Why Do Cats Hate Closed Doors?

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Written by: Dan Richardson

It’s a common scenario, you’re in the bathroom minding your own business when suddenly you hear frantic scratching and meowing outside the door.
If you have ever opened a door for a cat and made the mistake of closing it behind them you very quickly learn that a closed door is something that cat’s hate.
Your cat’s dislike of closed doors can be very frustrating but they don’t do these things to annoy you.

Here are three reasons why cats hate closed doors:


1. They Are Social Creatures

Cats are often thought of as being independent creatures who are quite happy living solitary lives but this is not true.

Cats like humans, they enjoy your company and they love getting attention from you or just hanging out with you.

Consequently they like to be involved in whatever it is you’re doing, or they at least want to know what you’re up to. If you’re hiding behind a closed door then, for all they know, they could be missing out on a great activity with their favourite person.


2. They Are Curious

Curiosity killed the cat - it's one of the most well-known cat sayings and there is a lot of truth in it.

Cats always want to know what is going on.

If they encounter a closed door immediately their curiosity is piqued, especially if they hear a noise on the other side of it!

They can’t help themselves, they simply must know what is going on in there so the scratching and meowing begins!


3. They Are Territorial

If your cat usually has the run of your home then they will consider your entire home to be their territory.

As far as they are concerned the house is theirs not yours.

Closing a door prevents them from accessing all parts of their own territory which is something that territorial creatures hate!


Reasons Why You Should Keep Doors Open For Your Cat

Leaving doors open around your home helps your cat feel comfortable in their environment.

If doors are open they know they are not trapped, they can join you whenever they feel like it providing you are at home and any noises inside your house can quickly be got to the bottom of.

They also know they can access their food water and most importantly their litter tray at all times, preventing them from going hungry or having any toilet-related accidents which can be a nightmare to clean up (check out some tips on how to get rid of cat urine smells here).

All in all an open door policy around your home will equate to a much happier, healthier and less stinky cat.


How To Deal With Open Door Problems

Leaving doors open around your home can cause problems, particularly in homes where there are children and other pets such as dogs. Not to mention the fact that even installing pet doors doesn't fully protect your children from escaping. Finding the right pet door and confirming if they're childproof or not comes with its own set of worries. Take Tessa Rhodes' article, for example, we bet you didn't know you had to consider all of these factors when purchasing your pet door? 

Unfortunately for your cat, this will mean that their freedom is seriously limited.

Thankfully there is a solution in the form of the Door Buddy which comes with a doorstop and a latch which together prevent your door from closing fully but keep it open just enough for your cat to get through but not enough for kids or anything other than the smallest of dogs.

Learn more about Door Buddy here!


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