Cat Door

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Project by ~Julie~ posted 04-01-2010 02:19 AM 2596 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- ~Julie~

8 comments so far

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#1 posted 04-01-2010 02:38 AM

looks good from here
and the costummer
seams happy with it
so job done


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#2 posted 04-01-2010 04:12 AM

Julie, I am pretty sure that you stole my daughters cat. LOL If you could find some pics and show you they look identical. Great job on the door.

-- F.Little

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#3 posted 04-01-2010 04:24 AM

Yes, that door DID need to be painted…but wow…what a color! :)

Good job on the hole in the door :)

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#4 posted 04-01-2010 12:34 PM

Looks like the cat approves.
Great idea to keep the laundry door closed… and get double duty out of it!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 04-02-2010 12:49 AM

two thumbs up!
a job well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 09-09-2010 07:20 AM

I’ve tried this before and it is far from easy. I need to make a dog door now, but i remember! That looks really nice; judging from your other work, i can tell you put a lot of effort into everything!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#7 posted 09-09-2010 01:52 PM

NIce job cat woman. I installed a giant doggie door in the basement door a couple of weeks ago. Now if I could just get my dogs to actually enter the basement from their fenced yard area and get them out of my house once in a while it would be terrific.. However . they WONT go there… period.. so- I am thrilled that I paid for that stupid doggie door and went to all the trouble of installing it… ho hum… looks like you are having much better success with your practical kitty door.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 10-24-2019 12:21 AM

It’s purr-fect!

-- James E McIntyre

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