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I need to cut a hole in the bottom of a french door for a cat - I would guess about the size of a coffee can. Can this be done with a router and some type of round template? Or would you make it square, by drilling a pilot hole and using a jig-saw. No - thought of that - cat stays. :wink:

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If you are just cutting a hole make it whatever shape you want. If you are going to install a cat door in the hole follow the directions for the door.

Either way be aware that your cat may not be the only critter to use the access. A friendly skunk visited my brothers laundry room that way. Luckily the door to the rest of the house was closed. I would have liked to have seen my sister in laws reaction when she opened that door. LOL
 

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If you are just cutting a hole make it whatever shape you want. If you are going to install a cat door in the hole follow the directions for the door.

Either way be aware that your cat may not be the only critter to use the access. A friendly skunk visited my brothers laundry room that way. Luckily the door to the rest of the house was closed. I would have liked to have seen my sister in laws reaction when she opened that door. LOL

I am trying to figure out which kind of hole will be easiest to cut, and look the nicest when done. I should have clarified that this is an interior door - no fear of skunks.

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If you do opt for a round hole in the door you could make a circular (or square) cut out template with a jigsaw and sand it so it looks good, then rough out the cut in the door with a jigsaw, staying about 1/8" from the line and use a router with a straight cutting pattern bit.

This is assuming you have access to a router and such a bit. Otherwise, you're looking at quite an investment just to do that project.
 

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You could just remove one of the lower glass panes.

I thought of that, except the door has a single glass panel with an applied grid. At this point, I bought 5 inch hole saw, and intend to finish the edges with a round-over bit in my router. This will work as longs as the cat stays thin. :whistling2:

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Couldn't you just make a hinged horizontal mini door that's less obvious.
Either way is a waste of a great door. Your door will be there when the cat is gone. What is the point of cutting a hole in the door :no: when you keep it closed to keep things out... or is it the cat's own room and he can't reach the handle?
What if yor cat throws you out because he doesn't like the hole:laughing:?

If he outgrows it, it will be very hard to enlarge.

Sorry I just don't get it. Why can't the cat stay out!
 

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Couldn't you just make a hinged horizontal mini door that's less obvious.
Either way is a waste of a great door. Your door will be there when the cat is gone. What is the point of cutting a hole in the door :no: when you keep it closed to keep things out... or is it the cat's own room and he can't reach the handle?
What if yor cat throws you out because he doesn't like the hole:laughing:?

If he outgrows it, it will be very hard to enlarge.

Sorry I just don't get it. Why can't the cat stay out!

The door is from the upstairs hallway into the basement, and can't really be left open. The cat's litter box is down there. If the cat gets too big, I'll grease the edges routinely :wink:
 
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