Cat-Mate 363 Electronic Pet Door
These are operated by one 9 volt battery (not included) so they don't require a location near a wall outlet. The doors sense the collar key, which is a small, waterproof magnet, and unlocks. The cat then pushes through. The pet doors are 'self-framing'. Two collar keys are included with each pet door.
The 08AM363 includes collar keys suitable for both a cat and a dog. Both key types will unlock both doors.
The 08AM363 doors use sliding tabs to accomplish the 4-way lock rather than a rotary dial (there are two red tabs and one green in the center).
You might suppose that one way to use the Cat Mate pet doors to keep one pet in while allowing another out would be to reverse the pet door so that it controlled pets on the inside but not, obviously then, on the outside. That idea works provided that you carefully shield the now outside portion of the pet door from the weather.
Note: Reversed installation (turning the pet door around so that it controls from the inside rather than from the outside) will void the warranty.
Another idea that we have encountered is installing two pet doors--one at each end of a fabricated wooden tunnel made long enough that the flaps don't interfere with each other. Then the outside unit controls access from the outside and the inside unit controls access from the inside. Such an installation would be easiest to accomplish in a wall.
Important note: There is a third slide lock mounted in the bottom center of the pet door which locks the solenoid*. However, several customers have misinterpreted its function, left the solenoid locked and thought that the pet door was malfunctioning. This is actually a handy feature to use in training.
*The solenoid is the colored (green and yellow) portion inside the base of the pet door that controls the electronic motion of the flap.
For Wood Doors and Plastic Panels:
1. Position the template on the door or panel and trace around it.
Tip: The bottom of the template should be about level with your pet’s stomach. You can place it lower, however, you need to be sure that it is not so low it is compromising the integrity of the material you are installing it into and that the top of the pet door is not so low your pet has to stoop. Ideally you would like the door to be placed so that as the pet is going through, it the magnet comes in very close contact with the bottom of the door. This way the collar key will properly trigger the mechanism to unlock the door.
2. Before you drill/cut make sure that the rough cut line is level.
3. After checking for levelness, drill two holes about ¼” in diameter in both upper corners (they should be inside the cut out line). These are pilot holes for the jigsaw blade to help you get the cut out started.
4. Use the jig saw cut to along the inside of that line and be very careful to cut that hole square to the door.
Tip: The cut out must be level or the door will not open and close properly.
5. Fit the pet door frames onto the door/panel and test the door to make sure that it is working properly.
6. Remove the frames and use a measuring tape to determine the thickness of your door/panel.
7. For doors/panels 0” - ⅞” thick:
a) Put the INSIDE frame (without the flap) on the interior of the door/panel and mark the screw holes.
b) Remove the frame and drill the 4 holes to 3/16” in diameter.
c) Choose the right screws from the packet for your door thickness.
d) Put the outside frame and inside frame back on the door and tighten the screws.
e) Put on the screw covers.
8. For doors/panels 7/8” or more in thickness:
a) Put the INSIDE frame (without the flap) on the interior of the door/panel and screw it on using the ½” screws.
b) Now get your OUTSIDE frame and drill out the screw holes in the 4 corners of the frame. The holes should be 3/16” in diameter.
c) Then screw outside frame on the exterior of the door with the ¾” screws.
d) Put on the screw covers.
9. Remove the cover under the flap and Install the 9-volt battery.
10. Test with a collar key to make sure that it is working.
11. All done!
After cutting the opening in your wall, line the inside ¾” plywood (or something similar). Then you can install the pet door directly onto the wood.