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Last updated on March 26th, 2024

How much does it cost to get a cat flap fitted in 2024?

Cat flaps (and dog flaps) not only give your fluffy companions the flexibility to come and go as they please. They're also handy for us pet parents. But how much does it cost to get a cat flap fitted?

Fast Facts

  • The cost of fitting a cat flap can range from £100 - £450
  • It usually takes around 2 hours to install a cat flap
  • Cat flap installation costs will vary depending on where the cat flap is installed, the size of the cat flap and the complexity of the installation

Fed up of getting up and down to open the door for your needy pets? Or waking up to an unwanted ‘present’ to clean up?

In this guide, we’ll break down the typical cat flap installation cost to make your life as a pet parent just that little bit easier.

How much does it cost to fit a cat flap?

The cost to fit a cat flap can range from £100 - £450.

It all depends on the size, type and complexity of the job. However, the chances are your cat flap installation cost could be lower than you think.

Small cat flap installation cost

Job typeMaterial costsLabour costs
Small pet flap fitting on UPVC door panel
£50£50
Replace glass door panel with uPVC panel and fit small-sized flap£80£100
Small pet flap fitted into external wall£120£150
Small pet flap fitted into glass French door£80£100
Small pet flap fitting on wooden door£50£70
Small pet flap fitted into composite doors£80£80

Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now

The size of the cat flap you need will have a big impact on your total cat flap fitting cost.

You could pay as little as £100 to get a small cat flap professionally installed.

Large cat flap installation cost

Job typeMaterial costsLabour costs
Large pet flap fitting on UPVC door panel£50£80
Replace glass door panel with uPVC panel and fit large-sized pet flap£100£150
Large pet flap fitted into external wall£200£250
Large pet flap fitted into glass French door£100£150
Large pet flap fitting on wooden door£60£70
Large pet flap fitted into composite doors£90£100

The larger the cat flap, the more materials are required if modifications need to be made to a door or wall.

As a ballpark average, the cost of fitting a large cat flap starts at £100.

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Average costs to get a cat flap fitted

There are lots of different options to choose from if you’re wondering where you can install a cat flap in your home.

A specialist in cat flap installation near you will be able to fit a cat flap in pretty much any kind of door – whether it’s wood, uPVC, composite or glass. They can even install a cat flap in an external wall, if you prefer.

Each of these options will involve different amounts of labour and will therefore come at a different cost. Here’s the lowdown.

How much does it cost to install a cat flap in glass?

To fit a cat flap in a glass door, a specialist will need to cut a small-to-medium flap space into your double glazing.

Then, they’ll be able to install your flap and seal it off.

The average cat flap in double glazing cost is between £160 - £200. 

Cat flap in glass door cost

How much does cat flap installation in a wall cost?

It’s always best to use a professional for cat flap installation near you, but even more so when it comes to fitting a cat flap in a wall.

This is because they’ll have the tools, knowledge and skills needed to protect the integrity of your wall when carrying out the job. In particular, Installing a cat flap in a wall requires some brickwork and power tools.

The average cat flap installation in the wall cost is between £240 - £450.

How much does installing a cat flap in a uPVC door cost?

If you want to install a cat flap in a uPVC door, a professional will remove a cat flap-sized panel from the door.

They’ll then install the flap and seal the panel off to prevent unwanted draughts from entering your home.

The average cat flap UPVC door installation cost is between £80 - £120.

How much does installing a cat flap in a patio door cost?

Installing a cat flap in a patio door will usually be similar to installing one in a UPVC door.

But depending on what type of patio door you have, it may also involve glasswork or other materials.

The average cost to install a cat flap in a patio door is between £150 - £220.

Get quotes for cat flap installation near me

Whether you’re looking for a cat flap in glass door fitter near you, or you’re keen to get a cat flap installed in an external wall, it’s always best to get a quote from a professional tradesperson first.

They’ll be able to give you an accurate cost for cat flap installation near you. So, you’ll know exactly how much you need to budget for the job.

Enter your postcode into the search box below to find checked and approved specialists in your area.

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Types of cat flaps

There are lots of different types of cat flaps on the market nowadays. Here’s a rundown of the main ones you can expect to come across, to help you choose the best kind for your feline family member.

