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Picking a location


To help pick the best location for your pet door, consider the following issues:


Inside Access

Do you want your pet to have access to your entire living area or do you wish to control that access?  For example, you might want to limit your pet to the garage or one specific room while you are away, but grant them freedom to roam the house when you are home. Keep in mind that depending on the type of door you choose, cheaper doors will allow other animals to use your pet door too, and will be attracted to food and shelter.  Stray cats, dogs, raccoons and other wildlife could become unwanted house guests! Large dog owners will have less to worry about, as hopefully your dog will help protect your house from undesirables.

Outside Access

In most cases you'll want your pet to access your fenced back yard. This may dictate were the pet door is installed. For cat owners, you'll have a lot less control over where they may roam. Consider placement that directs them away from streets and driveways.


House plan with potential placements of a pet door (in yellow).

House floorplan


Pet door placement on door or wall

Ideally, the pet door will be installed in one of your house doors. Should you sell your house later or want to remove the pet door, the hole could be plugged up in the door or the door can be replaced. 

It's usually quite difficult to cut through the side of your house for installation and even harder to patch it upon removal. Some pet doors require an optional tunnel when dealing with walls or unusually thick doors, and many are designed for door installation only. You should use a licensed contractor for a wall type installation, as you don't want to cut through electrical wires or pipes that might be in the wall!

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