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Best cat flap for folding/sliding doors

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catanddog Thu 11-Apr-13 12:46:01

We are looking o get a cat flap fitted, and the only place to put it would be on a folding sliding (concertina) doors we have going from our kitchen to the garden - does anyone have any cat flap recommendations?!

thecatneuterer Thu 11-Apr-13 13:03:21

I'm having trouble imagining that. Can we have a photo?

yetanotherworry Thu 11-Apr-13 13:04:53

Do you have space to put one in a wall - the staywell microchip cat doors have tunnels so that they can be fitted into walls.

catanddog Thu 11-Apr-13 13:07:05

That my challenge my uploading skills! But it's this kind of thing - so double glazed - have called the company who originally fitted them and they say a cat flap can easily be installed, and any cat flap can go in (as long as it's double glazing friendly) but guaranteed I get the wrong thing....

catanddog Thu 11-Apr-13 13:10:14

Wall space too tight on one side, and on the other it has the downwards rain pipe so thing it's not an option - annoyingly!

Sorry didn't put link up!

thecatneuterer Thu 11-Apr-13 13:13:18

Was there meant to be a link there? Have a look at my profile pic. Is it something like that? In which case any standard cat flap will do. I have the Staywell four-way locking one. And yes, they can also be fitted into walls - in which case you want a standard one with an extra tunnel.

All cat flaps (apart from the extra large/small dog ones) are the same size - so if you later decide you want a microchip reading one or similar then you can just slide out your existing one and slide the new one in - well a couple of screws are also involved but it's very easy.

thecatneuterer Thu 11-Apr-13 13:15:25

cross-posted. Yes in that case any cat flap is fine. And you give it to the door company who will make up a new pane for you with the hole in it and will fit the flap for you. And if you want to change the flap later, as I said, it's very easy indeed as you will already have the hole.

catanddog Thu 11-Apr-13 13:16:49

Brilliant thank you

thecatneuterer Thu 11-Apr-13 13:19:55

Out of interest how much are they charging you? Mine cost £350 and that was about 10 years ago - but then it was a very large pane they had to replace.

catanddog Thu 11-Apr-13 13:22:07

London - £260+vat and I have to provide flap.......

thecatneuterer Thu 11-Apr-13 13:23:57

Well I think you've got a good deal there. I remember it did seem like a lot of money for a cat flap at the time, but it has been invaluable and has always felt like money very well spentsmile

thecatneuterer Thu 11-Apr-13 13:25:23

And if you have somewhere to store it then keep the old pane. Then in the future if one of your panes breaks or the seal fails then you have a spare.

catanddog Thu 11-Apr-13 13:26:37

trying to find a flap with a black or clear surround as our doors are black framed.......
been meaning to get one fitted for ages, but decided enough is enough and am doing it this week!

cumfy Thu 11-Apr-13 13:29:07

Is it double glazed ?

The problem is that double glazing doesn't "work" after a flap has been fitted and you'll likely get condensation in between the panes.

thecatneuterer Thu 11-Apr-13 13:29:44

I think I've only ever seen white and wood-effect frames. That could be a challenge

catanddog Thu 11-Apr-13 13:31:25

they are double glazed.......have seen some PetTek ones (from NZ) that are clear, but can't get them over here!

thecatneuterer Thu 11-Apr-13 13:35:28

Cumfy - I had a flap fitted in my large double-glazed sliding door ten years ago and I've had no problems at all. (See my profile picture). As long as it's a reputable company who do the hole then there shouldn't be any difference. You are still getting a sealed, double glazed unit - it's just that there is an extra hole in it - which is also sealed.

The problem with clear ones would, I imagine, be that you would see all the inside bits - the screws, the seal of the glass and such. I think you might be better off with white. It will annoy you for a while but then you'll stop noticing itsmile

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