Pet doors are cool. They let your little friend go in and out at will – so you don’t have to deal with them. The plastic cat/dog doors available never really appealed to me, but I liked the ability to give our cat freedom during the day and be able to lock up the door at night. So I set out to basically build a door within our existing door.
Using a jig saw I cut out a small rectangular section from our door and saved this to use as the cat door. I squared up the small door piece with a skill saw making it a little smaller on all four sides. I built a frame using 3/4” moulding and glued it within the cut-out. This would act as the smooth guide for the door. I used more moulding to build frames for the outside and inside rims of the door. The inside frame is mainly cosmetic, but the outside frame slightly overhangs the cut-out, so when the door shuts it makes a seal.
To decrease energy loss, I used a piece of plastic floor runner to cut out a simple flap that the cat can easily push either way with his face.
It works! I’m happy to say the little beast uses it frequently.
It also looks a lot nicer than the plastic store-bought doors (In my humble opinion), and it makes for a great conversation piece when our cat suddenly comes flying in through our miniature door!
—- NOTE: Pictures coming soon!