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December 27th 07, 02:02 PM
Does anyone know if someone makes a cat door that requires a magnetic/
RF collar to open it for both coming in and going out?

We have four indoor cats and one 1/2 wild mostly-outdoor cat who came
with the house. We spent the last couple month teaching her to come
inside to eat and now we'd like to allow her to come and go as she
pleases. The problem with most electronic cat doors is that they will
allow any cat out and only allow the cat with the collar in. We don't
want the others to go out.

The bigger problem is that the raccoons have discovered the cat door
and can pull it out to get in. Last night they ate all the food on
the porch and then proceeded to trash the automatic feeder and crap
all over the porch. I have never seen raccoons like this (we are in FL
now). In WA state they came down and mooched but had way better
manners and NEVER crapped anywhere close to the house.

We need some way to provide food for our wild girl when we have to go
out of town (the others go with us in the RV). She wouldn't come to a
cat-sitter and if the cat-sitter were to leave the food, the raccoons
would get it again (and trash the place again). If anybody has ANY
ideas of where to get a cat door that requires a magnet/RF collar for
both entry and exit (or any ideas at all), we would be eternally
grateful.

Thanks,
Gail

Gail in Florida
December 27th 07, 02:53 PM
On Dec 27, 9:16 am, "cindys" > wrote:
> Gail, I don't know how much this is worth to you, but if you can't find one
> elsewhere, you may want to consider having one custom-made. I'm not an
> electrician, but I can't imagine it would be too difficult. There is
> obviously a mechanism on the outside of the door that responds to an
> electronic device on the collar. I suspect you could order a second
> mechanism (from the company that manufactures the door) and have someone
> (who knows how) install the second device on the other side of the door. Or
> you may need to purchase two doors and install them back-to-back or
> something like that.
> Best regards,
> ---Cindy S.
>
> > wrote in message
>
> ...
>
> > Does anyone know if someone makes a cat door that requires a magnetic/
> > RF collar to open it for both coming in and going out?
>
> > We have four indoor cats and one 1/2 wild mostly-outdoor cat who came
> > with the house. We spent the last couple month teaching her to come
> > inside to eat and now we'd like to allow her to come and go as she
> > pleases. The problem with most electronic cat doors is that they will
> > allow any cat out and only allow the cat with the collar in. We don't
> > want the others to go out.
>
> > The bigger problem is that the raccoons have discovered the cat door
> > and can pull it out to get in. Last night they ate all the food on
> > the porch and then proceeded to trash the automatic feeder and crap
> > all over the porch. I have never seen raccoons like this (we are in FL
> > now). In WA state they came down and mooched but had way better
> > manners and NEVER crapped anywhere close to the house.
>
> > We need some way to provide food for our wild girl when we have to go
> > out of town (the others go with us in the RV). She wouldn't come to a
> > cat-sitter and if the cat-sitter were to leave the food, the raccoons
> > would get it again (and trash the place again). If anybody has ANY
> > ideas of where to get a cat door that requires a magnet/RF collar for
> > both entry and exit (or any ideas at all), we would be eternally
> > grateful.
>
> > Thanks,
> > Gail

Thanks, Cindy, I was thinking about a two door solution except the
raccoons could still get in and do their damage.

Sheelagh>\o\
December 28th 07, 05:14 PM
On Dec 27, 2:02*pm, wrote:
> Does anyone know if someone makes a cat door that requires a magnetic/
> RF collar to open it for both coming in and going out?
>
> We have four indoor cats and one 1/2 wild mostly-outdoor cat who came
> with the house. *We spent the last couple month teaching her to come
> inside to eat and now we'd like to allow her to come and go as she
> pleases. *The problem with most electronic cat doors is that they will
> allow any cat out and only allow the cat with the collar in. *We don't
> want the others to go out.
>
> The bigger problem is that the raccoons have discovered the cat door
> and can pull it out to get in. *Last night they ate all the food on
> the porch and then proceeded to trash the automatic feeder and crap
> all over the porch. I have never seen raccoons like this (we are in FL
> now). *In WA state they came down and mooched but had way better
> manners and NEVER crapped anywhere close to the house.
>
> We need some way to provide food for our wild girl when we have to go
> out of town (the others go with us in the RV). *She wouldn't come to a
> cat-sitter and if the cat-sitter were to leave the food, the raccoons
> would get it again (and trash the place again). * If anybody has ANY
> ideas of where to get a cat door that requires a magnet/RF collar for
> both entry and exit (or any ideas at all), we would be eternally
> grateful.
>
> Thanks,
> Gail

I wonder if these would be of any help to you. I have provided some
links for you to look @ the product to see if this is what you are
looking for?

The reason I ask, is because I note that there is a new way of
operating a cat flap.

You only you can get this door to operate, is by getting them
electronically chipped, & the cat flap recognises the chip, without
the need to have those ridiculous collars that we have used in the
past! One would assume that if they only allow the cat with the right
chip in it, then it would prevent the other cats going out, & also the
racoons coming in.

Some of the sites are UK based, but I am absolutely sure that if we
can get them over on this side of the pond, then you certainly should
be able to obtain one from USA. Have a look & see what you think. I
was looking for something similar myself a couple of months ago, for
Ringo to go into our garden if he wanted to. ( He still won't go out
alone!!), for similar reasons, but cats, not raccoons.

I know that it would mean chipping the cat, but that is not such a
hard thing to do, is it? The other thing that might be worth
mentioning, is that over here, we can get our pets chipped @ half the
cost that my vet can do it for. My vet wants 28 to chip my cat's, but
the local authority is willing to do exactly the same thing, for 15-
That is quite a saving, especially when you have more than one cat.
It's worth asking! I certainly would.

http://www.microchipcatflaps.co.uk/

http://pet-mate.com/Cat_Mate/Flaps/Lockable_Petdoors_UK.htm

http://www.petporte.com/

I hope that this helps out. I didn't read all of them, but I think it
is worth thinking about.
**IF**... it only allows the cat with that chip through it, then I
would imagine it must only allow that singular cat in or out? Anyway,
hope it helps out & I'd love to know if they are as good as some
people say they are.

Sheelagh >"o"<

PS: is there any testimonials to read with them? Might be worth a look
too.

gkul
December 30th 07, 01:59 PM
Wow, the micro-chip cat flap is a great idea and would be PERFECT.
However, after reading the info on their site I found that it will not
work on micro-chips in the US, only those used in Britain and Europe
(bummer). This would have solved my problem as we have micro-chips in
all our cats. I talked my sister into putting micro-chips in her cats
a couple years ago and she actually got back a lost cat because he had
the chip, so she was pleased she'd done it.

Thank you, Sheelagh, for the info. I fired off some email to the
company and asked if they had plans for the US. I would love one of
these doors!

Gail in Florida

> I wonder if these would be of any help to you. I have provided some
> links for you to look @ the product to see if this is what you are
> looking for?
>
> The reason I ask, is because I note that there is a new way of
> operating a cat flap.
>
> You only you can get this door to operate, is by getting them
> electronically chipped, & the cat flap recognises the chip, without
> the need to have those ridiculous collars that we have used in the
> past! One would assume that if they only allow the cat with the right
> chip in it, then it would prevent the other cats going out, & also the
> racoons coming in.
>
> Some of the sites are UK based, but I am absolutely sure that if we
> can get them over on this side of the pond, then you certainly should
> be able to obtain one from USA. Have a look & see what you think. I
> was looking for something similar myself a couple of months ago, for
> Ringo to go into our garden if he wanted to. ( He still won't go out
> alone!!), for similar reasons, but cats, not raccoons.
>
> I know that it would mean chipping the cat, but that is not such a
> hard thing to do, is it? The other thing that might be worth
> mentioning, is that over here, we can get our pets chipped @ half the
> cost that my vet can do it for. My vet wants 28 to chip my cat's, but
> the local authority is willing to do exactly the same thing, for 15-
> That is quite a saving, especially when you have more than one cat.
> It's worth asking! I certainly would.
>
> http://www.microchipcatflaps.co.uk/
>
> http://pet-mate.com/Cat_Mate/Flaps/Lockable_Petdoors_UK.htm
>
> http://www.petporte.com/
>
> I hope that this helps out. I didn't read all of them, but I think it
> is worth thinking about.
> **IF**... it only allows the cat with that chip through it, then I
> would imagine it must only allow that singular cat in or out? Anyway,
> hope it helps out & I'd love to know if they are as good as some
> people say they are.
>
> Sheelagh >"o"<
>
> PS: is there any testimonials to read with them? Might be worth a look
> too.

