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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-11-2012, 11:33 PM
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A baby gate will not stop kittens. Of my 70+ fosters, every single one of them has learned to get over my baby gate, most before they were 8 weeks old.
That made me laugh and is the sort of thing that makes me love cats.

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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 12:46 PM
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Has anyone tried one of those Magic Mesh things? Is it strong enough to restrain a curious cat?
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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 02:46 PM
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3 gates stacked in the doorway works well--you need 1 that is 31-32" and 2 that are 24". Put the tall one on TOP, remove the center one to pass through yourself.

Or have a screen door installed. That's easier in some ways LOL.
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I'm thinking the easiest way is probably just to lock them in a room while we're gone. I thought the basement was ideal because they have more room to run around, however, a bedroom would have the added benefit of a window.

I will make sure to have toys for them, and they have each other to play with. I just don't like having the litter box confined the room because it begins to smell up the room. Although I am using different litter than I was when I first got them. Maybe it'll be better.
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The question is not if a barrier is strong enough to contain a cat. The question is if the cat is smart enough to figure a way over, around or through the barrier you put up. Restraining a dog from going into other parts of a house is easy; all you have to do is block the floor routes. Cats are much more three dimentional than dogs and will jump or crawl up a high barrier into another room. Nothing short of a full door will stop a cat; and, if the cat figures out the door know, even a door does not work. I had a female cat open the bedroom door to allow the only unneutered cat into the bedroom to get that in heat female pregnant. Miri could open any door in the house, including the front and back door house doors. We had to put a second door lock toward the top of the exit doors to keep her from letting in outdoor cats or herself and her kittens out.
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