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Alternatives to cat flaps?!!

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iamwhaticallpregnant Wed 16-Jan-13 15:17:29

Don't know if anyone has this problem but we have 2 indoor cats and large heavy wooden doors that we are not able to put cat flaps in. They do all their business in the basement (we live on 4 floors of a large house) which means they always need to have access to it - which in turn means we have to leave the kitchen door open and the basement door open ALL THE TIME. The basement is more or less Arctic!
This is sooooo annoying because it means the house is freezing all the frickin time and never heats up! I have tried little door stoppers that close the door to a small gap - but it doesnt help.
Does anyone have an alternative to cat flaps in doors? Anyone else have this problem? Am i just doomed to a cold house and ridiculous heating bills? I am also reposting this in DIY! just in case!!

cozietoesie Wed 16-Jan-13 16:19:09

Have you tried moving their litter trays upstairs? If so, what happened?

iamwhaticallpregnant Wed 16-Jan-13 16:29:11

no - i cant stand being anywhere near their business - very squeamish and gag at the thought of it. in DIY section there are some fab ideas.

cozietoesie Wed 16-Jan-13 16:33:11

Ah well.

sashh Thu 17-Jan-13 05:25:10

Close the kitchen door and open when they ask?

My cat goes outside, I have the windows closed at the moment and she is happy to go out twice a day.

2cats222 Thu 17-Jan-13 05:41:47

Is it that you don't want to damage the doors by putting cat flaps in? I've had cat flaps in solid oak doors so weight/thickness of door should not be an issue. Equally you can put cat flap through a wall next to a door

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