In Soveit Russia, doors escape cats.
May 16, 2011 9:33 PM Subscribe
How do I cat-proof my front door with a lever-style handle?
posted by honeybee413 to Pets & Animals (22 answers total)
I have two orange tabbies, Fred and George, who continue to find ways to open my front door to get out of my apartment. This is obviously a problem because they can figure out how to open the door, and while they might not spend the whole time hanging out in the hallway, they forget to close the door when they go back inside. This leaves all of our earthly possessions unprotected, and also leaves two overly-friendly cats wandering in and out of our apartment.
This started happening about three weeks ago, and I'm at my wit's end. We live in a third-floor apartment. The door has a lever-style handle, and it's a hotel-style . We use a keycard to get into the apartment. To get out, we just open the door and the apartment locks to the outside. When the deadbolt is thrown, the only way to get into the apartment is to break the door down... but when you open the door from the inside with the deadbolt thrown, the deadbolt "unthrows" and the door opens. The door opens into the apartment. The inside handle turns independently of the outside handle; when the outside handle turns, the inside handle turns as well.
Things that have been tried and which failed:
1) Putting the cats in the bathroom when we leave the apartment or go to sleep - results include rage poops, massive destruction, and sleepless nights on the part of the human.
2) Putting heavy objects in front of the door (from the inside of the apartment. Works, but makes it difficult for the humans to get into the apartment, and is not replaced by the maintenance staff if they come in when we're not home.
3) A baby-proofing handle from Babies R Us. It works when we're inside the apartment and can lock the handle, but if we lock the handle and then go outside, then the outside handle won't turn either. It does add a little bit of torque so that it's a bit harder to turn, but they figured out how to get past that obstacle tonight.
Ideas we're throwing around:
-Taping a sock/washcloth to the top of the door to jam the door shut (tried and maybe works, but makes the door hard for us to open, will probably be removed by maintenance staff, might be a fire code violation).
-Running a bungee cord from one side of the door to the other - this theoretically makes upward tension on the door handle (and makes it harder to push down), and adds friction where the door meets the frame. Same possible problems with fire code and maintenance.
-Throwing down a whole bunch of duct tape to make the area around the door inhospitable (but will gum up frequently and runs the risk of being ignored by the cats).
-Begging the apartment management to install/allow us to install a top deadbolt that locked from the outside. This is ultimately the best option, but is unlikely to be accepted by our management company. We're pretty sure that any proposals that involve structural changes (like drilling holes) will be rejected.
Has anyone else encountered this problem? Any potential solutions we haven't thought of? How did you solve it? How did you manage to outsmart your felines?