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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Because The Litter Box Is NOT A Lunch Box


Dog adusts to life withe The Door Buddy
Ruby on the outside looking in 
Does your dog ever confuse the litter box with a lunch box? Ruby unfortunately sometimes does. We have tried barricades, baby gates, and booby traps, but she always manages to find a way. Ugh.

But then we discovered The Door Buddy…

The Door Buddy is an adjustable door strap that allows cats in, but keeps dogs, toddlers, and babies out. Cats are free to do their business in peace while dogs and children are kept safely away. The adjustable strap is customizable (between two and six inches) to comfortably accommodate cats of all sizes from a sleek, slender panther to a full-figured tabby. Additionally, The Door Buddy is also reasonably priced, super easy to install, and available in five colors and patterns.

The Door Buddy lets cats and keeps dogs out
Photo courtesy of The Door Buddy
The Door Buddy is the brain child of Shanelle and Scott Johnson.  The concept originated from their own efforts to keep their two young children away from the cat food and litter box.  They soon realized that The Door Buddy would also appeal to multi-pet households with both cats, dogs and even rabbits. Both Shanelle and Scott are involved in the production and promotion of the product while also raising two small children and working regular jobs.

I am a big fan of The Door Buddy and it’s truly made life much easier and less stressful. I think our cats appreciate their new-found privacy. Goodnewsforpets.com also recently included The Door Buddy as part of its Hot Product Roundup. For more information, please visit thedoorbuddy.com. You can purchase your very own Door Buddy on their website as well as on Amazon. Check it out!

Door Buddy Blooper: Moo Shu makes her getaway while Ruby looks confused
I was fortunate to meet the Johnson family at BlogPaws. They are friendly, enthusiastic, and hardworking and kindly offered to host a giveaway to one lucky reader! Don't miss the chance to try this amazing new product.

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56 comments

  1. it's a great invention! we have no litterbox but I would like this for the living room...
    I agree it makes life much easier... even when it means no more "Kitkat bonbons" for Ruby :o)

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  2. Lassiter Chase and BenjaminJuly 6, 2016 at 2:39 AM

    Thats a great idea.

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  3. Molly and MackieJuly 6, 2016 at 3:34 AM

    Mom says that looks like one cool invention! We wouldn't know because we have no clue about kitties or their litterboxes. We're missing out on something wonderful, aren't we!

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  4. Reilly-Denny CowspotdogsJuly 6, 2016 at 6:13 AM

    that is a great idea - and it works which makes it perfect

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  5. That is such a good idea. We are lucky don't have anything but Kitties here and the donks live out in the barn and they don't bother anyone. Good for them to think of this.

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  6. The Menagerie MomJuly 6, 2016 at 6:27 AM

    I love this idea! Although she's luckily outgrown it, Astrid used to try to help the kitties bury their evidence. She never ate it, but she could would out of the litter room with her nose covered in litter. But I still love this idea, especially since Astrid has unfortunately still not outgrown her love for cat food. Thank you for sharing this us!

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  7. Yamini MacLeanJuly 6, 2016 at 7:01 AM

    Hari OM
    It's the simplest things which can make life a joy! Ruby, you REALLY don't want that 'lunch'... hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

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  8. That is just too inventive!! Dual use for babes and pups!!
    Ruby once my peeps went to a fancy smancy restaurant...in between course the waiter brought them sorbet to 'cleanse their pallet'. Maybe you need a little sorbet. MOL MOL MOL We have heard of other dogs who do that too so you are not the lone ranger
    hugs madi your bfff

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  9. What a grreat idea! I used to snack on kitty bonbons too. Finally we got a tall baby gate with a little door in it for the kitties to go in and out. That works for us, but for bigger jumpers I bet this would be super pawesome.

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  10. BOL... we don't have cats, but I would bet if we did, Tut would think it was a lunch box!

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  11. We do not live with a cat but I sure like visiting the cat box at my aunt's house! Yummy treats await but that Door Buddy is a brilliant way to keep the dogs out of the litter!

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  12. This post was made for Miss Edie in mind! I don't know what it is but any opportunity she can get, she will sneak down to help "clean out" the litter box Yuck!
    The Door Buddy looks like a great solution.

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  13. this looks pretty cool as we definitely have the same problem BUT one of our dogs, Mr. Tuvok the toy poodle, is smaller then our cats so not sure this would work for us

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  14. ♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥July 6, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    That's a great invention for those who have kitties and other curious furries and little peeps:) No kitties here but if there were, we are sure we would need one of those too:) Just sayin'

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  15. What a clever product!

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  16. Lola The Rescued CatJuly 6, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    We got a free sample of this in our CWA swag bag. Mommy can't wait to try it out.

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  17. stellaroselongJuly 6, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    OH YES, since cotton has arrived at our house, we have a litter box in the hallway, and even though we have a baby gate up to the door, Maggie who is smarter than the average bear, uses her paw and moves it just enough to run in the hallway and mess with the food and litter, THEN we also have one on the porch and gussie loves to LAY in it........ugh....stella rose

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  18. Chasing Dog TalesJuly 6, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Genius! What didn't someone think of that sooner? We don't have a cat right now, but we could have really used this a few years ago.

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  19. Sherri TelenkoJuly 6, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    This black and white cat reminds me of mine who passed last Thursday. Years ago, when I first got the dog, I could have used this product. I used baby gates instead which meant I had to climb. I didn't know dogs ate out of the litter until my Victor 'surprised' me having a snack. I even asked the vet if there's something wrong with him and the response was, "no, they do that."

