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If it’s mild weather and you’ve got the window open for ventilation, a cat flap in the screen is a great idea.

We do not carry the screen door with cat flap already installed because they’re simple to install: With the screen lying on the living room floor, clamp the two pet door frames together and cut out the screen in the center so the flap can swing through. In some cases the cat door will come with screen pre-installed and, in others, it will accept the screen you cut out so you’ll have a perfect match. Strong, wire screen is best. Avoid weak fiberglass screen that may not stand up to the impact of a pet going in and out. Although cat screen doors tend to hold up better because cats a a little gentler on them then rowdy dogs.

There are a few different materials the screen flaps use. Most will use your existing screen material to fill out the middle, so the pet door is really just a plastic frame. On the Hale the flap is a flexibly vinyl like on your usually pet door, and finally the screen door flap on the Ideal Screen-Fit is a thin plastic sheet.

Some people buy these cat doors that don’t even own pets. They’re a great way to hand food and drinks from the kitchen out to the patio without having to walk all the way out!