It can be hard to find a good dog gate that let’s cats through but keeps dogs out.
The reason for that is that there just aren’t many on the market.
What we’ve done in this guide is saved you some time and effort researching and listed for you some dog gates with small pet doors built in – about the size of 10 inches high by 7 inches wide.
These small pet doors built into the dog gates have the ability to let a cat through and keep a bigger pet or dog out.
Let’s take a look at them!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
Best Dog Gate That Lets Cats Through
Our top picks for the best dog gates that let cats through and keep dogs out are:
Dog Gates With Pet Doors Built In
- Carlson Pet Products Extra Wide Walk-Thru Gate with Pet Door (on Chewy) – measures 30 inches in height and expands to fit openings from 29 to 36.5 inches
- Carlson Extra Wide Walk Through Pet Gate, with in built pet door (on Amazon) – 30 inches high, and will fit a space/opening from 29 to 37 inches wide with the included 6-inch extension kit.
- Carlson Pet Products Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate with Pet Door (on Chewy) – measures 36 inches in height and expands to fit openings from 29 to 36.5 inches
- Carlson Extra Tall Pet Gate (with Small Pet Door) (on Amazon) – 36 inches tall, and fits spaces 29 to 37 inches wide.
- Carlson Lil Tuffy Metal Expandable Gate, with in built pet door (on Amazon) – 18 inches high, and will fit a space/opening between 26 to 42 inches wide.
Best Dog Gate That Lets Cats Through: Reviews
Carlson Extra Wide Walk Through Pet Gate
You can read the full review of the Carlson Extra Wide Walk Through Pet Gate here
Carlson Extra Tall Pet Gate
Carlson Lil Tuffy Metal Expandable Pet Gate
Best Dog Gate That Lets Cats Through: Buyer’s Guide
What Size Dog Gate Should You Get?
It usually depends on three things:
- The size of your dog. The bigger the dog, usually the taller of a dog gate you want to get
- The width of the opening or space you want to block off. The bigger the opening, the wider of a dog gate you want to get.
- You also want to make sure you can fit through the gate if it has a door, and that other openings are big enough
Make sure the opening for a cat or smaller pet is big/small enough to let small pets through, and keep big pets out.
Types Of Pet Gates
Some of the major types of pet gates to be aware of are:
- Pressure mounted pet gates
- Hardware mounted gates
- Freestanding gates
- 2 in 1, or All in one gates – might combine freestanding, pressure mounted, hardware mounted, and exercise pen capabilities
Some types of gates may also be:
- Extra tall
- Extra wide
- Be built with heavier duty materials
- + have other specific characteristics
Walk Through vs Swing Open vs Step Over Dog Gates
There’s usually 3 ways you can pass through or over a dog gate whilst still blocking your dog from passing:
- Walk Through – the dog gate has a door built in with a simple lock. You pass through the door and close/lock it when you’re through it
- Swing Open – the entire gate barrier can be lifted off the hinges mounted on the walls and swung open and shut
- Step Over – usually smaller gates for small dogs. You can completely step over these gates because of their height whilst still blocking your dog
A Few Other Things To Be Aware Of When Buying A Pet Gate
- Make sure you measure the size of the opening you want to install the gate into, and check what size opening the gate is suitable for
- Check the size of the gate door opening if it has one, and clearance of any step overs if relevant
- Make sure the gate is tall enough for pets you want to keep contained, and that your pets won’t knock it over, try to jump it, or break it
- Check the gate will be able to be secured properly and safely for your intended uses
- Check the age of child the gate is designed for (if you intend on using it for kids too)
- Check that the gate meets any relevant safety regulations and standards, and is going to be safe for the intended use in general
- Read the set up, operation and safety instructions prior to use
- Check the gate aesthetically matches in with your home
- Check if the gate is a multiple use gate
- Check if any add ons, kits or extensions come with the gate
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