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Q: Does anyone else's animal open doors or turn lights on/off?

March 9, 2009 | By Shawna A. | 23 answers | Expired: 2039 days ago

Shawna A.

I have had four animals (three cats, one dog) in my life who have known how to open doors, two of which hated having any door shut so they make sure they are all open. Tap even figured out the method for turning door knobs (we have handles on most of our doors because he will pound on any door that is closed until it is opened). Isis and my mom's golden lab/german shep mix Ford would only open the door if they were locked in a room.
When I was growing up, my cat George would get me into trouble with my father for leaving lights on. I tried to convince my dad it was the cat, but he didn't believe me until he was in the basement and the cat kept turning the lights off on him.

Does anyone else's animal do this, or was something in the water of my house?

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Linda B.
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Mar 09, 2009

My cats can open cabinet doors and this weekend were opening the door to the attic. It doesn't latch tight and they figured this out and went to the attic on their own. My cat Gretchen used to try to turn the doorknob on the basement door when I was downstairs. She couldn't turn it hard enough to get it open, but she sure did try - she loved the clothes dryer and wanted to be downstairs.

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Michelle  R.
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Mar 09, 2009

all of my animals seem to open doors. The most favorite one is the bathroom. If giving the chance they will just bust right in no questions asked. I have a cat that loves to hide in any cupboard he can (remind you he is 25+ pounds and thinks that he can fit into anything. I have even found my animals wedged between the door and the screen door because they are faster then I think.

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Jeepnferretlover
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Mar 09, 2009

My ferrets can open my kitchen cupboards. They lay on their sides and use their front feet to pry open the cupboard. Then they walk right in. A couple of the cats have been paying attention, as they now use their front paws to open the cupboards too.

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