Pet Product Review: The Auto-close Pet Gate by Primetime Petz

Our home is a “bi-petual” household. We have a dog and a cat.  Throughout most of my adult life I only had cats,  when we added Dakota to our family I was faced with a few dilemmas.

Our cat, (Cody), was here first. He arrived three months before Dakota, his feeding spot was all set, his toys, cat litter, etc. all had their assigned spots.

One of the dilemmas I was faced with was what will I do if Dakota and Cody do not get along? It was important to me to provide a safe haven for Cody  where he could escape to for peace and quiet.

Yet another possible problem was I read horror stories about pet owners not being aware that small cat toys that can  easily be  ingested by a dog, can cause MAJOR problems requiring surgery, and may even cause death. I KNEW that I had to keep Cody’s toys AWAY from Dakota!

I won’t eat any cat toys or cat poop! I promise!

Dogs are also drawn to cat litter (and the “treats” that are in the box). Under no circumstances should either be ingested.

It was a no-brainer that we had to have baby gates. I searched everywhere for a gate that was practical, the perfect height, that was well-made and would suit our needs. Sadly, this is what we had to settle with for MANY years.

I had three of these. They are BEYOND ugly. They served their purpose but accumulated every bit of filth known to man (and beast). When guests came over I had a nightmare. Some were able to climb over the gate, others couldn’t, so I would be forced to remove it. Putting it back up when the guests would leave wasn’t fun, and often the gate wasn’t secure.

Then there was the laundry! The gate in the above photo is right by our washer and dryer. I cannot begin to tell you the “fun” I would have, a mountain of laundry in my arms, trying to climb over an awkward baby gate. I am lucky I didn’t fall flat on my face. To say it was annoying is a complete understatement!

Last year I was reading one of my favorite websites, Hauspanther written by founder Kate Benjamin, and saw a most beautiful and artsy gate that was made by Primetime Petz. I loved it! I have known Kate for many years,  through her website, through her work with Jackson Galaxy, the Cat Lounge at BlogPaws,  as well as her Hauspanther Collection which debuted on Primetime Petz last year. I left a comment and was ecstatic when Kate contacted me asking if I would like to review one of the Primetime Petz pet gates.


Kate had me measure the opening in our hallway where I wanted the gate to be. Unfortunately, the original gate that I had my eye on wouldn’t work, but Kate mentioned that the Primetime Petz new Auto-close Pet Gate would more than likely be perfect for our hallway.

Our hallway is wider than the above gate, but thankfully the Auto-close Pet Gate comes with 2 frame extensions that only are used if needed.

From Primetime Petz: The Auto-close Pet Gate, our own version of a swing-gate, is a functional and attractive tension-mount gate that easily attaches to doorways and hallways. Keep your pet safely contained to their designated area while providing you easy access to any space. It features a walk-through door which automatically swings shut and safely locks into place every time. Simply lift up on the door to disengage the lock and walk through. The gate takes care of the rest. The dual action locking mechanism provides superior security when not in use.

It is made with beautiful hardwood construction and their signature Walnut finish compliments any decor!


  • Tension- mount design keeps gate securely in place
  • Fits openings from 29-42 inches wide
  • Optional 3 inch frame extensions (2) included
  • Closes and locks automatically for worry-free use
  • Rubber stoppers protect walls and frames
  • Recommended for dogs of all sizes

I also think it allows nosy Dakota to better see what is taking place in “Cat Land” where cat poop, cat litter and tiny toys reside. A mysterious place that he is not permitted to enter!


Now this is where we experienced a SLIGHT (and I mean SLIGHT hiccup). I am not the person who installed the gate, nor was my husband. Neither of us are handy, so I enlisted the help of a dear friend who IS handy. I will NOT lie. When she first attempted to put the gate together she couldn’t figure it out. I called Primetime Petz to tell them about our confusion.  I am actually ecstatic that this happened because the help I received was SUPERB! The person I spoke to, went above and beyond. She emailed me step-by-step instructions that were crystal clear. (I did suggest that they have a video on their website that would better show how to install the gate because the directions included with the gate upon delivery ARE confusing, and she said they are working on that!). My friend was able to put the gate up and have it working in a half hour or so.

I could NOT be happier with this gate!!! Doing laundry is a BREEZE…..I am ecstatic that I can open the door of the gate and step right through without worrying that I am going to fall. It is attractive and well-made. It is slightly taller than our previous gate.  I was a little bit worried that Cody wouldn’t be able to jump over it easily. I worried for nothing. Cody hesitated one or two times, then the same day, I heard/saw him jumping over the gate like a champ (and he is almost 10 years old).

Did I mention that it is also darned attractive to look at? I am in love with the color and construction. When guests come over, the gate no longer has to be taken down, they can walk right through!!!


 PRIMETIME PETZ is the premiere designer and manufacturer of unique furniture-quality, all-wooden pet gates, kennels, and steps. Their products are made of 100% rich, beautifully finished, chew-resistant, hard wood that will compliment any decor. Their goal is to provide superior quality pet furniture that pets will enjoy and pet owners will feel proud to display in their home. Their collection features a variety of gates that offer solutions to almost any containment challenge. Their commitment to quality is unparalleled in the pet industry and they have made it their mission to provide you with cutting-edge designs that combine elegance and function for both you and your pet.


If you are looking for a pet gate, The Auto-close Pet Gate from Primetime Petz should definitely be on your list!

Dakota thinks so too!












