Our cat is an indoor cat who loves to go outside. Last summer I got some extra large wire dog crates at some yardsales. I stacked them up at the patio door. The cat loved going into those crates, and being outside on the deck. The only problem was that… the people could not use the door! Well, we could, but it was very cumbersome to move the crates around without damaging the plastic outdoor mats that I had on the deck.
I like to go outside on the deck, too. Our patio door needed replaced, and while I was thinking about that, I decided to get the cat a new door, too. I had it installed in the wall beside the patio door. The kit itself was not very expensive– it was just a little over $100. Different sizes are available, and we purchased the small one. You can find them online here.*
Here is the wall before we had the cat door installed.
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Here is the door during fitting and installation. There are two plastic flaps– one on the inside, and one on the outside. The bottom of the flaps are magnetic, so they lightly attach at the bottom after the cat goes through. It is a great system– and I don’t have to worry about the outdoor temperature getting into the house.
Here is the outside of the house. The cat door kit (it is a small animal kit that works for a small dog or cat) comes with a tunnel that completely covers the pink insulation that you see.
The cat door also has a hard plastic door that you can slide in place on either the outside or the inside, if you do NOT want the cat to use the door for some reason.
Here it is all finished! It took a bit of coaxing to get our cat to try the door. She wasn’t sure about it at all. But eventually she got the hang of it.
Now our cat Creamy uses her door ALL the time. She likes to go out in the early mornings to groom herself in the morning sun.
Here are her two cages attached to each other.
One of the reasons that I love this wall door for the cat is the peace of mind that it gives me. If our cat escapes outside through a people door, then I can move her cage and know that she is able to get back into the house when she needs to– especially if we have to leave the house and can’t let her back in ourselves.
*Linked up at Amaze Me Monday.