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We used to have all the neighbourhood cats coming in and stealing our cats food. They also liked leaving smelly messages around our house! Our cat was stressed so we purchased the Cat Mate Flap. This has been a god send, however 3 times that I am aware of the flap showed an E in the window and as a result locks completely. I was woken by my cat banging his head against it at 3.30 this morning. It reset itself after 5 minutes. I am worried now though that he will get locked either in or out when we are at work or on holiday. Anyone else had this problem?
When you have a cat who loves freedom but you do not him bringing home every Sally, Andrea and Rosette in the neighbourhood; a selective cat flap is what you are looking for. When we bought this one 3 years ago this type of technology was quite new but now it seems quite common place and in fact Cat Mate have moved on to making cat flap that work with the microchip rather than the magnets.
As far as this one goes, it is really reliable and have only had to replace the battery once in three years.
==Price and availability==
The cat flap has come down in price and it now costs around £29.99, I think at the time we paid over £40.00 for it.
The cost of a replacement magnet is £4.00 and you only get two with the pack.
The cat flap is suitable for installation into glass, wooden and plastic doors and panels up to 55mm (2 1/8") thick. The size of the cat flap is Width 264mm (10 3/8") Height 277mm (10 7/8") with an overall cut out size of 248mm (9 3/4") diameter. The cat flap will need professionally fitting in PVC but luckily we had a wooden backdoor so my boyfriend managed to fit it himself. The cat flap is easy to set up and work and runs on a 1 x PP3 9 volt battery. Stupidly, these batteries are not supplied with the kit which is really irritating as they cost around £4.00 to buy.
The door has a four way locking system which is controlled via a switch on the inside. These are: In only - Out only - Locked - Unlocked. Unlocked allows the cat to enter freely and exit whenever he wants. Locked keeps the cat in (or out.) In only is useful for when you want the cat to come in and not leave and out only keeps him outside. Poor puss!
The selective door works on a magnet system which is really good actually. The cat wears a little magnet on his collar and when he comes to the door, the door allows him to push it open and enter. If a cat without a magnet tries, the door remains locked.
I'm not sure how Prince feels about the door but he has certainly got used to it over the years. I'm not a fan of cat flaps really, they look so ugly but he is a young cat and as we both work it is hard to always be there to open the door when he wants! My concern with getting a cat flap was it allowing the cold in and causing drafts. This cat flap has impressed me and it acts the same as the rest of the door! I do not notice it allowing any drafts through at all. In three years the cat flap has lasted well and the plastic frame is unmarked or cracked. I'm sure it will last for years more but after three years the guarantee runs out.
The magnet for the cat is another story over the years we have lost two which meant we had to replace the last one out of our own pocket. We paid £8.00 for a replacement from a pet store but in fact you can buy them for half this on the internet. The magnets are great until the cat loses them. We use collars that are designed to open straight away if the cat gets caught on anything, so I guess this is the reason we have lost them. I guess it is just a hazard for having such an adventurous cat! This is not really a fault of the cat flap at all but I think next time I would go for one of the microchip ones as there is no chance of losing that!
Just to let you know that my cat mate 235 cat flap froze shut in the recent cold weather and would not open in any direction! I only realised because the cat scraped at the front door to go out and then 4 hours later had not come back in when he'd only been going out for 30 mins at a time in the snow. Tried to push the flap open and it was completely stuck despite being unlocked. He had obviously come in wet before and the water had frozen the draught excluder hairs together. Poor kitty thought he had been abandoned! Apart from that it's been fab, he's loved the freedom and we can have a lie in!
I have two rescue kittens and have had to pay £207 to have my double glazed back door re fitted and the recommended cat flap was cat mate. We have had it 12 days and the plastic flap has broken TWICE! basically the flap plastic hinges are so flimsy that when the kittens (light) and cats come in and out (normally going out) the flap becomes easily unhinged and breaks. If you think about it the drop from the flap to the floor is about 6" so the plastic must be extremely flimsy, and the moulded hinges are clearly inappropriate for us. dont know what to do next!
We have a staywell infra red 500 cat flap. It does not stop any cat from coming in as they have learnt to lift the flap up outside, and then just come in as normal without a collar.
My husband had just bought this cat flap and I read the reviews and was a little worried ! Initially the cat hated it but it only took two days of sticking with it to realise that it is a brilliant product. Took cat a couple of days to get use to it but it is worth every penny - try it give it a little time and it is perfect.
