Cat Flap Fitter St Neots Cambridgeshire (PE19): Fitting a cat flap to an exterior wall or door in your property in St Neots, will allow it to live a happy life and enjoy it's own little bit of freedom and independence. Cats that are kept indoors, as with humans, will show signs of irritability. Giving your pet accessibility to world outside by way of a cat flap can also help to keep them mentally and physically fit. So, you think it's a good idea, but what is best style of cat flap for your pet?
The most fundamental kind of cat flap, is merely that. A piece of bendable material hung over a hole in a doorway to permit a cat to go through, but keep the elements out. Naturally, this is extremely basic, and will not be sufficient for most cat owners in St Neots, who would doubtless prefer something a bit more secure and weatherproof for a main door to their home, although it could be appropriate for an outhouse or shed door.
This standard design can be improved upon with magnetic strips to hold the flap in place, however it's still a long way from being ideal as it enables other creatures or cats a means by which to enter your property.
The next step up from the magnetic strip pattern are infra-red or RF chip, magnetically controlled cat flaps. With these, either a magnet, IR or RF chip will be enclosed in your cat's collar. Unless an animal is equipped with one of these special collars, it will be unable to trigger the flap and access or leave your house, hence avoiding some undesirable visitors. Again this is a fairly basic type of cat flap, as any other cat in the St Neots area who's got a similar collar could perchance get into your property. RF cat flaps and collar systems are the preferred version of these products because they can be programmed by the householder to recognise a unique identifier, distinct to your pet.
Installing a cat flap which can identify your pet's microchip, is the next step-up in entry security for felines in St Neots. You need to enter the details of your cat's microchip into the memory the cat flap (which is powered by batteries), and if you've got several cats it will allow multiple entries. Entry and exit can only be achieved by microchipped pets, and the flap is unfastened when you cat is in the vicinity.
Regardless of what cat flap you buy, it should be capable of being locked in position. For extra security, most cat flaps have a four way locking mechanism these days. Which means that the cat flap can be fully locked, allow only entry into your home, enable only exit from your home, or be set for two-way exit and entry. This gives you options for all times of night and day, to have control over precisely how your cat flap works. In keeping with your pet's and your needs, there is even the option to perform specific functions according to the time of day, with a number of the more expensive devices.
If you're pretty decent at DIY, fitting a cat flap shouldn't be all that difficult, if you have a timber door on your house in St Neots. Under no circumstances should you attempt to fit a cat flap in a reinforced uPVC door or in a double glazed window panel. Such situations require the expertise and skills of a reputable cat flap fitter or handyman, who will have all the tools and knowledge for this kind of installation project.
INSTALLING CAT FLAPS IN ST NEOTS
Double Glazing Installation - If you happen to employ someone who attempts to drill a hole in your double glazing to put in your new cat flap, stop them at once and ask them to leave. A new cat flap can not be installed into a pre-existing double glazing door panel or window pane. Drilling or cutting into any type of double glazing will ruin its security and strength, together with its insulating properties. In actual fact, it makes the glazing unsafe and it shouldn't ever be attempted.
It is necessary to obtain a new double glazed pane made specially for this purpose by a glazing supplier, and your chosen St Neots cat flap installer will measure your existing pane and put in an order for a brand new one. This new panel will be delivered with a hole cut out as a part of its structure where the cat flap will be installed. This might take two weeks or so to manufacture, however it's the only way to install a cat flap into an existing patio or double glazed door. Once you've taken possession of your new glass panel, the old one can be taken out and the new unit fitted. The cat flap can then be mounted.
External Wooden Doors - Wooden doors are, as I already mentioned, the simplest options for installing a new cat flap in St Neots. If you're uncomfortable with cutting a hole in your back or front door, it's a good move to contact a specialist to complete the task for you. A project of this kind is comparatively inexpensive and will give you the satisfaction of knowing that your cat will have the use of a professionally installed flap.
uPVC Door Panels - Cat flaps can usually be installed into uPVC doors. You will have to verify what the interior structure of you door is, since for additional security certain uPVC door panels are manufactured with a steel lining. The easiest type of cat flap installation is in doors having one single panel, therefore if you've got a uPVC door with vertical slatted panels, it might be cheaper and easier in the long run to replace the slatted pane with a one piece panel.
Wall Installation - If you do not really want to cut a hole in your doors, either for safety or aesthetic reasons, you could get a cat flap installed on an exterior wall. A wall cat flap entrance calls for a little more equipment and skill to fit, so it's definitely better left to the pros. You could opt for a straight-through tunnel design, or even a right angled model which permits access via a pillar. Installation entails a square hole being cut through your wall, into which a plastic or metal, square open ended tube is inserted. A suitable cat flap is then mounted on both ends of the hole.
Replacing an Existing Cat Flap in St Neots - If you've already got a cat flap installed on a door, window or wall, but it is damaged or not working correctly, the current hole can, with luck, still be used for installing a replacement. A decent cat flap installer in St Neots will be able to remove the unwanted cat flap, and fix a brand new one as a replacement without damaging the surrounding wall, door or window.
If the substitute cat flap is to be installed into a pre-cut hole in a double glazing panel, you must double check that the existing glass has been cut and installed correctly. The glass pane must be taken out and substituted to avoid any safety and security problems, if you discover that this isn't the case and a bodge job was made of the previous installation.
FINDING A CAT FLAP INSTALLER IN ST NEOTS
Whether you'd like your cat flap mounted on a door, window or wall, you will find that there are many different handyman contractors, professional cat flap installers and even double glazing firms in and around St Neots who'll be happy to oblige. There is no better procedure for locating a good cat flap installer than by asking friends and neighbours for referrals. You can be sure that if they have been confident enough to recommend somebody who's done work for them, then you'll have a similar experience.
If it isn't possible to get personal recommendations from acquaintances, you should try to get two or three different estimates from local handymen before deciding. It's generally wise not to always go for the cheapest quotation. Enquire about any guarantees they might provide for their workmanship and make certain you have it in writing, in case something should go awry.
A professional cat flap installer in St Neots will provide you with a high quality product, adeptly fitted, and that will last you, and your cat, for many years.
Cat flaps can be fitted in St Neots and also in: Buckden, Abbotsley, Wyboston, Thurleigh, Great Paxton, Little Paxton, Graveley, Eynesbury, Offord D'Arcy, Perry, Kimbolton, Great Gransden, Tempsford, Roxton, Great Staughton, Southoe, Papworth Everard, and in these postcodes PE19 1QH, PE19 1NL, PE19 2AR, PE19 1EN, PE19 1LP, PE19 1BT, PE19 2LW, PE19 2AP, PE19 1EZ, PE19 1DF. Locally based St Neots cat flap fitters will most likely have the telephone code 01480 and the postcode PE19.
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