The 11 Best Cat Doors of 2019 [In & Out Easy!]

Does your cat need to get between rooms or to get outside? More often than not they will scratch at the door or bang their head against it to get you to open it.

Save yourself the trouble. Get a cat flap or a cat door. Some of the best cat doors out there even enable you to limit entry/exit to specific cats in your household! There are even options out there for windows and sliding doors.

Read on and find the easy way to let your cats get between rooms or get in and out of the house!


The Best ​Cat Doors


--Top 3 Cat Door Comparison--

Best ​interior ​Option
the kitty pass intrior cat door, shaped like a cat head
​The Kitty Pass Interior Door

​The ideal option for granting interior access 

  • Simple Installation
  • ​Cats large and small
  • Interior doors only
  • Cat shaped design
Best ​Bare Basics ​Option
a square white feline door for letting pets in and out
​Ideal Pet Products Basic Cat Flap

​Perfect fit for homes that need manual access controls

  • ​Super durable
  • Dirt cheap price
  • ​Interior/Exterior
  • ​Locks with ease
Best ​interior ​Option
the kitty pass intrior cat door, shaped like a cat head
​The Kitty Pass Interior Door

​The ideal option for granting interior access 

  • Simple Installation
  • ​Cats large and small
  • Interior doors only
  • Cat shaped design
Best ​Bare Basics ​Option
a square white feline door for letting pets in and out
​Ideal Pet Products Basic Cat Flap

​Perfect fit for homes that need manual access controls

  • ​Super durable
  • Dirt cheap price
  • ​Interior/Exterior
  • ​Locks with ease

--​Detailed Cat Door ​Descriptions--


​The SureFlap Microchip Flap

the white sureflap cat door that works with microchips

If you're looking for a door that will give you the absolute best security on the market then you'll want to go with a model from SureFlap. SureFlap also makes amazing feeders and other cool products, but their claim to fame is really in that they use your cat's microchip to grant access to their door.

If you don't yet have a microchip in your kitty then no worries, they send you one to attach to your cat's collar! And if your fur ball is going outside I always highly recommend a collar just in case!

Considering a cat tracker of some sort may be worthwhile too if your kitty disappears for long periods. But the key features of this door are:

  • Excellent security driven by your cat's microchip ID or the included collar tag, no strange animals
  • You can program your door to lock and unlock at specific times of day
  • The door dimensions are about 7" wide by about 6.75" tall, great for most cats
  • You can easily store multiple cats in the door memory, all cats can come and go
  • Features multiple locking modes for only letting certain cats in or locking it down completely
"Works great for our two indoor/outdoor cats. They can pop out whenever they want it and has so far stopped anything foreign from coming in."

It is very important to note the following before purchasing the SureFlap:

  • The door will always let any pet exit, you cannot lock down the door from the inside
  • Raccoons have been ​able to pry this model open from the outside

​The Kitty Pass Interior Cat Door

the kitty pass intrior cat door, shaped like a cat head

Do your cats constantly paw at interior doors because they want into some room where you've closed the door? I know mine certainly do! They do it pretty much every time I close any door in the house.

The Kitty Pass Interior Cat Door is the perfect solution to this problem! Not only is it super easy to install, but it'll grant your cat full access to any room you desire in only a few minutes.

A few other things worth noting about this door:

  • The Kitty Pass has an adorable design and easily lets your cat in and out of closed doors
  • It works great on hollow interior doors ​as well as traditional solid doors
  • The smooth side opening allows your kitty to pass through with ease and no snags
  • There are no visible screw holes or logos, just clean lines that compliment your door
  • The hole is 7.5" wide and 6.5" in height and can be used by cats both large and small
  • Also has an extra large version for those of you with extra big cats
  • Easily fits all standard interior doors with sizes, 1 1/4" to 1.75" thick
"We keep the litter box for both of our cats in the closet in the office. Once or twice my wife and I have accidentally fully closed the door which has left our poor kitties scratching at it the door for access. This door solved that problem immediately."

It is worth noting the following before making a purchase:

  • If you've got kids in the house that may constantly lean against or pull on this then you may want to consider using screws to secure it instead of the included 3M tape

Ideal Pet Products Basic Cat Flap

a square white feline door for letting pets in and out

If you're in the market for the pure basic locking cat door then Ideal Products has you covered from head to toe, and they have it done at an amazing value. This cat flat doesn't have any microchip driven security features, but it will get all of the basics done.

Ideal Pet Products developed this product for those of us that just want a simple door that will let our cats in and out of the house. You can of course lock the flap down overnight if you want want your cats going anywhere!

A few other key items worth noting on this option:

  • It is super durable and has a telescoping frame to fit doors of varying sizes
  • The flap measures just over 6 inches by 6 inches, perfect for cats in the range of 12 pounds
  • The flap is made from clear, weather-resistant, unbreakable Lexan so it'll be around forever
  • You can easily mount the door into a board and place it into a sliding window with ease
  • You can of course lock down the flap if you want to keep your kitty inside or outside
"These flaps have been a staple of my house for well over 20 years. They are super easy to use and dirt cheap. You simply can't find a better door for the price."

It is worth noting the following before making a purchase:

  • The door closes rather swiftly and firmly, if your cat is skittish this may be problematic

Perfect Pet Soft Flap Door

a white rectangular cat flap

The Perfect Pet Soft Flap Cat Door is a traditional cat door that is intended for installation on a door that lets your cat go between the indoors and the outdoors. It'll meet all of the basic requirements of a cat door and then some, but it is not one of the more full future models.

Instead of using microchips or a magnetic locking mechanism it is designed to simply close itself tightly with magnets until your cat pushes on the flap.

A few key items worth calling out on this model are:

  • The flap is magnetized to keep it sealed tightly whenever a cat isn't using it
  • You can lock down the door with a slide down mechanism to ensure no exit/entry
  • The telescoping frame adapts to doors of 1 1/14-inch to 2-inch thickness
  • There are two different sizes available to fit cats of any size:  5" x 7" and 7" x 11.5"
  • The mounting system is tamper proof so you can't remove it from the outside
  • Installation is super easy and takes only about 20 minutes on average
"I have a pretty large lady at home at about 15 pounds and it works great for her. She took a week or two of adjust to it with the flap taped open, but after that it was smooth sailing!"