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  20. Groovy GoldendoodlesJuly 6, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    That's an ingenious idea!

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  21. That looks like a great idea!


    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  22. That is very cool! And useful!
    xo
    Tootsie

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  23. I love the title of this post! I've often thought about trying to rig up something similar to the door buddy, but one of my dogs is smaller than my cat.

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  24. Random FelinesJuly 6, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    we have heard about this and suggest it to adopters (even if we haven't used one)

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  25. I don't have a cat. I used to take care of my sister's cat when they went on vacation though. My Lab not only thought the litter box was a lunch box, she thought it was a buffet. One time I caught her red nosed (kitty litter all over her nose). She gave me that "What?" look, so innocent.

    Misha, fortunately, never noticed the litter box. She'd just eat everything in the food bowl.

    I had to get a child gate to keep her out, but that was a nuisance. This looks like a much better solution especially if you need to get into the room and don't want to climb over or remove a gate every time.

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  26. Piranha BananaJuly 6, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Great idea - thanks for sharing!

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  27. Two French BulldogsJuly 6, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    We hear those litter boxes are tasty
    Snorts,
    Lily & Edward

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  28. Christine CaplanJuly 6, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    The Door Buddy!! I haven't heard of this product and while I don't live with cats, my dogs do eat cat poop outside and it's a real problem. I can only imagine if I did live with cats the issues I would run into. Awesome invention!

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  29. Bella Roxy & MacduiJuly 6, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    We don't have any kitties, so we don't have that problem.

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  30. I don't have a cat but know many that would love to know about this invention, thanks for sharing :)

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  31. da tabbies o trout towneJuly 6, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    ♥♥♥♥ ruby...for what itz werth, R dawg cuzin link hada litter box lunch box....two ♥♥♥♥♥ { we loves ewe cuzin dobie !!

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  32. All Dogs WelcomeJuly 6, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    What a great idea! We are always looking for ways to keep the dogs away from the litter box, thanks for sharing!

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  33. Leanne SouthallJuly 6, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Oh my goodness, every new house we move into, we have to get very creative. Our solution so far has been to install a pet door in our bathroom door so only the kitties can get in there, and no interested doggies! But this seems, um, way easier! Thank you for sharing!

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  34. Idaho PugRanchJuly 6, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Very good idea! We have no kitties but it would be pawfect if we did!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  35. Moo Shu and Ruby are so cute together! :D The last picture looks like a funny scene from a cartoon! ;) What a cool product to have! Cats will really appreciate it! :)

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  36. That's very clever and I wish I could think of something like that!

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  37. Jackie BouchardJuly 6, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Great idea! I bet it will be a big help to pet pawrents who have both cats and pups. (Love the post title. Too funny.)

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  38. Dolly theDoxieJuly 6, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    That is really cool! My pal Jan at Wag 'n Woof Pets could really use this! Here mom keeps the litter box up high so we can't get into the litter and food no matter what. Love Dolly

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  39. This looks like such a great idea! I have a friend who could really use one of these -- Robert, her Silky Terrier, is addicted to the fine dining experience offered by cat boxes and is so clever about snatching a prize at least once a week =)Blech! Thanks for sharing this product information.

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  40. McGuffy Ann MorrisJuly 6, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Great idea! This is a problem for so many! Thanks.

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  41. Three Chatty CatsJuly 6, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Ha! Luckily our dog doesn't think the litter box is lunch. :-)

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  42. Sweet PurrfectionsJuly 6, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    This is a great invention for those who are a multi-pet household and have children.

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  43. Tenacious Little TerrierJuly 6, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Is Ruby bigger than the cats? I assume this works because the cats can squeeze through but dogs can't?

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  44. Elizabeth CopelandJuly 6, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    That looks like a great solution to a dirty problem. Toddlers are fast!

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  45. Nellie KowalikJuly 6, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Tee! hee! Mes NOT had a hairy slobbery sister who has not liked Poopsciles! (That is what Mommy calls the kitty poos)

    Kisses
    Nellie
    PS. Mes has a contest, please stops by and enters on my blog!

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  46. Foley Monster, Pocket and River SongJuly 6, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    That is a great idea

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  47. What a great idea! We installed a cat door on our second bedroom to deal with a feeding issue. But this seems like it would be a lot easier when a dog and a cat are involved. :)

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  48. Sounds like a great idea!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  49. My dogs were always raiding the litter box! Apparently it's a considered a delicacy by many dogs! We finally put up a baby gate. This looks like a great product!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  50. My dogs were always raiding the litter box! Apparently it's a considered a delicacy by many dogs! We finally put up a baby gate. This looks like a great product!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  51. This is genius!! I'm thinking also that this would be a terrific tool to have for kitties to just be able to safely escape to a private place and keep little people and the family dog from pestering them!! I've boundary trained many dogs to stay out of the litterbox, and this little device will be so easy to recommend!!

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  52. The Island CatsJuly 7, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    What a great idea! We got one in our swag bag from BlogPaws but haven't checked it out yet.

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  53. Spencer the GoldendoodleJuly 7, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    This is a great product! My humans would use it in their office to keep me out but allow the cat to go in!

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  54. K9s OverCoffeeJuly 11, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    What an clever concept! Just watched their video - it even comes in 4 different patterns. Fun!

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  55. LOL! What a great idea! We have our cat bathroom up on the counter in the laundry room so we can't get at the "snacks".

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  56. My dogs love sneaking into the litter box unfortunately :( I'd love to give this a try!

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