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the Incidental Kitty Door


The magic of Design Thinking  is Insight

I like to let some fresh air inside during the day.  Screendoors are good for that.

My kitties also like to spend some time outside. They usually either

Now, the screendoor itself is fairly cheap – so the screen often comes loose at the corners and …

Voila!  The instant Kitty Door


The space just below the protective pet barrier on the door is just the right size and in the right position to serve as a convenient pet portal.

Sometimes Good Design is just a Happy Accident

Interestingly, the metal mesh panel that I installed in the door (available at your local hardware store) is marketed as a protective barrier.  It’s intended to prevent cats or dogs from scratching or pushing through the screen.

From a UX perspective:

The protective barrier addresses the limited agenda of one stakeholder (me):  The security of my property.

But it also is a primary satisfier of critical users of the system (my cats): It provides accessibility and convenience


My placement of the “barrier” on the screendoor also created a viable Kitty Door, while still providing security.   The cats can go in and out at will during nice weather and I can have the doorway open – but latched securely.