The only thing worth noting on this model is:

  • The installation instructions are a little lacking and may require some additional mesaurements

​Petsafe Aluminum Screen Door Panel

a pet door installed into a sliding door

If you've got a sliding screen or glass door and you want to easily enable your cat to get outside without damaging the door then this model from PetSafe is the best choice.

This option basically gets inserted between your door frame and the door itself and creates a new section of the glass door that has an entry/exit flap.

There are tons of different sizes to choose from that will fit any traditional sliding door. Installation is a snap and you'll immediately create a way for your kitty to get in and out. On top of this you get a great seal that will minimize any heating/cooling costs too.

A few additional items worth noting:

  • Inserts between any sliding door and the frame to let your kitty in and out
  • Super easy to install or uninstall, perfect for rental properties as it won't cause any damage
  • The tinted flap uses a magnetic closure and is weather sealed for great climate control
  • The frame is made of strong but lightweight aluminum and has tempered glass for safety
  • There are 5 sizes and 3 colors to choose from to fit your home with ease
  • There is a plastic cover that can be slipped in to restrict access both in and out
"It took my fur ball about a week to get used to using it with help (treats on the outside and inside). After that though she was in and out without even noticing the flap!"

It is worth noting the following before purchasing:

  • Since screen and glass sliding doors can be uniquely sized be sure you measure very carefully before making a purchase as the frames are not flexible and you must purchase the right one up front

Moost 4 Way Locking Cat Door

a square cat door with a cat going through it

Moost has one of the most well respected basic cat doors on the market. You'll notice many similarities to the Ideal Pet Products model as they have a lot of the same features and are even close to the same size.

This door has also been proven to work extremely well on both hollow interior doors as well as solid exterior doors. If you've got your kitty's litter box squirreled away in a closet or something this door will allow for easy access while maintaining scent control.

A few other features worth noting:

  • Features 4 way locking: totally open, totally closed, in only and out only
  • The cat door flap is about 6" wide by 6" tall, great for average cats under 15 pounds
  • It is made from clear, weather-resistant, unbreakable Lexan so it'll last a long time
  • The flap is both hard and transparent which will ease your cat into learning to use it
  • Will work on all traditional interior and exterior door sizes from 1-2 inches thick
"This thing works great for a feral cat we have in the yard. We keep food and water for her in the back room of the house and she figured it out in minutes. She's safe and sound now whenever she needs shelter, but she has her freedom too!"

You'll want to consider the following before you make a purchase:

  • Several owners mentioned the screws are low quality, you may want to purchase your own from a local hardware store like Home Depot

Cat Mate Electromagnetic Cat Flap

a white cat door with a red locking toggle on it

Need a little bit of added security? Cat Mate has been in the market for years and has you covered. This cat door that will ensure your kitty can get in and out with ease!

This door comes with a small tag that your cat attaches to her collar and it serves as a key to open the door. If your kitty isn't used to wearing a collar you could consider attaching it to a harness too.

No longer do you need to worry about animals from outside managing to sneak through the door. Cat Mate has you totally covered! Check out the additional details:

  • Your cat wears a small magnet that doubles as an identification tag and key to the door
  • A fast reacting circuit with long lasting batteries guarantees instant entry for your pets
  • An easy to use 4 way locking system enables complete control over your cat's movement
  • The flap measures about 7" wide by 7" tall so you get a little more space than other models
"After a week of effort our kitties figured it out! Now we no longer have other animals like raccoons sneaking into our back room at night to ravage our cat food!"

You'll definitely want to consider the following before making a purchase:

  • Some owners have indicated the magnetic door function is difficult to get working right and that a microchip based door is more effective

​The Cat Mate Extra Large Cat Door

a cat mate extra large cat door for huge cats

Are your cats bigger than your average feline?  If they are and you're still looking to let them get in and out of the house easily then you should take a look at the Cat Mate Extra Large Cat Door.

This model covers all the basic needs of a cat door and it was designed specifically for larger cats. You can also see the little green and red sliding lock mechanisms on it that will ensure you can lock cats in or out whenever you want!

A few key items worth noting about this model:

  • Perfect for your larger cats to get in and out of the house, the flap is 7-1/8" wide & 7-1/2" tall
  • Features a four way locking system: open, closed, in only and out only
  •  The flap is 100% transparent which has been proven to ease teaching your cat to use it
  • Opening and closing of the flap is nearly silent so it won't disturb you or scare your kitty
"I installed this thing in 30 minutes and I'm definitely not Tim the Tool Man Taylor (or Al Borland for that matter). The cats were using it by the end of the day without issue."

You'll want to consider the following if you don't have a cat that learns easily:

  • The magnet can sometimes be too strong and deter cats from figuring out how to open the door

​The ​Cathole Interior Grooming Door

the cathole cat door that has brushes built in to help groom your cat

If you don't like to brush your cat as consistently as you should and you can't stand vacuuming then you might want to consider the Cathole. This internal cat door was designed specifically to help cats groom themselves as they move between rooms!

It has brushes built right in that will pull away loose hairs as your kitty goes through it. Most cats love the feeling and will walk back and forth through the door just go get some grooming done!

There are some really great features worth calling out on this model:

  • ​Originally created to groom your cat and keep the litter box in a separate room
  • Do it yourself installation (step by step here) takes only about 30 minutes once the door is down
  • Helps separate your kids and dogs from the litter box while granting cats easy access
  • The brush is 100% removable in case your cat doesn't like it or you want to clean it
  • At about 8.5 inches high it'll easily accommodate larger cats (estimated to about 20 lbs)
"​I was originally concerned with a hollow interior door because I thought it would end up way too flimsy. I was wrong. This has worked extremely well across 3 different doors in the house!"

