cenobyte40k: All I need is one that locks and unlocks automatically on a timer.My cats can go in and out all day, but I like to keep them in at night (They get into to many fights). The problem comes in when its time to let them out again at 6:30am. I work 1pm to 10pm so 6:30am is kind of in the middle of the night for me. You would think this would be a common need, but no one makes one and I don't have time/energy to custom build something.
EvilEgg: A friend of mine built one of these already. His can tell if his cat is carrying a "present" too.
maxheck: Or, ya know... Just put a $0.50 RFID tag on kitty's collar and hook a $10 RFID reader from eBay to a solenoid.
maxheck: Have you ever owned a cat? Doors keep getting on the wrong side of them. Somehow.
Vaneshi: maxheck: Or, ya know... Just put a $0.50 RFID tag on kitty's collar and hook a $10 RFID reader from eBay to a solenoid.I don't know about the States but here in the UK it's been common practice to chip pets for a number of years. That way when one turns up at a vets they wave a wand over the animal and it tells them who owns it (in theory).I'm surprised more cat/dog flaps and such haven't been marketed that make use of these chips... most seem to revolve a round a small magnet on the animals collar which triggers a solenoid and unlocks the flap; which works a treat until either your cat looses it's collar or another one shows up with a magnet for the flap on it's house.
Quantum Apostrophe: Thank God they're not triggered by extra apostrophes.
Victoly: What a small burglar might look like:[sites.google.com image 320x240]/ Very farking small
Fark you, cat
studebaker hoch: My friends house got burglarized.They got in through the pet door./a cat door only has to be about 6" square.
maxheck: Or, ya know... Just put a $0.50 RFID tag on kitty's collar and hook a $10 RFID reader from eBay to a solenoid.My ex and I had a much more useful idea for anyone who owns a longhair:The Mew-Smooth 2000TM.It's basically a short tunnel lined with brushes that attaches to the cat door. By the time the cat enters the house, she's brushed free of excess fur and whatever else she picked up in her adventures outside.
ZeroCorpse: Unless you live in the country, where mousing is a cat's primary function on your farm, there is NO REASON to let your cat wander around the neighborhood alone.It's rude to your neighbors, and dangerous for the cat. Letting the cat out was always meant to be a rural thing. It's not a neighborly or intelligent idea if you live in an urban or suburban area.If your city/town has leash laws for dogs, then the same courtesies apply for cats; Don't let your pets of ANY species run around without a leash.Of course, if for some reason you like the idea of some cat-hating neighbors hurting your cat, or some bad driver killing it, or some neighborhood dog tearing it apart, or the county animal control officers picking up your pet and eventually putting it to sleep, then by all means: Be an idiot and let your cat out in the suburbs or city.You don't need a damn cat door if you live around other people, and if you don't live around other people, you don't need a smart cat door because you probably have smart-enough cats and dogs to deal with vermin before they try to enter your dwelling.
theurge14: Can we get a door that will blast away the neighbor's cats who poop on my doorstep, get muddy paw prints on my car, have kittens in my dryer vent and dig and claw through everything else?
ZeroCorpse: Unless you live in the country, where mousing is a cat's primary function on your farm, there is NO REASON to let your cat wander around the neighborhood alone.It's rude to your neighbors, and dangerous for the cat. Letting the cat out was always meant to be a rural thing. It's not a neighborly or intelligent idea if you live in an urban or suburban area.
Earguy: I have a friend who had a raccoon enter their home through the dog door last month. It was an interesting Facebook thread. I never heard back if it was rabid, but its behavior was.
CptnSpldng: [www.urbachletter.com image 424x485]
Skr: [www.mnn.com image 300x200]"Open the cat bay doors, HAL!"[voicegal.files.wordpress.com image 300x200]"I'm sorry, CAT. I'm afraid I can't do that."
azxj: Wouldn't getting the cat microchipped and then using an RFID reader be a lot easier?
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