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Baby gates with cat doors

Have a baby that is about to start crawling. Looking for easy to set up gates for the stairs that the cats will be able to get through. Any recommendations?
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I had a crawling baby (now a toddler) and a cat.

With your situation, I suggest you install a gate that can anchor to the wall. As the little one gets older, they can climb/pounce on it and break any pressure mounting ones. This will be dangerous since you are installing to block the stairs.

If you install the gate a few inches above ground, your cat will be fine.

Back to my situation, my cat managed to climb around it.
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tomtomtom wrote: I had a crawling baby (now a toddler) and a cat.

With your situation, I suggest you install a gate that can anchor to the wall. As the little one gets older, they can climb/pounce on it and break any pressure mounting ones. This will be dangerous since you are installing to block the stairs.

If you install the gate a few inches above ground, your cat will be fine.

Back to my situation, my cat managed to climb around it.
so you don't have a slot for the cats to crawl through, they just work their way around it?
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A baby gate with a hole in it is of course a bad idea. Cat's can get around/below/jump over just about anything.

If I recall the building code for space between stiles on a railing is 4 inches. Take that into consideration and leave a 3-4 inch gap below the baby gate. Should be too small for the kid to squeeze under and more than enough for a cat to sneak through.

Experiment with some tape across the area to see how low you can go with your cats.
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chowder wrote: so you don't have a slot for the cats to crawl through, they just work their way around it?
Under it. Mine do the same
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Unless it is a very old cat, the cat should easily be able to jump over a gate. I've had a number of cats in my life, and a baby gate was not going to stop them. Especially if you turned on the can opener.
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My cat just jumps over the gate no problems, some are pressure mounted for non-risk spots and others are screwed into the wall and taller. Not a problem at any point for her.
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Our elderly cat took one look at the baby gate and walked through the stair railing beside the gate. Didn’t even slow her down.
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chowder wrote: so you don't have a slot for the cats to crawl through, they just work their way around it?
Our cat jumps over the gate. It's a pretty easy jump for most cats. We do have one gate where the cat slides under.
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my cat can fit thru the gate, the bars are wide enuff for a cat but not a baby
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As others have said here ...
Don’t worry about the cats

Focus on what’s best for the kid
And that’s the gate firmly attached to the wall

Cats are both smart & resilient ... they’ll figure a way out

Dogs on the other hand, they are gonna treat it like any other door / gate ... and just wait around until a human opens it for them

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