​It is important to note the following before making a purchase:

  • ​Some ​other owners have been frustrated with the durability of the brush

​The Kitty Pass Wall Passage

a cat passage specifically designed to go between rooms without doors

​Most cat ​doors that are designed for interior doors are not designed as complete circles or squares, they are instead designed in U shapes to make the installation easier and faster. 

But if you've got two rooms you want to connect that don't have a doorway then you actually want a complete circle or square! This ensures that there's no open dry wall or interior wall pieces that might scratch your kitty up.

The Kitty Pass is designed for ​just this situation! ​ So let's take a look at it in more detail:​​​​​​

  • ​The Kitty Pass has a smooth and wide opening to easily let your cat pass through walls
  • The pass itself is 7.5 inches in diameter and enables even larger cats to pass with ease
  • It comes completely finished in a semi gloss white, but you can easily paint it yourself
  • Designed to fits ​standard interior walls with 2 x 4 construction and 1/2 inch sheetrock (drywall)
"​We keep our litter box under the staircase and this made access way easier. We no longer have to keep the door open all the time for either our 9 or 14 pound cat."

​It is worth considering the following before you move forward with purchasing this option:

  • ​You may want to consider adding screws to the included 3M tape strips
  • Be sure to measure your well very accurately up front as the model is not extensible or collapsible, if your wall isn't a traditional size it will likely not fit

​Ideal Pets Cat Door for Windows

a window sash designed to let cats in and out

​If you've got a ​window you're trying to turn into a cat door then this Ideal Pets option is the perfect fit. It is specifically engineered to fit right into an existing window and provide your kitty an entrance and exit!

The most common use case I've seen for this type of cat door is to give your cats access to a catio or to a segmented off outdoor area just for the cats! But let's look into it in a bit more detail:

  • ​Easily fits into most aluminum sash style windows: 3 different sizes available
  • The flap size is huge at 7" x 10" meaning cats of all sizes can easily get through
  • Features a 4 way lock: In and Out, In Only, Out Only, Completely Locked
  • Excellent weather sealing and can stay installed all year around
  • Helps ​control litter tracking significantly by easily enabling you to put the litter box outside
"​I live in Florida and prefer to keep the litter box outdoors in our cordoned off catio area. ​The window to the area is raised up so this was the perfect fit and to let them in and out without leaving the window open 24/7."

​You'll definitely want to consider the following before making a purchase:

  • ​Window installations can be a bit more complicated and may require a bit of modification to get both the door and the housing to fit snugly in the window casing


Additional Information


​Cat Door Types

Exterior Door Cat doors

​This is the model type that most people are familiar with. When you hear cat door or cat flap you immediately think about the old rectangular version installed into the back door of the house that dogs and cats could go ahead and run right through.

The general use of these models hasn't really changed, they are intended to let your cat in and out of the house. But there are tons of new features and functions available that make it easier ​and safer for your household to install and use one of these exterior doors.

​Exterior cat doors are by far the most extensive when it comes to variety available. So in a bit more detail I'll break down the main kinds:

  • ​Traditional door: Designed to work on your traditional door. A standard door in your home (if you live in the USA) is usually about XYZ inches thick. Be sure to read each model carefully though as some may require a thinner or thicker door to accommodate a more complex device.
  • ​Sliding doors & Screens: ​If you've got a house that has a patio out back then you probably have a sliding door with a screen in it. This can be tough to install the most common forms of cat doors in because screen doors have very little support. There are a few models specifically designed to handle this be inserting a ​​​
  • ​Windows doors:​ I had never even heard of these until I started researching this article, but there are indeed cat doors designed specifically for installation within a window. This works a heck of a lot better than simply leaving a window open. The key consideration here is that installation is a heck of a lot more complex than in a door.​​​

Interior Door Cat Doors

​Interior cat doors are quite straight forward. They basically ​enable your cat to get between rooms in the house without actually opening the door. You can install these on pretty much any standard door and can be used for access to any room you would like in the house.

By far the most common use case I've seen for an interior cat door is to let a cat into a room that has the litter box. My family keeps the litter box in a closet and instead of keeping the door propped open we ​use an interior cat door.

Not only does it look nice, but it can keep the entrance away from the actual box to help minimize smell too! This is a great option if you're looking for a cat door for an interior garage door too! Let your cats get into the garage with ease.

Another common use case is to keep your cat's food bowls in another room and provide access to it without letting larger animals, like the family Golden Retriever, into the same room.

Interior Wall Passages

You may have seen a few of these floating around as well. If you're looking for a way to let your cat get between rooms or sections of the house that don't have an actual door then you could leverage one of these instead.  A great example comes from The Kitty Pass:

They install in mostly the same way as a traditional cat door, but the inside of the kit is designed to be a complete circle instead of a half circle like most cat doors are. This gives you full coverage for all parts of the wall once installed!

Some of these models also provide a "tunnel" that is a couple of inches long because a wall is traditionally much thicker than a door. This means there's a lot more space your cat will need to sneak through.


Cat Door ​Key Features

Size of Flap

Most cat doors out there come sized for an average cat somewhere in the area of 9-12 pounds.  There are of course doors like the Cat Mate Door for Large Cats that are designed specifically to accommodate cats that are quite a bit larger.

​But to be sure you're getting a door that ​your cat can use easily. Some interior doors, like the grooming door, are designed to be a tight squeeze and help pull hair off of your cat. In this case a smaller fit is on purpose. But for most doors you'll basically want to get a few measurements of your cat before purchase:

  • Width: Measure your kitty from side to side and add an inch for comfort (half an inch for each side)
  • Height: ​In this case you're not measuring your cat's overall height, you're instead measuring how tall your cat's torso is. Basically you want to measure from the bottom of the chest to the top of the shoulders. ​

​Depth

This is basically how thick the overall door and device are. You want to make sure that whatever door or wall you're planning to install your cat door in will be totally covered by it.

​Most doors are ​quite consistent in size so this shouldn't be too big of a concern, but if you're installing your cat door into a wall then you'll definitely want to do some measuring up front!

​It is worth noting that ​there are specific doors designed to handle extra thin applications as well. In the case of a screen door or a garage door for instance you might ​need one of these special thin doors that don't require a much larger casing.

