Cat Flap Fitter Bideford Devon (EX39): Installing a cat flap to an external door or wall in your Bideford house provides your cat with the freedom and independence that it needs to live a happy life. Cats that are kept indoors, as with humans, can show signs of frustration. Giving your cat easy access to world outside via a cat flap can also help to keep them physically and mentally fit. But, what form of cat flap is most suitable in your case?
The most rudimentry form of cat flap is essentially that. A bit of bendable material hung over a hole in a doorway to enable a cat to pass through it, but keep the elements out. Naturally, this is very basic, and will not be good enough for most Bideford cat owners, who would doubtless prefer something a tad more weatherproof and secure for an exterior door to their home, although it might be acceptable for a shed door or garden fence panel.
This basic design can be marginally improved on with magnetic strips to keep the flap in position, but it's still a long way from being perfect as it enables other animals or cats to enter into your home.
A step up from the magnetic strip version are RF chip or infra-red, magnetically controlled cat flaps. With this kind of cat flap, your cat will need to wear a collar fitted with a magnet, RF or IR chip. What this means is that any animal that doesn't have a special collar cannot leave or access your property. The fact that any other moggy in the Bideford area that has a similar model of collar might be able to access your house, is the drawback with this type of cat flap. Even these cat flaps can be improved to a certain degree with an RF cat flap and collar system providing an owner programmed unique identifier.
A cat flap which is can be recognised by your pet's own micro-chip, is the next level in feline entry security. You need to enter the unique number of your cat's microchip into the memory the cat flap (which is powered by batteries), and if you have several cats it will allow multiple entries. Entry and exit can only be achieved by micro-chipped animals, and the flap is unfastened when you cat is nearby.
No matter what cat flap you buy, it must have the ability to be locked in position. Most cat flaps sold currently feature a 4-way locking system. This makes it possible for your cat flap to permit only access into your premises, enable only exit from your home, be fully locked, or have two-way exit and entrance capability. This provides total control over the functioning of your cat flap both during the day and throughout the night. A few more expensive devices can be programmed to carry out specific functions in accordance with the time of day, in keeping with yours and your pet's requirements.
Fitting a cat flap on your own can be fairly easy if you've got a solid timber door on your Bideford property, and decent do-it-yourself skills. Not in any circumstances should you attempt to install a cat flap in a double glazed window or in a reinforced PVC door. This sort of installation calls for the attention of a professional, and there are specialist cat flap installers and talented handymen who will be happy to accept such a task.
INSTALLING CAT FLAPS IN BIDEFORD
Double Glazing Installations - If your new cat flap has to be installed in a double glazed panel, and your chosen "tradesman" attempts to drill a hole in it, stop the work straight away and give them their marching orders. A new cat flap can't be fitted into an existing double glazing window pane or door panel. Cutting into any sort of double glazing will damage its security and strength, together with its insulation attributes. It should under no circumstances be attempted and renders your double glazing unsound.
A dependable Bideford cat flap installer will carefully measure up your current unit and order a tailor-made one from a local glazing company. To ensure that the cat flap can be perfectly fitted into it, this new double glazing unit will arrive with a hole pre-cut as an integral part of its structure. This may take two weeks or so to manufacture, however it's the only way to install a cat flap in an existing patio or double glazed door. Once you've acquired your new adapted glass pane, the old unit can be taken out and the new one fitted. It's now possible to fit the cat flap.
External Wooden Doors - As stated earlier, wood door panels are the simplest alternative when it comes to installing a new cat flap on your home in Bideford. It's often better to hire the services of an experienced cat flap fitter or carpenter, if you are at all hesitant about creating a big hole in your front door. This sort of task will not be too expensive and is worth doing correctly, if having your cat flap installed by a professional provides you with that added reassurance.
uPVC Door Panels - uPVC doors can be suitable for installing a cat flap. Nonetheless, some uPVC doors are lined with steel for further security, which could cause problems. The easiest kind of cat flap installation is in doors with one single panel, therefore if you have a uPVC door with vertical slatted panels, it might be easier and cheaper in the long run to exchange the slatted pane for a one piece panel.
Wall Installation - If, for security or aesthetic reasons, you don't wish to have a hole cut into one of your doors, you could always decide to install the cat flap into an exterior wall of your property in Bideford. This sort of installation is definitely best left to a professional, because it requires much more equipment and skill to accomplish. You can choose a straight-through tunnel design, or perhaps a right angle version which permits access through a pillar. With this type of installation a metal or plastic, square open ended tube is inserted into a square hole made into your selected wall. Both ends of the hole are then installed with a cat flap so your furry friend can exit and enter your home whenever it desires.
Replacing an Existing Cat Flap in Bideford - If your wall, door or window is already fitted with a cat flap, but it has stopped working effectively, or is damaged, it is entirely possible to mount a replacement over the current cavity. A reliable cat flap installer in Bideford will be capable of removing the old,unwanted cat flap, and mount a brand new one in its place without harming the surrounding wall, door or window.
If the substitute cat flap is being installed into a pre-cut hole in double glazing, you must double check that the existing glass has been manufactured and installed correctly. If it's found this isn't the case, and a botch was made of the original installation, the glass will have to be taken out and replaced to avoid any safety and security problems.
FINDING A CAT FLAP INSTALLER IN BIDEFORD
In and around Bideford there are a number of specialist cat flap fitters, handyman contractors and even double glazing firms who provide cat flap fitting services for doors, windows or walls. There are a variety of ways of tracking down a good cat flap fitter, and few compare with the option of asking friends and family. You can be certain that if they have been happy to recommend someone who's completed work for them, you will have a similar experience.
Where a personal recommendation isn't feasible, get at least 3 estimates from local Bideford tradesmen. Study these carefully and don't always choose the cheapest quote, since this won't necessarily be the best one. See if you can get written warranties or guarantees for the standard of their workmanship, so that if things do happen to go wrong you've got some recourse for compensation.
If you take care and choose a reliable Bideford cat flap specialist you'll be repaid with a high quality product, that's installed professionally, and will give good service to you and your pet for years to come. And after all is said and done - quality is key.
Cat flaps can be fitted in Bideford and also in: Westward Ho!, Handy Cross, Landcross, East-the-Water, Westleigh, Tapeley, Littleham, Appledore, Fairy Cross, Monkleigh, Abbotsham, Instow, Weare Gifford, Eastleigh, as well as in these postcodes EX39 3AA, EX39 2AA, EX39 2EB, EX39 2LJ, EX39 2LT, EX39 3BR, EX39 2DS, EX39 2LQ, EX39 2DR, EX39 1ZX. Local Bideford cat flap installers will most likely have the telephone code 01237 and the postcode EX39.
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