Introduction: Fancy Cat Door

About: I am an engineer in the automation industry by trade but really like to make things on the side. My interests flit around to cover many things including welding, bikes, costumes, cooking, felting, and more. …

     I live in a two story house with 2 1/2 baths.  when I moved a cat in I needed to put his cat box somewhere and the 1/2 bath was the best place for it.  Problems arose because I now had to keep the bathroom door open a crack so the cat could come and go.  Not nice looking, or smelling.  

     My solution was to cut a cat door into the bathroom so I could keep the door closed.  After considering where to cut the door I decided on making a door into the bathroom from the storage cupboard that is also under the stairs.  From there I can cut a cat door into the storage cupboard door to allow access.  I chose to cut two doors so that people in the dining room don't have a little door directly into the bathroom to look at.  Also if I ever want to close it all up patching a wall in a closet is much easier to hide, not to mention a new door for the cupboard is cheaper than one for the bathroom itself. 

Step 1: Cutting the Hole in Your Wall

     I used a sheet rock saw that cost about $6 and it worked great.  From the bathroom side I drew lines where I wanted my door to be and just started cutting.  After cutting the one side I used the hole as a guide to cut the opposite side.  This worked ok but the door sizes are a little different because I did not hold the blade totally straight.  My cat does not mind.

Step 2: How to Keep the Cat Out of the Wall

     So after you open up a hole in the sheet rock you now have an entrance into your wall.  Not wanting to give my cat free reign of the interior walls I used some leftover cedar flooring to block the gaps.  I cut the pieces to fit and used silicon to stick them in.  Not real sturdy but it's for a cat and they walk lightly.  Plus I don't think he even steps on it, he just steps through.

Step 3: How to Hide the Ugly Cuts

     I originally planned to go get some 1/2 inch trim and make a frame for my cat doors but I was into this and wanted to finish.  I dug around and found some old frames  and decided to use those.  I opened them up, removed the glass  and in one removed the picture it came with.

      I then used a box knife to cut a hole in one of the backs.  The other had nice matting in it that would work well.  To cover the backs of the frames when you looked through the hole I used hot glue and black felt.  I then cut the felt out of the center using the matte as a guide.

Step 4: Hang the Frames!

     I used two trim nails at the bottoms and velcro at the top to secure the frames over the holes.  I might need to go back and secure them better but I was running out of steam and wanted to eat dinner.

     And Presto!  Two hours after starting I had my cat door and Jak-Jak approves.  I approve too because I can now close the bathroom door all the way.  It will also make a convenient pass through if you need more toilet paper or a magazine.  

     Next step is to cut a door into the half door of the cupboard.  I want to make this look good so I need to pull the door off and take it to a friends house that has real tools for wood.  I am thinking a round hobbit door, or a Stargate, or a sliding grate would be pretty cool.  That and a potter nameplate would look good.  

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