Access Control

The cat doors and cat flaps of the past didn't really have any access control features. It was basically open to the world and anything or anyone small enough could slip on into the house.

These days there are several ​security features available on cat doors. You can get features that are as simply as a ​manual lock all the way up to microchip based security that will keep some pets inside and some pets outside. There are even features available that will let you only let a pet in if they happen to have snuck out through an open window or door.

Most ​security features work on ​the microchips you can get to identify your cat. ​If you're unfamiliar with microchips you can read more about them here.

how a microchip cat door works

But at a high level they are a simple RFID with a unique code that can be scanned at any time. These chips can be linked to the door as a key and the door can ​lock/unlock based on whether or not your cat is close to it.

Since each cat has a unique ​chip you can ​link only the chips you want to the door and restrict access. This will not only keep strange animals out, it can ensure that only the right animals get out the door in the first place.

Note that most doors with microchip security can handle upwards of 30 different microchips. Unless you're running a cat hotel you should be in good shape to cover even multiple cats.

Installation Complexity

If you're worried about installation complexity then you can always hire a professional, but most of these doors are relatively straight forward to install on your own if you have the right tools.

Read here for more info on installation and to see an example.

Shape

​There are a couple of different shapes for these doors, but mostly they fall into three categories:

Square
U-Shaped
​Cat Shaped

Door ​Color

​Purchasing a door that will match with your decor in your house may be an important factor for some people. Do note that the bulk of these doors only come in white plastic for the frame.

As for the door itself you'll generally want to choose something that is clear plastic when possible. Most cats can still be trained to use more opaque doors, but they prefer a door they can see through. No surprise, I like to see what is on the other side of the door before I open it as well!


​How to Install a Cat Door

Installing a traditional cat door in your interior or exterior door is a pretty straight forward process if you're relatively handy around the house and you have the right tools. Most people will be able to do it even if they aren't terribly handy so long as they have the tools.

The general process usually involves the following steps:

  1. Remove your door from the doorway (depends on the cat door)
  2. Attach the included template or the cat door itself to your actual door temporarily
  3. Trace the outline with a pencil
  4. Drill holes at each of the major corners
  5. Cut out the outline
  6. Insert the door into the cut out space
  7. Secure the inside to the outside

The primary tools you'll usually need are:

  1. A pencil or pen
  2. A jig saw
  3. A power drill with a traditional bit
  4. A hole saw bit for the power drill

To get an idea of what you might expect you can also watch this video from Sure Flap on how to install their door. Not every door will be identical, but this will give you a really good idea of what it would be like and what tools you might need:

If you're not handy or you simply don't have the tools necessary then you may want to simply ask an expert from a local business. There are tons of options out there these days, but some of the most common would be: to use Amazon Home Services, Angie's List & Yelp.

Amazon Home Services
Angie's List
angies list
Yelp
yelp

Each of these can connect you with licensed contractors or handy men that will get the job done easily.


​How Do I Keep Raccoons Out?

​If you're looking at exterior cat doors then you'll definitely want to consider how you keep wild animals (and other peoples' pets) out of your house!  

The good news as that most of these cat doors are engineered to ​stop raccoons from prying their way in so long as you actually lock the door. This means you'll need to remember to flip the lock before night time though!

One of the key exceptions to this is ​the SureFlap Microchip door. It has been identified as a model that raccoons currently have a relatively easy time prying open.

One other thing you'll need to be careful of with any microchip or magnet driven door is the idea of tailgating. Some raccoons have been reported as being smart enough to realize is they are speedy enough they can sneak in behind a cat after their chip unlocks the door.

These are of course rather daring raccoons and not too common, but you'll want to be mindful of it. If you're worried about raccoons you might want to install a ​security camera for cats to keep an eye on the space!


​Are They Weather Sealed?

​All of the cat doors designed for exterior doors (or windows) are engineered to maintain proper seals against the weather. This means they ​won't let rain or snow in and that they will also maintain a proper weather seal for hot and cold air.

​You should of course keep in mind that you are basically cutting a large hole in the door. ​This will ​cause additional in and out action from your pets and will let some ​hot and cold air in and out. This may drive up your heating and cooling costs to a limited extent, but the cost should be minimal.

Note that electronically driven cat doors will generally seal much more effectively than traditional cat flaps or models that lock with small magnets.  If you're looking to ensure the door stays firmly shut when not in use then you may want to open for an electronic option.


Wrap Up On The Best Cat Doors 2019

If you've got a cat that is both indoor and outdoor, or you're just looking to more easily let your kitty between rooms inside the house, then a cat flap or a cat door is an excellent idea.

They easily enable you to stop thinking about things like 'Did I leave that door open for Fluffy?' or 'Do I need to stay up and ensure that Captain Nemo gets back inside tonight?'  Cat doors make this all a no brainer, your cat can come and go as he or she pleases.

If you have any experience with cat doors or would like to share a product that has worked well for you in the past then please leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!

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65 thoughts on “The 11 Best Cat Doors of 2019 [In & Out Easy!]

  • December 28, 2018 at 9:03 pm
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    Outstanding! Very thorough review of so many options for cat doors. I never realized there were so many options, you really opened my eyes to so many ideas. I really love the cathole interior grooming door . I can see my cat going through that door many times per day just to get an amazing back scratch. The sliding screen door is a great option for me as well. Do you know if the screen door is good for colder/below 0 degrees type climates?

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    • December 28, 2018 at 10:35 pm
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      I wouldn’t recommend placing one of the screen door inserts in a doorwall that is in place in sub zero temperatures unless it is in a small room removed from the rest of the house. Although the door has an extra plastic slip to drop in place when it isn’t in use I think you’d still get a decent amount of air leakage that might run up your electrical bill.

      You’d probably want to consider one of the magnetic or microchip driven options instead for a more firm seal.

