Everyone living on the ground floor sees our cat yearning to go outside and because going on a walk with the cat is strapped like a dog, it is not such a good and safe idea, there is a way to make our life easier and help the cat get out of the house easily and return of course to his wishes.
A short note from mentioning how beneficial it is for a cat to go out and be in the wild, which I will write about in another article. But it is worth mentioning that the cat door will prevent the cat from waking us in the morning to get out and in the middle of the night to return.
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There are different types of cat doors in pet stores. All are installed in a similar way. This article shows a way to install a standard door
Step 1: Purchase a cat door
Your cat should be measured to make sure a cat can get in and out easily.
What types of doors exist and what is the difference between them?
Most cats will fit a common door like the standard Swing 3. For large cats like big cats and giant cats, Swing 11 is also recommended for small dogs.
Swing Cat Door 3, for example, is a door that allows a cat to exit, enter, only exit or just enter or is completely closed. In any case at this door any cat can get in. Not only your cat it can be problematic in a yard containing many cats.
Magnet door – Swing 7, for example a door that allows your cat to enter and leave your home. The cat is wearing a collar on which a magnet is worn as the cat pushes its head to the door the door opens and it can go in or out or go in and out.
The defaults are: just logon, only logout, logon and exit, closed.
The cat door kit contains:
Frame with door, screws, stencil, and installation instructions
What do you need Cat Door Door Kit Stencil Drill Screwdriver Standard or Electric Pencil Screwdriver Scale Tape Scraper Masking Tape Tape Sandpaper Sweeper and Clutter Cleaner.
Step 2 – Measure the cat’s height and frame position
Your cat should be measured to make sure a cat can get in and out easily. Position the door frame 15 cm above the floor. This is the average height of the cat’s stomach.
Pencil the height in 2 places to create a straight line
Step 3 – Position the door to the cat
Place the cat door where you want the door to be. Usually, it is common to place the door in the center of the door. If you want to place in the center, it is best to use a measuring tape, mark the middle of the door with an X mark in the center and then with the help of a straight line drawing through the center point you marked.
Step 4- Stick the stencil
Take the existing door stencil in the door kit and paste it to see where to drill. Place the stencil on the line you sketched in the pencil earlier and make sure the midpoint on the stencil is on the line of the midpoint you sketched on the door. Use a masking tape to paste the stencil in the appropriate place. Choose the drill bit you need. You will need a flat and slightly wide drill bit. Sometimes there is a recommendation on which drill bit to use and dimensions. Remember the drilling precautions
Step 5 – Drill 4 holes Choose the drill bit you need. You will need a flat and slightly wide drill bit. Sometimes there is a recommendation on which drill bit to use and dimensions. Remember the drilling precautions. Drill the holes. Drill a hole in each corner of the stencil. The position of the holes as soon as the holes are drilled will allow you to saw the shape of the door with an electric saw.
Step 6 – Remove the stencil Remove the stencil and you will have 4 holes on the wooden door and mark straight lines Mark the frame with a ruler, a pencil. Draw 4 lines connected to holes
Step 7 – Sawing orifice The sawing should be along the lines. In order to keep a steady saw, you must make sure the door is closed and use the precautionary and safety rules of using a saw. Saw along the lines you draw with the pencil from hole to hole.
Step 8 – Grinding and cleaning the edges Clean the holes after turning off the saw Clear the holes and push the wood and find the hole in the door. Grind the sides with sanding paper to avoid sharp edges. Remove any unnecessary part of the wood and continue to grind until smooth and protruding.
Step 9- Installing the Frame Place the front of the frame on the hole you created and make sure the flapping door moves freely back and forth to make sure it fits
Step 10-Mark the drill holes and drill – and make sure the front frame of the door is positioned in the correct position according to the corners painted. Drill the first hole for the test. Select the appropriate drill bit that is relatively narrow to the screws attached. Drill holes in the 4 pencil marks until you reach the other side of the door together and bolt the two sides of the door together. Hold the front of the door in place and easily screw the screws into the holes.
Step 11- Open the door. And place the frame on the other side. Stand yourself with a hand on each side of the door so you can attach the screws. And with a screwdriver tighten the screws. When the first screw is reinforced, continue with the remaining three screws.
Step 12 and last Check – Check if the door is working. Show your cat the door, and start encouraging him to use the cat door. A few precautions: The door to the cat if it is outdoors can allow other animals to come home to you. Some people install a cat door on the porch where the cat’s toilet bowl is located. Little kids can crawl through the doorway and out of the house so be alert.