How Do You Make a Pet Screen Door? (Solved & Explained!)

If you are looking to make your screen door into a pet-friendly screen door, then you will need to get your door kit, a tape measure, a screwdriver, a razor, and some clear silicone caulk. The first step will be removing the screws in the screen door so that you can get at the mesh.

Once you have the mesh, you can place it flat on a table, and measure and mark the necessary opening for the door. This lets you cut it out in place, or you could even simply screw in and caulk the door in place and cut it out afterwards.

If you decide to cut the aperture first, then all that you need to do is place each half on the appropriate side, add a little clear silicone caulk to the corners, and then screw it in place before the caulk dries.

The caulk will add a little durability and once the door is safely in place, then you can reset the mesh in its original frame. Once the caulk is dried, then the door will be ready to use.

In today’s article, we’ll answer some of the most popular questions trending on the subject of pet screen doors. Are they good for large pets? Are glass door pet doors a better option? Read on to find out the answers to these and other important questions in the sections below!

Can you put a pet door in a screen door?

Yes, you can install a pet door in a screen door, but it’s best to do only if your pet is small. If that is the case, then a screen door pet door is a great way to let in a little fresh air while giving your kitty some optional time inside and out.

For larger pets, however, or if you have multiple pets that will be using the door, a patio glass pet door may be the better option. The glass will be much more durable than the mesh for a longer-lasting door for your pets.

Are screen door pet doors easy to install?

Yes, screen doors are relatively easy to install if you have a little DIY skill. Mostly it’s a matter of measuring and cutting the screen, screwing the door in place, and caulking it to make sure that it stays resistant to rough use.

Installed carefully, you shouldn’t have problems, but even if you do the screen door is cheap to replace. Just make sure to remove it first for the install, rather than trying to install it ‘in place’ for best results.

Are screen door pet doors a good idea?

Many pet owners love having a screen door pet door. It gives them an excuse to let in a little fresh air and if you open it regularly on-schedule, then your cat learns the time window when they can get a little play and when they need to come back.

As cats are creatures of habit, they will actually pick up on this quite quickly, returning for meal times or when it starts getting late in the day. Your cat gets freedom, the house gets some fresh air, and everyone is better off for it.

These doors are also excellent options for home renters, as an extra screen door can be purchased, a pet door installed, and when it comes time to move then the old door may be easily replaced with the original.

Are screen door pet doors good for big dogs?

No, not as much. With a bigger dog, there is a chance that rough use from running in and out of the house (especially if you have a housecat that is being chased) can easily put wear and tear on the screen door.

As such, with multiple pets or with larger pets, a glass door pet door or even a wall-style pet door is going to be a much more durable choice.

Can you put a pet door in a screened in porch?

Yes, you can, and having a pet door that leads into a large, screened-in porch gives your cat or dog a way to get some fresh air without actually going into the yard.

Just be sure if you have a dog that they are going out on regular walks and if you have a cat, that there is a litter box on the porch, to avoid any ‘potty incidents’.

How do I teach my pet to use a screen-style pet door?

Teaching your pet to use a screen style pet door is pretty easy. As with a glass door, your pet can see you through a screen, so coaxing them through the door is much easier than an option where you are obscured from view.

Just position yourself on the other side, with a treat, and call your dog or cat to come outside, giving them the treat when they do. Repeat this a few times and your pet will be using their new door like a pro!

Can rats go through pet screen doors?

Rats can go through pet screen doors, although unless there is food in the room with the screen there isn’t going to be a huge chance of this happening. In most cases, simply the fact that your pet is going in and out of the door all of the time will deter most rodents.

Plus, if rats want to get in, they will usually pick a quieter spot to gnaw their way inside, such as a garage, so installing a screen door doesn’t greatly increase the chance of rates wandering in – provided that you keep food smells away.

Can coyotes use a screen door pet door?

Yes, coyotes can and sometimes do use screen doors, so if you have them in your area then a screen pet door is not advised. A better fit would be a microchip door, installed in a more solid framework, such as a wall or a regular door.

With a microchip door, when it is not being used, that door will be locked – this should help to keep coyotes from taking advantage of the door, unless one is able to follow your dog quickly enough before the lock engages.

What can I use instead a screen door if there are coyotes in my neighborhood?

A microchip door or a magnetic lock door is going to be your best bet if you have coyotes in your neighborhood. It’s also a good idea to install some motion detector lights, as these can sometimes frighten coyotes away so that they don’t get too close to the house.

Coyotes can and sometimes do use dog doors and there are even news reports of dogs being killed from coyotes that have gotten into the house via a dog door.

As such, you want something that automatically locks or you might consider simply not installing a dog door in the first place – it may be too risky in some areas if coyotes are known to be active there.

Is a glass door pet door better than a screen pet door?

A glass door is usually the more durable option and it will cost you less on your electric bill as well. Sliding glass patio pet doors are one of the best options, as you can often simply purchase a glass pane with the pet door already installed or the necessary space already removed.

That said, if you like a warm breeze and you have a small pet, pet screen doors may well be the better option for you!