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  • December 28, 2018 at 9:03 pm
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    This review of the 11 best cat doors for 2019 comes at a particularly good time for me. I have two cats (brother and sister) who are constantly wanting to go out and of course get back in to the villa. Letting them out is a pain, and the scratching and loud meowing when they want to get back in is to say the least disturbing!

    Of the options you have reviewed, I like the SureFlap Microchip Door. The use of a microchip is handy and being able to limit the door to the two cats is ideal (there are other cats in the neighborhood that like to check out the digs once in a while). My cats have no microchip, so I would use the collar option.

    Inside the house, there are also a couple of areas where having the Kitty Pass Interior Cat Door would fit the bill for me. I do not allow the cats into some areas of the house (i.e. the kitchen), but other areas are okay for me. I do like to keep doors closed though, so that presents problems at times (same loud meowing from the two). I will have a look at this door, it looks cool and more inportantly, functional.

    The last one that is of interest is the PetSafe Aluminum Screendoor Panel door. Although it is a nice to have option, at the moment I can get by without it. There are times when it would come in handy though, as the two cats are more like dogs, they like to follow me outside (nosy cats). 

    Thanls for providing a good set of options for me and my cats, they will appreciate your effort (they may not be able to thank you though!). 

     

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    • December 28, 2018 at 10:33 pm
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      Glad you found this so helpful. It sounds like you’ve got a couple of great options to consider! Definitely let us know how each of them work out once you’ve got them installed and the fur balls are zooming through them on a daily basis!

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  • December 28, 2018 at 9:05 pm
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    Great site! Lots of real information that can be used today! The cat door reviews saved me a lot of time and money by narrowing down the shopping, The cat door with the micro chip is exactly what I need, I have Raccoons in my neighborhood and need a way to keep them from using the door. I go through Cat scratchers like crazy or I purchase ones they don’t like, thanks for the reviews! The tips on taking care of my cats nails was great but I don’t remember seeing any information on nail clippers, could you please recommend one? and thank for the tip on getting my cat to sleep when I do, I will have to use this soon as there are times when the little snot keeps me up all night!

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    • December 28, 2018 at 10:49 pm
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      Hi Dennis. Thanks for visiting my site and reading through so many articles. I wouldn’t recommend the SureFeed microchip feeder for raccoon control.  The design allows it to easily be pried open from the outside.

      You might need to consider a manually locking version instead to ensure that raccoons stay out of the house.

      As for nail clippers, my favorite are listed in this article here.

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  • December 28, 2018 at 9:05 pm
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    Oh my goodness this Kitty Pass Interior Cat Door is hilarious and awesome!  I have had friends cut holes in their doors just to accommodate their feline friends. 

    We currently have the sliding glass door insert type cat door.  Its not my caT but, he pretty much rules me!  My major problem with this style is cleaning it.  Since they lead with their heads and when they are bruiser outdoor cats it gets quite dirty.  

    I went to check…it is a pet safe door!  I do love the extra panel feature.  It keeps the bruiser inside while we are cleaning or nursing him from whatever trouble he got into.  

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    • December 29, 2018 at 8:22 pm
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      Do you mean you need to clean the door or clean up after your cat comes inside? Most of the doors are pretty easy to clean with some windex and a soft cloth or a paper towel.

      As for the floor, you might want to consider an automatic vacuum that could run once a day in the area where the door is. This would help minimize the tracking of dirt and grime!

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  • December 28, 2018 at 9:10 pm
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    Thanks for your informative article. It covers a nice range of doors.My family owns three cats and two are indoor/outdoor and one is only allowed inside. They would probably love some of the solutions you have presented! I know you have a top 3, but in your opinion, I’m wondering what you think is the best overall for us?

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    • December 29, 2018 at 8:19 pm
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      I would recommend you go with either a Microchip driven door or one of the ones that uses a magnetic key mechanism on your cat’s collar. This would ensure that your indoor only cat can’t sneak out easily. 

      You might still run into some tailgating issues from time to time if your indoor cat is really interested in the outdoors, but those are the best option for sure if you want a door.

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  • December 28, 2018 at 9:26 pm
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    Hello and thank you for this informative and thorough article. I’ve really had an amazing time reading it. At the moment I am moving to a home and I am going to give my cat a special door. She can be really hypher from time to time but most of the time is an angel.

    Since my cat is really big domestic cat, I think I am going to purchase Cat Mate extra large cat door. This will be perfect for big girl like her.

    I really appreciate the list and info you provided here. You are going on bookmarks.

    Strahinja.

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    • December 29, 2018 at 8:28 pm
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      Glad you found it handy and I hope your kitty cat likes the door!

      Let us know how it works out for you once you install it!

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  • December 28, 2018 at 9:34 pm
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    Thank you for sharing the best cat doors of 2019. You have provided lots of information for different cat door.

    We have 2 small cats and we always have to leave our doors open for them to get in and out. I would like to have the interior wall passages where the cats can easily move from one room to another.

    The Cathole Interior Grooming Door is another door that we will install for our cats for them to groom themselves :).

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    • December 29, 2018 at 8:27 pm
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      Sounds like you have quite the project planned for the house! Be sure to measure twice before making purchases and cutting holes in the walls and doors!

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  • January 20, 2019 at 5:41 pm
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    I had no idea that pet doors have become so technologically advanced.  Do any of the doors that go with sliding doors have the microchip sensor?  Also, are any of the doors that install on the sliders have big enough openings for a 20+ pound cat?  One of our cats is large and won’t fit through most cat doors.

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    • January 21, 2019 at 9:55 pm
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      Unfortunately I have yet to see a microchip driven door that can be installed on a sliding door. Maybe that’s a good recommendation for the sliding door companies, I’ll have to pass it along!

      Most of the sliders will be fine for a 20 pound cat because they are generally a heck of a lot larger than traditional cat doors.  I would say even a large Maine Coon wouldn’t have a problem with most of the sliding door models.

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  • January 20, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    Hey Craig, awesome post. First off, thanks so much for the information, I had no idea that there were cat doors for cats let alone used for cats that want to go between each room. How many cats do you have and do you have the same amount of cat doors to complement said cat number? I wish I knew about this product back when I was living with my mother but on a whole I love the information in the article and will definitely bookmark it for the future because this will come in handy after I move into my house and out of my apartment. Good job!

