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Because The Litter Box Is NOT A Lunch Box

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. also recently included The Door Buddy as part of its Hot Product Roundup. For more information, please visit You can purchase your very own Door Buddy on their website as well as on Amazon. Check it out!

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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  1. Mark Muller
    July 6, 2016 / 5:44 am

    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)

  2. Lassiter Chase and Benjamin
    July 6, 2016 / 7:39 am

    Thats a great idea.

  3. Molly and Mackie
    July 6, 2016 / 8:34 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!

  4. Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs
    July 6, 2016 / 11:13 am

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

  5. Marg
    July 6, 2016 / 11:19 am

    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.

  6. The Menagerie Mom
    July 6, 2016 / 11:27 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!

  7. Yamini MacLean
    July 6, 2016 / 12:01 pm

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

  8. Madi and Mom
    July 6, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    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 rangerhugs madi your bfff

  9. Casey
    July 6, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    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.

  10. Nichole Burke
    July 6, 2016 / 1:51 pm

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

  11. Oz theTerrier
    July 6, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    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!

  12. Edie ThePug
    July 6, 2016 / 2:44 pm

    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.

  13. tubby3pug
    July 6, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    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

  14. ♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥
    July 6, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    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

  15. Talent Hounds
    July 6, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    What a clever product!

  16. Lola The Rescued Cat
    July 6, 2016 / 4:00 pm

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

  17. stellaroselong
    July 6, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    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

  18. Chasing Dog Tales
    July 6, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    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.

  19. Sherri Telenko
    July 6, 2016 / 4:53 pm

    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."

  20. Groovy Goldendoodles
    July 6, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    That's an ingenious idea!

  21. Murphy
    July 6, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    That looks like a great idea!Your Pals,Murphy & Stanley

  22. Tootsie
    July 6, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    That is very cool! And useful!xoTootsie

  23. Daily Dog Tag
    July 6, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    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.

  24. Random Felines
    July 6, 2016 / 6:35 pm

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

  25. Mel
    July 6, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    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.

  26. Piranha Banana
    July 6, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    Great idea – thanks for sharing!

  27. Two French Bulldogs
    July 6, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    We hear those litter boxes are tastySnorts,Lily & Edward

  28. Christine Caplan
    July 6, 2016 / 7:55 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!

  29. Bella Roxy & Macdui
    July 6, 2016 / 8:22 pm

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

  30. Ruth Epstein
    July 6, 2016 / 8:46 pm

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

  31. da tabbies o trout towne
    July 6, 2016 / 8:57 pm

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

  32. All Dogs Welcome
    July 6, 2016 / 9:34 pm

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

  33. Leanne Southall
    July 6, 2016 / 9:42 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!

  34. Idaho PugRanch
    July 6, 2016 / 9:43 pm

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

    July 6, 2016 / 11:06 pm

    Moo Shu and Ruby are so cute together! 😀 The last picture looks like a funny scene from a cartoon! 😉 What a cool product to have! Cats will really appreciate it! 🙂

  36. Brian
    July 7, 2016 / 12:04 am

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

  37. Jackie Bouchard
    July 7, 2016 / 12:26 am

    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.)

  38. Dolly theDoxie
    July 7, 2016 / 1:20 am

    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

  39. maryehaight
    July 7, 2016 / 1:21 am

    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.

  40. McGuffy Ann Morris
    July 7, 2016 / 1:46 am

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

  41. Three Chatty Cats
    July 7, 2016 / 2:12 am

    Ha! Luckily our dog doesn't think the litter box is lunch. 🙂

  42. Sweet Purrfections
    July 7, 2016 / 2:32 am

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

  43. Tenacious Little Terrier
    July 7, 2016 / 2:36 am

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

  44. Elizabeth Copeland
    July 7, 2016 / 2:39 am

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

  45. Nellie Kowalik
    July 7, 2016 / 2:45 am

    Tee! hee! Mes NOT had a hairy slobbery sister who has not liked Poopsciles! (That is what Mommy calls the kitty poos)KissesNelliePS. Mes has a contest, please stops by and enters on my blog!

  46. Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song
    July 7, 2016 / 3:35 am

    That is a great idea

  47. meowmeowmans
    July 7, 2016 / 4:04 am

    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. 🙂

  48. Marie Symeou
    July 7, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    Sounds like a great idea!Purrs xxAthena and Marie

  49. Cathy Armato
    July 7, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    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

  50. Cathy Armato
    July 7, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    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

  51. Rugby James
    July 7, 2016 / 11:25 pm

    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!!

  52. The Island Cats
    July 8, 2016 / 1:02 am

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

  53. Spencer the Goldendoodle
    July 8, 2016 / 1:37 am

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

  54. K9s OverCoffee
    July 11, 2016 / 12:32 pm

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

  55. Emma
    July 12, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    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".

  56. Shelley P
    July 13, 2016 / 2:12 am

    My dogs love sneaking into the litter box unfortunately 🙁 I'd love to give this a try!

  57. FidoseofReality
    July 13, 2016 / 5:12 am

    THAT is an adorable title.

  58. Sadie and Co.
    July 14, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    Wow. Wish we had known about that before my husband built a wall with a catflap under the stairs. So much easier! I will definitely keep this in mind if we move. What a great idea.

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