Building Custom Cat Doors
Custom cat doors are the ideal way to give your beloved feline convenient freedom and safety as well. You’ll certainly be glad to know that such a pet door can be installed with relative ease. These instructions will guide you in building the cat door.
Step 1 – Take the Cat’s Dimensions
The cat door that you install should take into consideration the width of the cat at the present and also give good allowance for the future. You can make a good estimate by looking up the dimensions of a fully grown cat of similar species.
Step 2 – Unhinge the Door
With the help of the screwdriver remove the door from its hinges and place it on a flat surface. Proceed to mark out the shape of the cat door based on the dimensions you have taken and the height the door will be off the floor.
Step 3 – Mark Out the Cat Door Dimensions on a Straight Edge
Place a straight wooden edge and mark out the edges of the ‘to be’ cat door so that you can copy the dimensions on the opposite side. The square will come in handy here.
Step 4 – Overturn the Door
Place the door on its other side and with the straight edge and square as your guides trace out the exact same shape.
Step 5 – Cut the Cat Door Square Out
Lift the door off the ground and place it on suitable supports, for example two stools. Use the jigsaw to cut the marked out square out ensuring that the cut is even on both sides.
Step 6 – Precautions for Hollow Doors
To preempt chances of the cat getting tripped by the hollow space you will have to use the metal frame. Make a wooden square around the frame by gluing strips of wood all round. This will be held in place by the wood trimmed to be installed next.
Step 7 - Screw in the Wood Trim
Cut the wood trim into lengths that match the cat door’s dimensions; this should be done for both sides of the door. Secure the pieces of wood trim using screws while constantly using the level to confirm straightness. The cat door should now be ready for the installation of a privacy flap.
Step 8 – Measure Out the Right Size of Rubber Mat for the Flap
Proceed to measure the inside dimensions of the cat door. The measurements of the rubber mat should be slightly lesser than the door’s to allow for its flexible movement. Use the sharp blade to cut out the required shape.
Step 9 – Install the Flap’s Hinges on the Main Door
Screw on the two hinges on the main door’s inside above the cat door. Space the hinges evenly apart so that the flap will be stable.
Step 10 – Mark Where the Hinges will be on the Flap
Align the rubber flap with the lower parts of the hinges and trace out these positions to guide you.
Step 11 – Screw the Rubber Flap into Position
Secure the rubber flap onto the hinges using screws. It should be very flexible to swing either way and a little oil on the hinges will also be of help.
Step 12 – Let the Cat Try the Door Out
Return the main door to its place and start training your cat right away on how to use its door. The both of you have some newly found convenience.