10 Best Cat Doors + How To Install Cat Door

By Nadine Oraby | 2020 Update

Looking for a way to contain your cat?

Restricting your cat to one part of the house is not inhumane, its actually for the cat’s own safety.

But how can you do that?

Cat doors are the solution, they also come in handy when you have a cat that likes to explore the great outdoors.

Here are 10 of the best cat doors in the market today.

But first, check out the video below on how to install a cat door…

How To Install Cat Door

 

The Best Cat Doors

1. North States Mypet Paws 42″ Portable Pet Gate

 

 Key Facts
  • Product Size: 23 x 2.5 x 25 inches
  • Door Size: 26″ – 42″ Wide, 23″ High
  • Material: Plastic
  • Color: Light Gray
  • Usage: Indoor gate
  • Lock: Expand and Lock

The North States Mypet Paw’s indoor gate is the perfect way to train cats to respect boundaries. The easy to install a pet door can be placed in hallways or doorways. In other words, you can place the gate wherever you want without the hassle of assembling it at home. You can simply slide the gate and use a handle to lock. The gates are 23 inches high to prevent the cat from hopping over. Additionally, it includes rubber bumpers to avoid leaving any scratches on the walls.

 Things I really like
  • Once you figure out how to use the gate, it is easy to fit it in and spread the gate.
  • Compared to most cat doors and gates, this is much easier to assemble.
  • The gate does come at a very affordable cost.
  • North State’s gate is designed beautifully; I would highly recommend it based on the design, which makes a great addition to your home.
  • Though it is not helpful at keeping adult cats at bay, the gate works pretty well with kittens.
  • You can place the door anywhere inside the house.
  • Carrying it, and placing it elsewhere is easier considering the lightweight.
 Things I don’t like
  • Though it is easy to fit the gate in, this also has a major drawback. On applying minimal pressure, the gate breaks open, and the cat continues doing what they do.
  • It’s a little complicated to get the gate to open and close.
  • Furthermore, in an attempt to expand the gate, you could actually hurt your fingers.
  • The gate is not large enough to set up in hallways.
  • There are no instructions on how to use the product. As a result, it can be difficult to figure out how to use the locks and the levers.
  • Grown-up cats can jump over the gate, rendering it useless.

2. PetSafe Interior 2-Way Locking Cat Door

 

 Key Facts
  • Product Size: 9 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Door Size: 5 3/4″ wide x 5 3/4″ height
  • Material: Plastic
  • Color: Brown or Black
  • Usage: Interior and Exterior Door, Wall, Window
  • Lock: Interior and Exterior Lock

A cat door,that can be installed into a wall or your door is the perfect way to help your cats visit the litter box without a dog or small kid bothering them. You can rest easy knowing the cat won’t escape. The door comes with two locks; one on the inside, and another on the outside. It should be mentioned that as per the flap size it will be easy for cats under 15 lbs., to get in and out without any trouble. The hard flap and plastic frame are built with the cat’s comfort in mind. PetSafe also provides a set of instructions to install the door.

 Things I really like
  • The door is suitable for small to medium-sized cats.
  • Given the set of instructions, it is relatively easy to install.
  • Additionally, even kids can easily lock and unlock the door.
  • You can get this simplistic door at a very affordable price.
  • There are a few color options available.
 Things I don’t like
  • The flap closes on the cat’s tail as it is getting inside. It’s possibly harmful to the cat, as it could injure it.
  • Unfortunately, the size of the door is not suitable for a large adult cat.
  • There are some gaps around the door, which let the bugs get in.
  • Despite what PetSafe claims, this door is not meant for hollow interior doors.
  • Over time, the lock stops working, and it can then be dangerous because the cat can escape anytime.
  • It isn’t sturdy enough to stick to the door, and as a result, it falls off.
  • If your door isn’t 1/2 inches thick, you’re in for some trouble.
  • When the cat goes in and out, the door makes a creaking noise which can become annoying.
  • The magnets used to keep the flap from blowing by the wind is useless, and it only makes more noise.

3. The Kitty Pass Interior Cat Door Hidden Litter Box Pet Door for cats up to 21 lbs

 

 Key Facts
  • Product Size: 11.5 x 9.2 x 12.5 in
  • Door Size: 7 1/2″ wide x 6 1/2″ height
  • Material: Composite PVC
  • Color: White
  • Usage: Interior Doors
  • Lock: No

Kitty Pass is designed for doors inside the house, where you can fit it into standard doors that are one ¼ or 1 ¾ inch thick. Moreover, kitty pass notes that customers can paint over the product so that it matches to your house. Additionally, they believe it takes roughly 10 to 30 minutes to install the door. Customers are provided with a guideline and template to cut the door. In a clean and smooth cut, the door is the easiest and “cutest” pet door. The frame is designed in a curve to avoid any sharp edges that could injure the cat.

 Things I really like
  • You won’t face any issues if there are hollow doors back at your house.
  • As the material is partially plastic-wood, it is easier to make the curve and fit into the whole.
  • There is no noise when the cat goes in and out through the door.
  • The design is awfully cute; it doesn’t ruin the door.
  • The door works perfectly for kittens and other small-sized cats.
 Things I don’t like
  • There is no flap to prevent the door from going in and out.
  • Kitty Pass provides a template to help install the door, but the template is actually larger than the arch. Due to which, I would recommend not using a template.
  • You get 3m strips that are of no help. The door doesn’t hold on, and it falls off. You may have to screw it to the door.
  • As there is no flap, even the smaller dogs can easily get through.
  • It is a bit smaller for larger cats; they can’t fit through the door.
  • The product is a bit expensive, but it’s not a concerning con if you are okay with all the pros.
  • The corners of the product are not rounded off, and it could injure a playful kitten as they run in and out.
  • The instruction guide is difficult to read due to poor quality. It is impossible to read them or discern the given pictures.

4. PetSafe Wall Entry Pet Door with Telescoping Tunnel

 

 Key Facts
  • Product Size: 12.2 x 5 x 17 inches
  • Door Size: 8.25 in. X 11.25 in.
  • Material: PVC plastic
  • Color: White
  • Usage: Interior and Exterior Walls
  • Lock: Slide-in-Closing

Another of PetSafe’s wall entry door makes it to our top five because of the great design. They bring you a unique door which can be installed to various walls such as; brick, siding, and stucco. This cat door is hailed as one of the best wall mount doors in the market. It should be noted that the door was initially made for both cats and dogs. It is also available in various sizes, such as; small, medium, and large. The key features mentioned are for the medium product; you can find details on their official website or Amazon page. This door is accompanied by a telescoping tunnel for walls that are about 4.75 to 7.25 inches thick. For walls that are up to 12 inches thick, fret not, because the telescoping tunnel can be extended further as per your requirements.

 Things I really like
  • The one year warranty does get help to overcome a great deal of hassle.
  • There are various sizes available, so you can choose the one that is right for your cat.
  • Your cat can safely get in and out without having their paw or tail get stuck between the flaps.
  • When it is properly fixed into the wall, you won’t notice any changes in the temperature. It’s safe to presume the door is tightly shut and you can live peacefully and draft-free.
  • Additionally, it has a clean look that you won’t have to stress over ruining the interior.
  • A great pro is that you won’t have to buy earplugs with this door.It doesn’t make a whisper as the cat get in and out.
 Things I don’t like
  • The magnets for the flap don’t work, and you’d have to worry about something getting in or out of the house.
  • Majority of the frame is made out of poor quality plastic that can break easily. Only the cover of the product is made out of aluminum.
  • The door is certainly not easy to install; it can be a hellish task. While fixing it up, you will need to treat it gently in order to avoid breaking the frame or inner tunnel.
  • To make matters worse, once it is installed, taking it out is even more difficult. The toggle bolts are not so easy to remove.
  • Weighing the pros and cons to each other, this is certainly not worth the cost.
  • The two flaps could make it difficult for the cat to get through the door.

5. Depets Large Cat Door

 

 Key Facts
  • Product Size: 9.4 x 2.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Door Size: Different outer size, inner size, and cut out size.
  • Material: ABS Plastic
  • Color: White
  • Usage: Interior/Exterior Doors, Windows, Cupboards
  • Lock: 4-way lock

Depets large cat door is also available in two other sizes (medium and small). The feature which sets this apart is an option to use a switch that is used to lock the door. Allow me to explain; the lock feature has four options;

  • No in & No out (Fully locked)
  • Free in & Out (Fully open)
  • In only
  • Out only

Additionally, the door includes a brush strip that is meant to cancel out any noise. Moreover, the door’s exterior is made with waterproof material to increase durability. To create more ease for customers, the door is very easy to install in windows, cupboards, and windows.

