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Cat Flap Weatherproofing

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Yemble, Mar 2, 2014.


  1. Yemble

    Yemble PetForums Newbie

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    Santa brought us three kitties for Xmas, two maine coons and a ginger cross. We firmly believe in kitty independence, as we have an interesting garden for them to explore, so a cat flap was an essential early purchase. Getting kitties chipped was high on the priority list, so it made sense to invest in an RFID enabled cat flap, large enough to accommodate, potentially huge, fully grown maine coons.

    The SureFlap Pet Door seemed to be the obvious choice – now purchased and installed into the kitchen door.

    As with the rest of the UK, we were battered with storms blowing from the south throughput January and February. What we soon discovered was that although the Pet Door has a small rain lip and a modicum of draft exclusion, this was no protection against strong southerly winds blowing puddles of rain into the house through the Pet Door tunnel. The problem with the design is two-fold, the horizontal nature of the tunnel and the fact that there is no porch on the outside. :mad:

    Obviously, there was nothing that I could do about the flat tunnel design, however, I did come up with an idea for weather proofing the Pet Door from the outside… the cat-flap canopy!

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    So far, this has been 100% successful with no re-appearance of puddles in the kitchen. Having scoured the Internet in vain for anything similar, I am considering whether, or not, I should offer this as a product on eBay. I could manufacture and sell this canopy for a reasonable cost although I am realistic about the very limited size of the market in the UK.

    Although I only have a design that fits the Pet Door at present, I reckon that it would be easily adaptable to fit the other RFID doors made by SureFlap, if there is any demand. I have not investigated the feasibility of adapting the design to any other cat flap manufacturers other that SureFlap.

    So to my question…

    Is there any interest in this idea from members of this forum?
     
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  2. Lilylass

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    Quick question from me - are said kitties, kittens or adults?
     
  3. MistyJake

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    I'd love to see your design but I cant open the photo you have posted. Please resend it?
     
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  4. MistyJake

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    Yes! I'd love to see your design but I cant open the photo you have posted. Please resend it?
     
  5. chillminx

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    I too would love to see your design but am also unable to open the photo you've posted.
     
  6. Torin.

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    The fault with the photo will be at the OP's end as it's displaying as unavailable, rather than 'there but not visible'.
     
  7. spotty cats

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    Thread is from March 2014, poster hasn't been online since then so unlikely the photo will be re-posted.
     
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    Oops!:rolleyes: Silly me, I was evidently not very on the ball when I answered this thread! :Shamefullyembarrased
     
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    Oh not again! Me neither xD
     
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    Hi @matd and welcome :)

    Your cat flap porch / cover is brilliant! Very professional looking. :) Would the cat flap protector be Ok attached to a wall?
     
  12. matd

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    Hi I would like one of these to fit a sureflap pet door, could you advise on the cost thank you
     
  14. Zippy777

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    Cannot find on e bay
     
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    Hi thanks for the reply. Ours is a sureflap pet door. The external measurements of the door are 262mm wide and 281mm high. Please advise also how it fits to the wall. Thanks
     
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    Yes it is a flap for large cats small dogs, so what would the cost be for one
     
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