In full disclosure: I received no compensation for this review. I was sent an Auto-close Pet Gate from Primetime Petz in exchange for my always honest review.



  1. Oh I wish I had it… it looks great! We have a diy-gate… without sharing details , you all know how our diy-projects look LOL…
    easyweimaraner recently posted…SURPRISE SATURDAYMy Profile

  2. Emma says:

    It is a good looking gate. There are so many out there, it’s nice when you find the right one for your home and lifestyle.
    Emma recently posted…A Lower Perspective – Pet Photography Challenge Week 4My Profile

  3. Looks like what we need for the dining room.
    Socks, Scylla, Fenris, Tuiren, YinYang & Chimera (ATCAD) recently posted…Mancat Monday – SocksMy Profile

  4. Oh, this gate looks fantastic! We do use gates at our house (because sometimes the cat food just won’t stop calling to a certain pup), and this one would make an even better setup. I will definitely be looking into this. Thank you so much for sharing, Dakota and Caren!
    The Menagerie Mom recently posted…Closeups and More Cake PleaseMy Profile

  5. This is absolutely lovely! We have two pet gates (metal) that are extra-tall because Magic is so big. And there’s a tiny cat door in the bottom so I can open that to allow cats to come and go but keep the big dog out. But I would love the “auto-close” feature! And the wooden construction really would go with the rest of our decor. Thanks for the review, I will look into this.

  6. Kismet says:

    All that stuff is easily defeated by a bird.
    Kismet recently posted…We Lost a Family Member YesterdayMy Profile

  7. We have a similar gate and I get more compliments on it than any other pet product we own. Ours has a foot pedal to open. I recommend them too. ♥
    M. K. Clinton recently posted…BFTB NETWoof News January 30 2017My Profile

  8. I’m glad they got along though. That’s always the worrisome part of putting a dog in your cat world. They do usually work things out. I love the gates though. Good thinking on your part. Ugly or not it had to be done. Gates have come a long way.

    Have a woof woof day Dakota. My best to your peeps. ♥♥♥
    Comedy Plus recently posted…Silly SundayMy Profile

  9. Elliot and Cricket says:

    That looks like a pretty impressive gate!
    Elliot and Cricket x

  10. Rachel says:

    We had a gate very similar to this one that was given to us to use. We liked it! We are also bi-petual and luckily our dog has never been interested in the litter boxes!

  11. Yes, it is a very attractive gate! Luckily me and Stanley get run of the whole house.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  12. Mama has been wanting one of these fur forever since I go psycho crazy when the doorbell rings. We has one of those ugly bown ones fur now.

    Matt (& Matilda)
    Bell Fur Zoo recently posted…Sunday Black & WhiteMy Profile

  13. Love the finished wood, very nice!!
    Dory’s Backyard recently posted…The Blogville Portrait Hall and Administration PageMy Profile

  14. That does look like a gate, I like the wood instead of plastic.
    Ellen Pilch recently posted…It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?My Profile

  15. We have some metal gates – mom really likes the look of yours. very classy!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel
    Idaho PugRanch recently posted…Unvailing The New Portrait HallMy Profile

  16. we have a gate very similar to yours. i love it. it’s so nice that manufacturers are finally making gates that look nice in our homes.
    bailey unleashed recently posted…caught in the act #totMy Profile

  17. What an incredible invention.

  18. That really is a beautiful and functional gate. We don’t use them, but whe we did, they were the kind you used to have. Ugh!
    meowmeowmans recently posted…(Almost) Wordless Wednesday – Philomena 🙂My Profile

  19. We have had that same ugly gate for years and overtime I hop over it I am reminded how much I hate it! I love your new gate, it’s beautiful and looks like its part of the decor, we are definitely going to check it out! Thanks for sharing, great review!
    Golden Daily Scoop recently posted…Happy Groundhog Day!My Profile

  20. The Daily Pip says:

    Oh my gosh, we so need this! We have to watch Ruby like a hawk around the litter box. Right now I have the boxes kind of booby trapped, but this would be much better and it is so pretty!

  21. That IS one good looking pet gate. Sadly the Ranch still has the crappy looking baby gate thing. Can you say hideous? Yeah. Dakota looks too adorably sweet to check out the cat’s toys or litter presents. That smile…OMG. Waaay too adorable.
    Monika & Sam recently posted…Fab FridayMy Profile

  22. Yup…we have dem darned ugly if functional baby gates too…three of them. Petcretary has to move them each time because she cannot and should not step over them…we=hen dog-guy was a puppy we had a low board to keep him put of one area, and she was stepping over it a lot…alas she developed such a severe bursitis in her hip she could hardly go up and down stairs…till she figured out why she felt that way.Ouch! So gone was the board and in came the first of three gates…
    We love that doorway part of your gate.
    Petcretary has a]seen some gates with a little door that can be left open for kitties:)

    Now we have to block off our stairs too, since dog-guy has this staggering unsteady gait, he might fall down the stairs and break a leg or worse…and he just wants to lie on the landing to be near his peeps when they are in the off limits bedrooms…
    Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles recently posted…Sleepy And Black And White Sunday SelfiesMy Profile

  23. I love these gates, they’re really beautiful & Tall enough for dogs! I know you’re happy to say Buh-Bye! to those crummy looking baby gates.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  24. This looks like an awesome pet gate! We could definitely use one of these leading into our kitchen!

Speak Your Mind


CommentLuv badge

%d bloggers like this: