Cat Mate Electromagnetic Cat Door makes it possible for cats to enter and exit the house whenever they want it. It allows freedom among your pets, and at the same time removing your duty of personally watching over your cats, and opening the door for them.
This unit is a reliable solution for cat owners as it identifies a cat using its electromagnetic technology. It also allows cats to get in and out of the house without letting other stray pets enter the premises. With this Cat Mate Door, cats are recognized through a small magnet that has a double mechanism as an identification tag. And this identification tag is usually located in the collar your cat wears.
This cat flap has 4-way locking system which includes: Only-in, 2-Way, Only-out and Locked. The frame lining of this electromagnetic cat door measures up to 60 millimeters or 2 3/8 inches, which can work for different types of doors.
This Cat Mate Electromagnetic has a Control Panel powered by a single 9-volt battery.This unit also contains two compact magnets attached to the collar that’s worn by your cat.
Cat Mate Features
- 4-way lock settings: 2-way, Only In, Only Out, and Locked in
- Has two compact magnets
- Self-framing of 60mm
- The flap that has brush is weather-proof sealed. This reduces the loss of energy and makes the unit quieter when in action
- Best for panels and doors
- Opens only for cats with a magnet, keeping unwanted animals out
- Requires PP3 9-voltage alkaline battery, Battery may last for up to 12 months
- Include complete instructions upon purchase
- Cat opening measures 6 inches in width and 6.5 inches in height
- Overall Door Size: 7 5/8 inches in width and 9 ‘ inches in height
- Cut Out Size: 6 5/8 inches in width and 8 5/8 inches in height
How Cat Mate Electromagnetic Cat Door Functions
This electromagnetic cat door detects and recognizes the field of a compact magnet located on the cat’s collar. Once detected, it initiates unlocking mechanism of the door allowing cats to enter the house from outside. Just like any other feline door, Cat Mate also requires the cat to push the door using its head or nose in order to get in. When the cat finally gets inside, the unit will return to its original position to lock.
The unit features 4-way lock settings that help prevent swinging of door into the house, but not outward. Here is how the 4-way locking setting functions.
2-Way: Only those cats that wear magnets on their collar are capable of exiting and entering the cat door. This magnet should only be worn when entering the cat flap and not when going outside.
Only In: Suitable lock setting if you prefer your cats to stay inside the house at night. Once the cat gets inside, locking is done manually.
Only Out: If you want your cats to stay outside at your desired time, you can use this setting.
Locked: This setting completely locks the pet door.
Installation of the Electromagnetic Cat Door
It is relatively easy to install Cat Mate Electromagnetic door. You will need a screwdriver, a drill or a jigsaw, depending on the installation needs. This cat flap has a self-lining as indicated on the product guide.
The liner refers to the frame that is located through the cat door covering up the inside portion of the door. This means you need not to build a frame for cat flap when used in panels or doors.
Here is a guide on the installation of this door on plastic panels and wooden doors:
- Position the door on your desired location. The bottom part of the hole should be of the same height with the lower stomach of your cat.
2. The cat flap should be drawn around completely.
3. Drill two holes in both top corners with a diameter of approximately 6 mm or ‘ inches.
4.Using electric jig-saw, cut the hole next to the inside portion of the drawn line.
5. To determine the appropriate size and shape of a screw, you have to determine the panel’s thickness first.
6.Screw and attach the parts on the cat flap
Though these instructions are provided, it still pays to check out more detailed information in the user manual, especially in terms of other installation types.
Tips When Using Cat Mate Electromagnetic flap
- The position of the magnet in your cat’s collar is important. Check if the magnet’s paw print faces in forward direction. In addition, the magnet ring around the collar has to be attached, rather than clipping it to the metal ring.Through this, the magnet will be stopped from going sideways.
- In case the cat cat flap is in a half-open position, check out the holes on the cat door’s top corner. If the holes are too small, this means that the hinge is being prevented from moving loosely.
- Taping the door open is a good idea at the start and place the magnet on the collar of your cat. By this way, your cat will get used to the clicking sound with no locking mechanism.
- Consider the cat’s size so it would fit perfectly through the door.
- You have to clean up the door more often to prevent cat hair from getting stuck in the brush strip.
Cat Mate is suited for:
- Areas where no heavy animal are trying to get into the pet door
- Small and medium-sized cats
- Cats not afraid or bothered by noises
- Keeping your neighbor’s cats or other pets out
- Separating pets inside your house
- Cats that do not have contact with metal objects
This cat door is not recommended for:
- Stopping smart and aggressive cats and raccoon
- Cats weighing over 13 pounds
- Cats afraid of or bothered by noises
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My Conclusion of the Cat Mate Electromagnetic Pet Door
The Cat Mate works well both inside and outside the house. It helps stop unwanted animals from getting into your house. However, it is possible for smart cats and raccoon to pull the door outwards.
Cat Mate Electromagnetic cat door is the best solution in case you want additional security against the pets from neighbors or to separate animals staying inside the house. This might not work well for you if there are other animals outside that are strong, stubborn and smart. If a very restricted entry system is needed, it is better to opt for a higher technology product that has a locking system on both sides. In terms of price range, this cat flap is also a good choice.