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I purchased this door to replace one that I already had installed that was missing the door flap. This Cat door is not meant for standard inside hollow door installation. The width of the 2 sides does not completely fill the gap inside the door and we had to contrive something to fill that space. In the picture that is the literal depth of one side of the door. An additional space filler or phalange is honestly needed. This door also does not have a mechanism that would allow it to be held open (my old door had this capability before it broke) to allow free passage back and forth. The bottom of this door is actually magnetized so that it stays closed unless the cat really puts some force against it with their head. My older cats are not liking this much but will have to learn. Just my 2 cents worth.
I have now used this cat flap in 4 houses; totally love it. I usually get the 4-way-lock one. Compared to other cat-flaps this lock actually works to keep your kitty in. The centered lock does not budge even with a very determined kitty.
The door design is clean and functions well. As many others commented, the screws are short for most applications. Fortunately, drywall screws fit well and are available in a wide variety of lengths.
The screws were very hard to screw in and so I stripped most of them. The magnet was too strong for my 5 lb kitties and so I used a knife to pry it out. Don't recommend that. I'm making it work but, they seemed like the wrong screws. I installed it on a screen door btw so the screws were going into the plastic door only.
This cat door is great and easy to install (plus, the price is right!) BUT the screws provided are not big enough for standard exterior door. So while you wait for it to ship, measure your door and run by the hardware store for screws that will go all the way through. That will save you heartache when you have to install it.
I installed this door in a piece of plywood I'd cut to fit in a front window. Now the cat can go back and forth between the living room and the screened-in front porch without help from me. Yay! Freedom for both of us.
Ive installed two other brands of cat doors on exterior doors. This door hasn't a wide enough sleeve in the middle to cover the inside foam core of an exterior door. I had to make one out of aluminum myself. The kit only has for screws when there's eight holes. This kit is garbage.
Great product for screen or 1/2" thick or less panel. If you need a cat flap for a door up to 2" thick you"ll want to purchase the Cat Mate 4-Way-Locking Cat Flap with Door Liner.
The quick response to my order of a cat door was a surprise. I needed the door for 5 cats and all can go through it even the fat old lady. Order with confidence from Chewy as I did.
The screws this kitty door comes with are so short the kitty door could literally only be put on a piece of paper. Lucky my husband is hand and a bit of a hoarder when it comes to parts so he found some some extra long screws. Other then that it’s a great door!