The world’s best cat doors
All models of Freedom Pet Pass cat doors share the following features that make them the best, most energy efficient in the world:
- DoubleMag™ seal technology for an airtight, weatherproof seal
- The most energy efficient cat door on the market
- High-quality, durable, safe, and attractive pet doors
Freedom Pet Pass doors have several options to ensure you get the right door for you and your cat. Learn about the doors and each of the options below or place your order.Next Section ↓ Order Now
DoubleMag™ Seal Technology
The best seal for the world’s most energy efficient cat door
Tired of leaky cat doors?
If you’re tired of kittie doors that don’t seal and allow in outside air, you’re not alone. One morning in 2006, Brian and Debra (owners of Freedom Pet Pass) woke up to find a snow drift in their living room. It had blown in through their dog door. This was the last straw. They looked everywhere they could for a better door, but all of the pet doors shared the same flaw: they lacked an airtight seal.
Brian decided to use his experiences with magnets and weather-resistant materials to build a pet door to meet his own needs and stand up to the often crazy weather they experienced in Michigan. After years of experimenting, he perfected what is now called DoubleMag Technology. They started Freedom Pet Pass to share this innovation with the world. Now, 7 years and thousands of satisfied dogs, cats, and owners later, Freedom Pet Pass doors are still the best-performing, most energy-efficient pet doors on the market.
What’s so special about DoubleMag™?
The challenge for making an airtight seal on a cat door is that the seal has to be strong enough to withstand the force of wind, yet easy for a small cat to open. We’ve solved this problem with a combination of proprietary magnet technologies and our unique double flap design. Our doors with DoubleMag Technology make an airtight seal – tested to withstand the equivalent of a 25 mph wind – yet let pets enter and exit with no effort. It seals like a refrigerator, but “unzips” like a zipper when pets want to enter or exit.Next Section ↓ Order Now
The MOST Energy Efficient Cat Doors
Others claim it – we prove it!
No stupid comparisons
If you are doing research on kittie doors, you’ve probably seen lots of claims of energy efficiency. What’s often in the small print is precisely what those claims are based upon, and there’s usually a good reason they keep it in the small print. Many of those claims are based upon comparisons that aren’t very meaningful to your home’s comfort level or the amount of energy needed to keep it comfortable. We recommend that you read the details behind all pet door energy efficiency claims closely and compare them.
Real, meaningful testing
Openings in the structure, or “envenlope”, of a home are types of what is called fenestrations. Windows, doors, and skylights all fall under the category of fenestrations. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is the organization that sets standards and develops testing for these products. They work with the US EPA Energy Star program to provide ratings for fenstration products. We are proud members of the NFRC. We use official test protocols and EnergyStar-certified independent laboratories to conduct energy efficiency evaluations on our doors, and we use the NFRC metric of air leakage to judge energy efficiency.
Results: the best-performing energy efficient cat door
Using a standard blower door test with a test pressure of +50 Pa, the independent lab showed non-detectable air leakage with the Freedom Pet Pass door, well under the standard used for windows and doors of 0.3 cfm/ft2 (cubic feet per minute per square foot). This means that Freedom Pet Pass doors stop air infiltration as well as modern doors and windows. The leading cat door, tested under the same conditions, leaked an astonishing 19 cfm/ft2!
The video to the right shows blower door testing of an installed Freedom Pet Pass door. This was actual testing performed in the ultra-efficient 16th and Nebraska passive house (read more below). A pressure of -50 Pa applied (to simulate wind blowing toward house). You can hear the testing technicians’ comments about there being no leakage and the test conditions being similar to a 25 mph wind (it’s actually like a 25 mph wind blowing directly at all portions of your home at the same time). As you can see, the Freedom Pet Pass door passed with flying colors.
note: The flap has to be pushed closed in the video only because of the constant negative pressure drawn upon the house that keeps it open. This is not a condition experienced in the real world. Our doors easily close on their own.
Freedom Pet Pass part of the super energy efficient Passive House
Blake Bilyeu, of Bilyeu Builders, was commissioned to build a house that met the strict energy efficiency guidelines of the Passive House standard. He related the following about his experience:
“As custom green homebuilders in Oregon, quality, high performance components are critical to what we do. Early discussions with our most recent customers made two things very apparent: they wanted a new home built with extreme energy efficiency in mind—an incredibly low energy home built to the Passive House Standard (www.passivehouse.us), but one that also held a place for their cat Pippen and had his needs in mind as well. Our initial research turned up a few options, but only one that had actually been tested for air tightness—the Freedom Pet Pass pet door.
We installed the pet door without hesitation, and suffice it to say, the pet door did not disappoint–we exceeded the Passive House air tightness requirements by a factor of three!”
The install of the Freedom Pet Pass door was so successful that it was specifically mentioned in the book Recreating the American Home by Mary James:
“This Freedom Pet Pass door made everyone happy, especially Bilyeu, when a subsequent blower door test came in at 0.2 ACH50 - well below the 0.6 ACH performance target. Bilyeu’s team performed the blower door test as soon as the windows, doors, and pet door were installed–long before insulation and drywall could block access to any potentially leaky areas. Bilyues attributes this to outstanding air tightness level in no small part to the care that his subcontractors took to create and maintain an intact air barrier layer.”
No other pet door has the proven track record of energy efficiency that we do! If you are looking for the absolute most energy efficient pet door on the market today, you’ve found it.Next Section ↓ Order Now
The first thing most people notice about a Freedom Pet Pass cat door is how sturdy it is. Our doors are built with the toughest materials we could find. Our flap materials are marine grade and 10X stronger than leather. The components are rated to withstand temperature extremes from -40°F to 140°F (-40°C to 60°C) and are UV resistant. While cats are typically not as hard on pet doors as dogs are, we build our cat doors to the same specifications as our dog doors. We like to say that our doors are “built for one dog or a pack” – and that is backed up by their performance in the dozens of kennels that rely on Freedom Pet Pass doors. We are confident that our cat door can stand up to just about anything you throw at it.
