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Protecting a Screen Door from Cats

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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September 19, 20170 found this helpful

We have a cat that was the boss of the neighborhood, Always came home with cuts and scratches on his head, we brought him inside also but then he started spraying. Got him fixed which calmed him down made him less aggressive. No more spraying also.

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As far as the screen, anything that you put up is going to have its drawbacks. Solid panels blocks the view, Plexiglass stops the air, Heavier wire down grades looks. so it,s a matter of choice of what you want to give up. Get rid of cat and your heart hurts. it all has its shortcomings. Hardware stores do sell a hardware cloth that is plastic coated green or black that really does not look to bad and is tough enough to withstand any cat or dog. it also still give you the view and fresh air. You can run a small 1x2 or 2x2 around the inside of the 4x4s and handrail and then attach the hardware cloth with small staples or another thin piece of trim over the edge of the wire with an electric staple gun or a good staple gun that shoots small brad nails and or staples to attach wire. This is for the entire screen porch or just a door. hope this helps. but really have the cat fixed ,it helps him also. I shudder at the thought but it works.

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