Paws for thought with Knebworth company

HAVE you ever wished your cat flap could be a bit more adventurous, fun or stylish? Well if so, a new company could have the dream solution for you. Sarah Gildersleeve, who has started Knebworth-based Doors4Paws with business partners Peter and Michelle M

HAVE you ever wished your cat flap could be a bit more adventurous, fun or stylish?

Well if so, a new company could have the dream solution for you.

Sarah Gildersleeve, who has started Knebworth-based Doors4Paws with business partners Peter and Michelle McDermott, told the WHT their range of frames can transform the previously "boring" flaps.

The 40-year-old, who used to be sales director at a major soft drinks firm but had to give it up after a serious car crash, said: "We have spent 18 months researching and developing our product.

"We have patented the product to prevent people copying the idea and hope to make Doors4Paws a global business.

"We have already had enquiries from the USA and Canada and are working hard on items to add to the range."

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Currently in stock are three separate designs, which are easily attached to doors or walls via Velcro. They are:

* The Priory - in the design of an old manor house door, aimed to add grandeur to your existing pet door.

* The Chigwell - an "elegant" door surround, finished in white to enhance your existing pet door.

* The Stable - a rustic cottage style

door surround, designed for the rural retreat.

The Gun Lane woman suggested in future clients could ask for a design and they will try their best to create it.

"The response so far has been fantastic with some people asking for their own bespoke designs and colours - one customer wanted his encrusted with Swarovski crystals!"

The single mum-of-one added: "The original idea came from my business partner, in what he recalls as a dream.

"At first I thought it was funny but a really good idea.

"It's something light and amusing in these times of the credit crunch."

For more information call 01763 837028 or visit www.doors4paws.co.uk

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