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Traveling full time with 5 cats, a dog, and a chicken, it’s easy to see how things can get a little beat up from time to time. Recently the boys have decided to take their claws to the lower screen on our screen door and tore a nice big hole in it. Luckily, none of them have wizened up to the fact that they could easily jump through the hole and escape to the outside.
Recognizing that we obviously cannot leave a gaping hole in our screen door, we decided to research what options we had. At first we talked about possibly replacing the screen with plexiglass, but found that there is a pet resistant screen that is supposed to be able to withstand cat claws. Since it was much cheaper to go with the screen, we decided to give it a try.
Removing the old screen was incredibly easy. There are 4 plastic strips that run around the entire edge of the screen that you can easily pry up and pull out to release the old screen from the door. After the original piece was removed, we cut a piece from the new roll a few inches larger than what we needed which would allow us extra room. Aaron centered up the new piece of screen on the door and started to press the plastic strips back into the grooves. This part is extremely tedious and is arguably the worst part of the entire process. After about a half hour of fiddling with the strips, they all finally were set and all that was left was to trim the extra pieces off the edge.
We’ve had the new screen in for a few weeks now and the kids haven’t slowed down on the clawing, but so far it has held up really well. We’ve seen a few areas where the screen has stretched a bit, but so far, there are no tears and we’re happy with the way it’s worked out.