3 ways to insulate your dog and cat doors from the winter cold: King winter won’t get through!

Dog and cat doors that are insulated against the cold do exist! After all, sustainable wood insulates perfectly and Tomsgates turns it into beautiful dog and cat doors.

Dog and cat flaps have a bad reputation when it comes to keeping out the winter cold: they let in drafts, they’re made of a thin plastic plate in a well insulated door panel and when you think about closing them off you can only add an equally thin metal or plastic plate. It’s like the manufacturers don’t even want to go out of their way to make an insulated hatch or cat flap. Pretty outdated huh? Not to mention a wall hatch: a hole in a 30 cm thick cavity wall that is merely closed with a plastic plate!

After all, this stands in the way of all the efforts we put forth today to make our homes heat-comfortable in an energy-conscious way. If the dog and cat doors continue to be manufactured like this, no one will dare/will install another one any time soon. Too bad for our beloved pets who enjoy walking in and out the winter garden or for the beautiful carpentry that they scratch up when they want to go outside. 

And of course … a pity for the figurative porters who have to be on their toes day and night. Consider this for a moment. Whenever you are present when dog or cat wants to go inside or outside, you are a super porter. And if it takes too long for you to let them in and out, then you become the jailer in the eyes of the “fluffy” one: the one who can open the door but doesn’t want to. 

We contemplated on three ways to solve this issue:

  1. Insulation #1: padded rubber flap. Our flaps are made of 2.5 mm thick rubber, covered on both sides with 1 cm thick wood. The rubber itself does not feel cold, the 2 cm of wood almost corresponds to the thickness of the panels that we usually saw out of the door, which are also usually wooden panels of about 20 mm thick. So you’re replacing it with something similar.
  2. Insulation #2: double flap. Our wall shutters have two flaps; one on the outside wall and one on the inside wall. This way you create an insulating layer of air between them, just like the cavity wall in which you just made a hole (or had us make a hole in it).
  3. Insulation #3: the real closing door. Finally, if the winter gets really bad, you can use the door made of 2 cm thick solid wood to close your hatch in a firm way. Moreover, you again create a cavity between the flap and the door so that that layer of air also insulates. 

A dog door and cat doors that is insulated against the cold is now available! Feel free to talk to your dog or cat about whether they would like one because you don’t have to leave yourself cold anymore!     See more product details