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    • January 21, 2019 at 9:52 pm
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      Yeah, your landlord probably wouldn’t be very excited if you decided to cut holes in the walls or the doors. Definitely will want to wait until you own your property before doing that ha!

      One door is plenty for pretty much any number of cats. In fact one door is probably better than multiple doors unless you have distinct needs to let some cats in specific areas and stop others.

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  • January 20, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    I’m totally amazed with these ideas! I know entrepreneurs are always on the go thinking new ways, new solutions, but it didn’t occur in my mind that these kind of ideas wherein pets are being valued so much to the point we’re making them conveniently go around in and out of the house with fun. Amazed!

    I was about to ask the question on safety because, here in our place, there are a lot of venomous snakes that we do not want going inside our house via those cat holes. But then, near the end of your post, you suggested about the brand that I should try to keep those unwanted guests out. Thank you, and I will check them out.

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    • January 21, 2019 at 10:09 pm
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      Wow, yeah, I had never really thought about snakes sneaking in through a cat door being a problem, but now that you mention it I’m going to go double check that my door is closed securely for the night!

      Several of the models here will definitely help keep pretty much any kind of animal out of the house. Best of luck with your selection and installation!

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  • January 20, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    Thanks for this. I really like the PetSafe one that fits on the sliding glass door. I can use it for my cat and dogs to go in and out as they please. Usually, I’m the doorman! :-p

    Thanks to this page, I have no more questions about what to buy. I just love your reviews; they’re thorough and even include videos. There’s no reason to compare anywhere else.

    You put a lot of time into this, and I appreciate it. I’m sure other cat loving shoppers do as well!

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    • January 21, 2019 at 10:07 pm
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      Glad you found this so helpful! And yes, most of the sliding door models are plenty large enough to easily handle dogs as well as cats. That is a significant perk with those options!

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  • January 27, 2019 at 10:40 pm
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    Hello Craig, firstly tis is a nice article you’ve written here. I actually have to leave my window open for my cat to go in and out. I never quite knew there were a variety of cat doors to choose from. I’ll be needing your recommendation because my door is metal, what cat door will you recommend that I can easily install myself?

    Thanks for writing 

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    • January 28, 2019 at 11:00 am
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      If you’re currently leaving your window open then you might want to simply use the window insert option from Ideal Pets (at the bottom of the article).

      This would be a good way to keep your cat using the same routine and it’ll save you from having to cut holes in a metal door. To be honest I’ve never had to install a cat door in a metal door before so I’d need to understand more about the door before providing any recommendation.

      Things you’d want to consider would be the width of the door as well as if you have the appropriate equipment to actually cut or drill into the door. I would assume the metal door is solid or has a different interior than solid metal, but you’d want to take that into account as well. Drilling through a solid metal door would be very difficult.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 10:45 pm
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    That is amazing, I cannot believe there is actually a microchip door that won’t open without the cat.  That is genius.  Sometimes I wonder if I will ever stop being amazed by new technology.  I mean, the door flaps are pretty small, but I love the idea that other animals can’t get through the door.  That’s wonderful.  

    I’m actually excited about the interior one also because we have our litter box in a closet and it would be nice to actually be able to close the door and have the cat go through the cat hole.  Perfect!

    Thanks for another great article!

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    • January 28, 2019 at 10:41 am
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      I absolutely love the indoor passages. We always used to have to leave a closet door open for our cats as we kepth the litter box in there. Now we just have a tiny little door over in the corner and the cats can come and go freely!

      Another great option is a piece of litter box furniture. If you don’t want to be drilling holes or cutting pieces of your door away these can be a great way to minimize tracking and hide the unsightly litter box.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 10:47 pm
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    What a great informative review. One of my girlfriends’ birthday is coming and she loves her cat, Maxwell. Maxwell likes to go potty in the backyard as well. I am sure if I get the Sureflap for her she will be so happy! Is it hard to install for a single lady? Also you mentioned that the raccoons can pry it open? Did that mean that they broke it and can get in the house from the flap?

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    • January 28, 2019 at 10:38 am
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      Maxwell sounds like a pretty sharp cat! My cats both use a litter box inside and I wouldn’t trust them to go outside, if anything I’d expect them to go for my potted plants indoors!

      The SureFlap has been noted to have some concerns in that it always stays unlocked for cats to get outside. This means that a racoon can pry it open if they get their claws inside of it and pull. Other enterprising raccoons have been known to actually follow a cat in through it when they run inside.

      Although this isn’t a problem for all owners, it is certainly worth considering.

      I’m sure any woman with the right tools can get this installed on their own! The toughest part will be getting the door off of the hinges if she wants to install it that way. Lifting doors can be really heavy on your own. I’d definitely recommend bringing a friend along for help.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 10:48 pm
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    If there is one thing I know it is the fact that cat loves easy passage in a home, they don’t like to be caged for any reason whatsoever.

    Getting the perfect door for them can be a little tricky, but with the help of this article getting the best door for my cat is guaranteed, I’ll be bookmarking this page in case new tips comes by. 

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    • January 28, 2019 at 10:35 am
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      You’re absolutely right. Cats love to have all of their freedoms! One of the things they hate the most is being locked out of a specific room. If you go in and close the door then they bang their head and scratch at it! It is quite interesting since as soon as they get inside they then realize nothing special is happening and they leave…Silly cats!

      Either way, glad you found this article helpful and I hope the door you choose works well!

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  • January 27, 2019 at 10:49 pm
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    thanks for these reviews. lately larry has been pawing at the door more and more wanting to go out back. we live in a rural area though so im afraid he wont come back if he goes out…

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    • January 29, 2019 at 10:28 am
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      I totally understand your concern! Letting your kitty out can be a bit of a scary proposition if you’re from the states where most people tend to keep their cats inside all the time. I’d recommend two key things:
      1) Make sure your cat is microchipped and ensure they are wearing a collar with tags.
      2) Consider a cat tracker in case you want to go looking for Larry if he doesn’t come home right away.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 10:50 pm
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    this for sure is very great product and it will ensure that a cat has free movements out of the house. my cat does not like restricted to one place at all and this enable my cat to physically fit too even though she is overweight. 

