We love our kitties, but they are such troublemakers! They are always climbing up on tables or bookshelves where they aren’t supposed to be, they eat paper and cardboard, and they always manage to start huge howling, knock-down, drag-out brawls with each other as soon as I am on a conference call for work!
Last week we woke up one morning to find that my cat had climbed up on our counters, opened the upper cabinet doors, pulled out a bag of egg noodles, and eaten them! *sigh* (The silly animal is alive and fine, don’t worry!) So I decided to protect our pantry from these mischievous kitties by installing a homemade magnetic latch to keep our doors shut!
I know you can buy a magnetic latch that attaches to your cabinet doors, but I already had magnets, so I figured I’d just DIY it. And it works great!
All you need are magnets, glue, and something for the magnets to stick to. I chose neodymium magnets because they’re very strong, and I was worried our cats could still open the doors if we just used regular refrigerator magnets. You can get neodymium magnets at most hardware or craft stores.
The magnets will stick to anything metal, so you can get creative with the other half of your magnetic latch. I used some binder clips because they can be strongly attached to the cabinet doors, but can still be removed later if we change our minds. Other ideas we threw out there but ultimately discarded were paperclips, a strip of tin (like we used for the magnetic spice rack), floral wire, or another magnet. Any of these would have worked, but the binder clips were easiest to install.
As for glue, I wasn’t sure about this part, so I called my dad! He said that clear silicone adhesive is the best, and luckily, I still had some leftover from using it to attach candle holders to a wreath last fall. You can probably use superglue for this project, but clear silicone adhesive is better, and it’s actually super useful to keep on hand. It might be worth it to invest in some if you don’t already have it because it sticks to pretty much everything, including glass, is waterproof, dries flexible, and is inexpensive.
Anywho, clip a binder clip to the edge of your cabinet opening. If it bothers you that the silver handle parts show, just pull them out; they remove easily.
Mark where the door hits the binder clip, put a dollop of silicone adhesive on the back of a magnet, and press it onto your cabinet door. Dad says you should use enough glue so that it smushes out a bit around the edges when you press the magnet onto the door. This way the glue encases the magnet and holds it on better, but don’t use too much or it will get messy!
The doors aren’t incredibly hard to open, but I doubt a cat could pull them open at this point unless they were REALLY trying! And had opposable thumbs. I guess time will tell, but I feel better now about the safety of the noodles in our pantry!
(By the way, I would not recommend this as a substitute for a plastic child safety lock. If you need to protect your doors and drawers from kids, go with something much more sturdy!)
How do you keep your cabinet doors closed? Or do you not have mischievous pets like we do?
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