Cat Mate 359 Cat Door with Timer Control

SKU# 08AM359 W

  • Simplest, easily programed pet door with a timer
  • Pre-set the exact times of day your pets can use the door
  • Fits materials 0"-2" thick, even walls
  • Monitor battery life with low battery indicator

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Cat Mate 359 Cat Door with Timer Control
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  • Simplest, easily programed pet door with a timer
  • Pre-set the exact times of day your pets can use the door
  • Fits materials 0"-2" thick, even walls
  • Monitor battery life with low battery indicator
Flap SizeFlap DimensionRough Cut OutOutside Frame Dimension Stock No.
Cat Flap5 3/4" w x 5 3/4" h6 7/8" w x 7 3/4" h7 3/4" w x 9 11/16" h08AM359   W

The Cat Mate 359

  • The 359 incorporates a 5 way locking device, so you can discontinue the timer function, but still manually control the 4-way locking system allowing restricted access
  • Clear straightforward instructions make for easy programming
  • Pet door with timer function allows anything to come in, but nothing to get out for the time period you specify
  • When changing the batteries the pet door will retain the programming, as long as no buttons are accidentally pressed and you replace them within 60 seconds
  • Uses military time on an easy to read LCD display
  • Requires only 2 AA batteries
  • When the batteries are running low the LCD screen will flash every 3 seconds between the low battery indicator and the normal display
  • Locking pin is very secure
  • Tinted super tough polymer flap has a brush weather stripping surround on all sides for good insulation value
  • Door is virtually silent when pets enter and exit
  • Self framing for materials 0”-2” in thickness
  • Liners and Adapter Kits available separately for glass, metal door, and wall installations

Customer Reviews

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  • Keep it simple... review by walter
    5 3 Keep it simple...

    I'll be glad when a cat door is made with a simple curfew timer that operates on entry and exit. Example...from 5:30 am to 9:00 pm our two cats have the ability to exit the house to the deck and vice versa. In the evening we manually lock the door, the cats can't leave and night-life critters can't enter the house. In the morning we manually unlock the door as the risk of raccoons, possums, etc. entering the house is low. A curfew door would enable this even if we are away for an extended period. The Cat Mate 359 is halfway to achieving this, and that is if it is installed in reverse. However, doing so will obviously leave the controls exposed to the elements, voids the warranty and still permits unwanted entry. Why a manufacturer hasn't incorporated this simple concept into a cat door is a head scratcher.

    (Posted on 9/24/2018)

  • One thing need to be consider review by Simon
    5 3 One thing need to be consider

    I buy this door is for my cats can easy in and out at daytime, and limit they to go in and out at night time. Caused too many unwanted animals will come into my house. So this timer design is let it come in but not out, how about Raccoon come ? They will be locked inside the house! The idea design should be timer can total lock the door either in and out! So I have to Way, install this door at reverse direction

    (Posted on 7/12/2018)

  • Great cat door - just what I was looking for review by Michelle
    5 5 Great cat door - just what I was looking for

    I'm giving this 5 stars, because it's sturdy and well-made, and the timer function works just like it's supposed to. It wasn't too hard to install in our metal door.

    Unfortunately, currently only one cat has figured out that you can actually push through the cat door - and she's only figured it out for one direction... going out, not back in. The whole point of this was that I wanted them to always be able to get into the house, even if going out was barred. Figures...

    I've had to keep the plastic door duct-taped open, in the hopes that as they get used to that being the way in and out, they'll figure out they can push through the door!

    But none of that is the fault of this very nice cat door. :)

    (Posted on 6/18/2018)

  • Works Great! review by Attila
    5 5 Works Great!

    We have cat escape proof back yard so our 2 cats can play outside during the day. I am able to set this door to open at 7am and close at 7pm to go out. It is very helpful when we are away for work all day. Works Great so far.

    (Posted on 6/2/2018)

  • Just what I was looking for! review by Karen
    5 5 Just what I was looking for!

    I wanted a cat door that will unlock in the morning and switch to in only at night and this one is perfect!

    (Posted on 1/11/2018)

  • Good solution review by Stephano
    5 4 Good solution

    Well built door, and I love the timer feature. It has a straight forward installation and easy to program.

    (Posted on 12/28/2017)

  • Just what we needed review by April
    5 4 Just what we needed

    Working odd hours I needed a door that would allow our cats to come in at a certain time and not let them back out. Have a fenced yard so didn't need all the fancy collars for intruder critters so this was the perfect solution.

    (Posted on 12/22/2017)

  • Great product! So glad to have one with just a timer. review by Dorothy
    5 5 Great product! So glad to have one with just a timer.

    This cat door was easy to install, though as is often the case, instruction sheet could have been clearer. Two of my three cats learned to use it instantly and the other one got it after several pushes through the door while holding it open. Now he comes and goes. The timer part is great and working well. I'm just hoping they won't be strong enough to push it open when locked as one reviewer noted. So far so good!

    (Posted on 11/6/2017)

  • So far so good review by Alexander
    5 4 So far so good

    door works as described, so far. Timer lock seems fairly secure.

    Bad (my minor complaints):

    1) Timer operates the door lock even when the selector is in non-timer mode, wasting battery power.

    2) Timer operates the door lock every hour even though it is already locked/unlocked (probably a safety feature)

    3) Timer is in-only when locked and the direction cannot be reversed (you'd have to 3D-print a replacement part, there is no easy hack for this). Yes, there are legitimate situations where "in" is actually "out", depending on installation, as is the case for me.

    4) Timer can only be set in 1 hour increments. It's simple and visually obvious, but I wanted my times to end on the half-hour, so I had to set the clock incorrectly to make it work.

