Monday, June 17, 2013

Design Tips: High Quality Pet Doors

One day, years ago while I still let my cat outside, I got a phone call. “Your cat is sleeping on my bed!” Oh? I replied. “Yeah. And he ate all my cat’s food. Again. What are you going to do about it?”

“Um. Do you have a cat door?” I asked. Yes was the answer. I thought hard what to say besides “How is that my problem!” But instead, I asked what kind of food she fed her cat, and I agreed to buy the same brand, so he wouldn’t need to roam to find food he liked better than his own.

These days, pet doors are a lot better than a simple hole cut into a door with a piece of flimsy plastic or carpet stapled over it. Keep the neighbor’s cat, raccoons and other unwanted creatures out, while letting your own pet come and go.

Modern pet doors are insulated, more secure and look pretty good, especially if all your trim is white. They can be installed in a door or even the wall or a glass door. Mount through a wall, and have a contractor or DIY a handsome wood surround to match your wood trim for a finished look.



High tech electronic doors are programmable to the time of day, and the animal wears a “key” tag on its collar. But they are pricey, from $150 for the Endura flab shown below on up to $400 for a large opening one for dogs on Petdoors.com! But if you need the security, this is the way to go. Burglars can often fit through a dog door for a medium to large dog.

A more moderately priced version for cats has a magnetic key goes for around $65 on the PetSafe website.

Pet doors are great for indoor use, too. If you have a cat and a dog, you can place your cats’ food and water inside a room, and keep the dog out. You won’t need thermal properties or security unless your dog is the same size as your cat! Basic locking cat doors, suitable for interior doors like this one start at around $13.

Check out Frontgate for this attractive tension pet gate fordoors, complete with a cat door if your cat can’t jump very high…

Let us know your ideas, we’d love to hear what you think!

Until next time!
-Elaine Bothe


Photos courtesy of Frontgate, PetSafe and PetDoors


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