Becoming crazy cat people

The road to crazy cat lady-dom has been a slow one. It started with just one cat almost 4 years ago, Chaucer.

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Ain’t he precious? Then about a year later we added Winston. Equally adorable.

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Thanks to Andrew’s “no more pets than people” rule (which I do agree with), we haven’t added any other pets…or people! What we have done, though, might get us crazy cat people status much more quickly than simply adding another cat.

Ready for this? We installed a cat door…inside our house! I’m a little embarrassed to share this with the world, and yet so so glad we did it! First of all, we have flat panel hollow core doors. Super cheap and easy to replace whenever we move.

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Here’s the why. We have blue lights on our appliances in our kitchen, blue flashing lights on our router, and a motion sensing flood light in our backyard and no curtains (or plans for curtains) on our patio door or kitchen window thanks to our new privacy fence! And all of these lights were keeping me from sleeping well. Not to mention that whenever we have overnight guests, they walk right past our door (middle) to get from the guest bathroom (on the right) to the bedroom (on the left).

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Not such a big deal when it’s family, but otherwise….a little weird.

We couldn’t close the door because the litter box is in our bathroom. We originally planned not to let Chaucer sleep in our room, but we couldn’t stand the incessant meowing outside the door. Neither of them bother us at night, so it worked out fine and the box is in a very hidden place where guests never have to see it (or smell it, hopefully?)

So this seemed like the best option. I bought a Cat-mate door on Amazon in the large size, thanks to Chaucer (which is the same as the small dog door). We used the template to trace the shape on our door…

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Which Andrew then cut out using his drill for the initial holes and then a jigsaw.

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Ever wondered if you can insulate the inside of your hollow core door? You cannot, and this is why. They have cardboard supports inside to add a little stability.

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Then we screwed the cat door in place, rehung the door, and it was ready to go! Chaucer, not so much.

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He was very perplexed.

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He pawed at it for a long while, so we decided to remove the magnet that holds the door shut. They would have had to push pretty hard to get it open, and since it’s not needing to stay sealed like an outside cat door, it wasn’t a big deal.

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Winston, on the other hand, is pretty familiar with cat doors since he had one at his previous home.

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So he started using it right away.

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And finally, with the help of their favorite treats (and probably not wanting to be shown up by Winston), Chaucer went through, too.

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The cat door also locks several different ways. You can lock the cats in or out, or allow them to just go through it one way. We have had to lock them in a few times when people with allergies come over, though I’m sure it doesn’t help much!

I guess it’s really official now. We are those crazy cat people. But I’m sleeping so much better, and the cats use it well and sometimes even enjoy the option of privacy when we have people over (Winston, in particular, who is terrified of kids.) So there you have it. Feel free to judge now.

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