Pet Barrier – Make It Yourself

If you’re like me, you love pets, but you don’t like their hair and dirt all over the house. I wanted a solution! I looked at pet barriers in specialty pet catalogs; however, I didn’t find any tall enough to keep cats secluded to an area. Cats can climb or jump over almost anything.

Since I couldn’t find what I wanted, I started searching for materials that I could use to build my own pet barrier. I went to Home Depot and found everything I needed to build this 57.5″ tall x 135″ wide pet barrier.

pet barrier

If you want to build a pet barrier for your home, here is what you’ll need:
Trellis

  • Measuring tape – measure the area where you want to add your barrier. Remember, you’ll want the barrier to stand on its own; the total width of the pet barrier has to be larger than the width of the area you’re covering. You want a “folding screen.”
  • Trellises – these come in varying heights, widths, and patterns. Find what will work best for your project. I wanted something the cats could not climb through or jump over. I purchased 6 trellises that had legs.
  • Jigsaw – I used the Jigsaw to cut the legs off of each trellis. The blade has to be longer than the width of the leg.
  • Screwdriver – a power screwdriver is best. The job will be completed more efficiently with a power screwdriver.
  • Hinges – I used 3 hinges to attach one trellis to another. You want enough hinges to keep the pet barrier standing and make it easy to Hinge for Trellisfold. Also, you want hinges with at least 3 holes (for screws) on either side of the hinge. This will ensure that the hinges won’t pull away from the trellis.
  • Slideglides – I have wooden floors; therefore, I wanted something that would make it easy for me to adjust the pet barrier and protect my floor. After sawing the legs off each trellis, I added two slideglides to the bottom of each trellis panel.
  • Curtain hooks (used to hold back curtains) – I used these to hold the entire screen in place. Cats are smart. They quickly learned that they could push open the pet barrier with their noses or paws. I had to outsmart them and this solution worked. I attached the curtain hooks to wood molding. I could have attached them to the wall as well. If I had done that I would have used wallboard anchors.

slideglide

Once you have all of your materials and tools, you’re ready to build your pet barrier. It’s not complicated! The most important thing for you to do is make sure you attach the hinges as I’ve illustrated below. Don’t make the mistake of putting them all on the same side.

diagram

As I said earlier, I used 3 hinges to attach one trellis to another. I concentrated the hinges more toward the center rather than putting a hinge at the bottom, one in the center, and one on top. (You can kind of see this in the image at the top.) I used the measuring tape to distribute the hinges evenly across the entire pet barrier.

Well, that’s about it! I wish you success in your effort to build a pet barrier. It’s worth the time, money, and effort – your house will be cleaner and that will give you more time to yourself.

My kitties have a kitty door to the backyard and they run in and out of their special area all day long. I’ve heard no complaints.

curtain-hook

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau – Cats and Liberty

Rousseau - painted image

…Rousseau maintained that a person’s attitude to cats was a vital test of character. Those of a despotic nature “do not like cats because the cat is free and will never consent to become a slave.” A relationship with a dog, too should not be one of ruler and subject. […] Rousseau wrote, “My dog himself was my friend, not my slave: we always had the same will, but it was not because he obeyed me.”

Source: p282 Rousseau’s Dog: Two Great Thinkers at War in the Age of Enlightenment by David Edmonds and John Eidinow

About the book:

You’ll enjoy this book if you like celebrity love matches gone wrong or enjoy office politicking. After a “break-up” in the 18th century, celebrated individuals, in this case David Hume and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, waged war via news print (consider it early PR), which were plentiful in that day.

Their tiff at times was tiresome. I couldn’t help wondering why two profoundly intelligent men would bother which such silliness, but it all had to do with manners and being perceived a proper gentleman. I found myself longing for a duel or for one man to slap the other man’s cheek (with kid gloves would have been a nice touch).

Despite the tediousness of the wrong and the righting of it (which neither man ever perceived the wrong being righted), I enjoyed learning of the development of their individual ideas and of their personal alliances.

BTW – you’ll have to read the book to learn of the wrong!

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