Some cats can open doors by using their claws, levers, or rolling on the floor. They may learn to do so by following treats, toys, or their curiosity and territorial behavior. However, not all cats have the same ability or motivation to open doors.
Whether your cat can or cannot open the bedroom door depends on several factors, such as their intelligence, observation skills, familiarity with door knobs, and personality traits.
In this article, we will explore why some cats open doors, why they don’t like closed doors, and how to stop them from opening doors if you prefer to keep them out.
Why Do Some Cats Open Doors?
Intelligence and Observation
Motivation makes cats clever enough to unlock doors. Cats are smart and will acquire domestic skills. They learn by watching and mimicking other cats and people. Cats may attempt to emulate you or another cat opening the door to learn how it works. They may also try other methods to open the door.
Familiarity with Door Knobs
Another factor that influences whether your cat can open the door is the type of door knob you have. Some door knobs are easier for cats to manipulate than others. For example, lever handles are more accessible for cats than round knobs, as they can use their paws or mouths to pull them down. Sliding doors are also simple for cats to push or pull open. However, round knobs may require more dexterity and strength from your cat, which may discourage them from trying.
Reasons Why Cats Don’t Like Closed Doors
Despite their reputation for solitude, cats may be social. Indoor cats may prefer alone, but many tolerate gatherings. If they have adequate food, outdoor cats establish stable groupings. Cats are similarly emotionally dependent on humans and may crave their love. To avoid rejection or isolation, your cat may want to come in if you lock the door.
Cats are notorious for their curiosity and desire to explore their surroundings. They want to know what is going on behind closed doors and what they are missing out on. They may also smell something interesting or hear a noise that attracts their attention. Closing the door on your cat may trigger their curiosity and make them more determined to open it.
Cats mark their territory by patrolling, chin-rubbing, and urine-spewing. They feel safe sleeping, eating, playing, and maybe socializing in their den. This is the heart of the cat’s territory, which it vigorously protects from outsiders. Beyond this is the cat’s home or hunting range. You may be confining your cat’s territory or separating them from danger if you shut the door. They may attempt to open the door out of anxiety or frustration.
How to Stop Your Cat From Opening Doors?
Using Door Stoppers or Childproof Latches
If you don’t want your cat opening doors, try using a door stopper or a childproof latch. These devices will block the door from opening and make it more difficult for your cat to get through. You can also install a doorknob cover that will prevent your cat from turning the knob.
Training and Positive Reinforcement
Another option for preventing cats from opening doors is to train them using positive reinforcement. This means rewarding your cat with a treat or praise when they behave in a way that you like and ignoring them when they don’t. You can use a clicker or a target stick to teach your cat different commands, such as “stay” or “leave it”. You can also teach your cat to associate a certain sound or gesture with getting a treat, so that you can call them away from the door when they try to open it.
Creating a Designated Play Area
One of the reasons why cats open doors is because they are bored or looking for stimulation. To prevent this, you can create a designated play area for your cat where they can have fun and exercise. You can provide them with toys, scratching posts, tunnels, perches, and other items that will keep them entertained and satisfied. You can also play with your cat regularly and give them attention and affection when they are calm and relaxed.