Cat door plans anyone?

Hey there,
A female "friend" of mine wants me to make her a cat door and it would be great if I could impress her and do it... Anyone have a plan for something like this or know where I can find one? What we don't do for these women........
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"Rick's Cabinet Shop" wrote

both my personal experience and hearing stories from others, you may regret this decision.
See, cats are predators. They also like to hunt at night. And since they think of their human friends as part of the family, they will bring the kill home to feed and share with the family. I have heard horror stories of multiple dead rodent bodies laying around the house when the humans got up in the morning.
I won't bother with the gory details of what I have seen or heard about. I will let your imagination do the rest. I have had to install and tear out cat doors. And it is always lots of fun to repair the door with the big hole in it.
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That's true although said gifts may not, in fact, be completely dead. So you may have a live one running around the house, pursued by a very excited cat.
The "kill" is not limited to rodents either. Cats will also bring home small birds. Actually sometimes they're not that small either. My cat was unable to force a half-dead seagull through the cat flap, but he did make a very commendable effort!
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Make it one way going out.
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Sounds to me like the issue is neither cats nor doors but sex. Personally I'd try liquor and/or flowers before I went to the trouble of making her a cat door.
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I'm going to work that angle too, believe me..
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Why don't you just give her a key?
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The other problem is that of neighborhood cats and chipmunks etc. finding the best little chow hall in Town. They actually sell a radio controlled cat/dog door which is activated by a thing on the pet's collar. Dave
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Cats are territorial--your cats unless they are major wimps should take care of keeping the neighborhood cats out of their territory. With cats in residence chipmunks should not be an issue.
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You know, you are right about the chipmunks, but, I will never forget the commotion at my house the night that an adult raccoon managed to squeeze in through the cat door. I should add, that this cat door was in the door to the basement stairs. From the basement, the cats (and raccoon) must go to _another_ cat door, set in the basement exterior door, to actually reach the outdoors. We have a 45 lb dog that sleeps in the basement and she was there at the time. (She did alert us to the raccoon's presence, but chose to not physically intervene... I am confident that had it been an adult human, she would have prevented prevented the entry quite willingly)
Did you know that an adult raccoon, when being chased by an adult male with a broom, can climb ub a window frame, sink it's paws and claws into a textured ceiling, and actually _walk_upside_down_ across said ceiling, to a point roughly in the middle of the room where the plaster bond is no longer strong enough to support it's weight? And that when the raccoon falls 10 feet to the floor while still clutching about 4 square feet of plaster, it will be apparently unharmed? And that it will then be so angry it will _charge_ at the aforesaid adult male, who will be so startled and frightened that he then jumps up in the air and cannot get out ot the way of the raccoon fast enough? (In retrospect and in fairness to myself I msut say that I'm sure the raccoon was just as startled as I was. Or maybe not.)
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Sun, Oct 29, 2006, 3:21pm (EST-1) snipped-for-privacy@fellspt.charm.net doth shriek: <snip> Did you know that an adult raccoon, when being chased by an adult male with a broom, <snip>
Hmmm, you must be a city boy. I wouldn't even "dream" about chasing a racoon around a room with just a broom. I take it the racoon let you get away.
JOAT If it can't kill you, it ain't a sport.
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On Sun, 29 Oct 2006 17:29:51 -0500, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (J T) wrote:

He needs to see "Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle"! <G>
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On Sun, 29 Oct 2006 15:21:27 -0600, lwasserm wrote:

You wouldn't have had that problem if you had installed a bug-zapper as part of the door.
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snipped-for-privacy@fellspt.charm.net wrote:

My girl friend never had raccon come through the cat door but one evening a possum walked out from behind the couch.
Did you know that an adult woman can jump up and stand on a chair? Not on the _seat_ of the chair, but on top of the back of the chair. Since it was a lazy boy chair, this had amusing consequences.
As to bringing presents, well, after I starte to feed the barn cat next door I began finding presents on the doorstep when I came home at night.
My cat used to catch crickets and spiders and drop them on my pillow, still alive, in the middle of the night.
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Rick's Cabinet Shop wrote:

maybe a foot wide and as tall as the door. It fits in the slots that the door uses and is built the same way. To install, fit the top of the cat door into the top slot, lift, move the bottom into the lower slot and lower the cat door. Push the cat door into the vertical slot and move the slider up snug. If you need to lock the slider, use a blunt stick. The Borgs sell clear plastic flappers that you install in a hole near the bottom of the cat door. Our cats seem to like these better than the homemade wooden kind.
We remove the cat door at night (cats inside) and reinstall in the morning. We don't have a problem with varmints coming inside except when the cats carry them in. In that case put on a pair of canvas gloves and join in the chase.
    mahalo,     jo4hn (who has caught three live mice and a few more dead ones)
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You must be kitten.
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