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Cat Won’t Stop Trying to Open Door (Why & What Now?)

If you have noticed your cat trying to open your door this may be annoying you. And, you may be wondering why it’s happening in the first place.

Why is your cat trying to open the door?

Your cat is trying to open your door because it is either curious, loves you, and wants to be near you. Or, she is territorial and feels that she should have access to all rooms in your house. Cats are naturally curious and hate restricted access.

Regarding cat love, she wants to be near you to show affection as much as possible, especially if they’re told they can’t. As for territorial, believe it or not, cats feel that they own your house and you are there to serve them. So, if you restrict their access, this can make them go crazy.

What you will need to stop your cat opening the door


These items will be needed to keep your cat from opening the door. See the section below for how to use this method.

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01. Double-sided tape (Best option)
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02. Lemon Oil
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How to stop your cat trying to open the door

Cat opened the door

Cat opened the door.

So you have noticed that your cat is trying to open your door. You now understand why this is happening. But, what can you do to stop it? There are three things that you can do to stop this:

  • Use double-sided tape (Best option)
  • Use lemon oil
  • Open the door and relieve her curiosity

Use double-sided tape (Best Option)

A trick that you can use is a double-sided tape on the door. This will make your cat feel uncomfortable when it makes contact with the double-sided tape. It will make her not want to scratch the door and in time will learn not to bother you.

Use lemon oil.

Some cats do not like lemon. And the use of lemon oil will deter her from coming to the door. You need to place a small amount of it where she is usually scratching or pushing against the door.

Open the door and relief her curiosity.

One of the other things you consider doing is just opening the door. Then, letting her see what’s happening. This is in the hope that she will get bored and move on to another room. And then you can get on with the activity you need to do in that room in peace.

So now you know there are several ways that you can stop your cat opening your door. It is a matter of trying to see what works best for you. But, is it normal for cats to open doors in this way?

Is it normal for cats to open doors?

So you have noticed your cat is opening your door. Or, just attempting to open your door. But, is this even normal?

Yes, cats will try to open doors. This is just because it is closed and they feel that they should have access. Some cats will succeed, while others will just give up because it is too hard for them.

So, now you know it is normal for cats to open doors or at least try to. But, are most cats smart enough to succeed?

Are cats smart enough to open doors?

So you have a door (What if its a fire door? can you alter it for your cat? Click here) that you do not want your cat to come through. But, you are wondering what are the chances of your her coming through this door? Are they even smart enough for this?

Yes, some cats are smart enough to open doors. Especially if you have a door handle (Click here to see how to cat proof the handle) rather than a doorknob. With the correct leverage, a cat can open a door with a handle. However, if you have a doorknob, it’s less likely, but not impossible.

So, now you know cats can and will attempt to open your doors. So, you just have to look out for this. But, what if your cat is trying to open the door and meow all the time, how do you punish her for doing this? Or, should you even be punishing her?

How do you punish a cat for meowing?

If your cat is constantly meowing and driving you insane you may be thinking of the best way to punish her so that she stops doing it.

Punishment for meowing is not an effective method. Especially if you try to shout at your cat or pick her up and move her away. It is better to identify why she is meowing and address this problem directly. For example, if your cat is hungry feed her.

Regarding feeding, in this scenario, you have a few options here. You can simply give her some food to keep quiet. Or, you can offer her a free feeding schedule. This can help because she can help herself to food all day long.

Or you can spend the time to train her to eat within a fixed schedule. Rather than her bugging you all day long. But, what happens if you notice that your cat is going into another room first and then meowing? Why is this?

Why does my cat go into another room and meow?

Cat meowing

Cat meowing

So you have noticed your cat is walking away from you into another room and then meowing. Why is she doing this?

Your cat is walking into another room, then meowing because wants you to follow her. Meowing is a form of communication for her. Ahe knows that you will respond to this and get the hint. For example, she could be hungry and wants you in the kitchen (Click here to see how to keep her off your counters).

So, now you know a cat meowing and then disappearing into another room is a big hint for you to do what she is asking. But, what if you notice that your cat is meowing at the bedroom door in the morning?

Why does my cat meow at my bedroom door in the morning?

So you’re having a great sleep in the morning, your alarm clock is not set, and then all of a sudden you hear meowing at your door, which is driving you crazy. Why is this happening?

Your cat is meowing at your door in the morning to grab your attention. In most cases, this is because she wants to feed. But, it could be just full of energy and simply wants to play with you. To avoid the later,  try exhausting her the night before by playing with her.

As for her bugging you for food. You may consider getting an automatic cat feeder (Click here to see why I rated this one best) that will release food for her in the morning, to avoid you having to get up. Alternatively, consider a free feeding schedule with dry food, so she when she can help herself.

How do you know if your cat has anxiety?

If your cat is constantly meowing and you’re wondering if it could be due to anxiety, you may be wondering how do you know for sure, right?

To know if your cat has anxiety you need to look out for signs. This could be as simple as her peeing outside of her litter box, overgrooming. Or, she is may not be eating as much as usual. Look out for these tell-tail red flags.

For your information, cats between the age of 12 and 36 months are notorious for this form of anxiety. So, you need to look out for these signs as earlier as possible, are you with me?

Do cats understand when humans meow?

If you have responded to your cat by meowing at it. You may stop and wonder if it even understands what you are trying to do, right?

No, cats do not know the difference between you meowing and just talking into them. However, they are clever enough to know that you are attempting to communicate with them. It is believed that cats only meow to communicate with us humans.

So, now you know cats do not understand what the difference between you meowing and talking is. However, they do appreciate it.

How do you tell if your cat is protective of you?

If you have noticed that your cat seems to be acting weird when another animal approaches you. You may be wondering if this is is a sign that she is getting protective of you.

You can tell if a cat is protective of you by looking out for some simple signs. These signs include snarling and showing her teeth, scratching or biting (click here if your kitten is doing this), pointing her ears, or even getting into a crouched stance, like she is about to pounce.

In reality, there are many other signs that you can look out for. However, sometimes you need to use a bit of common sense to work out what this is. But, these examples should give you a good idea of what to look out for.

Lindsey Browlingdon