Cat Flap Fitter Eastleigh Hampshire (SO50): Fitting a cat flap to an exterior wall or door in your Eastleigh home provides your cat with the freedom and independence it needs to live a happy life. Cats that are kept indoors, much like humans, will show signs of irritation. Having accessibility to world outside by way of a cat flap will help your cat to remain fit, both physically and mentally. So, you're sold on the idea, but exactly what is perfect type of cat flap for your beloved pet?
Essentially, a cat flap at its most basic is simply that. A hole in a door with a bendable sheet of material placed over it, to give protection from the weather, but allow the cat go through. Most Eastleigh cat owners would no doubt favour something a little more weatherproof and secure for a main door to their home, although this could be suitable for an outhouse or shed door.
Because this option can allow other animals or cats to enter your house, it isn't at all recommended, though it can be improved on to some extent by keeping the flap in place by adding magnetic strips.
The next step up from the magnetic strip version are RF chip or infra-red, magnetically controlled cat flaps. This involves your cat wearing a collar that has either a magnet, IR or RF chip encased inside it. Unless an animal is equipped with one of these special collars, it will not be able to trigger the flap and leave or access your property, thus preventing some unwelcome visitors. The fact that any other moggy in the Eastleigh area that has a similar model of collar could perchance get into your home, is the drawback with this still fairly basic sort of cat flap. Even these cat flaps can be enhanced to some extent with an RF cat flap and collar system containing a user programmed unique identifier.
Picking a cat flap which can be operated by your pet's microchip, is the next level in access gadgets for felines. You have to enter the details of your cat's microchip into the cat flap's memory (which is powered by batteries), and if you've got more than one cat it will take multiple entries. Entry and exit can only be achieved by micro-chipped pets, and the flap is unlocked when you cat is close by.
No matter which cat flap you purchase, it should have the ability to be locked in place. The majority of cat flaps sold today boast a four way locking system. This allows your cat flap to permit exit only, permit access into your home only, be locked fully, or have two way exit and entrance functionality. This will give you a variety of alternatives on precisely how your cat flap works any time of the day and night. The wherewithal to perform particular functions according to the time of day, and in line with yours and your cat's requirements is also a possibility with some of the more advanced models of cat flap.
Installing a cat flap yourself can be quite straightforward if you've got a solid wood door, and reasonable DIY capabilities. But, if you're intending to fit it into a reinforced PVC door or in a double glazed window panel, you must ask for outside help. Such situations require the expertise and skills of an experienced cat flap fitter or odd job man, who is sure to have have all the knowledge and tools for this kind of installation project.
INSTALLING CAT FLAPS IN EASTLEIGH
Double Glazing Installations - If you bring in a "tradesman" who, while trying to install your cat flap, starts to drill a hole in a double glazing panel, send them packing immediately. A new cat flap cannot be installed into an existing double glazing window pane or door panel. Making holes in the double glazing damages not merely the security and strength of the glazing, but it removes the insulating attributes too. Your double glazing will be made unsound, and it shouldn't be attempted in any circumstances whatsoever.
An experienced cat flap installer will measure the existing double glazed unit and have a glazing company make a new purpose made one. This new glazed panel will be delivered with a pre-cut hole as an integral part of its construction where the cat flap can be fitted. You might have to wait a week or so for this pane to be manufactured, however if you need a cat flap installed into a pre-existing patio or double glazed door, this is the only way to accomplish it. After construction, the old glass pane can be removed, and the brand new one put in. The fitting of the cat flap will then be carried out.
External Wooden Doors - Timber door panels are, as I stated earlier, the simplest options for cat flap installation in Eastleigh. If you're somewhat unsure about making an opening in your back or front door, you might be happier bringing in a professional cat flap fitter or carpenter instead. A project like this should not be expensive and will provide you with the assurance of knowing that your pet can enjoy a professionally fitted flap.
uPVC Door Panels - Cat flaps can be installed into uPVC doors in most instances. Having said that, certain uPVC doors are lined with steel for additional security, which may cause some issues. The simplest type of installation is in doors having one single panel, consequently if you have a uPVC door with vertical slatted panels, it may be easier and cheaper overall to replace the slats with a one-piece panel.
Wall Installation - It is also possible to get a cat flap mounted into an external wall of your home in Eastleigh, if you do not want to cut holes in your doors, whether for aesthetic or security reasons. Needing far more skill and equipment, a wall cat flap install is undoubtedly better left to a professional, if it's to be executed correctly. You can go with a straight-through tunnel design, or maybe a right angled version which enables entry through a pillar. A square hole will need to be made through your wall, into which is inserted a plastic or metal, square open ended tube. The cat flap you have chosen is then mounted on either end to permit your cat to come in and out as it pleases.
