Pet Door Advice needed!

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Registered: 01-18-2006
Pet Door Advice needed!
Sat, 11-09-2013 - 8:41am

I was going to install a plain pet door - but one major concern is how to keep out racoons/possums, etc!?

Im lately hearing about these electronic types, now suddenly, which run on either a special color or via the microchip, back of the neck.    My 3 cats, however, have never worn collars & I fear if they would take to such!

Anyone have experience with such & can provide info?   thanks!!!

Avatar for tiggs_mom
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Registered: 07-02-1999
Mon, 11-11-2013 - 9:54am

I have seen those - I have heard that the collars work pretty well.

As to collars, mine adjust pretty well to wearing them.

However, I don't know anything about the doors. My cats don't go outside.

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Registered: 03-24-2000
Mon, 11-11-2013 - 3:34pm

I don't know about those kinds of pet doors but heard they do work.  Your cats will adjust to collars in a day or two.  I would just get some cheap ones for them to wear around the house for a couple of days before putting the ones for the door on them, just in case they try to get them off.


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Registered: 11-07-2013
Mon, 11-11-2013 - 6:14pm
Rover Company makes very tall cat gates if that helps.
Avatar for elc11
Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 11-14-2013 - 12:51am

My cats have adjusted to collars pretty easily. Its best to use the break-away collars, and they really do break apart if it gets caught on some door sensors might get lost that way. I've never had a pet door so no experience with that.

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Registered: 11-20-2001
Fri, 12-20-2013 - 9:51am

I hope you find what suits your needs best, good luck.  As for cats going outdoors...I am totally against it. There are too many other creatures out there, too much danger.  Please consider keeping your cats indoor-only, then you won't need a door. :)

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