Congratulations on getting your feline friend a cat flap to allow them more freedom outside and to teach her to use Mother Nature instead of a smelly litter box in your home. Now you need to install it properly so they can enjoy the full benefit of it.
Whether you are installing it into a UPVC or wooden door the principle is the same. The only difference is that if you are fitting the cat flap into a glass door you will need a glazier to make the required hole. If you are fitting it to a wooden door you can do it yourself with some basic tools, or call a handyman.
Installing your cat flap in a door
By far the easiest place to install your Pet Porte Smart Flap is in either a wood or UPVC door. Again consult our size FAQ for details of the hole you will need to make in the door. A template is supplied with the cat flap which you can copy to the door using a pencil and ruler.
Two people are required to install the microchip cat flap as one piece needs holding on the outside while the other person tightens the screws from the inside. Please make sure not to overtighten the bolts when fitting as this could cause the door to stick and not swing properly closed.
One of the first things you will need to do it measure carefully and study the instructions supplied with your cat flap of choice. Usually, the ideal height for a cat flap placement is approximately 5 inches from the floor to the bottom of the cat flap. Remembering this is only an estimate and may vary if you have a larger or smaller cat than normal. Then you place the bottom of the cat flap on the 5-inch mark and transfer the height and width measurements onto the door with a pencil. Making sure you have it on the precise area you want it then trace the entire inside of the cat flap and not just the corners.
You will need to draw a line from each corner crossing each other like an ‘X’ with your pencil to find the middle of the area before you begin drilling. Now you can drill a hole into each corner of the square you have made. Remove your drill and place your keyhole or scroll saw at the holes and begin sawing out the opening for your new cat flap. After you are done sawing you can smooth out any roughness with a piece of sandpaper.
Place the inside frame that encases the lock or flap into the door snug. This is when you install the screws into the designated screw holes only tightening them down by hand, not to tight. Now place the outer frame on the outer side of the door and connect with the screws using a hand screwdriver to guard against over-tightening.
It may take a few days for some kittens and cats to get used to the cat flap being available to them. An owner’s use of patience and cat flap training is vital here. While using both you are sure to have a very self-reliant pet in no time.
Fitting your cat flap in glass
If you are installing the Pet Porte Smart Flap in any glass (single or double glazing is fine) simply ask a glazier to make a standard 212mm diameter circular hole. This makes the cat flap far cheaper to fit than other competing types of cat flaps and it will replace most standard cat flaps including Staywell and Cat Mate brands.
Wall cat flap installations
You can also fit the cat flap through a wall by drilling through a tunnel. A template is supplied with your cat flap so you know the exact dimensions. We suggest that you ring round local builders to find the best quote for installation in a wall.
If you are fitting in a wall please make sure you order the Pet Porte Smart Flap Wall Version. The only difference is the length of the wire from the inside controls to the outside sensor porch that scans your cat on the way through. The wall version must run on AC power so you will either need a power socket nearby or order one of our 5m cable extensions.
If you would like a really neat installation you can use our special wall tunnel pieces available to order online. To calculate how many you will need minus 4cm from the depth of the wall and divide by 4cm. For example, a 20cm deep wall will require (20-4)/4=4 wall tunnels. If you have any remainder then you will need to order one extra and cut it down to fit when installing.
The cheaper alternative to wall tunnel pieces is simply to board the tunnel out with plywood. Your cats won’t mind the difference. You can also build a wooden frame to attach the cat flap onto on both sides of the tunnel.
Professional cat flap installation
If you are opting for professional installation please note that fitting prices can vary dramatically. We recommend that you seek out three quotes. Prices will vary according to what you are fitting the cat flap into and your geographic area.