Thanks for the reply. I'm glad your sisters banisters still look good, I'm sure I'm envisioning it much worse than it will be.
I'm going to make a cover for the cage, it can be my project this week. I'm sure they will like having the cage darker anyway.
Korra and Bolin will come to the end of the door and come out which is fine, they avoid getting bumped and I can scoop them up for a cuddle in the process. It's Mako. When ever something is close to him he rolls onto his side and just lays there looking at it, or if it's me (foot, hand, leg) he will roll fully onto his back and bat me with his paws. But something else like a door he just lays on his side and wont move. I'm worried his paws might get under the door while I'm slowly pushing it open, if he was laid facing away I wouldn't worry too much and just push really slowly so he sort of slides but he normally faces things. I once put a box down next to him and he laid there looking at it for 5 minutes before I moved him away. Often I don't know if I should , or with the odd things he does or doesn't do.
Korra the Demonic Princess
Rip Mako, my brave soldier. Bolin, my snuggle bear.
I picked up a sheet of acrylic at Home Depot and cut it into two barriers. One for the kitchen, the other for the stairs. Everyone can easily step over it and can see if the troublemakers are on the other side. Plastic corner guards cut to size hold the acrylic in place (paint section in Home Depot). These short walls can be easily removed by sliding in or out. The corner guards are screwed in now, but were only frame taped to the wall for months. Held up fine, but after a few trips on it after forgetting it was up, the tape stopped holding. Hence the black tape on top to give a visual.
Total cost for 2 gates - $38 USD.
Even if they jump and grab the top, they still can't climb it because of how slippery it is. They don't even bother trying anymore. It's also easy on the eyes.