Since cats can be extremely independent creatures, it doesn’t serve them well to be completely restricted indoors. Thus, cat flaps or cat doors give them the freedom they crave.
Most English dictionaries state that cat flaps and cat doors are synonymous to each other. The term “cat flaps” though originated and used extensively in the United Kingdom. The term “cat doors” is what cat flaps were called when these were introduced in the United States.
The weighted flap is the simplest form of a cat door. However, regardless if it’s weighted, it still has the tendency to be easily blown open or is prone to making noise. Thus, the magnetic cat door was created as an improvement of the earlier version. A magnet is placed on the flap to keep it in place while giving felines the same easy access.
There is a certain type of cat door that has an adjustable catch to limit access in one direction only. This means that your cat will have access in going in but won’t be able to go out again, or vice versa.
More sophisticated versions include an electromagnetic cat door that is able to identify a matching magnet on the cat’s collar. The cat door opens when the cat approaches it, giving total access to your cat alone.
An infra red cat door possess a sophisticated mechanism as well. A device on the cat’s collar is supposed to transmit a particular code to the cat door in order to unlock it. This particular design allows cat owners to install multiple cat doors for each of their pet cats.
There are actually several cat doors to choose from. You may opt for the door mount type, the wall type, magnetic or electronic cat doors, patio panel for sliding glass doors, and those for use indoors only.
There are steps to follow in choosing the right cat door. First, measure your cat from the top of his shoulders down to his chest (behind his front legs). Get his width by measuring his widest point (either hip or shoulder area). Then, know your pet’s weight. Lastly, choose the proper door size according to your cat’s measurements. Just take note that you should buy the cat door that has an opening bigger than you cat’s measurements.
Cat doors can be installed just about anywhere: in walls, doors, metal doors, sliding glass doors, and aluminum panels. If you’re living in your own house, the wall type is the most advisable, according to experts. This is because it is not as visible as the door types.
If you are renting the house, making holes on walls or doors may not be such a good idea. Thus, you may want to think about getting one installed on a sliding glass door, or your regular door. Cat doors that are made for these usually come together with the whole panel which can be readily installed in the doorway part. This way, it does not mess up your sliding glass door.
In the absence of a sliding glass door, you may simply buy an cheap door. Replace your door with it and install the cat door on your new door. When you move out of the house, you can just put the old door back in.
Installing a cat door doesn’t require you to call in professional installers. It is a fairly easy task. You can even go online and look at the various “how to’s” in order to get a clear idea on how to go about installing your very own cat door. Just don’t forget how big it’s supposed to be. Otherwise, your cat will likely end up getting halfway stuck.