Cat flaps are nice to have but there is a possibility that a burglar could use the opening to try ‘fishing’ inside with a long pole or a cane. Additional security such as motion sensors or a transponder-sensitive cat flap that locks into place unless your kitty is close can help to minimize the security risk.
In today’s article, we’ve collected the most common questions being asked about cat flaps, cat flap options, and more. Read on to find out If a cat flap might be a good fit for both you and your kitty!
Table of Contents
- Is a cat door a good idea?
- Can burglars break in through cat flaps?
- Do cat flaps ruin doors?
- Do rats come in cat flaps?
- Is there an alternative to a cat flap?
- How much do cat doors cost?
- How do I teach my cat to use a cat flap?
- Will cats use a pet door?
- Can you put cat flap in glass door?
- How big should a cat door be?
- Do cat flaps let in the cold?
Is a cat door a good idea?
Cat doors are a great option for ensuring that your cat can not only let themselves in and out of the house, but to give them access to specific rooms inside of the house when they like.
For instance, you can close your bedroom door while still letting the cat come in for a snuggle when they like, or provide them with another room in the house to escape from a playful dog. There are even doors that stay locked until a collar-transponder on your cat is close, so a cat door is well worth considering.
Can burglars break in through cat flaps?
While they can’t crawl through the small hole, one problem of a cat flap is that burglars can reach inside with a cane or a long pole to try to hook things in the immediate area.
Motion sensors in the yard can help or you can get a cat door that locks unless the kitty-collar transponder is close – just keep in mind if someone catches the cat, they could take this transponder and try to gain access to whatever they can hook inside to get through that door.
Do cat flaps ruin doors?
Once you’ve installed a cat flap and no longer need it, then it is easier to simply replace the door. While you could conceivably fill in the space, it’s still a weak point in your security, and any filler can be broken much more easily than the rest of the door.
While cat flaps are certainly convenient, this is a consideration when deciding whether or not you wish to install one.
Do rats come in cat flaps?
If your cat flap doesn’t lock into place electronically, then small animals such as rats or raccoons could indeed use the cat flap. The thing with rats, however, is that if they want to get into your house, they can generally do it.
Some rats can squeeze underneath doors or simply gnaw their way into your garage. So, while technically a cat flap makes you vulnerable, if rats want inside then they are going to find a way anyway – don’t worry, because you’ve got a cat!
Is there an alternative to a cat flap?
Yes, there are alternatives to cat flaps, such as ‘Locklatch’ which employ a window, rather than a door, that the cat can easily use to get in or out of the house. This allows you to get the convenience of a cat flap without damaging the integrity of your back door.
How much do cat doors cost?
Cat doors are actually quite reasonably priced, ranging anywhere from $75 up to $400 for parts and installation. They come in a wide variety of options, such as cat doors for glass, walls, and even storm inserts, so check around and see which cat door will be the best fit for you and your cat.
As they are smaller than dog doors, they are quite a bit cheaper and your cat is going to love having a way in and out of the house whenever they like.
How do I teach my cat to use a cat flap?
Teaching your cat to use a cat flap is easy. Simply prop it open slightly while your cat is outside and show them a treat through the hole, calling their name, and pulling your hand in while keeping the treat in their view. Your cat should come through the door and after a few repetitions of this.
Next, take the stick or other prop out of the door and try calling them again. Give your cat a treat when they come inside and at this point your cat will have a good idea how it works and should start using the flap on their own.
Will cats use a pet door?
Definitely! Once your cat knows that they can come in and out as they please, they quickly start taking advantage of this. Installing a pet door is a great way to save yourself the hassle of constantly letting your cat in and out, by simply giving them the choice to do it themselves.
You can install them in windows, doors, and even use them inside to give your cat access to certain rooms. It’s a great solution for those with very active cats that are always crying out to be let in or out.
Can you put cat flap in glass door?
Yes, cat flaps may be installed in glass doors. The process generally involves fabricating a new pane that is strong enough to withstand the constant use that the cat will be giving it and this new ‘cat flap pane’ is simply fitted to your glass door and you can retain the old pane in case you want to reinstall it.
How big should a cat door be?
At a bare minimum, you want the cat door to measure at least 16 inches tall and 8 inches wide. This should give your cat plenty of space to squeeze in, even if they are big kitties, and unlike a large dog door the security risk will be minimal.
Do cat flaps let in the cold?
A cat flap can add to the draft, unless it is the electronic variety that locks into place until your cat and their transponder collar get close. This shouldn’t be a big deal unless you live somewhere with appreciable winters.
If you do, you can get the locking variety without the electronics, and simply leave it locked for the winter. Give your cat some extra toys to keep them occupied until it’s warmer out and then you can unlock the cat flap!