Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Gordon @ Convergent AV, Sep 22, 2005.
Do they work?
They do but it is ultimately up to the cat. A friend of mine fitted one and equipped his cat with the collar. The cat decided that it liked the "click" noise as the lock disengaged, so ended up sitting outside the flap, leaning in ever so slightly to trigger the mechanism before leaning back again. It would do this for hours.
He ended up replacing the flap.
My cat currently has a clear run across our back garden towards his cat flap. He often fles through it and screams across the floor in to the liviing room. I worry that he may charge at the new one expecting it to be open and that he'll get a fright when it doesn't.....having said that the new one is going on our new home and there will be not much of charging area as it'll be on a side door off a path rather than front or back door.
Just looking for as much feedback as possible
Our two have no trouble using it. However, another cat from our road seems to have no trouble using it either!!! We don't know whether he has the same coller, or if his Mrs (one of our cats) leaves the flap open a little for him.
EDIT: Gordon, have you been screen testing for the new James Bond?
We've got one and it works really well. Unfortunately, some of our near neighbours cats are big, fat, greedy b**tards and smash through it with ease. So check your local area for big, fat, greedy b**tard cats before you buy one......
We have one (flap) and 3 cats, and they all manage to get out okay, but seem to struggle to get in... unless it's feeding time.
I put this down to there being a step up from the outside, but inside is level.
So what happens from the outside is, the cats put their paws on the flap, which get in the way of the magnet on their collar, so the mechanism doesn't operate, and they end up doing that wierd cat scrambling/digging thing with their front paws until the flap justs bursts open anyway.
Our cats were forever losing their collars, which cost us a fortune in repacements. Check to see how much these are before buying the flap.
Oh yes, the other thing, your cats will bring home a variety of small metal objects, nails, screws etc. on a regular basis.
Perhaps if you saved them all, you could weigh them in at your local scrap yard to pay for all the replacement magnets you'll need (for which we've found Wilko to be cheapest)
I'm not sure if it's still made, but there used to be a collar that didn't work on a magnet. It worked on the resonance of a coil of wire, rather like the security tags that stop shoplifters. I don't know if it's still on the market.
We have one for our three cats ,a friends dog smashed his head through a broke the magnetic strip around could not get a replacement anywhere !
all ours have broken, the catch on the current one never quite retracts enough, and even if i fix it the cats have taken to the window now anyway. they just assume its broken!
All previous posts are true and raise valid points imo; they do keep the less persistant cat at bay, next doors cat sat and bounced our flap for weeks - then it realised that it could slip a claw under the (very,very small) rebound and pull the flap up for a free lunch(as all cat lunches are I suppose).
I would recommend them for restricting/reducing entry - but a bit like a night club bouncer, nice boots hitler, sorry jesus - no sandals; does not differentiate from the nice fluffy cat or the butch tom who sprays your speakers(this happend to me )
It is also important to get the right one as some can be opened more easily from the outside, I would recommend the Staywell 900 classic as one that is more difficult to open by other cats, I have used one of these for 8 years.
one of my customers got one .
his moggie would stand by the door and let all his mates in.
We use one, and it works a treat. The only time it failed is when one of my cats was being chased by another local cat, and it must have nose to tail as it also managed to gain entry via the cat flap without a collar.
The forum is losing its edge. This far down the thread and there is no comment about why would a pussy need magnetic flaps
I have found that the best way around this is not to own a magnetic cat flap but instead to own a very large and territorial cat. 15lbs of furry fury has kept my living room wee free .
Spent a small fortune with new keys for my two pussies, as theyre always loosing their collars, and the neighbourhood butch always managed to bust it's way through when it wanted entry, 5 months ago, I removed the batteries, taped down the latch, to allow free entry, took the keys off the pussies, and introduced a dog into the fold, now they all use it, and haven't seen any other pussies in my yard for ages.
Pah, my cat is bigger than that!
I bet yours is male though . For a girl mine is pretty big. A male Maine Coon can be up to 20lbs.
Yeah, its a tom, and comes in at 16lb. But he's recently gone on a diet, and is now a trim 13.5lb!!
Our 2 cats are OK with ours. It took them ages to work it out as they used to open the non magnetic one with their paw but with these they have to go in head first.
Unfortunately one of them seems to forget if its late at night and sits there for hours trying to open it with their paw which can get a little annoying.
What about the electric catflaps ?? We fitted one but had no luck at all, before we programmed it it beeped every few seconds, that seemed to put the cats of going anywhere near the door for as long as it was fitted (some would say thats a bonus).
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