I purchased this for the bottom of our stairway to keep the cats out of the upstairs. It spans it perfectly and I only needed one of the two extensions. The returns on the pickets are small enough to keep the cats from walking through it. The height keeps them from jumping over it. Of course the gate makes it easy to pass through. It is sturdy and solid even without permanent mounting (included). I own a smaller version of this same gate with a cat door that I use in a separate area and love it.
Like the fact that this gate is tall. When we first brought our kitten home, she considered going through the bars, but never over the gate. We had to affix a cardboard box to the outside of the bars because our kitten was so small, she could fit through them. It worked until her 4th month when she discovered she could jump really high. We purchased a different type of gate and installed it upside down over this one. She no longer fits through the bars and no longer tries to jump the two gates. I would purchase this gate again.
We decided to limit the amount of area in the house our 3 labs could roam. This gate fits our 63 inch opening well and has done the trick. The gate was easy to install and is very sturdy. The door in it is easy to open one handed and get through. We also found it easy to remove and replace the gate when moving furniture last weekend. Very happy with this purchase!
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