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Cat Mate "Elite" 306 Selective & 305 Super Selective Electronic Cat Doors

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Quick Overview

The Cat Mate 306 Elite Selective Cat Door and 305 Super Selective Cat Door are a great advance over the electronic pet doors already manufactured by this company. Access is controlled in both directions making this design proof even against raccoons.

Cat Mate 305 Elite Super Selective Electronic Cat Door

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Outside Frame
Dimension

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Elite 306 Selective Cat Flap 6" w x 6" h 6 1/2 " w x 7 1/2" h 9 3/4" x 10" 08AM306
Elite 305 Super Selective 08AM305

The Cat Mate Elite Selective Cat Door and Super Selective Cat Doors

These are a great advance over the electronic pet doors already manufactured by this company.

The collar keys are RFID chips--the latest thing in collar key technology. Both come with two such collar keys. The company refers to these as "electronic ID disc". They are waterproof.

The Elite Selective can support up to a total of 7 of these keys. The Super Elite can accommodate a total of 8. Extra keys may be purchased.

Both of these doors, of course, are designed to let your cats in and keep other critters out. This is accomplished by using a lock that inserts up the middle of the flap. Thus the flap can't be pushed in or pulled out. The company claims that this feature makes both versions raccoon proof--a very important consideration for some people.

Both versions also include a 4-way locking device.

The Super Selective version adds these features to the basic ones above

  • The Super version will support 8 collar keys while the regular selective handles 7.
  • The Super version can track each of the RFID tags separately allowing individual access control. Each cat can have his own access times if desired.
  • The Super version can show the location (inside or outside) of up to 3 cats and, finally;
  • The Super version includes a timer control.

Cat Mate informs us that there are special installation instructions for metal doors included with the product. If these instructions are followed carefully, then the Elite Selective and Super Selective will work in a metal door.

Here are the Cat Mate 306 Installation Instructions in PDF format.

Speaking of metal There must be no metal of any kind on the collar other than the rings on the rfid tag. No other magnets or metal dog tags for example.

Likewise, Cat Mate informs us that, so long as the door is at least 2-3 feet away from a transmitter, a "hidden fencing" system will not interfere with the Selective Cat Flaps.

When it works...
How do you rate this product?

I have had 3 of these over the course of several years. They work great, for a while. For some unknown reason the electronics fail after a couple of years and no amount of fresh batteries and/or re-programming will make it work right. The programming is tricky, but manageable. The structure is made well, although the lock-unlock sequence is noisy. The electronics are the high failure rate problem.

Good
How do you rate this product?

I find this door is great. My dog can go in and out and the cat is locked in the house. Didn't want the cat outside as outdoor cats in our area have a life expectancy of 1 year. The dog has no issues with going in and out. Very happy with it!

Met our needs
How do you rate this product?

We rescued a second, younger cat (Nacho) and wanted to restrict his access to the outdoors, without interrupting our first cat's routine. We already had a magnet activated door installed, so switching out the doors was no problem, and Lucy learned the new door right away. We didn't really like the over sized tag, which is bigger than a quarter, and looked like a poker chip hanging from her collar.
As Nacho settled into our household, we began leaving the door unlocked, in 'training mode', and as he was very motivated to explore outside, he mastered it withing minutes. Our biggest struggle with him was keeping a collar on him, and we were concerned that he would lose the collar (and $20 tag), so only Lucy wore the collar & tag, so she could continue to have free rein in and outdoors. We would unlock the door in the a.m. for him, and lock it again around sunset and he would be in for the night. We are fortunate to live in an area without major threats to the cats, so we are comfortable with the indoor/outdoor lifestyle for these animals.
Within a month, Lucy had lost her break-away collar and tag (which she had done only twice in 10 years with the magnet collar), and were forced to re-evaluate our situation. The replacement cost and size of the tag were definitely negatives, but overall we were satisfied with the product. Ultimately, we reinstalled the magnet activated door. Nacho adjusted to wearing a loosely fitted break-away collar, and perhaps because the magnet is smaller than the chip, the cats are less likely to lose their collars. Both cats now have equal in/out 24 hr. access, and to our relief, our younger, more adventurous kitty prefers to sleep indoors.
Just a few days ago a neighbor returned the lost tag he found in his yard. We have kept the Super Select door & tags for future use, if needed. If you are looking for a door to restrict exit/entrance access for multiple cats, this door will do it.

Cool Product, Ocassional Hiccups
How do you rate this product?

This door is generally a great product. It is very convenient to be able to set the cat's access level and to limit access to our cat alone. The clear panel provides a window that allows my cat to see what's on the other side, or just look out. The only issue is that sometimes the latch doesn't fully open. It is not a huge problem, because my cat will just wait a minute and try again.

Disappointed
How do you rate this product?

I recently purchased the selective elite door despite some poor reviews as this was the only electronic cat door that provides full access control.  I have three cats and only one is allowed out.  My disappointment stems from 
1) the cat door is not very responsive.  The cat needs to push the door and maintain pressure for a while before the latches disengage. If pressure is not maintained the door DOES NOT UNLOCK. 
2) the noise is a problem as this scares the cat. 
3) the door is too small for a larger cat and this was not mentioned in the specifications
4) the cheap installation method and screws.  None of the screws held in the cheap clip.  I have opened up the device and installed a nut and bolt.

