Today, as technology develops, everything possible is within our reach. Our life has become more comfortable as we have the freedom to do almost anything we want. When technology has given us the ability to travel from one place to another with ease, it is still hard for our cat to move in or out of the house.
Perhaps, it is time we do our cats some justice by installing a mini door for our fellow feline members. You could either install a mini door in a wall or a door. There are many types of doors out there. So, today, we are going to talk about how to install a cat door in a wall and different kinds of doors.
Tools You Need
Before you start this hefty process, prepare yourself with the following essential pieces of equipment:
- Tape measure
- Duct tape
- Stud Finder
- Framing square
Measure your cat
The next thing that you need to do is measure your cat. Since cats come in all sizes, so are the doors. It is for the best that you measure your cat and find the right door size to avoid any future complications. Remember to leave a few centimeters so your cat can waltz in with ease.
How to install a cat door in a wall
The first thing that we are going to cover is how to install a cat door in a wall. It’s the simplest type of installations since most walls pretty much have the same structure.
First, use the stud finder to locate the studs in the wall. The wall studs are the “skeleton” of your wall. They are frames that support the wall. Now, after you’ve found the studs, draw a vertical line between two studs 10-12 inches above the floor.
Put the cat door frame against the wall, in between the stud marks, and trace the outline of the door. Remove the door. Use the drill and drill holes inside the four corners of the rectangle outline on the wall.
Use the jigsaw to cut out the outlined part of the wall by starting from the wholes and following along the lines. Check the fit of the mini door. If it doesn’t fit, try to create more clearance by trimming the opening until it fits.
Put side A the mini door inside the opening. Lift the flap and reach inside until you touch the outside wall. Mark the holes on the inside wall. It will be useful for redrawing the door frame’s outline on the other side of the door.
Drill through the marked holes, then rotate to the other side of the wall. Start reconnecting the holes until achieving the desired shape of the mini door. Again, use the jigsaw to cut out the outlined part of the wall. Put side B of the mini door into the newly cut space. Check the fit. If it doesn’t fit, create clearance by trimming the opening.
Remember to color and decorate the mini door now as it will be more challenging to do so when it’s drilled in the wall. After your decoration has set, drill bolts on the mini door’s four corners while it has been placed inside the wall.
Install the bolts on both the inside and outside parts of the mini door. Congratulations, you have just successfully learned how to install a cat door in a well!
How to install a cat door in a door
When installing a mini door for your cat inside a door, the procedure is still similar despite a few additional steps.
For this scenario, you would need to remove the door from its hinges first and place it on a flat surface. This extremely crucial because the force applied on the door when drilling could potentially break the hinges. Put the mini door against the door, and start outlining.
Use the drill and drill holes inside the four corners of the rectangle outline on the door. Use the jigsaw to cut out the outlined part of the door by starting from the wholes and following along the lines.
Fit the interior and exterior sides of the mini door in the opening. Again, create clearance by trimming the opening if needed. Install the bolts in the drilled holes.
Reinstall the big door. Now your cat is ready to use the mini door!
All the information above acts as a general guide for installing a cat door in a door. Despite learning two main types, there are many different types of doors you can install. Although the steps might not seem like much, it’s still a time-consuming and challenging task.
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How to install a cat door in a panel door
Panels door could limit the size of the mini door depending on the size of the panels. However, the pros of having a panel door are that you can utilize the panel as the “flap” for the mini door. It will require a hinge mechanism attached to the flap after it has been cut out. Then, a circular strap will be holding the fold on the door frame. It will result in a paneled flap that is part of the door. If you don’t like this option, you can use the general installation guide above.
How to install a cat door in a hollow-core door
Now, how would you install a cat door in a hollow door? Surprisingly, a hollow core door is almost exactly the same as a wall. Instead of being completely filled with material, the door is supported by studs. Sound familiar? The only thing that you would need to do is to locate the studs. The rest should be easy by following the above general steps.
Now that you’ve now read all the things and steps needed to install a cat door, what are you waiting for? Stand up, get to work, and fulfill your cat’s desire for freedom, right now!