Retractable screen doors

judanderJune 10, 2010

I'm not sure where to post this message because none of the categories on the forum seem to really fit. However, since doors are often associated with windows, I thought the window forum might be my best option. Here's my question:

Does anyone know how to secure the bottom of a retractable screen door to keep indoor cats from escaping outside?

I have tried two different brands of retractable doors--Larson and Plisse. With both brands, my cats are able to push the bottom of the screen out to get outside. It took my cats less than 5 minutes to figure out how to get outside with the Larson. The Plisse is an improvement because it has small clips on the bottom that keeps the screen in the rail. However, the bottom of the clips aren't wide enough and with a little bit of work, my cats can eventually push the clips out of the rail and, once again, escape outside.

I have checked all of the retractable screen door manufacturers and they all seem to have the same problem. Any ideas (besides putting a gate in front of the screen) as to how I might secure the bottom to prevent my cats from escaping? Or, must I resort to a regular screen/storm door? I would rather not go this latter route, though, as I have a glass entry door (with grilles) and I think it might look strange to have a storm door in front of it.

Thanks, in advance, for any advice!

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Check out California Screen Doctor. That's the only company I know that has a pet stop for retractable doors.

Here is a link that might be useful: California Screen Doctor

1 Like    Bookmark   June 1, 2011 at 10:15PM
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I am Doug the Screen guy the owner of Screen Solutions Inc the maker of the Plisse screen. While we can never guarantee a pet will not find a way to get under our screens we have had good results lots of customers. Some customers have contacted us after the purchase having problems with their cats and we have been able to help them figure a way to make the Plisse secure.

If judander contacts us we may be able to help.

Here is a link that might be useful: Plissescreen

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 10:50AM
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Thank you for this - I'm sifting through these posts and also posting and appreciate that you answered questions I have as well - I'll try to report back with results of what I try

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 8:08PM
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