Cats crave independence. That’s one of the many things we love about them. If you don’t want to open the door every time your pet wants a change of scenery, think about installing a cat door.
How to Install a Cat Door
Installing a cat door is surprisingly simple. All you need is a drill and a jigsaw. You’ll use the provided template to outline where it will go, then drill and cut the door to install the frame and flap.
Introducing the Concept to Your Cat
Installation is relatively simple—training your pet to use the lockable cat flap can be the tricky part. Experts suggest initially removing the flap. This lets your pet get used to walking through the opening. Once they get used to this, reinstall and lower the flap in stages. Use strong tape to hold it in place so it doesn’t come loose. You can use food and treats to encourage your feline to use the door. Keep your “training sessions” to a few minutes at a time.
Keeping Pests Out
If stray cats or other feral animals are a problem, an electronic cat door is a good solution. It can help keep unwanted visitors out, while letting your pet in. Magnetic doors also stay securely shut. A magnet on your cat’s collar allows the flap to open when your pet gets close to the door.