The classic cat flap

These are the most common cat flaps found around the world. They’re cheap, effective, and will let cats come and go as they please.

However, they can easily let heat escape from your home. Plus, they could potentially allow other small animals to sneak in.

Cat flap installation cost

Lockable pet flaps

These are similar to classic cat flaps, but they offer slightly better security as they can be locked.

Locking your cat flap at night can help you to keep bad weather and unwanted visitors out of your house.

Infrared, magnetic and microchip flaps

These sophisticated designs are all at the more expensive end of the market. But they provide the very best in security that a cat flap can offer.

If you opt for an infrared or magnetic flap, you’ll get a sensor to put on your cat’s collar. This will allow them to pass in and out of your home.

On the other hand, a microchip cat flap will involve a chip being placed under your pet’s skin. This will correspond to your cat flap to offer the highest level of security.

Why hire a professional cat flap fitter near you?

You might be tempted to reduce your costs by trying your hand at DIY cat flap installation.

But without the right training and tools, you run the risk of a poorly-fitted cat flap. At best, this could let in draughts and cause your energy bills to spike. At worst, it could provide ample opportunity for a potential home invader.

You might also find you pay more in the long run if you end up having to hire a professional to rectify your mistakes.

On the other hand, a professional cat flap fitter will have the skills, knowledge and experience to fit your cat flap to a high standard.

They’ll be able to make sure that it doesn’t impact the integrity of your home security or lower your energy efficiency. And they’ll be able to advise you on the best type of cat flap for your furry friends.

Plus, it may not cost as much as you might think. Remember, the average cat flap installation cost starts from just £100.

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Cat flap installation cost overview

  • Cat flap installation costs can range from £100 - £450
  • Your total cat flap cost will vary depending on where the cat flap is installed and the complexity of the installation
  • The cost of a cat flap in a glass door is between £160 - £200
  • Cat flap installation takes on average 2 hours
  • Infrared, magnetic or microchip flaps offer added security
  • Hiring a professional cat flap fitter will protect you from jeopardising your home security or energy efficiency

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Hi Hannah, yes you can. To get a quote, I recommend entering details about your job in our request a quote form. We will then send it to three tradespeople near you. I hope this helps!

Hannah

Can you install a cat flap in a window?

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Hi Susan, I recommend entering your postcode in the search bar to find cat flap fitters near you. Alternatively, fill in our request a quote form and we'll send it to three fitters near you.

Susan Bird

Need cat flap fitted in double glazed french door. Can l have a quote please

Checkatrade

Hi Sue, thanks for the comment. No problem. If you complete our Post a job form we'll send your details on to 4 relevant tradespeople who come recommended by your neighbours. Then our chosen members will reach out to you with a quote.

S Giles

I have a double glazed back door glass in the top panel in the bottom I’m trying to find someone to supply a cat flap and fit it if possible thank you

Checkatrade

Hi Carmen, thank you for your comment. Please enter your postcode in the search bar above, or alternatively, use our request a quote feature to get quotes from three trades near you.

Carmen lodge

Hi i need to find someone to fit a cat flap in on double glazed french doors quote needed thankyou

Checkatrade

Hi June, please enter your postcode into the search bar to find cat flap fitters near you. Alternatively, use our free request a quote feature to get quotes from three trades near you.

June Balfe

I need a cat flap fitted into an external door (to replace existing one). I have a three panned back door. I live in London SE8 area.

Checkatrade

Hi Christine, thank you for your comment. I recommend that you complete our request a quote form. Once you submit your details we'll get your job sent out to three local tradespeople for you. They will then be in touch with a quote to complete the cat flap installation.

Christine oram

In need of a cat flap fitted to either our door or a conservatory window which are both glass we live on the isle of sheppey so some one local would be good.

Checkatrade

Hi there, we’re an online trade directory where you can find vetted tradespeople to fit your cat flap. Just head over to our home page to find your local vetted tradesperson: checkatrade.com

T Giles

I need cat flap fitting either in double glazed panels or to a brick wall . Please can you contact me to supply and fit? Thank you

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