patio screen door. how to keep cat from opening door

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patio screen door. how to keep cat from opening door

a friends sliding screen door is easily opened by their smart cat. obviously the door is very thin so something like a typical screw in eye hook/latch seems like it really wouldn't work. so what to do. doesn't have to be secure from burglars, just a cat
 
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Old 09-17-15, 07:50 AM
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Use a security bar. Google "sliding door security bar". There are all types and styles. Some mount mid-way up the door, some at the bottom and some at the top. Many different styles.
 
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how would that bar prevent the screen door from being slid/opened? the other side of the patio door is fixed so unless someone was outside and put the bar in that way, I cannot see how it would work.
 
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Again do a Google search "Spring loaded sliding screen door closures". There are all different types. Even a simple extension spring mounted at the top of the door jamb and the other end attached to the front of screen. When opened the spring will try to close the door. Another type available in stores or on-line is a compression spring that would attach to the back side of the sliding screen and push against the back door jamb as it's opened. In fact I had one and may still have buried someplace in the cellar. What's important with any type of self closure is that the sliding screen be in very good operating condition. The slide, wheels and channel must be in good shape so as not to bind.


Edit.... see this: http://www.mileskimball.com/buy-auto...-closer-351492
 
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an autocloser may be an option ill present to them but I have the feeling they don't want it auto closed every time they go out. and the Charlie bar /security bar is more for sliding patio doors than the French door fixed panel they have .
 
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I guess I've never seen a sliding screen door that doesn't have a latch with a lock.
 
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Put a magnetic cabinet catch near middle of vertical upright of screen and a matching striker plate on the jamb. Problem solved. Cost; around $2.

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the previous owner must have gotten it at surplus or else someone removed it when the installed the new French doors and didn't put it back. its a small problem but annoying for them.
 
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and the Charlie bar /security bar is more for sliding patio doors than the French door fixed panel they have .
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No where does it say they have a French door. But they did say they have a sliding door.

Roughrooster, the magnet idea is a good one!
 
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