Fitting a cat flap

One of the most important thing about having a cat or dog is making sure they have access to come and go as they please. Cats in particular will learn to go toilet outdoors and play in the garden as well as exploring all the surrounding areas. Dogs only need to go outside to go toilet and will not venture out into other peoples garden. So fitting a cat flap or fitting a dog flap is essential for your pets to go toilet.

If you are buying a glass door but require a cat flap fitted in, this can only be done during manufacturing and finding someone to do it afterwards is extremely difficult. It’s not hard to find a glazier – it’s just that after cutting a hole for the cat flap, the area tends to mist around the glass so this isn’t really recommended. Don’t attempt to do it yourself as you might damage the door. So with an average charge of £40-80 to fit a standard cat flap how hard is it to fit a cat flap yourself? The answer is not so hard as you can fit a cat flap yourself because it’s not hard at all.

The easiest way to fit a cat flap?

If you have a uPVC door then you should have no problems at all as they are very simple to fit. Some cat flaps also come with a guide that you stick to the door so you know where to cut and drill. What you will need:

  • A pencil
  • A drill
  • A compass saw
  • Masking tape (optional)

If your cat flap has come with a guide, then find your cat and position the cat flap at a reasonable height – remember to allow room for growth as your cat will get taller

Stick the guide with some masking tape and drill four holes; one in each of the four corners. Then with a compass saw cut away in a straight line to remove the inner part of the door where the cat flap will fit into. Then position the cat flap in place and screw it over the hole.

If your cat flap has not come with a guide, then simply measure up and drill four holes in each corner of the square so it’s easy to cut out, then follow the remaining steps above.

If you are fitting a dog flap then the same steps apply, only difference is that the dog flap may be a little larger than a cat flap as most dogs are usually bigger than cats.

You may have to tempt your cat to use the cat flap if they have never used one before. Try placing a few treats on the other side of the door. They should soon get the message and then you will no longer have to use a cat litter tray indoors as they will get used to ‘going’ outside.