts
ADJUSTABLE LOCKING TENSION RODS (they make these for shower curtains. If you can't find ones long enough search under "tension poles."
- 2 rods adjustable from (at most) 30"(76cm) to (at least) 40" (102cm).
- 2 rods adjustable from (at most) 75"(191cm) to (at least) 85" (216cm).
GRIPPER SHEET (you want something a bit compressible with a lot of static friction. Those lacey-rubbery pads for on shelves and under rugs work well), 64 sq." (163 sq, cm)
MESH, 2 pc., 24"(61cm)x96"(244cm). I prefer plastic aviary netting: it's very strong, just stiff enough, the holes are just big enough to admit a scritching-finger, a treat or a small toy, and the cut edges won't shred your skin (which after all is Kitty's job).
HEAVY-DUTY HOOK-AND-LOOP TAPE, e.g. Industrial Strength Velcro (TM): 2"(5cm)x96"(244cm). Usually this is adhesive-backed; if yours isn't, get a strong adhesive that stays flexible.
FOIL TAPE, 2"(5cm)x192"(488cm). High-performance duct tape can be substituted or added as an underlayer for the foil tape. The thing about foil is, cats don't like clawing it, for roughly the same reason we don't like chewing it.
CABLE-TIES, preferably the releasable/re-usable kind, 30-40ea., 8"(20cm) long,
CUTTING TOOLS: Heavy-duty shears. small sharp slicing blade
RUBBER GLOVES (optional, not shown)