All Freedom Pet Pass doors are veterinarian and kennel approved, and we use only safe and non-toxic materials in the construction of our doors. We have designed our doors without hinges or springs that can pinch or harm your cat. The pet door itself is made from flexible material to prevent injuries that can occur with rigid materials. We are proud to say that we have never received a report of a pet being injured in a Freedom Pet Pass door.Next Section ↓ Order Now
Freedom Pet Pass doors give you two options for installing your doors.
Door-mounted kittie doors are what most people imagine when they think of a cat door. The main advantage of this traditional style of cat door is that it is fairly easy to install. If you look at our installation videos, you can see that anyone with some modest home improvement skills can install a Freedom Pet Pass door-mounted cat door.
The main drawback of a door-mounted door is that it lacks the flexibility offered by a wall-mounted unit. Door-mounted units are limited in their location to exterior doors. They also cannot accommodate many of the pet-friendly situations that wall mounts can. The final slight drawback is that a door-mounted cat door is slightly more expensive than a comparable wall mount – though installation costs for a wall mount can easily overwhelm that difference.
Advantages of door mounting include:
- Easiest type of installation
- cats typically accustomed to location
Disadvantages of door mounting include:
- Limited choice of location in house (exterior doors only)
- Limited options for where pet is let outside
- Slightly more expensive than wall mount
Many people don’t realize that wall-mounted cat doors are even an option. However, wall-mounted kittie doors can open up a world of possibilities because you’re not limited to human doorways for where your pets come and go. Wall mount doors give your cats their own entrance and exit that can be customized to meet their and your needs. They easily accommodate ramps and steps. They also allow for limiting your cat’s access on one side or the other of the door – a crate on the inside, a fenced-in area on the outside… you are only limited by your imagination!
The main disadvantage of wall mounting versus door mounting is the skill level required to safely cut and finish an opening in your home’s wall. Some fairly serious home improvement skills are needed to install and trim out a wall mount door. We don’t provide detailed instructions for wall mounted doors because every wall and house are unique. If you can’t immediately visualize how you would install a wall-mounted kittie door, you should probably budget for having a professional do the installation.
Advantages of wall mounting include:
- Flexibility where the pet door is located
- Option to put ramp and/or steps for pet
- Ability to limit access to specific areas of house and/or outdoors
Disadvantages of wall mounting include:
- Professional installation recommended.
Freedom Pet Pass doors gives you several options for getting the perfect size of door for your cat
Doors for cats of all sizes
Our medium cat door accommodates almost every cat size, even chunky ones. If you have an extra-small cat, please contact us for information on a small cat door.
|Cat Door Size||Pet Opening||Rough Opening|
|Standard Cat Door||6” x 10”||10” x 14½’|
|Petite Cat Door||6½” x 7”||9” x 11½’|
Rough Opening vs. Pet Opening
When ordering and installing, you need to be aware of the difference between the pet opening and the rough opening.
The rough opening is the hole in the wall or human door that needs to be cut to allow for installation of the pet door. The rough opening has to be larger than the pet opening in order to accommodate the entire pet door assembly.
The pet opening is the area in the pet door that is available for your cat to pass through. This area should be large enough for your cat to comfortably enter and exit without slouching. Details on the best process for determining the appropriate pet door size are below.
Correctly Sizing Your Pet Door
Getting a pet door of the correct size is important for the comfort and health of your pet. The more comfortably your cat can pass through a door, the easier it will be for them to use it now and in the future. You want your cat to be able to pass through the door without jumping, crouching, or bumping its back.
Unfortunately, you cannot correctly size a door just by using your cat’s breed or weight. Variations in heights and stepping ability make it impossible to ensure a correct fit. The best way to size your pet door is with the cardboard cutout test outlined below. This will make sure that you have a perfectly-sized door for your cat. Remember, cats tend to get bigger and less nimble as they age, so you want them to be able to get through the door comfortably without squeezing.
Cardboard Cutout Test
- This sizing method requires a big piece of corrugated cardboard. Start with the pet opening size you think is most appropriate for the pet in mind.
- Cutout either the 6”x10”, 9”x13” or 11”x17” pet opening rectangle out of the cardboard up high and fold it at the bottom so that when the piece of cardboard is placed in a doorway, the top of the hole of the rectangle is approximately one inch to an inch and a half higher than your pet, at the withers or shoulders.
- Step on the folded end of the cardboard, and invite your pet through the opening. Watch for clearance high and low.
- If the size of the cutout you try is inappropriate, change to the next size up or down as required. Remember, it is always better to err on the side of being too large.
Add extra security to your cat door with our unique locking panel
Unique Locking Panel
Unlike competitive locking panels, which require free space above or on the side of the pet door to slide in and out, our strong acrylic panel slides up and into the door from the inside for both great security and easy use.
The locking panel comes standard on our door-mounted pet door, and it is available as an option for our wall-mounted version.Next Section ↓ Order Now
Detailed Installation Instructions Provided
We make installation as easy as possible with our step-by-step instructions
Step-by-Step Installation Instructions
Installation of a Freedom Pet Pass cat door requires a few tools and some home improvement skills. We provide detailed instructions and online videos for each step to ensure that your installation goes as smoothly as possible.
Check out our overview video to the right –>
For full installation instructions, click here.Next Section ↓ Order Now
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Cat Door Pricing
|Door Size||Door Mount with Locking Panel||Wall Mount with Locking Panel||Wall Mount without Locking Panel|
|Standard Cat Door||$235||$175||$135|
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