Having toiled for years with numerous Staywell catflaps which constantly let the local toms camp out in our house whilst excluding my own 3 moggies, I discovered Pet Mate. This electromagnetic flap has never once failed to do it's duty. The cats and I are delighted. I'm pleased to see there is a variety suitable for double glazing as I'm soon to move to a glass doored house and don't want to be Pet-Mate free
Firstly: A few weeks ago I purchased a Staywell 400 Series Magnetic Cat Flap and fitted to all your guidelines Found within few days that another cat was somehow managing to gain access
Found that one cat was gaining access with just a metal collar not a magnet and another by forcing the flap (no collar at all).
As I am heavily pregnant and did not want continuing stray cats spraying on, lying on, defacing my furniture and eating all of our own cats food I decided to return the item and purchase the Staywell 500 Infra Red Cat Flap I have had this fitted around two weeks.
I still have the problem of another cat inside the property and my own cat that cannot get in. The stray either (I have observed it) head butts the door or claws its paw under and with a hook drags the cat flap door towards it On the other hand my cat who hasnt realised these ways of getting in yet, has the problem of her collar failing and not being able to get in at all (all batteries have been replaced twice now in the cat flap and collar).
There is obviously a serious problem with the manufacture and toughness of the cat flap guarding against other cats and after reading many reviews .I believe that I must resign myself to the fact that I have paid £30 and then £50 for two cat flaps that just do not keep out other cats. This cat flap will not keep out a determined and strong intruder -despite all combinations of flap-lock setting.
My OTHER concern is the fact that the mechanism sometimes doesn't work at all, causing much confusion for my cat and me so now waiting to see if i can I get a replacement collar...
We have three cats, two of whom are rather large. So when we moved house five years ago we fitted a Cat-Mate door as the Staywell 'large' cat ones were too flimsy. We found it much better than the Staywell ones we'd had before. The only reason we need to replace it is our five year old son put his foot through it when it was locked. The only difficulty we're having is finding a stockist who has the large one available.
Cat mate cat flap, the cost of confining a cat within the househas ben made easy one need not be physically present to monitor and commandeer it . This not only saves time but that inconvinience associated with it.
But this writer didnot quote the price for customers to knowi if it is cost effective to use. this method is easy to use but cannot guarantee that the cat will not move out and secondly, this method is tidious for the cat to manage carrying the magnate all day. this is a form of punishment.
I have never written an online review before, but after wasting £32.99 plus postage on a Cat Mate electromagnetic cat flap I am moved to do so! This cat flap is worse than useless. I bought it because we have had a problem with other cats coming in the house, and because I thought it would be useful to have the ability to lock my cats in when necessary. It doesn't work on either count. It is so flimsy other cats are still coming in and my cats can easily get out if they are determined to do so. In addition, they hate using it and wait for us to open it for them if we are there. So all in all I wish I had spent far less money on an ordinary cat flap. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS CAT FLAP!!!
I have had three of these Pet Mate cat flaps within three years.
My cat isn't massive, but she manages to dash through and break the plastic flaps moulded hinges.
She also has, from time to time, rushed through the flap and caught the locking slider with her paws and locked herself out. They are far from cat proof.
I have spoken to friends and they say the same thing.
I am going to try a Catwalk Superior pet door next. I quote from their literature....
"They have been designed to be maintenance free by eliminating problems often associated with pet doors such as broken flaps, broken opening and closing systems, noise and seal damage by pets, rusting screws and difficulties with large cats.
To overcome these problems the cat flaps are made from virtually indestructible high impact Polycarbonate (Makrolon) plastic from Bayer of Germany, a world leader in plastic technology. This high impact plastic is also used in the manufacture of bullet proof vests and aircraft windows".
OK, they are nearly three times more expensive at £23 but in my book that's worth it for the peace of mind.