Replacing Your Existing Cat Flap in Eastleigh - If you already have a cat flap installed on a window, wall or door, but it's damaged or not operating properly, the existing hole can, with a little luck, be re-used for the installation of a new one. A professional Eastleigh cat flap installer will gladly take out your old unit and replace it with a brand new cat flap without causing any damage whatsoever to the door, wall or window on which it's attached.
When the installation involves insertion into a pre-cut hole in a double glazing pane, it is necessary to check that this was previously done correctly, before fitting the new cat flap. If it's found this isn't the case, and corners were cut in the original installation, the glass must be removed and replaced to avoid any security and safety issues.
FINDING A CAT FLAP INSTALLER IN EASTLEIGH
There are many different specialist cat flap fitters, handyman contractors and even local glazing suppliers in the Eastleigh area, who provide cat flap installation in whatever door or fabrication you require. It might be possible to ask neighbours and friends for referrals in relation to finding a reliable cat flap specialist. You can be fairly certain that if they've been happy to recommend someone who's done work for them, you'll have a much similar experience.
If you cannot find an installer through personal recommendation, always obtain 2 or 3 different quotes before making a decision, and don't forget that the cheapest may not always be the best. Try to get written warranties or guarantees for the quality of their workmanship, so that if things do go amiss you've got some recourse to compensation.
If you take your time and choose a trustworthy Eastleigh cat flap fitter you will be repaid with a top quality product, that's professionally installed, and will serve yourself and your pussy-cat for many years to come. And when push comes to shove - quality is important.
Cat flaps can be installed in Eastleigh and also in nearby places like: Chilworth, Ampfield, North Baddesley, Horton Heath, Shawford, Rownhams, Portswood, Colden Common, Chandlers Ford, Fishers Pond, Bishopstoke, Otterbourne, West End, Fair Oak, Shirley, together with these postcodes SO50 0SF, SO50 4GQ, SO50 0EX, SO50 4HW, SO50 0LB, SO50 4HB, SO21 2HR, SO50 4HU, SO50 0BA, SO50 4ET. Locally based Eastleigh cat flap fitters will likely have the postcode SO50 and the dialling code 023.
Cat Flap Enquiries Hampshire
Recently posted Hampshire cat flap installation requests: Kelsie Mcguinness recently asked for a quotation for installing a 2-way cat flap in a hardwood back door in a bungalow in Colbury. Bianka Mohamed recently asked for a quote for installing a magnetic cat flap in a hardwood door in Lymington. Yusuf Pilkington recently enquired about installing a Petsafe cat flap in a patio front door in a semi-detached house in West End, Hampshire. Darcy and Hassan Stacey recently asked for a quote for installing a magnetic cat flap in a glass door in a terraced house in Clanfield, Hampshire. Mylo Ridley was looking for someone to install a cat flap in a patio front door in his terraced house in Hursley, Hampshire. Mariella Browne and Rhys Browne recently requested a quote for installing an automatic cat flap in a patio front door in Netley, Hampshire. Maxim and Zuzanna Howell recently requested a price quote for installing a 2-way cat flap in a hardwood front door in Over Wallop. Lillie-Mae and Arran Cowley recently requested a quotation for installing an infrared cat flap in a patio back door in Anna Valley, Hampshire.
Eastleigh Cat Flap Installation Tasks
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Cat Flap Installation Around Eastleigh
Cat flaps have recently been fitted in these Eastleigh areas - Sutherlands Way, Chadwick Road, The Lillies, Brickfield Lane, Sedgewick Road, St Marys Road, Bishopstoke Road, Saville Close, Sunningdale Close, Teviot Road, Burns Road, Abbotsbury Road, Botley Road, Bere Close, Bryony Gardens, Chatsworth Road, Burley Close, Clanfield Drive, Badger Close, The Retreat, The Beeches, Avebury Gardens, The Tanyards, Sherwood Road, Swallow Square, St Lawrence Road, Brackenway Road, Birch Grove, Colchester Avenue, as well as the following Eastleigh area postcodes: SO50 0SF, SO50 4GQ, SO50 0EX, SO50 4HW, SO50 0LB, SO50 4HB, SO21 2HR, SO50 4HU, SO50 0BA, SO50 4ET.
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