 Things I really like
  • As there are few instructions, it is naturally harder to figure out how to install on our own. That being said, once you figure it out, it’s pretty easy to fit the door in.
  • Honestly, at a price it’s available, the door doesn’t do such a bad job. However, It isn’t that great either.
  • There really is no noise when the cats go in and out.
  • It is great to have a variety of options thanks to the unique lock feature.
 Things I don’t like
  • Despite the large size option, the door is not large enough for a large-sized cat.
  • Basically, the lock is useless; it pops off the moment you fix it up.
  • The door will not swing at all, or it will stay open for the cat to come and go as it pleases, while the door steadily closes.
  • I wouldn’t really blame the company, but my sneaky little cat managed to figure out how to use the switch.
  • It’s a good idea, but the product is made out of poor quality. The flimsy plastics aren’t effective locks.
  • While the cat is trying to get out, the door might fall shut on their tail or paw.

6. Cat Door Built In Interior Pet Door by Purrfect Portal

 

 Key Facts
  • Product Size: 6.5 x 1.8 x 8 inches
  • Door Size: roughly 8″ x 6.5″ inches
  • Material: Composite PVC
  • Color: White
  • Usage: Interior Doors
  • Lock: No

Purrfect Portal’s door is made for medium to large-sized cats; they are available without any flaps to avoid any unnecessary noise. Moreover, it is described as easy to install. It should take you up to 20 minutes. In addition, the door supports both solid and hollow doors, so you won’t have to worry about whether or not it fits into your door. It is designed to complement your furniture. Furthermore, Purrfect Portal ensures its customers won’t face any difficulty while installing their doors. A set of instructions is available on their amazon page.

 Things I really like
  • The door is wide enough for a large cat to get through easily.
  • It has an adorable shape that doesn’t ruin the door.
  • For young kittens, this door could work well as it doesn’t have a flap that frightens them.
  • It is a cheaper alternative to some products that are the exact same thing.
  • People that are handy with tools can also easily fix it up within 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Some doors are hollow, and the majority of pet doors are not suited for them. So, when this came along, it was a welcomed surprise.
 Things I don’t like
  • Considering that this is an open door, there are no flaps to prevent a dog (if you have any) from invading the cat’s litterbox.
  • You will have to cut the ears, which is difficult to cut in the door.
  • When you open the door, this pet door will scrape through the ground. This can be easily avoided by a quick cut around.
  • You will have to purchase the screw separately because the company doesn’t send any.

7. Cat Mate Large Cat Flap

 

 Key Facts
  • Product Size: 9.2 x 2.2 x 10 inches
  • Door Size: 8.25in x 9in
  • Material: Plastic
  • Color: Light Gray
  • Usage: Door or Wall
  • Lock: 4-way lock

Similar to Depet’s large cat door, Catmates brings a similar door that with a four way lock feature. It includes the brush strip to reduce the noise when a cat goes in and out. Additionally, it comes with a 3-year warranty from the manufacturer. The door is also rainproof to prevent drafts of wind cooling the house. Catmate notes that in the vent your flap breaks, you can easily replace it.

 Things I really like
  • Your cat might enjoy the transparent door; it can sit there for hours staring what is happening outside.
  • If you are slightly handy, installation won’t be a challenge.
  • The four-way lock feature gives you a variety of options unlike ever before.
  • It is big enough for medium-sized cats and chubby cats.
  • The plastic quality of the product makes it easy to clean.
  • You can also fit the door into windows.
 Things I don’t like
  • The four lock feature is not meant for everyone; some people just want a simple cat door.
  • The magnetic strip isn’t strong enough to keep a hold of the flap. It is also necessary to properly close the door.
  • It may vary from one batch of the product to others; there is a possibility that you will get a cat door where the magnet is too strong for the cat push through.
  • The difficulty to use the door might also be due to the thick brush.
  • A poor quality frame may break while you are trying to fit in the screws.
  • It makes a lot of noise as the cat goes in and out.
  • The low quality of the product is frustrating as the plastic is easy to break. It isn’t durable enough to last six months.
  • I wouldn’t recommend it for people that live in colder areas, as you will notice a breeze of wind cooling your house.

8. Ideal Pet Products Designer Series Ruff-Weather Pet Door with Telescoping Frame

 

 Key Facts
  • Product Size: 5.8 x 19 x 28.1 inches
  • Door Size: 15″ x 23.5″ inches
  • Material: Flexible Vinyl, Soft Grey Plastic
  • Color: White
  • Usage: Door
  • Lock: Yes

Ideal Pet brings the cat door that is built to protect your house from any kind of weather, regardless of whether you live in hot or cold areas. The latest cat door from Ideal Pet is designed to help save energy and weather protected. The Designer Series Ruff-Weather Door contains two flaps with an energy-efficient insulator. You can find the ruff-weather door in four sizes; small, medium, extra-large, and super large. This review is based on the super large size. You may find the details to the other sizes on Ideal Pet’s official webpage or their amazon website. The door is built with a 3-inch air pocket between the flaps. Using a wall tunnel, this air pocket can stretch up to 9 inches long.

