Cat Mate 254 Electronic Cat Doors

SKU# 08AM25

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  • Great affordable way to keep strays out

  • Can be used to fit materials 0" - 2" in thickness, for interior and exterior applications

  • Operation requires a 9-volt battery (not included)

  • Collar key is a magnet

  • Includes a manual rotary locking system as well for when you want to keep your pet from using the door

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Flap SizeFlap DimensionRough Cut OutOutside Frame DimensionStock No
Cat Flap 2545 3/4" w x 5 3/4" h6 5/8" w x 8 1/2" h7 5/8" x 9 1/2"08AM254
Large Cat Flap 2567" w x 7 1/4" h7 3/4"x 10 1/4" h9 1/4" x 11 3/4"08AM256

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The 256 has been replaced by the Cat Mate 363

Cat-Mate 254 & 256 Electronic Cat Doors

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.

A '4-way' lock rotary dial is visible in the lower right hand corner of the 08AM254. Cat Mate has recently both enhanced the performance of the small electronic and lowered the price! This has been a very reliable performer over the years.

The 08AM256 uses the smaller collar key used by the 08AM254 and is suitable for cats. The Dog Mate Electronic Small Dog is exactly the same pet door but uses a larger, and slightly more expensive, collar key better suited to smaller dogs. Both key types will unlock both doors.

The 08AM256 doors use sliding tabs to accomplish the 4-way lock rather than a rotary dial (they're 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.

Customer Reviews

  • Perfect Solution
    How do you rate this product?

    We got this door to replace our regular no lock cat door. We have had a neighbor's cat enter our house in the past, as well as a stray cat follow our cats inside. We were tired of cat fights in the house, usually in the early AM hours. This door was the perfect solution to our problem. Now only our cats have access to our house. We installed it where the old pet door was located, which was lower than the recommended installation height. Still works fine.

  • Super!
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    We have two of these. They are great. We are controlling who goes out, not who comes in since we don't have a problem with strays. We wanted to let the adult cats come and go, but keep the kittens indors. To accomplish this, we mounted the pet doors backwards. That way only a cat with a magnet can go out. Problem solved.

  • The best cat door yet!
    How do you rate this product?

    I'm very impressed with this new and improved cat door 254. We've had an electronic cat door for at least 18 years (since 1996) and generally have to replace them every 4 or so years. This must be our fifth and it's the best yet. Our cats find it easier than ever to use the door, as the new keys have very strong magnets. This time we didn't have to train our cats to lift their heads in order to position the magnet correctly. The latch is also strong enough to keep out our two strong neighborhood cats. They are our friends but we didn't like them bursting in at all hours to steal food. One cat neighbor was formerly able to enter our house because he wore several metal tags which apparently activated our old cat-door-lock to open for him (according to the old manual.) This doesn't happen with the new door! Raccoons at night have been checking out the door, and have not managed to come in, as they have with past doors. I feel quite secure now.

    There are only two minor downsides, but this door still gets 5 stars! The very strong magnet sometimes grabs onto the computer when our Chloe wants to sit on the computer table - probably not good and I try not to let her get too close to the computer. Secondly, although the flap and entrance are comfortably big for our cats, even a bit bigger than the old flap, the frame is smaller than the former frame and cut-out! We considered returning the door for this reason, but finally decided to simply re-build the wall around the door (with some grumbling and muttering) making a smaller cut-out. I'm so glad we kept this door!

  • Lives up to claims
    How do you rate this product?

    This door has been everything it claimed to be.

    It took about a week and a half for my large, long-haired and double coated, girl to use the door without prompting. Now she's in and out a half dozen times a day. The only issue was when she picked up a large nail with her collar magnet - not that it bothered her in the least, and I just picked it off when I noticed.

    This was definitely the solution we were looking for - keeps everyone else out while letting our girl in, thanks petdoors for giving our cat back her freedom.

  • Top of the line pet door
    How do you rate this product?

    I have used this pet door for years for my two indoor/outdoor cats. It lets them come and go as they please, while also giving me great control (unlocked, in-only, out-only, and locked settings). The magnetic gating system means my cats can use it, but other neighborhood pets and wild animals (e.g. raccoons) in the area can't. Sturdy construction, good design, easy for the cats to use. Totally worth the price.

  • Keyed Entry
    How do you rate this product?

    We replaced a similar sized basic un-keyed "PetSafe" cat door.

    A neighbor cat (Meeko) kept coming in no matter how unpleasant we made his escape. The last straw was when my wife was sewing. Meeko came right in and just sat in front of my Wife's chair as if to say "Have anything for me? A treat or a lap perhaps? Oh, and by the way, your cats food it rather stale and I would like some of his canned food please"

    With a minor re-cut for height, of the new "Cat Mate 254" it went in easily. After a bit of adjustment period for the now stronger magnet, our cat small cat, Poe is now zipping in and out. Our neighbor cat Meeko has been hanging around the door giving his BEST shot at pushing and probing to figure out why he can no longer get in. It has been a real riot to watch him from the inside. We know Poe is just taunting Meeko now as she now zips by him on her way in and out repeatedly.

    The weather stripping on the new door is not a perfect seal but it is much better than the old door which had none.

  • Second Cat Mate Door goes Bad
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    This is the second Cat Mate Door I have installed. The first lasted about 8 years. this second door was installed 8 months ago and started malfunctioning within two months. I have to pay for a new one and the istallation fee... Not Happy!

    Ed. Sounds like a warranty claim to me. Please call us if you need the mfr phone number.

Weight 7.0000
Manufacturer Cat Mate / Dog Mate
Your Maximum Pet Size Cats, Large Cats
Controls Access From Outside Only
# Collar Keys Included 2
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"
Door Open Type Unlocks for the key signal and pet pushes open
Additional Lock 4-Way Lock
Number Pets Unlimited
Activated By Magnet
Can Be Installed In Hollow Core Door, Polycarbonate, Plywood or Other Thin Material, Solid Core Door
Warranty Period 3 years
Return Period 30 days
Manufacturer's Restocking Fee none

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