Cat Flap Fitter Kidlington Oxfordshire (OX5): To allow your cat the independence that it needs to live a life of contentment, you could install a cat flap to an external door or wall in your Kidlington home. When continuously kept indoors, cats just like humans, will get grouchy and irritated. Having a cat that's both physically and mentally fit, is just one of the positive aspects of allowing your cat easy access to outside world with a cat flap. However, what type of cat flap is most suitable for your situation?
The most basic kind of cat flap, is just that. A hole is cut into an outside door and a flexible material is hung over the gap to give a bit of some protection from the weather. The majority of cat owners in Kidlington would doubtless prefer something a tad more secure and weatherproof for an external door to their home, although this could be appropriate for a shed or outhouse door.
This simple design can be improved on to some degree with magnetic strips to keep the flap in position, however it is still a long way from being ideal as it allows other cats or creatures a way to enter into your home.
Moving on from a basic magnetic strip are magnetically operated, RF chip or infra-red models of cat flap. This requires your cat to wear a collar that's got either a magnet, IR or RF chip encased within it. Therefore any animal that doesn't have a special collar can't leave or access your property. Once again this is a pretty basic type of cat flap, since any other cat in the Kidlington area that's got a similar model of collar may be able to get into your property. RF cat flaps and collar systems are the best version of these products as they can be programmed by the owner of the cat to recognise a unique identifier, specific to your pet.
The next level in feline access security is to install the type of cat flap which recognises your pet's own micro-chip. The details of your cat's micro-chip are entered into the memory of the battery powered cat flap (multiple entries are possible if you've got several cats). Exit and entry can only be accomplished by microchipped animals, and the flap is unlocked when you cat is in the vicinity.
No matter what cat flap you buy, it should have the ability to be locked in place. For added security, most cat flaps have a four way locking system these days. This allows your cat flap to permit exit from your property only, be locked fully, enable only access into your home, or have two-way exit and entrance functionality. This gives you a number of solutions on how your cat flap works any time of the day and night. In line with your cat's and your needs, there is even the option to perform particular functions according to the time of day, with a few of the high end models.
Fitting a cat flap by yourself can be fairly simple if you have a solid timber door, and decent do-it-yourself capabilities. But, if you are looking to install it in a double glazed window panel or in a reinforced PVC door, you ought to seek outside assistance. This kind of installation requires the attention of a pro, and there are dedicated cat flap fitters and skilled odd job men who are happy to accept such a task.
INSTALLING A CAT FLAP IN KIDLINGTON
Double Glazing Installations - If your new cat flap is going to be fitted into a double glazed panel, and your chosen "tradesman" attempts to drill a hole in it, stop them straight away and show them the gate. New cat flaps cannot be mounted into existing double glazed window or door panels. Making holes in your double glazing damages not simply the security and strength of the panel, but it compromises the thermal insulation properties too. In actual fact, it makes the glazing unsound and it should never be attempted.
A professional cat flap installer will measure up the existing double glazing unit and have a glazing company make a new purpose made one. This new panel will be delivered with a hole cut out as an integral part of its construction where your cat flap can be fitted. You might have to wait a week or so for this pane to be produced, however if you need a cat flap fitted into an existing double glazed or patio door, this is really the only way to accomplish it. After construction, the old glass pane can be removed, and the new adapted one put in. Your cat flap can then be fitted.
Exterior Wooden Doors - Solid wood door panels are, as already mentioned, the easiest alternatives for cat flap installation in Kidlington. If you are uncomfortable with making a hole in your front door, it's a good move to call in an expert to undertake the project for you. This type of project should not be expensive and will provide you with the assurance of knowing that your pet will be climbing through an expertly fitted flap.
uPVC Door Panels - It is quite possible to install a cat flap into most uPVC doors. You or your installer will have to ascertain what the internal construction of you door actually is, because for added security some uPVC door panels are made with a reinforced steel lining. The models of door with a one piece panel are the easiest for installing cat flaps, so if yours has got a slatted type door panel, it might be easier to swap this for a single pane.
Wall Installation - If you don't wish to have a hole cut into your doors, whether for safety or aesthetic reasons, you can get a cat flap installed on an external wall. This kind of installation is certainly better left to the pros, as it calls for a lot more skill and equipment to accomplish. The majority of wall cat flap installations involve a simple straight tunnel style, however right angle access through a pillar is also a possibility. With this type of installation a metal or plastic, square open ended insert is fitted into a square shaped hole neatly cut into your selected wall. Both ends of the hole are then installed with a cat flap so your cat can exit and enter the house whenever it wishes.
Replacing Your Existing Cat Flap in Kidlington - If you already have a cat flap fitted on a wall, door or window, but it's damaged or not working correctly, the current hole can hopefully still be used for installing a new one. Your cat flap installer will be able to take off the unwanted cat flap, without damaging the surrounding wall, door or window, and install a brand new flap for your cat.
Before fitting a new flap in a double glazed panel that has been previously pre-cut, making sure that the current glass has been made, cut and installed accurately is vital. If it's found that the previous installation was a bodge up, the glass must be removed and replaced to avoid any safety and security issues with the new cat flap.
FINDING A CAT FLAP INSTALLER IN KIDLINGTON
Whether you need your cat flap installed on a window, door or wall, you will find that there are a number of professional cat flap fitters, handymen and even local glazing companies in the Kidlington area who will be delighted to oblige. It might be possible to ask friends and relations for referrals with regards to tracking down a decent cat flap specialist. If they have had comparable work done by a local Kidlington tradesman, and been delighted with the result, you can reasonably expect that they'll do an excellent job for you too.
If you cannot find an installation specialist through personal recommendations, always get three or four different estimates before coming to a final decision, and don't forget that cheapest is often not best. See if you can get written guarantees or warranties for the standard of their workmanship, so that if things do happen to go awry you've got some recourse to compensation.
If you take your time and pick a dependable Kidlington cat flap specialist you'll be repaid with a high quality product, which is installed professionally, and will give excellent service to you and your pussy-cat for many years to come. And when push comes to shove - quality is the most important thing.
Cat flaps can be installed in Kidlington and also nearby in: Woodstock, Bletchingdon, Yarnton, Hampton Poyle, Oxford, Enslow, Gosford, Begbroke, Weston on the Green, Bladon, Thrupp, Charlton on Otmoor, Shipton on Cherwell, Wolvercote, Cassington, together with these postcodes OX5 1HA, OX5 1LA, OX5 1AN, OX5 1BJ, OX5 1BP, OX5 1DW, OX5 1LG, OX5 1AJ, OX5 1HH, OX5 1UH. Locally based Kidlington cat flap installers will likely have the dialling code 01865 and the postcode OX5.
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