In Awe of the Versa Dog Gate: Why I Love It

by Melissa R. on October 16, 2013

Versa Dog Gate

When we brought home an 8 week old puppy, we knew we would have to keep the puppy and our four cats separated for awhile, so we bought a cheap child’s gate and installed it where we needed. We soon learned we needed more than that!

Versa Dog Gate
Our house is a bi-level, meaning: you come in, and either go up 10 stairs to the main living/eating/kitchen/bedrooms area – or go down 5 steps to the guest/laundry area. The laundry area is where the cats’ litter boxes & food are at – blocked from dogs by a cat door with flap set only high enough for a cat to get in & out of – not a puppy! Our big problem was how to give the cats access to their litter/food, but also give them access to their main area of living: our bedroom. The simple child’s gate worked to keep them in that room, but it didn’t work to keep puppy from wandering around downstairs unsupervised, or to surprise an unsuspecting cat! Plus, it was difficult to use the child’s gate and get in and out of the particular hallway it was installed.

Versa Dog Gate

So, we invested in a different gate – one with a small cat door so the cats could get through and go downstairs. This didn’t solve our problem with puppy roaming downstairs, so we rigged up the child’s gate with this new gate and well… it kind of worked but was fairly unsightly and difficult to manage and move. Plus, we were afraid of scratching up our floors with our rigged-up job.

THEN. I discovered the VERSA GATE BY CARDINAL! It is a true wonder! It blocks the way for puppy to get to cats, cats can still roam, and it is easy for us to get through! And, big bonus, it moves around and we can use it multiple ways! At first we didn’t even have to attach it to a wall, but we eventually did because we decided it was a bit more sturdy that way – but we didn’t have to.

It was easy to set up – although I recommend watching the “How To” video on the Cardinal Website – and seems very sturdy.

Check out my video below to see just how versatile it is!

About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the and websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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My poor cats are too scared to leave the basment
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