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Project by Ray Friddle posted 1630 days ago 3735 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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, I moved this over from a blog posting… ]

-- Ray





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1630 days ago

Good job

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Dragonsrite

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#2 posted 1630 days ago

That looks pretty neat. I may have to do something like that.
Thanks for the posting & the pics.

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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Ray Friddle

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#3 posted 1630 days ago

Thanks Jim and Dragonsrite. Now I just need to teach him to leave the birds outside.

-- Ray

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OutPutter

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#4 posted 1630 days ago

I’ve been thinking about something like this. Thanks for posting it. You did a great job making it look classy for a cat I’m sure wouldn’t be caught dead walking through one of those pet store versions. ;-)

-- Jim

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crosseyedcarver

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#5 posted 1630 days ago

Cool action shot there. Pet doors are cool as long as the local racoons don’t find them. You did good job on this one.

-- Tim, Tallahasse FL

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RexMcKinnon

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#6 posted 1630 days ago

That’s cool. Has he tried to sneek in any girlfriends yet?

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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SignWave

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#7 posted 1629 days ago

I agree that it’s much, much nicer than any store bought one I’ve seen.

Where does the plastic flap go when the wood door is closed?

I’d do something like this for our dogs, but they are big enough that any door that would work for them would also work for an adult. Also, instead of birds, they’d be bringing in squirrels and possums (wounded).

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Ray Friddle

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#8 posted 1629 days ago

I actually had to sit near the door for a while with the camera to get that shot of him flying through. My wife opened the fridge and pulled out the milk and, snap!

Haha, No girlfriends yet, but plenty of game (lizards, small birds, etc.).

-- Ray

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Ray Friddle

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#9 posted 1629 days ago

Hi SignWave-
I put the flap on the outside between the moulding and door. So when the little door closes the plastic is flush on the outside of it (you can barely see it on the fourth picture, but it’s there).

-- Ray

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ajosephg

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#10 posted 1629 days ago

I’d make one except for: Racoons, Possums, Squirrels, and who knows what other kinds of critters are around our house.

-- Joe

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Dennisgrosen

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#11 posted 1629 days ago

cool door

Dennis

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WayneC

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#12 posted 1629 days ago

The door looks great. Hopefully he will not bring a rabbit in…... Ours did once upon a time. Chased a young screaming jack rabbit into the baby’s room at about 2:30 in the morning. Pure chaos.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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mmh

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#13 posted 1629 days ago

I do love the door and the action shot! I’d be afraid of fresh critter offerings from my cat, Buck, as he’s quite the hunter. He caught a bunny once and we had to chase him around the yard until he let it lose. He also brought one home with a broken leg and it died in my arms. One other cat brought in a live vole and dropped it near my purse sitting on the floor. Fortunately I had on suede garden gloves and caught it before it ran around the house. It bit my glove pretty hard so I was lucky to not have any injuries.

You may want to have a lock on that door to prevent after hours surprises!

Again, nice job on the door & photo. I’m sure he’s bragging to the neighborhood cats that his People, made him his own door!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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MsDebbieP

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#14 posted 1629 days ago

a great door!

it would be a big surprise if something else wandered in. It took us several “push throughs” before our cats would use our “cheap plastic store-bought” door.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Xett

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#15 posted 1621 days ago

Awesome! Must keep the little beasts happy…

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