 Things I really like
  • There is a one year warranty so you can easily replace anything if it breaks in shipment or installation.
  • The ruff-weather door is made with better quality.
  • In terms of cost, the door performs better than most doors in the market.
  • If you are lucky to get all the right things to assemble the product, it shouldn’t be too hard to install.
  • The size is large enough for cats of all shapes and sizes.
  • The design is actually pretty sleek; it can complement your furniture.
 Things I don’t like
  • Due to the weak magnets, the flaps could easily open with a breeze from outside. Hence, defeating the weatherproof purpose of the product.
  • Also, the rainwater tends to run down the flap, which is again a flaw directly opposing their weatherproof claim.
  • It makes a loud noise as the cats get in and out.
  • To make matters worse, the flap gets tilted and stays that way.
  • Installing the door takes too much time and effort because the size of the door might be too big for some walls. Or, in some cases, the nails are too small for the door are either missing or too small.
  • Eventually, the flaps will come off, and you’d have to get a replacement that is pretty expensive.
  • The two flaps make it difficult for the cat to get through the door.

9. PetSafe Electronic SmartDoor, Automatic Dog and Cat Door, Collar Activated with SmartKey

 

 Key Facts
  • Product Size: 8.6 x 3.2 x 27.1 inches
  • Door Size: 5.5 in. x 7.875 in.
  • Color: White
  • Usage: Door, Interior, and Exterior wall.
  • Lock: Electronic lock

PetSafe brings you an electronically enabled smart door that gives you control to let your pet access the door. It also comes with an automatic system where your cat can wear a smart key that can let it get in and out of the smart door. At a distance of 3 feet, it will detect the smart key and unlock itself. Once the cat is inside, the door automatically locks itself to keep the house pets in. PetSafe’s SmartDoor is available in two sizes; small and large. Additionally, they come with up to 5 keys in case you have more than one cat. The door and the key are electronically activated by a 4-D cell battery. There is an LED light to indicate if it is working or not. Moreover, the flap is made out of weather-resistant material.

 Things I really like
  • Even though the door is made out of plastic, it is sturdy and durable.
  • Aside from some cons, if you use it like a normal door, without all the fancy tech, the door works just fine.
  • When the electronic features do work, it really is relaxing to know that the cat can go in and out without having to worry about locking behind it.
  • Keeps your house secured from outdoor animals like raccoons.
  • The battery can last for a really long time.
 Things I don’t like
  • As the door is available in two sizes only, if you have a medium-sized cat that doesn’t fit through the small door, you’d have to pay up and upgrade to the bigger size. The option of another size would’ve been preferred.
  • Once the battery runs out, you can’t use it until the new battery is put into the door.
  • At times, you may have to reprogram the key to make it work.
  • The door is loud enough to wake you up from sleep.
  • Furthermore, thanks to the magnets, the door is tight shut even if it’s unlocked.
  • If one of the hinges break, it can be difficult to repair the door.

10. Ideal Pet Products Aluminum Sash Window Pet Door

 

 Key Facts
  • Product Size: 1.6 x 16.6 x 27 inches
  • Doro Size: 7″ x 11-1/4″ inches
  • Material: Flexible Vinyl, Rigid LEXAN, White Aluminum
  • Color: White
  • Usage: Door or Wall
  • Lock: 4-way lock (excluding cat flap and chubby cat)

Ideal Pet, one of the leading brands in cat doors, brings you another cat door that is specially designed for sash windows (windows that open when slid vertically). Additionally, it contains a spring locking slide which is accompanied with a vinyl flap. You also have the four lock feature. The product is available in various sizes that comprise of a small, medium, large, cat flap, and chubby cat. The cat flap and chubby cat don’t contain a lock, but they do have an unbreakable lexan flap. Ordinarily, the flap is made with non-toxic material to protect the cats. Additionally, the door comes with an animal lock-out slide.

 Things I really like
  • The installation, in general, is pretty easy, a novice handyman can do it with ease.
  • You can easily adjust it to the window with the adjustable side panels.
  • Additionally, it doesn’t ruin the look of your window.
 Things I don’t like
  • There is a design flaw in terms of the insulation because the weather manages to affect the indoors.
  • The flap will blow straight open because the magnets are weak.
  • On most occasions, the door will close on the cat’s tail, which is dangerous.
  • It is also unsafe because another animal from outside can enter. More importantly, your cat can also run out.