    Also it’s good to say they cat doors are electronic so no unwanted visitors but the most best part is you can allow more than one cat so all your cats are well taken care of.

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    • January 28, 2019 at 10:30 pm
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      Some of these doors are definitely really nice when it comes to letting in multiple cats while keeping out other cats in the neighborhood! Glad you found this helpful and I hope that your kitty loses some weight quickly! you should definitely ensure she gets plenty of play time each day!

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  • January 27, 2019 at 10:58 pm
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    After I read your article I recommended that my brother bought the SureFlap Microchip for his cat.

    He was having raccoon and opossum problems all the time before, after he bought this SureFlap Microchip cat door he hasn’t had that problem anymore.

    Thank you for sharing this great list of cat doors.

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    • January 28, 2019 at 10:32 am
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      The Microchip capability is certainly a huge plus and I’m glad to hear that worked so well for your brother!

      Some readers and owners have definitely mentioned issues with the SureFlap when it comes to really aggressive outdoor animals. They can often pry it open since it can’t be locked. It is nice to hear that other folks are having such great luck with it!

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  • January 27, 2019 at 11:07 pm
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    Thank you for sharing ¨The 11 Best Cat Doors of 2019 (in and out easy)¨. You mention ¨the Kitty Pass Interior Cat Door¨ in your article, but there´s a variation of the same door by the same company.The problem with litter boxes is that they can literally fill your home with a distinct smell that can only be described as unpleasant and while cat litters today come with odor-absorbing technologies it still isn´t enough to control the odor. With the Kitty Pass Interior Cat Door Hidden Litter Box Pet Door for Cats, you can now utilize a certain room in your house as your pet´s own rest room or toilette. Simply put its litter box inside and install the Kitty Pass on the door.

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    • January 28, 2019 at 10:24 pm
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      You’re absolutely right! There’s also the option to actually buy a separate piece of litter box furniture specifically for your cat’s litter box. Many people prefer this option as opposed to adding a cat door as it allows them to keep the litter box hidden in plain sight

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  • March 24, 2019 at 9:24 am
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    Tons of value to be found on this post on the 3 best car doors
    This is a great and simple to follow guide. This guide will be very useful for me because i am a cat lover. 

    My cat goes out side late in the evening and then comes really late home and scratches to go inside.

    what door can help fix this?

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    • March 26, 2019 at 10:31 pm
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      I would recommend any of the doors with the four way locking system.  This means once your kitty goes out you can easily flip the locking system so they can only come back in but can’t go out again.

      Another option would be the SureFlap door which would let them come in and out and pretty much any time based on their microchip.

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  • March 24, 2019 at 9:27 am
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    I absolutely love what I read in this insightful article because it is full of great information. This is fascinating and interesting to me.I have been planning on getting a cat door for my two cats but ​The SureFlap Microchip Flap is amazing for my cats. I love it’s colour, shape and all the features. How is the temperature for the cat using sure flap microchip flap? Thanks for the review. Best regards 

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    • March 26, 2019 at 10:39 pm
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      I’m not sure I understand your question regarding the temperature.

      Are you asking if it will work in different seasons, for example winter?

      Most of the doors don’t require any mechanical or moving parts so they should operate in any weather.

      The SureFlap door will operate in the cold weather yes, but it cold weather does tend to decrease battery life. Given this you’ll need to keep an eye on the batteries to ensure your kitty doesn’t get locked out if the batteries die!

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  • March 24, 2019 at 9:27 am
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    Great article and new more information about cats and doors, my boyfriend has a cat and I will ask him to come over and watch the video, I loved the Kitty Pass interior looks clean and the Cats just slides in, how fast do they install and can you order for Italy, I am in Italy and so is my boyfriend, who has to fit the door?

    I love Small dogs but I have enjoyed learning about Cats so I can have something new to talk about with my boyfriend since he loves Cats.

    Great article.

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    • March 26, 2019 at 10:38 pm
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      I’m not certain if these are available in Italy, that’s a great question. My guess is you’d have to check on the Amazon site for Italy. Unfortunately I don’t speak any Italian so I’m not much help.

      But, if you click the link for the door you’re interested in it should directly take you to the Amazon site for your country of origin! So try clicking the links and see if any of the doors are available on the Amazon Italy site!

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  • March 24, 2019 at 9:34 am
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    Hi, cats can be dramatic and stubborn and will persistently keep scratching and meowing till they get what they want. The cat doors are great, I particularly love the Cat Mate extra large cat door, I have often fancied getting something of this nature for our big older cat. What got me tripping is its four way locking system.

    You practically gave a detailed explanation on the process of cat door installation, making it less complicated to carry out.

    Thanks for your informative article.

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    • March 26, 2019 at 10:06 pm
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      Glad you found this helpful!

      If you’re having any issues with your kitty scratching I’d suggest you look into my post on the best sisal scratching posts. Most cats don’t scratch just to be destructive, it is part of their nature to scratch to shed the sheathes on their nails.

      A good scratching post in the right place can help alleviate a lot of bad scratching behavior.

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  • March 24, 2019 at 9:34 am
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    Thanks for this article on best cat doors out there.

    your article not only gave us a list of awesome cat doors out there but it also gave us a list of the things to consider when choosing a door for our cats.

    This choices with a video demo are awesome, thanks, so many good choices to pick

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  • March 24, 2019 at 9:35 am
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    Nice review on 11 best cat doors .i know both new and old cat keepers is going to find this review helpful in choosing the right doors for there rooms. I have a very bad experience with the first cat I kept due to the fact that he use his paws to pile out most of my door paint.i later have to change most of doors to cat doors.i live cats I must admit it, right now I have 3 of them at home.all the doors that is review in this article are nice doors especially The Kitty Pass Interior Cat Door

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    • March 26, 2019 at 10:36 pm
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      Interior doors are really helpful! We’ve found them extremely useful for our closets. We keep our litter box in the closet and the interior door makes a great way to easily let your cat in and out of your closet while minimize any air travel from the closet out into the main room. Great for scent control from a stinky litter box!

