Commonly known as cat flaps, cat doors are small openings attached to a wall, window or door for the entrance and exit of the cat. It is made to allow the cat get in and out of the house without bothering someone to open the door. It comes with different features and designs today that enables maximum access to the cat, security and protection for the family.
The following types of cat doors could be used as a guide in choosing the right kind for your pet:
Weighted Cat Flap – In order to have this, the owner should make a hole or opening on the window, wall or door first. This type uses only a simple flap that could be opened and closed easily. This might come with a feature that allows the cat to get in but not get out, or the other way around. This type is very easy to install and cheap compared to the other types.
Electronic or Electromagnetic Cat Door – This type of cat doors are cat-specific and only lets the owner’s cat/s to enter the house. This door is programmed to operate with the help of a magnet or some identification object in the cat’s collar that opens the door automatically when the cat passes. Infrared devices could also be used for this purpose. This type is also great in preventing other unwanted scavengers from entering the house.
Microchip Cat Door – This cat door uses a new method that responds only to the resident cat’s microchip and not on any other cats. This type is thought to be better than the electronic cat door because it does not require the cat to wear a collar, which might possibly get lost.
In installing cat doors, the size of the cat should be considered. It should not be too small or else the cat won’t use the door at all. Too large cat doors will also pose some danger when it comes to burglary.
Measuring the cat and the door is a must before purchasing a cat door. In measuring the cat, allow an extra inch or two more than its height and width. The color and style of the cat door should also match the style and color of your furniture to add more satisfaction.
Most owners find it easy for their cats to be trained in using cat doors. Close supervision and guidance are the keys to be successful during the training. Food and other treats could also be used to motivate the cat more.
Another method of training is the use of bells. The bell is hung with a string on the cat door, allowing the cat to play with it on the first days of installation. In this manner, the cat will get familiar with the spot and when the bell is taken away after about 4 days, it will surely know by then that a door is present in that area. A catnip could also be sprayed on the bell for more attraction.