Plenty of homeowners in Australia have already installed pet doors at their home. This facility not only helps the pets to enjoy free movements in and out of home, but also relieve the homeowners from the troublesome duty of opening and locking the door each time to let them go out.
However, many pet parents are confused while buying pet doors as which one to choose. There are plenty of door varieties available at the pet care shops and online stores. Unlike the conventional flap pet doors to be fixed onto walls and doors, the new model pet doors can be fixed to any places as wood, steel, glass, brick, or to sliding patio doors etc.
For those who are new to buying pet doors, here we will discuss the major do’s and don’t to consider.
Do’s and don’ts
· Do an intense research
It is important to do a thorough research if you are planning to purchase the best model pet door to serve the purpose well. Research about various types of pet doors, mode of working, different mounting options, materials, size etc. and compare.
- Don’t assume there is a one size fits all
Don’t purchase a pet door simply because your neighbour bought the same. Buying a pet door is a personal affair in which the important factors are your pet’s comfort and your preferences. So, never choose one randomly, but assess all aspects thoroughly to make the right purchase.
- Do measure your pet properly
Size of the door is the primary consideration for choosing the most comfortable pet door. So, measure the height and breadth of your pet properly. You can take the assistance of an expert in measuring your pet if needed.
- Don’t miss out the key points while deciding size
If you have multiple pets, then take proper measurement of the biggest one to choose the door. Also consider the height of the bottom part of the pet door if there is a mix of dogs and cats in your pets. Always leave a couple inches extra room so that your pets won’t struggle to crawl through the orifice.
- Do consider the cost vs. features
There are manual pet doors and automated doors. While an automated door costs more, it has additional safety and comfort features. Now, pet doors some with various advanced facilities in terms of energy efficiency, controlled accessibility, enhanced security etc. You need to do a side-by-side comparison of various options and cost vs. value evaluation to choose one.
- Don’t undervalue the cost of installation
Proper installation of the pet door is an important thing, for which you need the assistance of an expert. This will cost a few dollars extra, which you need to consider while budgeting for it. Proper installation will ensure most comfortable access to the pets and optimum efficiency too.
Similar to this, you also need to consider many do’s and don’ts related to installation, maintenance, and also in terms of training the pets to use the doors. We will discuss the same in other articles of this series.