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    Fitting a Cat Flap | Kitten Ads

    Articlegeneral cat adviceFriday 20 May 2011
    One of the best things about owning a cat as a pet, especially if you are away from home during the days, is that they are quite independent and they like to come and go when the mood takes them. Fitting a cat flap is a good way to allow the cat movement to and from the house when you are not there to physically open the door. Cat flaps or a cat door is very easy to fit and can be done in a matter of a few minutes. This guide outlines how to fit a cat flap.

    How to Fit a Cat Flap

    • Before you start fitting your cat flap, you need to roughly know the size of your cat so and how far off the ground his belly is. If your cat is still young, remember to buy a cat door that will be big enough for him when he gets larger.

    • Mark the door in two places, roughly 4-6 inches from the bottom of the door (depending on high far off the floor your cat’s belly is). Draw a line between these to make sure the bottom will be level. Next, mark the centre horizontal point of the door and mark that.

    • Most cat flap kits will come with a template so hold that level with the horizontal line you have drawn. Make sure the centre point of the template lines up with the centre of the door and tape the template in place.

    • Drill a hole in the four corners of the template using a flat drill bit. Draw lines between the four holes to form a square and the markings for your cuts. Use a jigsaw to cut the hole in the door.

    • Tidy up the edges of the cat door by sanding them and then offer up the cat flap itself to check the hole is the correct size. It is better for the hole to be too small rather than too big as you can easily make changes.

    • It is now time to drill the holes for the screws that will hold the cat flap in place. Mark the four screw locations on the door and check that the cat flap itself can still open. When fitting a cat flap, it is best to drill the screw holes slightly smaller than the screws themselves to ensure that they fit tight.

    • Once one side of the cat flap is fitted, attach the back side over the protruding screws and tidy up the screws by placing nuts on the end, tighten them all up to ensure that the cat flap stays in place.

    • This guide refers to fitting a cat flap into a wooden door but the process is similar if you are fitting a cat flap to a plastic door. It may be best to take apart the door if possible, especially with plastic doors.

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