Pet Doors

Written by Sarah Provost
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Pet doors make life a whole lot easier for those of us who own vagabond pets. No more getting up in the middle of the night to let the dog out, then in, then out and in again. No more cats hanging frantically off the screen door. Though the best of them can be a bit on the pricey side, pet doors are well worth it. Think of it as investing in your sanity.

Pet Doors Can Be Installed Almost Anywhere

With the exception of tempered glass, which can't be cut without shattering, almost any door, wall or window will accept a pet door. There is a huge variety of pet doors designed for the most common installation, in a wall or wooden door. But doors can also be installed in screening, sliding doors, and sliding or sash windows. A door installed in screening is recommended only for small to average-sized cats and small, non-hyper dogs.

There are a couple of advantages to using a pet door with a sliding glass door, especially for renters. There's no need to cut into your wall or door, which owners tend to frown on, and when you move, you can simply take it with you. These are panels that attach to the frame of the slider, leaving an appropriately sized opening at the bottom for your pet.

Many cats, and some small dogs, prefer to go in and out the window. Sliding windows use the same installation as sliding doors. Sash or double-hung windows use an insert that attaches to the frame and fills in the non-operational space. Whatever kind of pet door you decide on, check to be sure it has adequate weather-proofing for your climate, that operation is quiet, and most importantly, that it can be securely locked and can not be removed from the outside.

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