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    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 4th Dec 17, 4:42 PM
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    Cat Flap in a cavity wall
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    • 4th Dec 17, 4:42 PM
    Cat Flap in a cavity wall 4th Dec 17 at 4:42 PM
    At the monent I can only find tunnel extensions that are tiny and clip together, meaning I need to pay £50 odd for enough plastic to go through a cavity wall. None of it is even going to be seen.

    Any other solutions, please?

    Put one in a brand new composite door?
    Last edited by Doozergirl; 04-12-2017 at 4:46 PM.
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    • jrrowleyws
    • By jrrowleyws 4th Dec 17, 4:53 PM
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    These aren't that expensive http://www.catflaps.co.uk/White-Staywell-Tunnel-Extension-For-Walls-REL310 probably about 20 quid to go through a cavity.

    I'd wonder if a cat would be happy using a flap with such a long tunnel?

    I'd just use an appropriate diameter waste pipe to line it.
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 4th Dec 17, 4:57 PM
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    I've certainly had one in a cavity wall, but it was there before I moved in. Reason not to do it; it, and the wall, got filthy, and it was extra-difficult to keep clean.

    When I put one in a new glass door, I replaced a pane with wood, and fitted it there. Much easier to keep clean, and elderly (very) and infirm (you try telling him that!) found the shorter passage much easier to use.

    I'm not sure, but I imagine it might be much more difficult to convince a cat not used to a flap already that a long-tunnel one wasn't the work of Beelzepup, leading to certain maceration.

    Having said that, I'm also sure that I have seen cheap extensions for some catflaps. Have you tried Zooplus, where I get a lot of pet stuff from. Mind you, my wife might have got it herself, and she's a vet, so would have gone straight to the wholesale suppliers. Handy one to have about, she is.


    Edit: just browsed Zooplus, and they don't sell the extensions alone. jrr above seems to have found something.
    Last edited by DaftyDuck; 04-12-2017 at 5:05 PM.
    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 4th Dec 17, 5:04 PM
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    These aren't that expensive http://www.catflaps.co.uk/White-Staywell-Tunnel-Extension-For-Walls-REL310 probably about 20 quid to go through a cavity.

    I'd wonder if a cat would be happy using a flap with such a long tunnel?

    I'd just use an appropriate diameter waste pipe to line it.
    Originally posted by jrrowleyws
    I was thinking both of those things. Waste pipe is cheaper but might freak the cat out!
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    • flashg67
    • By flashg67 4th Dec 17, 5:08 PM
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    I cut the hole myself then lined it with large cheap ceramic tiles
    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 4th Dec 17, 5:41 PM
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    It’s about £50 more to out it into a new french door, so I think that’s the best idea. I can’t imagine going to the effort of a tunnel and then the cat turning its nose up at it!
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    • EachPenny
    • By EachPenny 4th Dec 17, 5:59 PM
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    Itís about £50 more to out it into a new french door, so I think thatís the best idea. I canít imagine going to the effort of a tunnel and then the cat turning its nose up at it!
    Originally posted by Doozergirl
    Probably the best bet, you can never please cats

    If it absolutely had to go through a cavity wall I'd suggest a much larger diameter than 4 inch would be needed. Personally I'd be on the look out for some offcuts of 6 or more likely 9 inch rigid polypipe as I pass any conveniently located construction sites - obviously seeking permission from the foreman, and hoping they are an animal lover.
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    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 4th Dec 17, 6:04 PM
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    Itís about £50 more to out it into a new french door, so I think thatís the best idea. I canít imagine going to the effort of a tunnel and then the cat turning its nose up at it!
    Originally posted by Doozergirl
    Whatever you spend £50 on, the cat will turn its nose up at it.


    It'll love the wrapping it came in, though!
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 4th Dec 17, 6:26 PM
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    A friend put one in where there had previously been a warm air heating duct venting into the house. They'd got a square hole about a foot square, lined it with wood through the wall then the cat flap set into a piece of wood on the outside.

    We've just had a new patio door fitted in our new house and have had upvc panel as part of a side panel where we will eventually fit a catflap when we move into that house. A side panel with upvc at the bottom, a glass panel above plus a fan light window was £140 inc vat extra than the ordinary sliding doors that were there before.
    • z1a
    • By z1a 4th Dec 17, 6:28 PM
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    I cut the hole myself then lined it with large cheap ceramic tiles
    Originally posted by flashg67
    That is what I did.
    • mpet
    • By mpet 5th Dec 17, 7:24 PM
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    We also made a wooden Ďtunnelí I think from conti board. We then screwed the cat flap itself to the wood - flush to the brickwork.
    The cat didnít have any problem using the Ďtunnelí, but if you have a cat that is used to a Ďnormalí cat flap it may need some re-training!
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