Le Chaton (aka Arthur Jennings)
Cat flaps in general If you own a cat you will obviously want to get all the accessories that will make life for you and your new pet an happy one. A cat flap is something that a lot of cat owners will swear by, my mother-in-law certainly does with 6 cats. Of course though you will need to train your cat to use the cat flap at first, but even then some cats will still sit by the cat flap meowing for you to open the door as they are too lazy to push the door open themselves. You will find as with most animals that the best way to train them to use it is with food! Placing their dish the other side of the flap will sometimes do the trick, or holding the flap open with one of their favourite tit bits the other side can also help. But when all else fails open it and pat them on the bottom and they should go through it, and they will always come back inside if they dont want to get wet on a cold damp night. In this review I’m going to tell you the pro’s and con of having a cat flap so it will help you to make up your mind as to whether or not you really need one. I think I’ll start with the pro’s first. Pro’s **** They are very affordable with prices starting at around £5. You can get them in different sizes so if you have a paneled door the likely hood is that you will more than likely get one that will fit your door. Most DIY enthusiasts will be able to fit one as my husband managed to do it easy enough, and they will also fit onto PVC doors. Most cats cant make there minds up as to whether they want to come in or out and you will very often hear them crying in the early hours of the morning meowing to come in or go out. If you don’t get out of bed to loose them in they will end up wet or attacked, and if you don’t loose them out you could end up with a nice little present on the kitchen floor! So they are a good idea if you a
re lazy, or have several cats coming and going all day. You can have them to lock so if you don’t want your cat to come in for some reason they can be locked out, or if your cat cant go out for some reason they can be locked in. They can also be locked to let them in but not out and vise versa. You can also get them with magnets and your cat also wears a magnet on the collar so it unlocks when your cat comes to the door, and it keeps other cats out as their collars don’t have the magnet. I think I have managed to find enough reasons there for you to want to buy one, now for the Con’s. Con’s ***** Flapping in the wind if they don’t have a magnet on. If you don’t have the lock device one they can come into your just mopped kitchen floor and cover it with muddy paw prints. Cats other than you own can come into your house. so you can come home to some cat other than your own lying on your bed, or wrecking your house Cats are very prone to losing collars. So if you decide to opt for the more expensive door with the magnetic opener, and your cat looses its collar, you have the expense of buying another door, or just turning the lock off and ending up with a cat flap that is just like the cheaper alternative models. Cats like to bring presents home for their owners to say Thankyou for feeding them. They will bring you nice things like rats, mice, bird’s etc. You usually end up with them on your doorstep, but if you have a cat flap they will bring them into your house. Very often the creatures aren’t dead straight away, as a cat likes to play with its prey before he kills it. So you could end up over run with mice/rats, or with a bird flying around your house knocking over all your possessions in a fit of panic. I know most of these as my mother in law has experienced most of these problems. And most importantly it i
s much easier to break into your house if you have a cat flap fitted, as we found out. The police told us our door had been weakened due to a cat flap being fitted in the door, and they advised us not to have another one fitted. So since that day 8yrs ago we haven’t had a cat flap. our cat has to go outside at night now like most cats and gets loosed in on a morning for breakfast. So with all this information I hope you have got enough to go on to make your decision.
Let me introduce myself, my name is Bobbin and I am a mad ginger tom. My Mum took me for the op to calm me down but it didn't do much good. Then she did something wild - she fitted me with my own personal cat flap. At first I had one of those ridiculous magnetic collars on so that only I could come in. It was awful, I thought of reporting her to the RSPCA I can tell you. The magnet hung round my scrawny neck like a lead weight and if I didn't position it just right over the flap the damn thing wouldn't let me in. In the end she took it off it is a good job as my neck was so stretched the other moggies nicknamed me giraffe! Then the fun really started. The cat flap can be locked in loads of clever ways. She could let me in and then trap me so that she knew where I was. She could let me out and then leave me locked out the nasty devil or she could let me come and go just and I pleased. She never let me do the latter so I taught her a real lesson. One night when I was locked in pacing the kitchen I decided to throw myself at that flap. I still don't know how I summoned the strength but I eventually broke free. Yes I sprained the whole flap so that it was constantly on the in/out setting. Oh boy was she mad. It was great for me though. Some days I popped out hunting and decided to bring my catch home. I had hours of entertainment watching mice running round the kitchen and birds circling the lights! Sometimes I even killed them and plucked the feathers out one by one - oh such fun. Some nights I invited all my mates home. We would play on the surfaces and have a whale of a time while they were asleep. I remember one night though Scarface the evil tomcat turned up and oh did we fight. Dad got up and had to seperate us, he was terrified (Dad that is not Scarface!) The kitchen got a bit drafty in winter with the flap blowing about so I used to leave to move in with the neighbour. Mum had a new conserv
atory built last summer so my cat flap disappeared. I am still waiting for her to have the new one fitted but she doesn't seem to be in any rush - I wonder why?
