Learning About Pet Doors

If you own a cat or a dog, you proably wonder what you can do to give them a bit more independence, specially if you work long hours and there isn’t anyone to take care of your pet. Even the most tamed of cats and dogs are still guided by their instincts, and they need to see the sun from time to time. It can be hard to give your pet the freedom that he or she wants while keeping them safe, but pet doors are one way to do this.

What Are Pet Doors?

Pet doors are little flaps in your door that allow your pet to choose when he or she wants to go outside and to go outside by themselves. They are easy to install with the right tools and with little training. If you decide to do the job yourself, you can get information on how to install your pet door at your local pet supplies store or home depot. If you don’t have much experience doing this type of job, then you’re better off hiring a professional to do it for you.

Convenience and Safety

In a few cases, installing pet doors isn’t such a good idea. The first instance that comes to mind is apartment buildings, where pet doors are a bad idea. A less common case is houses with backyards, but without restraining fences. Even if you have a large yard, it is still not safe to simply allow your pet to roam freely outside. It might even be illegal, depending on where you live. Even if it is not directly illegal to allow your pet to roam, out by itself it can still be unsafe.

Being outside puts your dog in a lot of risks: cars can hit it and injure or kill it, people might take it with them, other animals can attack it, (or it can attack other pets, putting you in legal problems), and many more. Before installing pet doors into your home, think about whether or not it is a good idea for you and your lifestyle.

Installing pet doors is a way of giving some independence to your pet. They are very convenient in most cases, but not all, for example, in apartment buildings. If you think your pet might benefit from pet doors, consult an expert first.

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