Many people think of installing a pet door but procrastinate by getting confused about the potential problems associated with pet doors. There is no doubt that installing pet doors can cut down your efforts for the dearest four-legged ones at home. Many homeowners do install pet doors now during the time of house construction itself.
In fact, one problem many pet and pet door owners may have noted that even though there are plenty of resources on the internet discussing about variety of pet doors and purchasing tips, but there isn’t much in terms of pet door problems and solutions.
So, here we will discuss some of the common pet door problems people confront and their solutions.
# Possible dangers pet doors pose to children at home
Even when you find your pets to be hesitant initially to crawl through these doors, your kids won’t be. To ensure the security of these little naughty ones, you need to take extra care of it before installation of the pet door that it won’t expose your child to any peril.
Crawling through very tight spaces is a fun activity for kids, but they may not be able to properly assess the size of it to see and whether they can do it successfully, resulting in getting stuck halfway.
# Leaking pet door flap
This is another major issue reported by many pet owners as they get freeze during winter as the heated room air gets escaped through pet door orifice. The same thing happens the other way around during summers.
The solution is to get a good pet door, which can ensure proper sealing. Branded ones give you a guarantee on this. Also ensure that the pet doors don’t leak around the frame. The best pet doors come with foam stripping which ensures proper sealing at the edges.
# How to keep the dog out and cat in
This is one dilemma many face on installing a pet door. Most of the homeowners want to keep the dog at the yard while letting the cat in. Even if you install a small flap door just enough to accommodate the cat, sometimes dogs may also crawl in through it.
Perfect solution is a bit costly, but to install an electronic pet door which has a sensor (microchip) attached to the collar of the authorized pet. So, the door opens only when the cat which wears the collar chip nears it, and not for the dog.
# Installing through a hollow-core / steel door
This is an issue many look forward for a perfect solution. The best option is to get a self‑framing pet door. If you have a pet door in hand which isn’t self-framing, then you need to take up a table saw and rip the pieces to correct thickness and glue it in place to ensure air tightness. Then mount the pet door to be fixed perfectly.
# Mounting on a door with an irregular surface
Pet door can be installed only on to comparatively flatter surfaces, so you need to try and make the surface flat first. The best idea is to select a metal-framed pet door as the plastic frames can be distorted easily on uneven surface.
You need not have to worry bout pet door installation and perfection. Go ahead and purchase a best one and enjoy its benefits. We will come up with more pet door installation and troubleshooting tips in the forthcoming articles.