If you have an outside cat (or several of them) and are thinking about installing a cat door in your house or garage, this could make certain aspects of your life a lot easier. Using a flap door for a cat means you won’t have to let the cat in and out all the time. It’ll also help you go to bed knowing your cat can get in or out when it needs to, and it can be very practical (versus having to watch for the cat into the wee hours). But cat owners with cat doors have often had unexpected surprises as a result of their cat flap door. Some have unwanted visitors who discover the flap and see it as an open invitation.
Eliminate Unwanted Visitors
Some people tell tales of other cats wandering into their home. Some people find other friends as well, such as mice, squirrels, and racoons. It might sound comical but it could pose a health hazard to a homeowner and open the door to other pests such as fleas invading your home as they hitch a ride in on another animal. For this reason, many homeowners have removed their cat door. Some people opt to put a kitty or doggie door on their garage so that the pet can have shelter when the pet owner can’t get them into the house for the night but this also opens your garage or other out building to unwanted animals and pests. Lower quality pet doors also expose the building to the elements.
Better Cat Door Options Exist
There are newer options on the market that can help your cat have the freedom of coming in and out of the house without your intervention. Some options work with a cat collar that unlocks the door due to a device within the collar. This option can be flawed when a cat loses a collar or when you have multiple cats in one home. Another recent development includes reading the cat’s microchip and having the door unlock based on a match with the chip number. If going with a microchip cat flap door option, be sure to choose a solution that lets you change programming in case you have any new feline family editions. (Sureflap has this feature)
Having a lockable cat door can be a much better solution for the safety of your home and for giving your feline the “key” to the house.