I have worked on our cat door solution. I don’t know if you read my post (click HERE) about finding the perfect cat door for our Monkey aka former porch kitty (You can read an update on our poor Monkey by clicking HERE who recently passed away from sudden kidney failure at a young age which leaves us heartbroken and this door is for sale now. Email me if you are interested).
I’ve been searching everywhere for an electronic cat door that would let only her exit and enter when she wanted to and would keep our other cats safely inside and the other stray critters outside.
Custom Electronic Pet Door Contraption
Why do I choose to only let one cat go outside you might ask if you are new around here. Well then let me explain really quickly. Monkey was a stray cat that has been living in our neighborhood for about 4 years. She decided last summer after being scared of us for all those years, that I’m her new best friend. After this horrible harsh past winter (check out the heated igloo I made for her by clicking HERE) where I ended up taking her into our spare bathroom during the polar vortex (click HERE), we grew even closer and she ended up getting along with our 3 other girls.
I want to give her the best life and make her happy. Locking her inside after being free for years would not make her happy even though where we live isn’t really the safest place for a cat and the reason for my other cats being inside or in their enclosure (click HERE to see)
I wrote to numerous companies requesting information after I had the fiasco with the first door that I bought and their customer service was really poor to none.
In the end, the SureFlap Microchip Cat Door won in all categories. While Monkey isn’t microchipped yet, the door also works with collar tags. I was upset for the first two weeks of us having the door because Monkey couldn’t figure out how to use it. She banged her head on it several times and appeared to have given up. But when we went away over Memorial Day, her strong desire to figure out how to get outside won over and she figured it out after all.
She was so happy, that she brought me a dead baby bunny as a present at 3 a.m. which upset me so much and caused a fight with the hubby because I made him clean it up in the middle of the night. Poor bunny!
Anyways, let me show you what I made her this past weekend:
I did end up inserting the SureFlap Microchip Cat Door into this Ideal Pet Product Sash Cat Flap Small Pet Door (which we already use for our enclosure).
All I did was take out the regular middle cat flap door buy unscrewing it.
And replacing it with the SureFlap Microchip Cat Door. There are little gaps that I filled with wood trim before screwing everything in place which also prevents the metal of the window sash from interfering with the reading of the collar tags and chips.
Then I built her a little ramp on the outside which is attached to the window sash. This way nothing had to be done permanently to the window. I can insert my custom contraption into any window of our home, or if we would ever move, I could take it along since it wasn’t cheap.
The window is screwed shut from the inside, so no one could push the window up.
|You can still see the mulch bags lying in my yard too 😉|
Yup, you can say it out loud…I KNOW THAT I’M NUTS and I don’t care 😉
We have one happy cat, who lounges on the patio with me now whenever she feels like it and that made it all worth it for me.
And in case you are wondering, this is NOT a sponsored post (but does include some affiliate links), I just felt like sharing this with you because it made my life a lot easier to not have to play door man for a cat that feels like coming and going 20-30 times a day and I hope it will help someone else out there.
But I do worry that she might get hit by a car or run into an evil human. I hate that feeling and it is so new for me since I’m so used to having my other girls safe with me at all times.
Two more updates. The little kitten has found a home with a neighbor and is turning out to be very sweet.
And this sweet little fella who was dumped in our neighborhood by someone and even has a microchip (but the owners never returned the calls or claimed him) has also found a home with a neighbor down the street. Love happy endings.
So now, if only people would stop dumping their poor unwanted animals then I would have the perfect ending.
What have you been up to this past weekend?