The Bully Barriers™ on either side of the door are there to keep the other pets from bullying their way into the MeowSpace® when the pet using the MeowSpace® is entering or exiting.
When we first designed the MeowSpace®, there were no barriers. One day, when Mitchell was exiting, we watched Flopsie, with a mixture of admiration and horror, as she stood next to the door and held the flap open with her head. Once Mitchell was out, she hopped in and began devouring Mitchell’s food. Another time, we watched as she bullied Mitchell out of the way while he was entering, and took his place. She would wait until he had begun pushing the door open, and then she would make her move. We had to come up with a way that she could not have access to the door while Mitchell was entering or exiting.
After several ideas and designs were tried, we settled on the barriers that are there now. They make it impossible for her to hold the flap open because the only way she can get her head to the door is by standing directly in front of it. She ends up being pushed out of the way by Mitchell as he exits. The barriers also make it impossible for her to get next to Mitchell and bully him out of the way as he is going inside.
Use the plastic bumpons included with your MeowSpace® to set the Bully Barriers™ at a width appropriate to the pet that will be using it.