Ideas for keeping dog out without making cat jump the gate
I need some ideas for this dilemma. Daryl's food and litterbox is in the spare bedroom. My dog likes to eat his food. He has food allergies and eating cat food makes his skin go beserk. I keep a baby gate in the doorway when I'm at work, which works fine to keep the dog out. The problem is that Daryl has a bad left shoulder from when he was seriously injured as a stray. He's been limping a lot and holding his left foot out. I think it's from all the jumping he's doing to get over the gate, and also from jumping off the top tier of his cat tree. I discussed it with my vet and we're going to start cold laser therapy in a few weeks.
I hate aggravating his problem by making him jump the gate all the time. Is there a different solution for keeping the dog out of the room without making Daryl have to jump? I'm not good at thinking outside the box.
Oh yeah, small dog, about the same size as the cat. He's pretty agile when he wants to be.