The cats are loving their new enclosure but it was getting a bit chilly having the back doors open for them to go in and out. Because of where we’re situated, and because Rosie tends to panic if she can’t get in and hide if she needs to, we couldn’t just close the doors and leave them out there.
We’d been talking about having a cat flap for a while but couldn’t decide where to have it. The options were to go through the wall in my craft room, which would be a big job but would only need one flap. I was worried about getting a draught in there though as it’s a cold room to start with.
The other option was to go though the kitchen door. Then to either go through the conservatory wall, or though the door, which is double-glazed. If the latter, we’d have needed to have a new glass bit made with the cat flap already in it.
We’d been going back and forth on it for ages so eventually we found a company online that looked reputable, (Facebook reviews/good website etc) and gave them a ring. They turned out to be a godsend as not only did they give excellent advice, but fitted two flaps the next day (last Friday).
We had one in the kitchen door and one in the conservatory door. We had the glass panel replaced by a solid one as the door wasn’t wide enough to take the cat flap and still be strong enough. It looks a bit odd having the glass on one side and a solid panel on the other but I can live with it. If it does bother me, I can always get the other panel replaced to match.
The company we used is All Glass & Glazing, and we’ll definitely use them again if we need any glass work done. They were fast, efficient and friendly and left absolutely no mess at all. They supplied the flaps, which we chose from their website and they’re plenty big enough for the cats.
Frodo got the hang of using them straight away. I’ve been trying to get a pic of him but he’s so confident that he goes through them at about 90mph. He’s loving it.
Stephen made a little step for them outside as we thought the drop might put them off using it.
Sammie took a little longer to use the flaps and would still prefer for us to open the door instead, but she has been using them and has been in and out a few times today.Rosie is the most reluctant. She has used them but isn’t keen on trying to push them open. There are magnets holding the flaps steady, so they don’t blow in the wind. The cats do have to push a bit harder than if there weren’t any and that is what Rosie is struggling with. She’ll soon get the hang of it though.I’m noticing that the back door needs cleaning. Everything got a bit grubby out there while the landscaping in the enclosure was being worked on. Now it’s pretty much finished, I’ll have to get my scrubbing brush out!
I’ve been taking photos of the enclosure and I’ll post them soon. We’re really happy with it, and so are the cats.
December 1, 2017 at 11:14 AM
cat flaps really are great and give the cats much more independence.
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December 1, 2017 at 11:18 AM
They do. Plus they keep the house warmer 😉
December 1, 2017 at 2:26 PM
we used to have cat flaps in our previous house, but don’t here. And with four cats, I sometimes feel I need a “doorman” uniform as they’re always scratching to come in or go out, and never at the same time – obviously!
November 30, 2017 at 2:54 PM
I love your cat flaps!! Unfortunately, we used to have them but the raccoons were using them as well to get access to the cat food. We did not have the ones that sync up with the cat collar and now it’s too late as one of the cats is blind and we are scared to let him out.
November 30, 2017 at 7:31 PM
I had a blind cat about ten years ago. He was diabetic and the blindness was due to that. We kept him in as he’d get stuck very easily. It was amazing how he’d navigate the house though – as long as you didn’t move any furniture.
November 30, 2017 at 6:52 AM
cute cats 🙂