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Cat Doors: A Worthwhile Investment

Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
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The Ins & Outs of Cat Doors

A cat door in your home is one of the best investments you could ever make for your pets.

While pet doors have long been used for dogs, they have only recently gained popularity for cat owners. Once you install one in your home, you may soon want to add more. Listed below are some of the benefits:
  • Allows inside/outside cats to come and go as they wish

  • Indoor Access Arch
  • Allows your cat access to rooms without having to keep the door open

  • Can keep dogs from accessing the cat's food and water

  • Keeps children and dogs away from the litter box

  • Helps prevent litter box behavior problems by allowing the cat to go outside

Pet Doors are beneficial for inside cats as well as for outside cats. Some inside cats have even more of a need for cat doors than outside cats do. A great product for between rooms is the Indoor Access Arch. This allows your cat access to their litter box area but keeps children and dogs out. Also, it contains a brush insert, which really cuts down on loose hair in your home.

In some multi-cat households, one cat may be on a diet or other special food. The Cat Mate Elite Cat flap works with up to 8 ID discs and allows you to program each individual cat's access privileges separately from the others. Magnetic key-operated doors are also great for providing refuge for shy or sensitive cats that need to get away from children or other cats.

Cat Mate® Elite Cat Flaps

If you have a "fair weather cat" that only goes out in the summertime, then the PetSafe Patio Panel may be for you. It fits into patio doors and can be removed in the winter. If you have an older cat or a cat that is not used to using a cat door, consider getting one with a see-through panel like the Large Cat Door. Lock or prop the cat door open while he gets used to using it.

The days of the old swinging wood panel cat doors are gone. These doors are easy to install, secure, designed for safety, and so packed with features that you'll wonder how you ever got along without one.

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