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Retractable cat gate overview

Retractable cat gate pet gate for your pet's security at Retract-A-Gate.

Top Advantages

  • Scratch and claw resistant mesh; proven durable for cats
  • Great outdoors on decks, porches, Mobile Homes
  • Washable, UV and mildew-resistant
  • Engineered for high traffic areas in many locations
  • Two lengths to choose: cover up to 132cm or 183cm
  • At 86cm tall, it is one of the tallest gates available
  • Allows you to walk through without completely opening

Retract-A-Gate has earned these Awards/Certifications:

Retract-A-Gate has won the iParenting media award

Parenting Award

Our retractable child baby gate is JPMA certified.

JPMA Certified

Retract-A-Gate has earned the PTPA media seal of approval

PTPA Seal of Approval

How does it work?

Stylish and compact, Retract-A-Gate is a safety gate which winds up automatically into a small roll when you don't need it - no manual winding. Then, to block an area, the gate easily unrolls by pulling the mesh across the opening to cover any width up to its maximum, and locks securely in place.

Two low-profile brackets, which the cat gate hooks into, are attached to both sides of the opening. The reel side of the gate snaps into one pair of brackets. Then the handle side - the side you pull out - hooks into the brackets across the opening. The lock is a simple push-and-turn mechanism; easy for adults to use, but safe for small children. Retract-A-Gate is the only cat gate in its class which offers one hand operation as easy as 1...2...3...

  1. Pull the handle across, hooking it into the brackets.
  2. Lock the gate to secure it in place.
  3. Throw out every other cat gate you own.
The Retractable cat gate pet gate is small and out of the way when not in use.

Simple Installation

The Retract-A-Gate retractable cat gate was designed to be easy to install, as well as use. Retract-A-Gate can be installed inside a walk-way, around the corner of a walk-way, at the top of stairs, the bottom of stairs, or even on an angle. No other safety gate in its class offers the same durability, simplicity, and ease of installation.

For installation, there are four identical brackets you will install; two on either side of the opening. The brackets mount at 8cm and 79cm off the floor and need about 6cm of flat surface to attach to. When done, the horizontal distance (across the opening) between upper and lower brackets must be identical. This keeps the cat gate square and properly fit. All that's left is to snap the gate into the brackets and that's it!...the safety gate is ready to use. See below for the full Users Guide.

Basic Dimensions

  • Brackets: 6cm wide; 3cm high
  • Gate Retracted: About 8cm in diameter
  • Standard Length: 132cm or 183cm (includes the brackets)
  • Mesh: 86cm tall
  • Height to the top of the lock: 97cm
  • Brackets mount at 8cm and 79cm off the floor

Items you may need

(For more information, or to purchase, click here)

  • Wall Spacers: Used under brackets to keep them spaced equally across the opening, or to avoid interference of the gate with a baseboard molding
  • Banister Adapter Kit: To attach the gate to a stair post or spindle without drilling holes
  • Additional Universal Mounting Bracket Kit: If you want to move one gate to an additional location
  • Drywall Anchor Kit: To install the brackets over drywall
Retractable baby gate for your baby's security at Retract-A-Gate.

Some of our customer feedback

We were looking for a screen type gate to keep our cats out of the kitchen at night. We never thought we would find a retractable mesh gate that worked with cats, and were a little skeptical at first. Now that it is installed, we have found that it works great!

We love the fact that we can now keep our cats out of the kitchen and off the stove and work tops. Our three big male cats couldn't damage the Retract-A-Gate fabric with their claws or their teeth. This is tough stuff--and it looks great!
Melissa & Steve M.

Thank you! Thank you! For making such a wonderful product! I searched all over the internet for an easy to use gate for the top of our stairs. Your product is the safest, easiest to use, and installs very quickly! We love our new gate. I tell everyone I know about how great this gate is. Thank you for making such a dependable product!
Jenn W.


Some Frequent Questions


Can you make a custom gate wider than 183cm?

Presently, we only make retractable gates for openings up to 183cm. If you would like information about covering wider openings, click here

Could my cat jump or climb over the gate?

At 86cm tall, Retract-A-Gate is one of the tallest gates available. When locked, the mesh is held taut, so it is difficult to push down. Most cats won't jump up and over things in a single bound; they want a flat surface to land on first before jumping back down. They do this so they can clearly see what they're going to land on. Since the cat gate doesn't offer a "ledge" for them to jump up to, most cats will usually not jump over it.

The tightly woven mesh fabric would be difficult for a cat to climb over. If a cat does try to climb up the mesh, it will tip back on them slightly, because of the flexibility of the mesh, making it very difficult for a cat to climb over the gate.

What is the mesh fabric made of; how durable is it?

The fabric is made of a reinforced polymer composite material that is tough, non-toxic, does not contain Lead, Phthalate, Latex, or BPA chemicals and is formaldehyde free. The fabric is also UV, mildew, and highly scratch resistant. In other applications this same mesh is used for truck tarps to hold cargo down.

In one of our tests to see how tough the fabric really is, we attached a piece of mesh to a cat scratching post. After several months of use by adult cats, the fabric still had not rippd.

Will my cat be able to get under the gate?

Retract-A-Gate has been used with lots of cats and has performed well. When installed properly, there will be some amount of give to the mesh material due to the fact that it needs to be flexible in order to retract. Therefore, it will be rare, but not impossible, for cats to get under. If installed incorrectly, there may be too much flexibility. By following the guidelines below, you can minimize any problems you might have.

For guidelines on proper use of Retract-A-Gate as a cat gate, click here.

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