Cat Flap Fitter Oxford Oxfordshire (OX1): To allow your cat the independence it needs to live a life of contentment, you could install a cat flap to an exterior wall or door in your Oxford home. When kept inside, cats as with humans, will get irritated and grumpy. Having access to the outside world with a cat flap will help your cat to stay fit, both physically and mentally. But, what style of cat flap is better in your case?
The most rudimentry sort of cat flap is essentially that. A hole in a door with a flexible sheet of material hung over it, to keep the weather out, but permit the cat move through. The vast majority of cat owners in Oxford would no doubt prefer something a little more secure and weatherproof for an external door to their house, although this might be suitable for an outhouse door or garden fence panel.
This simple model is still a long way from being ideal since it allows other cats or animals a means by which to get into your home, but it can be marginally improved on with the addition of magnetic strips to keep the flap in place.
Stepping up from a basic magnetic strip are magnetically operated, infra-red or RF chip styles of cat flap. With this form of cat flap, your cat will have to wear a collar boasting an IR, RF chip or magnet. Unless an animal is equipped with one of these special collars, it won't be able to trigger the flap and leave or access your property, hence avoiding some undesirable visitors. The point that any other cat in the area who has a similar model of collar can easily access your property, is the drawback with this sort of cat flap. RF cat flaps and collar systems are the best version of this equipment because they can be programmed by the householder to recognise a unique identifier, specific to your pet.
The next stage in feline entry security is to use the type of cat flap that identifies your pet's own microchip. You have to enter the details of your cat's microchip into the memory the cat flap (which is battery powered), and if you've got more than one pet it will allow multiple entries. Entry and exit can only be achieved by microchipped pets, and the flap will be unlocked whenever you cat is close by.
No matter which cat flap you buy, it should be capable of being locked in place. For added security, almost all cat flaps feature a 4-way locking mechanism these days. This means that it's got the capability to enable exit only, be locked fully, permit admittance into your house only, or be put in two way exit and entry mode. This will provide you with a variety of solutions on precisely how your cat flap works at all times of the day and night. The ability to carry out particular functions according to the time of day, and based on yours and your cat's requirements is also a possibility with some of the higher end models of cat flap.
If you've got a wooden door in your home in Oxford, putting in you own cat flap shouldn't be that hard. But, if you're planning to fit it into a reinforced uPVC door or in a double glazed window, you should seek outside assistance. These situations call for the skills and expertise of a reputable cat flap fitter or carpenter, who is certain to have have all the tools and knowledge for this type of installation project.
INSTALLING A CAT FLAP IN OXFORD
Double Glazing Installations - If your cat flap needs to be installed in a double glazing panel, and your chosen "tradesman" endeavours to drill a hole in it, stop the job immediately and show them the gate. A new cat flap cannot be mounted into a pre-existing double glazing window pane or door panel. Cutting or drilling into any sort of double glazing will damage its security and strength, together with its thermal insulation properties. In fact, it makes the glazing unsound and it should not ever be done.
A dependable Oxford cat flap fitter will carefully get the dimensions of your existing pane and order a purpose made one from a local glazing company. This new glazed pane will arrive with a pre-cut hole as part of its construction where your cat flap can be fitted. This is really the only way to install a cat flap into an existing patio or double glazed door, even though it may take a couple of weeks to produce. Once you have acquired your new pane of glass, the old one can be taken out and the new one fitted. The fitting of your cat flap will then be concluded.
Exterior Wooden Doors - The least complicated alternative for new cat flap installations in Oxford, as was previously mentioned, are wooden doors. If you're somewhat unsure of creating a hole in your front door, you may be happier getting in touch with an expert handyman or cat flap fitter instead. This kind of project won't be too expensive and is worth doing properly, if having your cat flap installed by a professional provides you with that added peace of mind.
uPVC Door Panels - Cat flaps can be mounted into uPVC doors in many instances. It pays to know the internal construction, as some doors are lined with steel for further security. A one-piece door panel enables simpler installation, so if you have a slatted type uPVC door panel, it may be more cost effective to swap the panel for a single pane type.
