To explain why the Cat Hole is made for dogs, I first must share a little background. Kirby shares his home with two cat sisters, Chelsea and Kaitlyn. They were both here before him so he readily accepts cats.
Chelsea, at 16 years of age, has been here the longest. She's a great hunter of mice and moles. She's also quite settled in her dislike of dogs only tolerating their existence because she has no other choice. Kirby and our fosters can all attest to her painful scratches which have sent them yelping in pain and fear. Kirby knows to stay out of her way and seems to watch with amused curiosity as each new foster makes their introduction to her. I suppose the funniest was when one of our little fosters cornered her in the hallway as we came out of the bedroom - she hissed, the foster froze, and Kirby began slipping and sliding across the tiled floor in his attempt to get out of harm's way as quickly as possible. Trust me when I tell you not one foster has ever needed a second lesson.
Kaitlyn, on the other hand, is wary but friendly. She was quite curious when I brought Kirby home as a tiny pup. She would spend hours watching him play, now and then tossing the toys for him, and getting very close when he slept. She never really snuggled with him but would often times clean his coat and nap close by. As he got larger, they played more but only when she wanted. Years later they seem to be respectful friends with Kirby taking on the role of her protector. At times the two cats will get into a hissing fight which propels Kirby to run to actually stand by Kaitlyn in a face off with Chelsea who, after a few tense moments, will walk away.
Which brings me to the litter box, an evil necessity when you have cats. Both cats come and go as they please but I like them to be inside at night or if I'll be away overnight. Hence, they need a litter box which I really hate. I scoop it regularly so there's no odors but, even though it has a cover and flap door, litter is always on the floor. Seriously do they track it out or deliberately toss it out?
Anyway the litter box is in the laundry room which is right off the dining room. I've always had to leave the door ajar to give them access which also gives Kirby access which became my next problem. It seems Kirby simply loves the crunchy taste of litter covered cat poop. Gross! Every time I caught him I would say "No Bad Dog" to which he would drop it and walk away. Sometimes I didn't catch him but knew from his potty smelling mouth. Double Gross! Throughout this he was getting his teeth and tongue brushed a lot which didn't deter him in the least since he must have attributed that to either normal grooming or well worth the tasty treat. This was a battle he had no intention of losing.
Fast forward five years and behold the Cat Hole! I don't remember how I came across it but I do remember hearing angels singing when I located it on Amazon! It is rather expensive ranging at $30, but for me, it's worth every penny. So why am I saying the Cat Hole is made for dogs? Because they can't get to the litter box unless they are as small as a cat! I laughed taking this picture because as hard as he tried to reach the treat I held out to him, he could only fit his head through the hole. Genius, brilliant, as in why didn't I think of this?
This is a DIY project but Installation is quick and easy. We took the door down off the hinges and placed it on the outside patio table. Next we taped the enclosed pattern on the door where we wanted the hole.
I held the door still while Doug used a saber saw to cut out the hole (I couldn't find the picture). Then he used his pocket knife to remove any rough spots.
You can see here how both sides of the cat hole are attached with the provided screws tightening it to the door.
This shows how the brush snaps in to cover the inside of the door. The cat hole is made from Baltic Birch wood which means it can easily be painted or stained to match your door. So after we hung the door back up, I removed the brush and, with less than ten minutes of painting, it looked like the door was custom made with a cat door. Since my door is hollow on the inside I did worry about any wiggling or instability but there isn't any at all.
The cat hole measures 8.5" X 8.5" while the opening inside the brush is 4.5" X 6.5". The brush has some flexibility but easily snaps in and out so it can be removed if your cats need more room to fit through. My cats are on the small side so they easily go in and out of the hole with the brush. There wasn’t any training required either. Cats are highly intelligent so they took to it as just another hole to investigate.
I can conclude that everyone, except the Kirbster, is very happy with the Cat Hole!
Disclosure: We were not compensated for this review. We purchased the Cat Hole and are sharing a product we love!