Do you have cats? Do they hate to go through that heavy plastic covering on their cat door? Well, I have an easy cat door fix for you today!
Cat Flap Curtain
We have 2 indoor cats and 1 outdoor kitty that we let inside during cold weather. When we moved to the Crossroads, we installed a cat door in the back door which opens onto the back porch. As soon as we got the cat door installed, the cats refused to go through the heavy plastic door. We enticed them to the other side a few times with treats and they would push through it, but it frightened them! The trouble is that we placed the litter box on the back porch and we needed them to find it quickly. I remembered that one of my friends had told me that her cats were afraid of the plastic door so she just removed it. And that's what we did.
During moderate weather, it's not a problem having a hole in the back door. But when it's really hot and the air conditioning is running or really cold and the heat is on, the cat door becomes an energy waster! So to prevent the air from moving through the hole in the door, I just taped a plastic baggie over it.
That solved the problem, but it's not very attractive, especially when you use duct tape!!! This bag was in need of replacing, so I finally came up with a more attractive solution.
I found some fabric in my stash left over from when I made the no-sew cafe curtains for the kitchen.
I don't have a tutorial on how to make these because I wasn't blogging back then. Basically I bought one curtain panel and cut it into 4 parts. Then I used fabric glue to hem them. Whenever I wash them, some of the glue comes undone, but I just add a little more, press them, and they're good to go. Anyway, the fabric is a nice medium weight.
All I did was to find a plastic baggie the size that fit over my cat door and traced around the baggie and then cut the fabric.
I found that I had to trim the fabric about ½ inch to fit down inside the baggie.
Then I just taped it to the door with some duct tape. This time I did use white rather than the regular, silver color! Now, do you notice something? In case you missed it, the chandelier in the design is upside down. What I discovered is that the weight of the hem in the fabric helps the fabric hang better in the baggie, so if you try the same thing, I would suggest added a hem to your fabric before putting it in the baggie. Just that little bit of extra weight makes it hang so much better! Do you think anyone will notice the upside down chandelier?
I don't think Rascal will notice. Here he's using his paw to pull up the edge of the baggie so he can get through.
And here he is coming back into the kitchen! Adding the fabric inside the baggie really does make this hole in the door a little more attractive, not to mention making it more energy efficient. It's doing a great job of keeping the cold air from entering the kitchen during these cold, winter days!
So glad I found an easy cat door fix! Stay warm, my friends!