Wall Installation - If you do not really want to have a hole cut in your doors, for aesthetic or security reasons, you can always have a cat flap installed on an external wall. This type of installment is certainly best left to the pros, because it requires a lot more equipment and skill to execute. You'll find there are a number of choices for this type of installation, including a straight-through tunnel version, or a right angular (through pillar) model. A neat square shaped hole will be cut through your wall, into which is inserted a metal or plastic, square open ended tube. Each end of the hole is then installed with a cat flap so your furry pal can exit and enter your house whenever it wants.
Replacing Your Existing Cat Flap in Oxford - If your door, wall or window already has a cat flap fitted, but it's not working properly, or is damaged, it is perfectly possible to fit a replacement into the existing cavity. An experienced Oxford cat flap fitter will be glad to take out your old unit and swap it for a fresh cat flap without causing any damage to the wall, window or door on which it's mounted.
When your cat flap installation involves insertion into a pre-cut hole in a double glazing panel, it is important to confirm that this was previously done accurately, before attaching the new flap. If it is found that this isn't the case, and the previous owners have cut corners to install their cat flap, the glass panel will have to be removed and replaced with a new one to avoid any safety and security problems.
FINDING A CAT FLAP INSTALLER IN OXFORD
In and around Oxford there are many professional cat flap fitters, handyman contractors and even glazing merchants who provide cat flap installation services for doors, windows or walls. There are a variety of ways to locate a trustworthy cat flap installer, and few are more reliable than asking for recommendations from relatives and friends. If they have had comparable work accomplished by a local Oxford tradesman, and been delighted with the outcome, you can consider that they will do a good job for you too.
If it's not possible to get recommendations from your contacts, you should make an effort to get three or four different estimates from local cat flap fitters before coming to a final decision. It's generally advisable not to always opt for the cheapest estimate. Enquire about any warranties they may give for their workmanship and make certain that it's backed up in writing, just in case something should go awry.
If you take care and pick a reliable Oxford cat flap fitter you will be repaid with a top quality product, that is professionally installed, and will give excellent service to yourself and your cat for many years to come. And all things considered - quality is key.
Cat flaps can be installed in Oxford and also nearby in: Barton, Osney, Chawley, Risinghurst, Wolvercote, Marston, Kennington, Cumnor, Sunningwell, Iffley, Sandford, Wytham, Summertown, Whitecross, Cowley, Garsington, Eynsham, Littlemore, Headington, together with these postcodes OX1 1RU, OX1 1EJ, OX1 1JT, OX1 1QT, OX1 1UJ, OX1 1JH, OX1 1GJ, OX1 1DW, OX1 1GF, OX1 1SS. Locally based Oxford cat flap fitters will probably have the telephone code 01865 and the postcode OX1.
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All throughout Oxfordshire you will be able to find cat flap fitters who will offer various services for your pet's needs. If you can't find a specialist cat flap fitter in Oxford itself then you will surely be able to find one close by.
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Cat flaps were recently installed for folks living in Staunton Road, Cholsey Close, Butts Lane, Bampton Close, Cavell Road, Beauchamp Place, Trevor Place, Cumberland Road, Barton Village Road, Turn Again Lane, Denmans Lane, Bullingdon Road, St Annes Road, Botley Road, Slade Close, Bulwarks Lane, Blackfriars Road, Chapel Lane, Southcroft, Bennett Crescent, Bradmore Road, Cavendish Drive, Back Way, Cascade Way, Birch Road, Blenheim Lane, Boswell Road, The Square, Swinburne Road and these Oxford postcodes: OX1 1RU, OX1 1EJ, OX1 1JT, OX1 1QT, OX1 1UJ, OX1 1JH, OX1 1GJ, OX1 1DW, OX1 1GF, OX1 1SS.
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