Pets love to go from inside to outside at their leisure, but if you have a screen door, this could be an issue. A screen door allows for fresh air to come into the house and keep bugs out, but your loyal pets don't understand why they cannot pass through the screen door. Keeping your pet safe from crashing into the pet door or tearing at it is possible with some simple tips and a few items from your local hardware or home improvement store.
Best to Block
The best way to protect your new or existing screen door from your four-legged friend is to block it. Use a piece of furniture such as an ottoman. Be sure it is high enough, and wide enough, yet not so high that it completely blocks the screen door defeating the screen door’s purpose of providing fresh air.
A piece of Plexiglas can also be used instead of furniture. If you go this route, take the measurements of your door both horizontally and vertically, and head to the local hardware store to have a piece cut to place against the screen door.
Once you have the Plexiglas square in place, use a heavy glue and glue Plexiglas to the screen or have the hardware store make a hole in each corner so a piece of wire can be fastened to the screen to hold it in place. Next, sand down the sides with a fine piece of sandpaper to get rid of harsh edges that may cut or scrape your pet.
Install a Pet Door
Opt for installing a pet door within the screen so the pet can go in and out at his or her leisure. You can do this yourself by cutting a portion of the screen, or hire a professional. Also, some screens called invisible screens or retractable screen doors can be installed. These have bottoms that are open so pets can come and go as they please. This stops pets from clawing at the screen door because they have a place they can get in and out on their own.
Replace the Door
Another option is to replace the screen door with a new screen that is more durable and pet resistant. There are now some constructed from a new form of polypropylene. This high impact material is stronger and lasts longer than the typical fiberglass or metal. Many home improvement and pet stores carry such options.
Spray a Repellent
Spray the area with a pet-safe repellent to keep the animals away from the screen door.
Call a screen door company; many offer pet guard materials that can be placed onto the screen door already in place.
If you have cats that like to claw the screen, using it in place of a scratching post, pet stores sell nail caps to put over their claws. Whatever decision you choose to make in terms of which one of these or other methods works for you, be sure that it is also a safe choice for your pet.