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  • March 24, 2019 at 9:42 am
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    This is a wonderful review of the cat doors. I really do appreciate you for this information about the different products of doors for cat  that has been posted.  I never knew that there are so many options to choose from. And it has even gotten me confused.of the one to recommend for cuttie. Cuttie likes going out and most times you see are in the company of her friends. Which will you recommend for her… Please I need your help on this 

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    • March 26, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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      My favorite door is by far the SureFlap Microchip door if you want to let your cat go out and visit her friends, but you want to make sure her friends don’t come back into the house with her.

      The microchip will ensure only she can get in and out (or any other approved friends!)

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  • March 24, 2019 at 9:46 am
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    I am happy that I came across this article as I now have a better option for my pet. This is very good for cats that reallyove to play in their pet house. I will love to ask if this doors are suitable for any type of pet house or is it for selected types? I would really love to know because I am very interested

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    • March 26, 2019 at 10:18 pm
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      The doors here are specifically designed for cats, but they’d probably accommodate a small dog as well.

      Any other pets and I’m not sure how well they would work. I think even for a small dog you might need to make adjustments in how you install the doors to ensure they are a bit lower to the ground.

      You’d also want to avoid the window based version for dogs as their jumping skills aren’t really on the same level as that of a cat.

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  • March 24, 2019 at 9:56 am
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    This is a unique and very timely information for me,my cat has become a headache to me every night they will always come  and be banging on the door so that I can come and open the door for them ,am now tired I have being looking for means of getting it before now,that is the more reason why I have to get the surflap micro-chip doors
    for them now,but I hope it is not costly?.

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    • March 26, 2019 at 10:16 pm
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      The prices change on a daily basis for products like this so you’ll have to actually jump over to Amazon or check out SureFlap’s website to view the current price.

      There are lots of different doors at varying price levels though. If the SureFlap option is too expensive you can check out any of the less technologically advanced versions for a more affordable option.

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  • March 24, 2019 at 10:01 am
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    Pet doors have come a long way in recent years, and your exceptionally comprehensive review of the 11 best cat doors of 2019 covers all the advantages advanced technology offers in solving access issues for our cats. I struggled for years with a pet door that was just a little too attractive to neighborhood raccoons, and I think I spent so much time keeping it closed off to keep unwanted critters out that it was nearly pointless to have (I had a full length panel that fit on the sliders of my glass patio door that had a metal cover that would slide over the flap). 

    Honestly, the microchip-activated pet doors are absolutely ingenious, and I totally recommend one to anyone who doesn’t like unwanted furry guests in the house…or who doesn’t want an indoor cat or the pup following another cat outside. 

    I’m guessing, though, that most of these doors would also work well to allow a small dog outside access if that’s what you wanted, correct? Because, if I’m honest here, I have to admit I’m one of those isn’t a cat person or a dog person but a cat-dog person…haha. And we all know that the more pets one has, the more annoying it is to have to open and close a door any time one of them wants in or out (because, of course, they never want that at the SAME time!) 

    Pet doors truly solve a lot of issues…and the interior pet doors make all kinds of “kitty litter hiding” options available that might not otherwise exist. I especially love the “grooming door” too. I know a few cats who might squabble over pass-through time with that one! haha (Hmmm….might need a few of those, actually!)

    Thanks, Craig, for breaking everything down so thoroughly, including pointing out any special considerations. Your review makes it easy for anyone to choose the best cat door for their particular needs quickly and easily.

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    • March 25, 2019 at 8:41 am
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      You are absolutely right. They’ll definitely work for a small dog as well.  Dogs tend to have the same type of microchips that cats do these days.

      So long as your dog is the right size (not a Great Dane or something!) then I’m sure they’ll manage to fit right through the door without issue.

      I do imagine though that for some of the doors you’d probably want to install them a bit differently for a dog than for a cat. You’d probably aim toward a bit lower part of the door than you would for a traditional house cat.

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  • March 24, 2019 at 11:08 am
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    Wow! this is a wonderful product for the pet. The Cathole Interior Grooming Door is very helpful for themselves as they move between rooms. Features of Cat Mate Extra Large Cat Door are useful for large Cat. The videos in the article were very educational. These videos are easier to understand for the concept. I Will shear this informative article with my pet lover friends. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post.

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    • March 26, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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      Glad you found it helpful and thanks for sharing the article with your friends and family! Thank you for reading!

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  • March 25, 2019 at 2:53 am
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    Hi Craig,
    This is a great informative and educative product review about the best cat door. We have two pet cats in our family. Sometimes it was a very critical situation to go out and to go in for those cats. Your post is really very helpful for installing cat doors. I am going to discuss and share this helpful post with my family. I believe that they will be happy to read this article. Personally, I like the ideal pet cat door for the window. I think that it will be safe for our house. I am planning to purchase one of those. Thanks for writing this important review.

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    • March 26, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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      Glad you found this helpful. The window based options are great for cats that are young enough to still have great jumping skills! They really help keep other potential animals out of the house without requiring complex locking mechanisms or a microchip.

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  • March 27, 2019 at 3:10 am
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    If you’ve grown annoyed of having to let your cat out when it wants to, then you should think about getting a cat door. Most of these kitty flaps – chances are you’ve seen one – are merely plastic flaps; they can be weighed down so they won’t flap to the wind, or be held in place with magnets.

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    • March 30, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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      The bulk of the doors I’ve mentioned here don’t require any weighting or customization. Perhaps what you’re referring to are the more traditional cat doors that were common about a decade ago. On the bright side things have advanced extensively since then!

      Most of them will automatically close based on design. Then you can either lock them or a magnet or a microchip will release the locking mechanism to let a cat in or out.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 11:17 am
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    I’d like to get a cat door. My cat is always meowing at the back door. Your information on what makes a cat door high-quality is very helpful.

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