Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cat door

I have two indoor cats that use a litter box in the laundry room.  Rather than keep the door open for them, I decided to make a cat door.  I've never done this before, but what could be difficult about cutting a hole in the door and framing it?  The door needed to be painted anyway.


First I drilled a hole in each corner of where I wanted the cat door to be.  I decided to make it in the "panel" of the door so that it would look neater.  Then I cut around with my jigsaw to make a square opening.



After that, I made some wood pieces to fit into the sides of the hole I cut.  I made grooves in the wood so that it could be held in place with glue and sit a bit inside the door's outer and inner skins.


The framing was glued into place...



and then painted turquoise!
I haven't yet put any type of flap on the door, so for now it will stay like this.

* Edited to add: I did put a flap on the door, so the cat could come and go*


8 comments:

  1. Great job.. I have an indoor old (14yrs) cat and she will not go out.. she is afraid...I'm thinking of getting her a pal.. will keep your plans for another date..
    thanks
    Sandy

    http://thewondersofdoing.blogspot.com/

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  2. Love the color! Thanks for joining Idea Sharin' Wednesday at Women Who Do It All! Don't forget to stop by and enter this week's giveaways!
    -Jill

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  3. I love the color of that door...and I love cats. I would love you to link this post on Favorite Things Friday!

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  4. Totally wonderful! Big Kudos!
    smiles, alice

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  5. Love it! Much nicer looking than the one that falls apart all the time I got at the pet store! Love the turquois too! Great job!:)

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  6. I really like this idea. I did a cat door once and the cats wouldn't use it with the flap on it. Guess they weren't smart enough. lol.

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  7. Great idea! I love the turquoise paint too.

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  8. Thanks Julie for sharing this link with me. I think I'd rather put it in the wall rather than the door... but I may not do anything at all. lol

    gail

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