Are you thinking about installing a pet door? Is your cat or dog becoming a nuisance with their constant change of mind, inside, then outside?
If you’re thinking about investing in a pet door for your home then it’s important you select a choice that will best suit your property and animal. Although most people like to think it’s a simple process that’s not always the case.
With the modern technological advances you’ll be surprised to find there are lot of different pet doors available, and if you want to invest in one that’s durable, it’s worth investigating a little deeper.
Pet Type and Door Size:
Unfortunately you can’t simply buy a pet door off the shelf without consideration to the type of animal you have, and the size of the pet door. If you’re buying one that’s to be used by more than one animal then you need to ensure that its both long enough in height, as well as wide enough in terms of width. However you’ll need to weigh up the possibility that your smaller pet may not be able to use the same door as the larger one, so just make sure you measure up everything correctly.
Fortunately there are many sizes created in pet doors, and also unique cat or dog types, you should be able to find one off the shelf that will be suitable in size. However if you’re thinking of getting a pet door custom made then make sure you measure accurately.
When you’re looking for a round price for pet door you’re not really in luck, as there is quite an extensive range available. Depending on the brand you choose to select or look at, you’ll find there is differing prices attached, sometimes quite different. If you’re looking at a basic manual pet door then you’re going to be looking at more affordable, lower figures. However not everyone will like the functioning of the manual pet door, which will leave you to go into a new price range.
Cheaper prices can be in the 50-100 dollar range, while the price creeps up for more high tech pet doors. If you’re happy with the basic manual pet door then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t pay lower prices. In terms of brand differences, that’s something that you’ll have to further investigate. People will usually have their own ideas on price and brand variations.
Firstly you need to consider what type of door you’re planning on attaching your pet flap to, as there are different makes depending on the type of door.
- Glass Doors
- Wooden Doors
- Security Doords
Furthermore there are a few different material types that your pet door will come in:
- Light Metal
You’ll find that some pet doors will have a magnet type flap which prevents the flap from staying open or getting caught, instead the magnet forces it to correct itself to the middle again. As the magnet is quite strong it will be securely closed.
Commonly pet doors will be manual, meaning the animal pushes it open with their body, however you can also find automatic pet doors. Your automatic pet door is opened with an electronic signal, which is matched to the collar. Due to cost most people will choose the manual pet door, however the automatic allows for better security, preventing other animals from entering your home.
As you can see there are many things to consider when choosing a pet door, not too mention the act of installation, which in itself can be a bit tricky (some people need to organise a professional to install one). Make sure you look all over the internet for advice, and call up pet warehouses for more clues on what door you should select.
You need to ensure you pick a door that won’t cause harm to your animal, be annoying to your family, or be too difficult to install onto your current backyard door. Don’t hesitate to call an expert to install your pet door if it will save ruining your home with wrong measurements. If installed correctly a pet door is well worth the investment for your busy four legged friend.