I had nightmares of my little baby getting into the cat room either to play in the kitty litter, eating the unimagineable and/or torment our cats in the process. The Safety 1st Baby and Pet Gate was an absolute lifesaver. It kept baby out and allowed the kitties to do their "doody" in peace. Both of my precious parties were safe, and I had peace of mind. You do need to climb over for in's and out's, but it's not that great a feat. I'm 5'4" and need whatever exercise I can get anyway (note: practice makes less shin dings). My friend Kathleen has a pooch doing the drive-thru and helping himself to their kitty's mcnuggets daily. We are not alone in this, so I'm happy to share our household's solution because it really works and costs less than most gates out there. No assembly is required. It fits all sizes of doorways and hallways. Nothing needs to be drilled or screwed into walls. Perfection! And how could anyone resist that adorable cat-shaped opening -- definitely created solely for us simple humans to appreciate.
The Carlson 0930PW Extra-Wide Walk-Thru Gate with Pet Door was the other gate we bought for the most trafficked room. The baby figured out how to climb through, so we've since closed the pet door and sawed off one of the rungs. So if you're trying to keep small babies and fur babies out, i.e., smaller dogs and inquisitive toddlers, there may be some tools required and alteration involved. If you want out-of-the-box ready and don't have a grossly huge cat (one of ours is pretty rotund), the Safety 1st Baby and Pet Gate is the way to go.