Why is A Cat Door Necessary for Your Home?

You can install a cat door to avoid the hassle of opening and closing the door every time your cat wants to take a trip outside. Getting a cat door has numerous benefits, one of them being; convenience, as explained earlier. Other benefits include;

  • You can place the litter box on the other side of the door and no longer suffer from the odor.
  • The cat can roam around outside and do what it wants rather than stay indoors and scratch out the furniture.
  • With an automatic cat door, you can protect the cat from other feral animals.
  • The ability to explore outdoors can be a great physical and mental exercise.

Step by Step Process of Installing A Cat Door

Most of the times, people find it difficult to install a cat door, even if they receive a set of instructions from the company. From my experience, I summarized the following steps could help you install a basic cat door.

  • First and foremost, find the tools you will need to install the cat door. This may include screws, nails, hammer, screwdriver, jigsaw, driller, tape, etc.
  • Second, you can use the template provided by the company and trace it out on the door. Now, you will unhinge the door and use the jigsaw to cut out the traced shape.
  • Third, you will have to install the door frame simply.
  • Lastly, put the door back on its hinges and let your cat use the door freely.

It is important to note that some things will change when you are installing a complicated door (i.e., electronic door) into a wall or a window.

DIY – How To Build A Cat Door At Home

Sometimes it can feel impossible to find the perfect cat door, so let me ask you; why not make a cat door at home? I would advise you to find a pet door at amazon, but in the event that you want to make one at home, I got you! So, here is how you do it;

  1. Measure the cat
  2. Pick out two identical frames from the market or old ones that you don’t use
  3. Cut the door according to the outline of those frames
  4. Block the gaps if you have a hollow wall/door
  5. Nail the frames
  6. (Optional) Buy a flap or make one at home using a rubber mat

Note, this is a guide to making a cat door inside. There is a way to make a cat door for windows too, but we can talk about that some other time.

Does My Home Need A Cat Door

The personality of the cat can greatly impact this decision. A cat that is lazy and prefers to stay indoors doesn’t necessitate a cat door. On the other hand, if your lazy cat does leave a pungent odor after a trip to the litter box, a cat door might be just the solution you are looking for. Alternatively, a cat door could be helpful while parenting a young active cat that likes to jump around. It is also recommended for pet parents of cats that like to explore. Moreover, you can use a cat door to let aggressive cats go out and vent out. Getting a cat door is surely beneficial; it is an option that can help you benefit you either way. However, I couldn’t truly find a situation which necessitates a cat door. Keeping that aside, I would recommend you to get a cat door.

Training The Cat to Use the Door

Cats are odd creatures, they could quickly jump to the cat door, or they may require some training and time to learn to sue the door and get used to it. To train a cat, you can resort to the traditional methods like using a toy or a treat to motivate the cat. In some situations, the cat is actually frightened by using the door. It could be the sound the flap makes when the cat goes in and out. In such situations, you will have just to give the cat time to get comfortable with the door. My one advice in such situations is; be patient and let the cat take all the time it needs to use the door.

Things to Keep in Mind When Selecting A Cat Door

Every cat needs a different type of door suitable for them. So, when you are on the lookout for a new cat door for your home, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind. What are these things? Read them below;

  • Type of door (is the cat door to be installed in walls, windows, or interior/exterior door)
  • Installation (is it easy to install)
  • Size (cats of different sizes would require a different size of cat door)
  • Flaps (are the flaps stable fitted perfectly?)
  • Material durability (how long does this material of the door last)
  • Location (where to put the door)
  • Weather (do you want a door that keeps the weather from ruining room temperature at home)
  • Features (weatherproof door, electronic door, what features are you looking for?)

These are some of the things that can help you make a better decision in terms of what type of cat door is best for you.

Related Questions

How much does a cat door cost?

The cost of a cat door starts from $25; you’d get an easy to install cat door with a plastic flap. If you want something fancier, the price could go up to $150 or even as high as $1200. What’s the difference here? The $150 door would be for larger animals with some other helpful feature. The other higher costs are attributed to electronic cat doors.

Do cats use pet doors?

Initially, you’d have to train the cat to use the door. This will require some time and patience, let the cat learn at their own pace. If you’re lucky, the cat might not need any training at all. And eventually, if you ever get another cat or dog, they’d naturally start using the door. Train one of them, and let the rest fall in line.

How big does a cat door need to be?

As cats come in various sizes, there is a different door size for each cat. For instance, a small-sized cat that weighs up to 8 lbs would need a 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ door to pass in and out. Alternatively, a door size of 6 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ should suffice for medium to large-sized cats.

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