Pet Doors: Freedom and Convenience for Your Pets

Danielle Bonk

Most families own at least one pet, and most of those pets are dogs and cats. In some homes it may seem like Fluffy rules the roost. He has his own heated bed, his own seasonal wardrobe, and even his own doors. Pet doors are a common necessity in many pet owners’ homes. They’ve come a long way over that past several years. There are pet doors for windows, doors, and even walls. They can be as tiny as a Chihuahua or as large as a Weimaraner. Pet doors can even be as rudimentary as a frame and a flap or as high tech as an infrared or electronic door with a collar “key.”

Pet doors come in handy when pet owners are either too busy or are not at home to let their pets out. Pet doors give pets the freedom to roam where they like, whenever they’d like. Electronic pet doors give owners more control than a traditional flap pet door by allowing them to program it to only let certain pets outside, to keep other animals (or people) outside, to keep small children inside, or to prevent the elements from blowing or knocking the pet door open. For security purposes, some pet owners even disguise a pet door that leads to the outside of the house with a dog house that is connected to the wall. This way no one sees the door inside, giving the concerned home owner some peace of mind.

The task of installing a pet door into a door, window, or wall can range from simple to daunting. There are dozens of options to choose from, however. Installing a pet door into a glass door may involve replacing the glass with a glass substitute, like polycarbonate, which can be drilled into without cracking. Installation into a wall involves special care not to accidentally cut into a power line or hit a pipe, which can cause serious injury. It’s also important to ensure that moisture cannot enter the walls. Many pet owners trust tougher jobs like these to qualified home improvement professionals.

Patio Pet Doors

Patio pet doors are generally the most common type of pet door for homes that already have an open floor plan or easily accessible interior rooms. They allow Fluffy to enter and exit the house as he pleases, while his owner can enjoy uninterrupted peace and quite. No more having to get up constantly to let out the dog—again. Besides giving pets more independence, some believe that patio pet doors also give pets confidence, which leads to better behavior overall.

Patio pet doors come in a wide variety of colors, styles, and materials. They can even be adjustable to a growing pet’s size and breed. When deciding on a company, make sure it provides ample selection. If a customer isn’t interested in hiring someone to install the pet door, make sure the door type takes that into consideration. Easy alternatives to cutting or replacing a glass patio door do exist.

Cat doors

Cat doors are generally smaller than dog doors. Because of this, they can sometimes be cheaper and less of a hassle to install. Some companies sell them for as little as $20.00 and boast of an hour or less installation time. Cat doors can also come in forms such as flap, magnetic, electronic, or infrared. Since cats often enjoy reclining on windowsills, many products like the “windoor” or window veranda fall under the cat door category as well. Other cat doors even have brushes along the inside of the door to groom the cat every time it passes through.

Like many pet doors, cat doors have progressed in the area of safety. Most have a four-way locking system. Cat doors can be set for open, closed, in-only, or out-only. Above all, safety and convenience should be at the top of the list when choosing a cat door, or any pet door. In the end, the real goal of pet doors is to give both the pet and the owner some freedom.



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