I have to give this product a 2 star rating.

Great Product!
How do you rate this product?

We have had this for almost two years now. We are moving its location and required an extender so i though i woul review while on the site.

All in all i find this to be a lifesaver! before this product i would be wandering around at 2:00am trying to make sure the cats were in. We have this set to allow them in and out between 7:00am and 9:00pm, after 9:00pm they can only come in.
Not only do i not have to wait up, but having the freedom to come and go during the day has made a huge difference. This has helped hugley and both cats now come in by 10 or 11 every night and just hope on the bed to go to sleep.

As with any eletronic device it sometimes goes a bit wonky, but usually replacing the batteries or just taking them out for a few minutes fixes up any glitches.

For the previous reviews, i reccomend that you read the directions, if you actually read and follow them it is very straight forward and easy to use!

Highly recomended!

catemate elite electronic door collar disc
How do you rate this product?

I like the Catemate elite electronic door, it keeps out other animals especially raccoons...........the one thing that could be done to improve the cat door is to enlarge it by 1-1/2" in both directions on the inside walk through opening............
....also the disc are too large and our cat manages to lose 2 of them or more a year.......if the elite door could be retrofited with the electronics so it would work with the under the skin chip; this would solve lots of problems with lost disc and the cost would go down for the owner.................but Catemate says that you have to buy a complete new door to use the under the skin chip, kinda ridiculous, but they like the money...............it's bad enough that you will have to spend around $60 for the vet to put the chip under the skin of your cat....................so if CatMate wants to do the right thing, then make it more cost effective to purchase your products.....

Avoid this door
How do you rate this product?

We've had one of these for about a month. Actuating the door is unreliable. I placed one of the RFID tags at the base of the door, but the latch did not actuate until the sixth try (your cat must push against the door before the latch will retract). At least once / week, the latch stays retracted, leaving the door swinging freely. "Support" tells me the electronics are in "learning" mode the last few times we have had this happen, but they have not given any instructions on how to get it out of learning mode.

Our car likes to linger just outside the door with his tail still inside. This obviously holds the door open and causes the latch to extend without engaging the door. While it is more or less latched for ingress, it is now open for any of our other cats to go out, and we have a couple that we do not let outside.

The various ads around the internet do not make any attempt to educate you that this model will not read a chip inserted in the traditional shoulder location. Some of the sites provide info on what models of RFID chips can be read, giving the impression that if your cat is chipped, it will not need a collar disc. Not so.

Manufacturer Cat Mate / Dog Mate
Your Maximum Pet Size Cats
Controls Access From Inside and Outside
# Collar Keys Included 1
Operates On Battery
Flap Opens Pet Must Push
Frame Material Plastic
Flap Material Acrylic
Flap Design Single, One Part , Rigid, Thin Flap
Flap Colors Clear
Flap Thickness 1/8"
Locks in Two Directions (better for raccoons) Yes
Door Open Type Unlocks for the key signal and pet pushes open
Additional Lock 4-Way Lock
Number Pets 6
Activated By RFID
Can Be Installed In Walls, Aluminum Door, Polycarbonate, Plywood or Other Thin Material, Solid Core Door, Hollow Core Door
Adapter Available for Installation in Wall Yes
Warranty Period 3 years
Return Period 30 days
Manufacturer's Restocking Fee none

CAT MATE Elite
OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS

IMPORTANT - READ BEFORE USE

 

1. ‘PROGRAM’ button (under cover) 4. ‘IN ONLY’ indicator
2. ‘OUT ONLY’ indicator 5. ‘SET’ button
3. ‘LOCKED’ indicator 6. ‘4 WAY’ button

 

Access Options

  • In & Out Cat(s) can come in and out of the flap
  • In Only Cat(s) can come in through the flap but cannot leave through the flap
  • Out Only Cat(s) can go out through the flap but cannot enter through the flap
  • Locked Cat(s) cannot use the flap
  • The selected option may be checked by pressing the '4 WAY' button briefly.

Setting Access Options

To set the required access option for your cat(s), proceed as follows:

  • Press and hold the '4 WAY' button for 5 seconds until the display flashes.
  • Repeatedly press the '4 WAY' button to scroll through the available access options (Fig. 6), until you come to the one you want.
  • Press the 'SET' button to save the setting.

Testing

To operate the cat flap, you must push the flap and have a programmed I.D. Disc.

The cat flap will look for an I.D. Disc for 2-6 seconds.

CatMate Elite Operating Instructions' symbol flashes to confirm this). If the I.D. Disc is programmed to allow your cat access, the flap will be unlocked.

To test the cat flap

  • Set the '4 WAY' lock as 'IN & OUT'
  • Place the programmed I.D. Disc in front of the cat flap door and push the flap. The flap should then unlock.
  • Fully open the flap and allow it to close. You will hear it re-lock.

