Return to the Building a Home Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
installing small cat flap through interior wall

Posted by Minette92 (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 1, 12 at 12:13

We are putting a second floor on our house (all new construction) and would like to have a "cat tunnel" through the bedroom wall to the laundry room, where her litter box will be.

All the cat doors I can find online are designed to be installed through a door, and are not deep enough for a wall. There are a couple of larger doors (meant for small dogs and/or cats) that can be installed with an additional "wall extension" kit, but we really don't want something that big. Also, they're meant for exterior use and have a lot of weatherproofing that we don't need.

I'm wondering if the contractor can build a tunnel through the wall and install a cat flap just on one side -- do you think that would be possible? Any better solution that you can think of? I haven't talked to him about it yet because I have no idea how reasonable that is and didn't want to sound like an idiot.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: installing small cat flap through interior wall

I want to do something like that too.


 o
RE: installing small cat flap through interior wall

Cat Mate has an extension kit that works with their cat flaps. I found a number of other companies also offer this option. Try searching using the word tunnel.

I'm not sure why you need a flap. If you decide you don't need the flap, here is an article about an interior cat hole http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/tips-building-a-cat-tunnel-in-62280


 o
RE: installing small cat flap through interior wall

Have your cats used flaps before? We have two cat doors in our current house, and neither of our cats would go through the flaps. We had to take off the flaps. Our cats were about 9 and 6 years old when we installed the cat doors. Maybe you can't teach an old cat new tricks? ;-)


 o
RE: installing small cat flap through interior wall

dekeoboe: My husband wants a flap. I was originally assuming it would just be a tunnel, but he's worried about "acoustic privacy" (even though it just leads to the laundry room). Thanks for the link and the search hint!

Mom23Es: No, our cat has never used a flap, and she's 10. I read a lot of reviews of various cat doors and nearly everyone said their cats got the hang of it pretty quickly, but all cats are different! Ours is pretty spritely and not easily fazed (phased?) -- when we moved into our rental for the renovation, she barely missed a beat.

I'll investigate the "no flap" option -- maybe I can convince hubby.


 o
RE: installing small cat flap through interior wall

Box in the opening with 2x lumber between the drywall layers on each wall and install the flap on one side.

2x is easier to hit with the drywall screws to fasten it in place.

It does not need to be attached to the framing.


 o
RE: installing small cat flap through interior wall

 o
RE: installing small cat flap through interior wall

I think the problem will be that unless you built it yourself, you are going to end up with overkill. Every "through the wall" cat flap I found is secured via microchip or otherwise to prevent unwanted critters from coming in the house. On the website I've added, the through the wall flaps are $100+, but the interior door cut out is about $30.

Here is a link that might be useful: All kinds of cat flaps/doors


 o
RE: installing small cat flap through interior wall

We decided to just have the contractor box out a tunnel and finish it off simply (probably not as beautifully as in the photo Laura12 posted). I looked up a bunch of different flaps online and took sort of the average of the rough cut dimensions, and told him to build it 6.5w by 7.5h. That should be big enough for the cat to get through, and small enough that if we decide to add a flap in the future, there will be something to attach it to.

Knowing our track record, it's quite likely that once the house is finished, we will never get around to installing the flap, which would be fine with me!


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Building a Home Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here