stair gates and cats?

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  1. Elphaba

    Elphaba Well-Known Member

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    At some point I want to buy some stair gates ready for when Xavier is crawling.

    However, we have two cats and was wondering how they would get through? The gaps in the gates don't look wide enough (our female cat is quite small so might get through but doubt our male cat would? Are they wide enough - if not what do you do?

    I don't want the cats trapped down stairs all the time - especially not at night. So how do you keep free access for them whilst ensuring baby can't get to the stairs?
     
  2. kirstylm

    kirstylm Well-Known Member

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  3. Tegans Mama

    Tegans Mama home edding mum of 2

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    They are cats.. they jump over them... :lol:
     
  4. Gingerspice

    Gingerspice Well-Known Member

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    Yep they jump over them
     
  5. BunnyFace

    BunnyFace Mummy

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    Our 5 month old kittens can just about get through them (they have big heads :haha:) They jump them mostly though :)
     
  6. Nibblenic

    Nibblenic Well-Known Member

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    Mine jump over them. And they are lazy fat house cats
     
  7. kirstylm

    kirstylm Well-Known Member

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    :nope:
    If ur big cat is healthy yeah they should be fine but my big cat has spondylosis and stiff hips so he wont as he cant even jump up on the windowsill. :nope:
     
  8. A3my

    A3my I am so lucky!

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    We have stairgates and the cats jump over them no problem :thumbup:
     
  9. Elphaba

    Elphaba Well-Known Member

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    Ah ok. I just don't see Oz jumping much (he's quite a lazy cat) so wonder if he'd figure it! Mind you I don't see them doing an awful lot as they are very nervous rescue cats who hide a lot. Hence I wouldn't want to restrict them at night when they come out to play.

    Great to know even fat lazy house cats could jump them though, nibblenic - this describes Oz perfectly.

    Thansk for the link to the cat flap ones, kirsty! Wonder if the baby could get through the gap though?
     
  10. Wriggley

    Wriggley Well-Known Member

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    my cat tried to go through one of the gaps and got her head stuck :shock:

    she has not worked out how to jump over them without jumping onto something else first either side
     
  11. Tegans Mama

    Tegans Mama home edding mum of 2

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    My cat is also a lazy house cat (not fat though, has problems gaining weight) who never jumps up anything, ever. She stood by the gate mewing for 15 minutes until I got her treats out and she zipped straight over. Sometimes you have to teach them how to jump over but they are generally fine, our gate downstairs is on the kitchen door where there is a step down from dining room to kitchen so to get from kitchen over gate she has to jump the step height & gate height. She's mastered it now, we've been here 3 months :)
     
  12. kirstylm

    kirstylm Well-Known Member

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    Thansk for the link to the cat flap ones, kirsty! Wonder if the baby could get through the gap though?[/QUOTE]

    :haha: i did wonder that myself, guess I will soon find out lol!
     
  13. Kalah

    Kalah Guest

    Every cat I've seen that comes to a gate obstacle jumps on top of it and over it.
     
  14. RJsMum

    RJsMum Mommy of RJ

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    We've had ours just over a week and our cat sussed he could jump them just a couple days ago. He's quite funny to watch because the door gate he gets some sweet air-time and looks like a rabbit...makes DS giggle. Then, when he jumps the one over the stairs, he jumps and does some ninja leap into the wall and pushes pff and up over the gate. Also hilarious.And that gate is on the SECOND step up...so two steps plus the gate.

    He's digging claw marks into the wallpaper though. :-(
     
  15. Mrs RC

    Mrs RC Lucas' Mummy!

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    We've had ours up a week and so far the cat hasn't worked out he could jump over them! He just doesn't go upstairs anymore - but then we shut him in the dining room and kitchen of a night anyway!
     
  16. msfoxymax

    msfoxymax Olivia's Mummy xx

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    One of my boys just jumps over (i had to lift him over a few times to show him how to do it) buy my other erm how can i put it 'special' (lol) cat just sits there until i open it for him hehehehehehe
     
  17. Aidan's Mummy

    Aidan's Mummy Mummy to Aidan and Oliver

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    My cats jump over them :) x
     

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