Cat door to garage litter box via Adventures in Domesticity
As far as a garage, both our cats are white and they would get filthy out there. Plus there's so much they could get into--tools, wood, batteries, chemicals of all kinds. The garage is the one place we keep everything we don't want them getting into, I can't imagine where we'd store that stuff if they went out there. Plus the one cat is desperate to escape, and we have to keep her far away from all doors at all times.
Garages are used for all kinds of things these days; from a place to store vehicles, to a play room for your children, to a work space for yourself. For homeowners with pets, your garage may be the way for your cat or dog to get in and out of your home. Constantly opening and closing your garage door for your pet can be cumbersome and dangerous. To accommodate the needs of pet owners, Arm-R-Lite now offers our residential models with cat or dog doors for safety and convenience. Pets will be able to let themselves in and out of your garage without needing to operate the garage door. Please regarding the availability of pet doors on specific models or with any questions regarding pet door options and operation.
Step 1 Placement
Determine where to locate the pet door. Consider the construction of the garage door. Avoid areas where the pet door would interfere with supports or braces. A sectional garage door will not accommodate a pet door taller than the lowest section. Also consider the height of the pet. Ideally, the top of the pet door should be located approximately two inches above the shoulder of the tallest pet to use it. Do not try to place the pet door even with the bottom of the garage door. The bottom of the pet door should be at least two inches above the bottom of the garage door.
Step 2 Measure
Measure where the top of the pet door opening will be. Mark the spot with a pencil. Use the square to draw perpendicular lines horizontally and vertically, marking the upper corner for the pet door. Use the level to ensure the lines are accurately drawn.
Step 3 Outline
Measure and mark the opening needed. Most pet doors come with a security panel the same size as the opening. This can be used as a template to ensure accurate measurement. Verify the measurements by holding the frame of the pet door against the outline. Double-check and see that the lines are level. The pet door will not open and close well if it is not level. That can make it difficult for the pet to use and drafty in the garage as well.
Step 4 Cornering
Drill a hole just inside each corner. A ¼-inch bit should be adequate. This will form nicely rounded corners.
Step 5 Cutting
Cut the outline of the opening. Use the holes drilled as the starting point for cutting the opening with the jigsaw. Be sure to use a blade that is appropriate for the type and thickness of the material of the garage door. Sand any rough edges.
Step 6 Assembly
Line up the frame of the pet door with the opening. Mark the location of screw holes. The edges exposed in cutting the opening for the pet door should be completely covered by the frame. If any raw edges will remain exposed, seal them with weatherproof paint or sealant before continuing. Apply a bead of caulk around the edge of the opening, avoiding the places where screws will be used. Screw the frame into place. Test the door to ensure it opens and closes appropriately. Apply caulk around the edges of the frame, wiping away any excess.[…] bowls and litter boxes out of sight, and gives your animals a place to call their own. Consider adding a cat door to the garage if you want to keep the litter box out of the house […]Kitty's Business ~ cat door is next to the door that goes into the garage door...I think I would do it like a mouse door...like the silhouettes I've seen.[…] bowls and litter boxes out of sight, and gives your animals a place to call their own. Consider adding a cat door to the garage if you want to keep the litter box out of the house […]