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Keeping Cats from Scratching Screen Doors

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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.


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December 22, 2011

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

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December 27, 20111 found this helpful

This is good. We've also used this method and it works very well. It's also additional screen support for the dogs that like to jump on the door when someone arrives.

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August 12, 20131 found this helpful

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?

By Liz

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August 13, 20132 found this helpful

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.

http://www.amaz  pet+proof+screen

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June 15, 20050 found this helpful

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?


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June 18, 20050 found this helpful

I had my back porch screen door damaged too but not by a cat. Rather our large German Shepherd dog. I took it to the hardware store, had a new screen put in and then had them put Plexiglas over the new screen. Problem solved. Bonnie

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July 30, 20071 found this helpful

Definitely use water, maybe not a gun but a spray bottle will work just as effectively, and its how your supposed to train your cat to not to stuff, like off the counters and things like that, I'm sure it would work for a screen too.

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November 29, 20070 found this helpful

I've tried water many times, it doesn't work for me?

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September 19, 20080 found this helpful

I have always wondered if chicken wire put over the screen would deter screen scratching. The problem is that someone needs to come up with a way to attach the chicken wire to the door to try it

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June 8, 20101 found this helpful

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.

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September 24, 20161 found this helpful

the point of a screen is to let the air in, which Plexiglass defeats.

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March 27, 20170 found this helpful

My screen has a grill guard but my cat's claws get stuck through its holes, into the screen, too.

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March 27, 20170 found this helpful

My screen has a partial grill guard, but my cat's claws still get through the guard's holes into the screen. Maybe a guard that is different from mine would work OK.

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April 10, 2011

I have a cat that is always ruining our screen door. Is there a place here in Ottawa, Ontario where I can buy a screen door protector?

By Aline from Ottawa, Ontario

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April 10, 20111 found this helpful

Our screen was damaged, and when we went to purchase new screen material, I noticed that they had one that was supposed to be stronger for cats. It's not metal. Perhaps fiberglass? It is flexible, but stronger than the regular plastic kind. I seem to recall it was a bit more expensive than the regular screening material, but still looks new after several years. Perhaps this is a good option for you.

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April 10, 20111 found this helpful

We buy wire mesh from the hardware store or from Lowes, and use that to cover the screen on our door. Just cut a piece slightly larger than the screen and attatch it to the door, using screws and washers.

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April 11, 20110 found this helpful

We bought 2 screen doors that had the screens on the top and a solid panel on the bottom, put one on the front doorway and one on the back. Problem and its attendant frustrations, solved!

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April 12, 20110 found this helpful

Bought one at Home Depot. It is heavy metal, enameled white and had pieces which stick out and can be screwed to a wooden door. Put one on a window as well to keep the cat from getting out. He kept pushing the screen with his head until it popped out. He got into too many fights, so he is now an indoor cat.

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April 10, 20110 found this helpful

Does anyone know where I could find a screen door protector to stop my cat from scratching the bottom of my screen door? I've seen them online before but can't find them anymore. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Tracey from Maryland


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Protecting a Screen Door from Cats

Go to the home improvement store and purchase a sheet of plexiglass. Get it cut and screw it onto the screen door for the summer. (03/02/2006)

By kidsNclutter

Protecting a Screen Door from Cats

A screen shop can order this for you to exact measurements, and hardware stores carry ones you can use if a standard size. My dogs were jumping on the screen and it sure has saved it! (03/02/2006)


Protecting a Screen Door from Cats

At the home improvement store, you will find a mesh grate that screws right to the bottom half of the door...we used one for years to keep our dog from going through the screen. (03/02/2006)

By Mary

Protecting a Screen Door from Cats

This works for the summer in our area.
A water gun.
Just shoot it at the screen when they scratch, it
won't hurt them and they don't like getting wet.
After a couple sprays they won't scratch anymore. (03/02/2006)


Protecting a Screen Door from Cats

We have the square chicken wire on ours. Just cut out a square and put in on the bottom of the door. It works great we had to do it because of the cats and the pigs also went threw them. Now no problem (03/03/2006)

By muddngina

Protecting a Screen Door from Cats

Is this what you need? (12/01/2007)

By Troy H.

RE: Protecting a Screen Door from Cats

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