Cats can quickly ruin a screen door with their claws. Training your cat to not scratch at the screen will save you money and allow your screen door to serve it's purpose. This is a guide about keeping cats from scratching screen doors.
I have 2 indoor cats and several cats in the neighborhood come to my sliding glass door and create big holes in my screen by scratching. I have already replaced my screen once and do not want to do it again. What can I do to deter cats from coming to my back door and scratching big holes?
June 8, 2010
You can install a Screen Door Grill Guard. Google them to see what will fit your situation. I have gotten them in the past at Home Depot and Lowes, usually in the door isle.
The screened in sun porch is our four inside-only kitties favorite place. Unless it is below freezing or over one hundred degrees, they choose to be there over any other place in the house. On their first visit, each one had to check out the view which was just over their heads. As their claws stuck in the plastic screening causing small tears, I wondered how I would ever keep them from escaping thru torn screens. A couple of quick sprays with the water bottle worked good for training purposes, but I couldn't be there all the time.
Once I figured out a way to keep them off of the screen without losing the clear view of the backyard, we were all happier. The open weave of bird netting solved the visibility issue. The netting was cut in a 36-inch wide strip long enough to go all the way around from door to door. It is attached inside with zip strips to the supporting horizontal bars and reinforced at each end with an inch wide aluminum strip. The aluminum strip is threaded thru the squares and zip stripped onto the porch frame as well as screwed down at intervals for security. The bottom edge is tucked under the bottom railing to secure.
Kitties don't like to get their claws caught in the netting, so after a couple tries they were satisfied with sitting up on chairs to look out. So far no one has dared to try a climb up the netting. The idea should work for screen doors with variations in attachments.
By Shirley from IN
We have a new kitty that likes to climb all my window screens. We've sprayed her with water to get her down, but she'll climb right back up. Suggestions?
August 13, 2013
There is a screen replacement you can buy that won't get ruined if your cat scratches it. I found it here on Amazon, they also sell it at home improvement stores, like Lowes or Home Depot.