    Interesting note: The designers used a cheap method for the electric door lock - it's a little motor that turns 180 degrees, either clockwise or counterclockwise until it hits a limiter (and then it stalls until the processor cuts power). No, there is no solenoid. Seems to work surprisingly well.

    (Posted on 8/2/2017)

  • Good door, but a sneaky cat beats the lock review by Vicki
    5 3 Good door, but a sneaky cat beats the lock

    The timer works great, but because the locking mechanism is left of center (not sure why!), our cat is able to push through on the right side when the door is locked and escape. Bummer.

    (Posted on 6/17/2017)

  • So far, so good! review by Corinne
    5 5 So far, so good!

    Installation was relatively easy and so far the timer function operates perfectly, giving us peace of mind that our cat will always be indoors at night, even if we're out. Setting the timer function was a little tricky, but well worth it. I'm so pleased to have found this product!

    (Posted on 5/22/2017)

  • Game Changer review by Robert
    5 5 Game Changer

    Every evening around dusk, the ritual reenactment of a family drama to get our two outdoor cats back into the house became a constant source of anxiety. One cat was in and one cat was out. I wanted to close the cat door to keep the one cat from getting out and letting the cat left outside to appear at our glass door and request entry. My wife would then protest that what if the cat outside had to escape a dog and got stuck outside? Someone would volunteer to guard the door to keep the one cat inside even though the door was open. Now and then that worked but mostly both cats ended up outside again.

    This door has removed this ritual from our shared family experience. We now have much more pleasant evenings and look back fondly and gratefully that we can pay attention to other things. With the timer set, we take this task completely for granted. Thank you!

    (Posted on 5/15/2017)

  • Great Cat Door! review by Jamie
    5 5 Great Cat Door!

    The idea of having a timer on a cat door is brilliant! I don't have a problem with other cats or raccoons using my cat door, so the ID tag models were not what I was looking for. In fact, my cat has lost so many collars that having her access limited by a tag was not really an option. The price is fantastic and it was super easy to install. I had one problem, initially, that the door was not swinging freely. All it took to resolve the issue was to loosen up the top screws a bit and the door now is not sticking. Highly encourage anyone to purchase this door who wants to set a curfew for when your cat cannot be outside!

    (Posted on 5/2/2017)

Weight 3.0000
Manufacturer Cat Mate / Dog Mate
Your Maximum Pet Size Cats
# Collar Keys Included 0
Operates On Battery
Flap Opens Pet Must Push
Flap Type Single Flap
Color White
Frame Material Plastic
Flap Dimension 5 3/4" w x 5 3/4" h
Flap Material Acrylic
Flap Design Rigid
Flap Colors Tinted Clear
Flap Thickness 1/8"
Can Be Installed In Metal Door, Solid Core Door, Walls
Adapter Available for Installation in Wall Yes
Warranty Period 3 years
Return Period 30 days
Manufacturer's Restocking Fee none

359 Cat Door with Timer Control Installation Instructions for Wood/Plastic/Metal doors and panels

1. Take the exterior frame (the one without the flap) and place it on the material where you are installing the pet door.

Tip: The manufacturer does recommend the bottom of the cut out is at least level with your pet’s stomach. It is ok to go a little lower as long as you are being careful not to damage the integrity of the material you are installing it into. Also double check to make sure the top of the flap is high enough so your pet doesn’t have to bend down too much to get through.

2. Trace around the outside of the TUNNEL part of the frame (not the entire outside frame), this serves as the template for your cut out.

3. Double and triple check that the line for the rough cut out is level before using a jig saw to make the rough out. Be sure to your cut is 1/16” of an inch OUTSIDE the line you drew in step 2.

Tip: It is very important to cut the hole even and level. If it is not cut correctly the flap will not open and close correctly once installed.

4. Dry fit the frames in the hole and ensure that the pet door is swinging properly.

5. For thin panels/doors 0” - ¾”:

a) Put the outside frame on the door and make a mark for each of the 4 screws.
b) Take off the frame and drill the holes ¼” in diameter. Check to make sure they are level.
c) If you door or panel is less than 3/4” you will need to trim down the liner on the OUTSIDE frame using a hacksaw or plastic cutting disk.
d) Fit the weather seal on the exterior frame (there is a very small thin channel that goes all the way around the backside of the door).
e) Attach that frame to the outside of the door and screw the interior frame on from the inside. Use the 1-¼” screws, unless your panel is less than ¼”. In that case use the ¾” screws provided.
f) Check that the door is working then tap in the screw covers.

6. If door or panel is ¾” - 2” in thickness

a) Drill out the screw holes on the INSIDE frame of the 359 (this is the frame with the flap on it). The holes should be 3/16” diameter, and check to make sure they are level.
b) Fit the weather seal on the exterior frame (there is a very small thin channel that goes all the way around the backside of the door).
c) Using the ¾” screws attach the inside frame to the interior of the door..
d) Check that the door is working then tap in the screw covers.

7. Enjoy your new Cat-Mate 359!

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It is not an electronic door that requires the pet to have a key or microchip to trigger it. So it would not control who comes in and out, but when they can go in and out.

They only make the one size which is good for cats and very small dogs.

Yep, but the frame is paintable.

You can see through it still, but it will be tinted.

Programming the door is very simple compared to other types of electronic doors. All the instructions are included with the pet door.

The cat door timer can be disabled so you can use it as a manual pet door as opposed to a programmable cat door.

Cat-Mate lists that they should last about 2 years!

It does seal well and has a brush weather stripping surrounding the flap so you can use it 4 season areas.

Yes, the liners can be found here.

It can frame down do 0 so it is a great choice for plexiglass, wood, and glass. Keep in mind you can't cut dual pane or tempered glass as it will shatter.

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