I got my first kitten in May 1997. Lovely fluffy black bundle of joy, with white socks, white bib, white cheeks and large voluptuous white whiskers. At the time I lived in a three storey maisonette without a garden. Normally I would not have got a cat without a garden but the plan was to move within six months or so, to a house with a garden. However, as such plans go, it turned into nearly two years by the time we eventually moved. So we now had a two and a half year old cat who rarely went out side other than if it was sunny and the front door was open and hubby was working on the car just outside. And it was a big scary world. And to top it off her inconsiderate owners moved somewhere strange and unfamiliar and to add insult to injury made her travel a whole half a mile in those big scary noisy things with wheels! So first things first, trying to make up for re-locating to a smaller house ie less territory, we did the honourable thing and went straight out to buy Puss-Boots her very own door with her very own key! The new neighbours had already warned us that there were a lot of cats in the area (including their two) and they often had other people’s cats wandering into their house through their cat flap. So I thought I’d buy one of those handy cat flaps with an electromagnetic ‘key’. Hubby promptly cut a hole in our nice wooden stable-door in the kitchen, and proceeded to install the article in question. At first glance it seemed quite flimsy, although once it was fitted in place (quite easily) with the screws, it appeared to be a little more sturdy. The actual flap was even made of a clear plastic so not only did she now have her own door, but also a window! I guess you could call it a catio door. (‘Scuse the pun!) So this was August 1999. I tried to teach her how to use it. She tried to learn bless her. But she was a late starter in the cat flap department and was adamant that I should hold
it open for her. She enjoyed being in the garden and strangely was capable of coming in through it, but going out was another issue. About three weeks after it was fitted, we were sitting in the living room when this almighty yowling pierced the calm. Argh, a cat’s got in and it’s attacking Puss-Boots, was my first thought. I raced into the kitchen to find her with a paw stuck in the flap. I tried to help her but she’d obviously attempted to use her door, had second thoughts, and tried to reverse out of the manoeuvre, jamming her paw firmly between the flap and the edge. Hubby to the rescue! He grabbed a knife, shoved me out of the way, and (please don’t cut her paw off?!?!) deftly popped the see-through flap out of its pivot holes. Job done. She hid behind the settee for hours and glared hatefully at us for ‘making her’ use that infernal paw-trap. So brownie bonus points to the cat flap, it was designed with Puss-Boots the Coward in mind. The plastic flap literally has little pins near the top, which in turn sit neatly in holes in near the top of the frame. Very easy to pop out using a knife and saved my cat from possible serious injury to her paw if she’d remained stuck for much longer than she had. She’d already twisted her whole body round her paw in an attempt to free herself. Needless to say, she refused to even try to use it after that attempt, although she did eventually learn, when she cam on heat for the first time at our new house, the following January. Oh yes, when needs must! Luckily we wanted her to have kittens before getting her spayed! So we now have Chester the pestersaurus too. The cat flap kit contained two little black rectangular magnets with loops, which could be threaded on to any cat collar. We use flea collars anyway so at least she was already used to wearing one! The unit has a little plastic flap near the bottom, which when opened, reveals the space
where the battery is kept. It’s one of those square batteries with the positive and negative terminals at one end. I had to replace the battery a month ago for the first time, so it lasted about a year and a half. But as the battery came with the set, who knows how much power was in it to start. They are not expensive though so a year and a half is pretty good considering the cat food we save by not having to feed all the neighbours cats! There is a little notch at the bottom of the see-through door, which drops down when a magnet is placed in front of it, allowing the flap to open. So our cats can come in and the neighbourhood cats can’t. Phew! Next door have two rescue cats who will not wear a collar, so this kind of cat flap is not an option for them. I don’t think I’ve ever known a cat be happy with a collar where it wasn’t introduced when they were kittens. There is a control on the door so that you can prevent your cats coming in or going out etc. The settings are: Allowed out but not allowed in Allowed in but not allowed out Allowed in and out Not allowed in or out This is useful if your cat tends to do a disappearing act when a vet visit is imminent! Mine are stupid though. They both come when they’re called?! I thought that was something dogs did. I swear they both think they’re dogs. So overall, for the £25 this cat flap costs, I think it’s very good value for money. Chester learned how to use it before he was even out of nappies! I guess he learned that from his mum though! I don’t quite understand how the little rat manages to bring dead and alive birds in through it though as I would have though the magnet would be covered when he’s carrying something as big as a thrush in his gob. Which brings me to the draw back. A magnet prevents a bell from ringing and I’ve yet to find a collar with a bell that’s not affected my ma
gnets! When I replace their flea collars this weekend I shall find a way to get that bell ringing as I don’t really appreciate having to dispose of dead birds or rescue them from my bedroom at 6.30am! I definitely recommend this cat flap for anyone with a cat that’s used to wearing a collar.
Cat wears a small magnet attached to its collar which is identified by a sensitive fast reacting electromagnetic circuit / seperate 4 way lock ensures complete control of cat's movements in and out of the house.