If you repeatedly press the flap without an I.D. Disc being close to the flap, it will go into 'POWER SAVING' mode. You must wait 15 seconds before trying again.

(NOTE: Once the flap has been opened, the 'POWER SAVING' mode is cancelled).

Fitting I.D. Disc(s) to your Cat(s)

  • If desired, record your cat’s details on the I.D. Disc label by writing on the label in pen and sticking the clear waterproof cover over the writing.
  • IMPORTANT: Attach the Disc directly to the collar, NOT from a ring attached to the collar) so that it is as high as possible and parallel to flap

We recommend the use of a fabric collar without large metal attachments, (other name discs etc.).

Training Your Cat to Use the Cat Flap or if Your Cat Has Lost its I.D. Disc

It may take a little time for your cat to get used to its new cat flap. To help your cat get used to entering and exiting the flap, the flap can be set to 'TRAINING MODE' by pressing the 'PROGRAM' and '4 WAY' buttons firmly at the SAME TIME for 5 seconds. The lock will unlock and the 'IN & OUT' symbol will flash at 15 second intervals.

The 'TRAINING MODE' is useful if your cat has lost its collar and the flap can remain in this mode (Unlocked) until a new collar is purchased.

Please be aware that in Training Mode your cat flap will allow access for other animals.

To exit the 'TRAINING MODE', press the 'PROGRAM' and '4 WAY' buttons at the SAME TIME for 5 seconds and the flap will relock.

For very hesitant cats, whilst in the 'TRAINING MODE', the cat flap can be taped or propped open, and food used to encourage the cat to enter and exit the flap.

NOTE: We do NOT recommend that cats, particularly kittens, are left alone to use their cat flap until you are satisfied that they are completely familiar with its operation.

Battery Replacement

When the 'LOCKED' indicator flashes the batteries should be replaced. Good quality Alkaline batteries should normally last approximately 6 to 9 months. (Depending on cat(s) usage and number of cats).

Reprogramming a New I.D. Disc

If your cat loses its I.D. Disc, you will need to re-program its replacement as follows:

  • Press the 'PROGRAM' button on the left hand end of the circuit board for 5 seconds, until the 'OUT ONLY' indicator illuminates.
  • Press the '4 WAY' button repeatedly to select the appropriate I.D. Disc number indicated by the appropriate symbol(s)
  • Move the I.D. Disc close to the flap until display symbol flashes.
  • Press 'SET' button to save the setting and wait 60 seconds until display clears.

Factory Reset

To reset the cat flap back to the setting when you first bought it, hold the 'SET', '4 WAY' and 'PROGRAM' buttons simultaneously for 5 seconds. When it has reset, the LED display will flash rapidly. This procedure will erase all I.D. Disc(s) and all other settings. Should you wish to verify this, place a previously programmed I.D. Disc against the cat flap and push the flap. If the flap opens, you need to repeat the 'RESET' instructions. You will then need to re-program the I.D. Disc(s)

Troubleshooting

  • Cat will not use the flap

    It may take time for timid cats to learn how to use the cat flap - even if they have used another cat flap before.First try using 'TRAINING MODE'

    If necessary, it is possible to increase the time the lock is deactivated after sensing your cat from the standard 20 seconds to a maximum of 80 seconds. (Above 20 seconds, the power saving circuitry is deactivated so your cat will find it easier to use the flap, although battery consumption and the risk of another animal getting through the flap is increased).

    To adjust this time setting, press the 'SET' and 'PROGRAM' buttons simultaneously for 5 seconds until the display illuminates. Adjust the time by pressing the '4 WAY' button repeatedly. Press the 'SET' button to save the setting.

Flap does not open in response to programmed Disc

  • Check '4 WAY' lock is programmed to permit access in the chosen direction.
  • The energy saving circuitry may have been activated. Do not move the flap for 60 seconds before attempting to use again.
  • Check batteries are correctly orientated and not in need of replacement
  • Check the I.D. Disc is correctly fitted to cat's collar
  • Check cat flap is mounted at correct height
  • If all else fails, remove batteries and wait a minimum of 5 minutes. Refit batteries and then perform a 'FACTORY RESET'

Flap has not fully closed

This problem may happen very occasionally and will normally self correct within 30 minutes. If problem persists remove batteries for 5 minutes before replacing when correct lock action should be resumed.

Unauthorized access through the flap

  • If a cat is allowed to pass through the flap but hesitates, it is possible for another animal to 'push in' and get through the flap. The chances of this happening can be reduced by resetting the time the lock is deactivated after sensing your cat from the standard 20 seconds to say, 10 seconds. To do this, press the 'SET' and 'PROGRAM' buttons simultaneously for 5 seconds until the display flashes. Adjust the time by pressing the '4 WAY' button repeatedly to achieve the desired time as indicated Press the 'SET' button to save the setting.
  • When it is vital that there is no unauthorized access the '4 WAY' lock should be set to 'LOCKED' for ALL cats.

Difficulty in setting required functions/times

  • Buttons need to be pressed firmly.
  • Remember to press the 'SET' button after making a change to save the setting.
  • When you need to press 2 buttons together, ensure they are pressed at the same time.

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