Cat Flap Fitter Banbury Oxfordshire (OX15 and OX16): To provide your cat with the independence that it needs to live a happy life, you could fit a cat flap to an outside door or wall in your Banbury home. When kept indoors, cats just like humans, will get irritated and grumpy. Allowing your furry friend access to the outside world by means of a cat flap can also help keep them physically and mentally fit. However, what sort of cat flap is the best solution for your situation?
A cat flap at its most fundamental is merely that. A hole in a door with a flexible bit of material fixed over it, to keep the weather out, but let the cat pass through it. The majority of Banbury cat owners would doubtless prefer something a bit more secure and weatherproof for an outside door to their home, although this could be acceptable for a shed or outhouse door.
Since this solution permits other animals or cats to enter your home, it's not at all recommended, though it can be improved on to some extent by keeping the flap in place with the addition of a magnetic strip.
Stepping up from a basic magnetic strip are magnetically controlled, infra-red or RF chip variations of cat flap. This requires your cat to wear a collar that has either a magnet, IR or RF chip encased in it. No animal is going to be able to access or leave your house unless it's fitted with this special collar. The point that any other moggy in the neighbourhood that's got a similar model of collar will be able to gain access to your home, is the downside with this type of cat flap. Even these cat flaps can be upgraded to some extent with an RF cat flap/collar system having an owner programmed unique identifier.
Fitting a cat flap that can identify your pet's microchip, is the next step-up in access devices for felines in Banbury. The number of your cat's microchip is entered into the cat flap's memory (multiple entries can be made if you have more than one pet). The flap will be unlocked whenever your cat is in the vicinity, only permitting entry or exit to pets that have a micro-chip.
When you are buying a cat flap, you must make sure that it's of a type that can be locked into position. For added flexibility, most cat flaps have a four way locking mechanism these days. This allows your cat flap to permit access into your home only, be locked fully, enable only exit from your home, or have 2-way exit and entrance capability. This will give you options for all times of night and day, to have control over precisely how your cat flap works. The ability to carry out different functions according to the time of day, and in line with yours and your pet's needs is also a possibility with some of the high end models of cat flap.
Fitting a cat flap on your own can be fairly simple if you've got a solid timber door, and reasonable do-it-yourself capabilities. Although, if it needs to be fitted in a double glazed window panel or in a reinforced PVC door, you should under no circumstances even attempt to tackle it on your own. These types of fixtures require a professional installation by a trustworthy cat flap installer or odd job man with the appropriate skills and equipment.
INSTALLING CAT FLAPS IN BANBURY
Double Glazing Installations - If your cat flap needs to be mounted on a double glazing panel, and your appointed "tradesman" endeavours to drill a hole in it, stop the job right away and give them their walking orders. New cat flaps cannot be installed into pre-existing double glazed doors or window panels. Any type of double glazed unit will be ruined by drilling a hole in it, and will diminish its strength, insulating properties and security. The truth is, it renders the glazing unsafe and it should never be attempted.
A professional cat flap fitter will measure up the existing double glazed unit and have a local Banbury glazing firm make a new purpose made one. This new panel will arrive with a hole cut out as part of its construction where the cat flap can be fitted. This is basically the only way to fit a cat flap into a pre-existing double glazed or patio door, even though it can take a week or more to produce. Once you have received your new glass pane, the old unit can be removed and the new panel fitted. It will now be possible to install your cat flap.
Exterior Wooden Doors - Wooden doors are, as I already mentioned, the easiest alternatives for cat flap installation in Banbury. If you're a bit nervous about making a hole in your front or back door, you may be better off bringing in a professional carpenter or cat flap fitter instead. An undertaking like this is fairly inexpensive and will provide you with the assurance of knowing that your pet can enjoy an expertly fitted flap.
uPVC Door Panels - Cat flaps can be fitted into uPVC doors in many instances. It pays to know the internal construction, since some door panels are lined with steel for further security. The easiest type of cat flap installation is in doors with a single panel, subsequently if you have a uPVC door with vertical slatted panels, it might be cheaper and easier overall to replace the slatted panel with a one piece panel.
Wall Installation - It is also possible to have a cat flap mounted into an outside wall of your property in Banbury, if you do not wish to cut chunks out of your doors, for security or aesthetic reasons. Calling for far more equipment and skill, a wall cat flap installation is definitely best left to a professional, if it is to be accomplished correctly. Nearly all wall cat flap installations are a basic straight tunnelled style, however right angle access through a pillar is also an option. A square shaped hole will need to be cut through your chosen wall, into which is inserted a metal or plastic, square open ended tube. A cat flap of your choice can then be attached at both ends to allow your cat to come in and out as it pleases.