Sheelagh>\o\
December 30th 07, 05:58 PM
On Dec 30, 1:59*pm, gkul > wrote:
> Wow, the micro-chip cat flap is a great idea and would be PERFECT.
> However, after reading the info on their site I found that it will not
> work on micro-chips in the US, only those used in Britain and Europe
> (bummer). *This would have solved my problem as we have micro-chips in
> all our cats. *I talked my sister into putting micro-chips in her cats
> a couple years ago and she actually got back a lost cat because he had
> the chip, so she was pleased she'd done it.
>
> Thank you, Sheelagh, for the info. *I fired off some email to the
> company and asked if they had plans for the US. *I would love one of
> these doors!
>
> Gail in Florida
>
>
>
> > I wonder if these would be of any help to you. I have provided some
> > links for you to look @ the product to see if this is what you are
> > looking for?
>
> > The reason I ask, is because I note that there is a new way of
> > operating a cat flap.
>
> > You only you can get this door to operate, is by getting them
> > electronically chipped, & the cat flap recognises the chip, without
> > the need to have those ridiculous collars that we have used in the
> > past! *One would assume that if they only allow the cat with the right
> > chip in it, then it would prevent the other cats going out, & also the
> > racoons coming in.
>
> > Some of the sites are UK based, but I am absolutely sure that if we
> > can get them over on this side of the pond, then you certainly should
> > be able to obtain one from USA. Have a look & see what you think. I
> > was looking for something similar myself a couple of months ago, for
> > Ringo to go into our garden if he wanted to. ( He still won't go out
> > alone!!), for similar reasons, but cats, not raccoons.
>
> > I know that it would mean chipping the cat, but that is not such a
> > hard thing to do, is it? The other thing that might be worth
> > mentioning, is that over here, we can get our pets chipped @ half the
> > cost that my vet can do it for. My vet wants 28 to chip my cat's, but
> > the local authority is willing to do exactly the same thing, for 15-
> > That is quite a saving, especially when you have more than one cat.
> > It's worth asking! I certainly would.
>
> >http://www.microchipcatflaps.co.uk/
>
> >http://pet-mate.com/Cat_Mate/Flaps/Lockable_Petdoors_UK.htm
>
> >http://www.petporte.com/
>
> > I hope that this helps out. I didn't read all of them, but I think it
> > is worth thinking about.
> > **IF**... it only allows the cat with that chip through it, then I
> > would imagine it must only allow that singular cat in or out? Anyway,
> > hope it helps out & I'd love to know if they are as good as some
> > people say they are.
>
> > Sheelagh >"o"<
>
> > PS: is there any testimonials to read with them? Might be worth a look
> > too.- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -

I'm pleased that it was of some assistance to you. I came across it a
couple of months ago, because I was looking for something similar, to
allow some cats out, but keep others that are not used to going out, &
the protection that they obviously need. It is rather novel, isn't it?

I hope that they can help you. I see no reason why not. Maybe they
could send you the entire kit over to you, then all you need to do, is
take the corresponding chip to whomever you would normally take your
cat to, to be chipped & give them the chip to implant on your
behalf..

Sounds easy, lets hope it is just as easy to do yourself?!!
Good Luck!
Sheelagh>"o"<