Baby gate/ cat gate?

My LO is a crawling maniac with a death wish so we installed baby gates at the stairs. All is good for him but my cats, who I thought would just jump over the gates, are stuck too! This would be simply amusing except this blocks them from the litter box. Anyone have any ideas?

  • PK
    Jan 05

    😂 we have a cat too but no stairs in the house. It took a couple of days for our cat to figure it out. Our gate is roughly an inch thick so he jumps up on top and then goes down. Before he figured that part out, we put chairs/stools on both sides of the gate so he had something to jump up on to get to the other side. Then my son started to move the chairs around 🙄 but our cat figured it out by then. I think I read somewhere that cats can’t jump over things. Is the baby gate at the bottom of the stairs or at the top? I can see it being an issue if it’s the top... They make pet gates with a small cat gate at the bottom which you can leave open for your cat. We got one of these for when my family visits with the dog (separation between the cat and dog) but my son crawls through the cat flap 😂. Or if possible, keep the litter and cat food and water on one side of the gate

  • Jennie
    Jan 05

    Gate that is the issue is on the top of the stairs. The other gate is on the bottom of the other stairwell and they have already figured that out easy.... jumping back and forth. Maybe it’ll just take a few days for them to figure it out? I just don’t wanna have to open the door every time they want up or down.

  • Elle
    Jan 05

    Add a kitty litter and extra litter box on the other side of the gate?

  • Amy
    Jan 06

    I bet your cat will figure it out soon! My parents use a gate to keep the dogs out of the bedrooms and the cat figured it out after a couple of days of coaxing him over/back and forth with a toy!

  • Jennifer
    Jan 06

    They have gates with cat/dog doors. We just put a gate up in our kitchen that’s also where I keep cat food. He’s been having trouble jumping if because it’s extra tall so we are getting one with a cat door

  • Jennie
    Sunday

    Litter on both sides is not a possibility. It’s been days and so far the only one being trained is me. They have learned to start whining at the gate to be let in or out. And so I open it for them... 😽 I think the trouble is when they jump over it’s farther down... too scary for cats?🙀