Replacing an Existing Cat Flap in Banbury - If you've already got a cat flat, but it's either broken or not functioning properly, the existing hole in your door, window or wall can be fitted with a replacement providing the new cat flap is of an equivalent size. You local cat flap fitter should be able to remove the unwanted cat flap, without harming the surrounding wall, door or window, and fit a new flap for your cat.
If the substitute cat flap is being mounted into a pre-cut hole in double glazing, you must ensure that the existing glass has been manufactured, cut and installed correctly. If it's discovered that the previous installation was a bodge job, the panel must be removed and replaced to avoid any security and safety issues with the new flap.
FINDING A CAT FLAP INSTALLER IN BANBURY
Whether you'd like your cat flap mounted on a window, wall or door, you'll find that there are handymen, professional cat flap fitters and even glazing suppliers in the Banbury area who will be glad to oblige. There are various ways to track down a trustworthy cat flap fitter, and few compare with the option of asking for recommendations from family and friends. If they're willing to recommend an individual who they have used themselves, you can guarantee that you will be happy too.
Where personal recommendations are not possible, get two or three quotations from local Banbury cat flap fitters or handymen. Study these carefully and don't always opt for the cheapest quote, as this won't necessarily be the best one. Enquire about any guarantees or warranties they may give for their workmanship and make certain you have it written down in black and white, in case something should go amiss.
If you take your time and pick a reliable Banbury cat flap specialist you will be repaid with a top quality product, that's installed professionally, and will serve you and your furry friend for years and years. And at the end of the day - quality is key.
Cat flaps can be fitted in Banbury and also nearby in: Kings Sutton, Warkworth, Overthorpe, Bodicote, Great Bourton, Hanwell, North Newington, Twyford, Balscote, Drayton, Neithrop, Grimsbury, Broughton, Easington, Bloxham, Chacombe, as well as in these postcodes OX16 0EL, OX16 0PX, OX16 0BQ, OX16 0LS, OX16 0NE, OX16 0JZ, OX16 0NB, OX16 0JD, OX16 0FH, OX16 0JN. Locally based Banbury cat flap fitters will most likely have the phone code 01295 and the postcode OX15 and OX16.
Banbury Cat Flap Installation Tasks
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Oxfordshire Cat Flap Enquiries
Current Oxfordshire cat flap installation enquiries: Elina Hodge and Damien Hodge recently asked for an estimate for installing a 2-way cat flap in a wooden door in a semi-detached house in Finstock. Noor Sanchez and Jonah Sanchez recently enquired about getting a price for installing a Petsafe cat flap in a glass back door in a bungalow in Kirtlington, Oxfordshire. Caitlyn Llewellyn recently requested a quotation for installing a Catmate cat flap in a patio front door in a semi-detached house in Aston Rowant. Kody and Zoya Smith recently asked for an estimate for installing a Sureflap cat flap in a hardwood back door in Blewbury. Lloyd English recently asked for a quotation for installing a manual locking cat flap in a patio back door in a bungalow in Rotherfield Peppard, Oxfordshire. Adyan Montgomery recently enquired about installing a manual locking cat flap in a hardwood back door in a detached house in Kennington. Lydia Curran and Tom Curran recently enquired about the possibility of installing a Sureflap cat flap in a glass door in a terraced house in Eynsham, Oxfordshire. Aimee and Tony Mcpherson recently enquired about getting a price for installing a microchip cat flap in a hardwood back door in Uffington, Oxfordshire.
Cat Flap Fitters Near Banbury
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Cat Flap Installation Around Banbury
Folks living in the following roads have just recently inquired about cat flap installation services - Talbot Close, Salmon Close, Crouch Street, Chatsworth Drive, Cotswold Close, Austin Road, Tulbrook Stones, Twyford Mill, Bramber Close, Samuelson Court, The Row, Dashwood Road, Colegrave Road, Barley Hill, Charlton Road, The Ridgeway, Brick Row, The Holt, Sibford Road, Deacon Way, Calthorpe Road, Briggs Close, Braithwaite Close, Stone Hill, Thenford Road, Canterbury Close, Archery Road, Barlow Close, Christchurch Court, Creampot Crescent, as well as the following Banbury area postcodes: OX16 0EL, OX16 0PX, OX16 0BQ, OX16 0LS, OX16 0NE, OX16 0JZ, OX16 0NB, OX16 0JD, OX16 0FH, OX16 0JN.
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