One of the biggest issues I see come up when discussing bringing a Weimaraner in to your life is how to keep the peace between your new grey ghost and your resident kitty.
As most people already know, Weimaraners were originally bred to hunt feather and fur. That means they are pre-wired to want to chase, catch and kill furry critters like squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and even your beloved cat.
Weimaraners and cats can live together, and the best way to keep the peace is to manage the situation. Never trust your Weimaraner and cat alone together. There are plenty of horror stories of someone’s Weimaraner who has lived as best friends with their cat, but when the prey drive was triggered, the dog went after the cat, and sadly there are many bad endings to this scenario.
With this in mind, we have had our ups and downs keeping the peace between our feline and canine residents over the past few years, but have come up with a great solution to give kitty a safe haven where they can get away from the dogs as well as a place to keep the cat food and litter box away from your hungry Weimaraners.
Things you will need:
- Safe room for kitty like a spare room, basement or laundry room
- Dinner plate or other round object to trace on the door
- Jig Saw (You will also need a drill for a pilot hole to get the sawing started)
First we chose a location for the porthole. In our house the dogs have run of the main part of the house, so we chose the laundry room for the cats — a safe haven for them and their food and litter box, with nice cozy piles of dirty laundry for them to sleep in!
Once we chose our cat room and acquired the necessary tools for the job, we simply selected a plate of a size our larger cat could fit through, and then traced the outline on to the door we intended on creating a passage way through.
For the next part, you may find it easier to pull the hinge pins and take the door down. Drill a pilot hole inside the circle (the part that will be removed) and use the jig saw to cut the circle out. Voila, a kitty porthole!
On a side note, the porthole can also come in handy to keep the cats safe by placing a baby gate on doorway to block the porthole so the cats can’t get out of their haven – this has come in handy when we’ve had contractors in, or if we’re moving items in and out of the house to prevent escape.
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