Ideal "E-Cat" Electronic Cat Door

SKU# 08RI02

  • The best magnetic cat door for large cats
  • Rigid clear flap is a full 7" x 9"
  • Magnetic operation ensures only your cat gets in and not strays
  • Self framing for doors 1-1/4" - 1-3/4"
  • Includes one magnet key and collar

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Ideal "E-Cat" Electronic Cat Door

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  • The best magnetic cat door for large cats
  • Rigid clear flap is a full 7" x 9"
  • Magnetic operation ensures only your cat gets in and not strays
  • Self framing for doors 1-1/4" - 1-3/4"
  • Includes one magnet key and collar
Flap SizeFlap DimensionRough Cut OutOutside Frame Dimension

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E-Cat Flap7" w x 9" h7 3/8" w x 11 3/4" h9 1/4" w x 14 1/2" h


The Ideal Pet Products E-Cat Door

This Cat door is a self-framing, electronic pet door with a built in 2-way lock in addition to the electronic function. The '2-way' lock offers: The normal locked and unlocked position but it also offers a 3rd option of unlocked and no collar key required which would probably be useful in training.

The manufacturer specifies the size as suitable for cats to 15 lbs. We would expect this pet door to be suitable for even larger cats and suggest you simulate the opening for any cats up to about 25 lbs to see if the size would work for them.

The manufacturer recommends against use by dogs and we concur.  There are two possible problems. First, the collar key needs to touch the sensor plate to reliably activate and dogs tend to approach in a more upright posture. Second, if a dog is charging the pet door, it may not react quickly enough to unlock.

One collar key is included together with a 'break away' collar to hang the key from. Or you may use your own collar.

The flap is clear polycarbonate and measures 7" x 9". This very strong flap material is an excellent feature in a cat door.

It is self-framing from 1 1/4"to 1 3/4" which covers all interior and exterior standard dimension doors. The pet door may be installed in a thinner door by shimming the opening to at least 1 1/4". Available in white frame only.

Electronic control is in one direction only. 9 volt battery included.

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  • Would not recommend. Cust Service was good tho... review by Tnt
    5 1 Would not recommend. Cust Service was good tho...

    Tried with 3 doors (original and two replacments)

    Gave up with this door, looking for another one.

    (Posted on 3/11/2017)

  • Customer Service was good, door replaced twice review by Tnt
    5 1 Customer Service was good, door replaced twice

    Installation was easy since there was already a hole in our door from previous owner. After a short while, door stopped working. Called Cust Serv and even after changing battery would not work. Got a new one, sent old one back. Same thing worked at first then wouldn't. Got a third one, and it worked for a short while then stopped.

    We gave up with this door. It will keep our son's cat out until he watched our cats enough to figure it out then he could get in, so we locked it manually when the cat cousin was here....

    Looking for a replacement now.

    (Posted on 3/11/2017)

  • Good, reliable product at a decent price review by Sasha
    5 4 Good, reliable product at a decent price

    Easy to install, good quality product. Big enough for our large feline to enter and exit comfortably. The only cons are: the magnet that operates the door didn't initially always work, leaving the cat to howl at the door; and that those magnets are so darned expensive. The cat lost her collar pretty fast, leaving me to figure out how to solve the issue until a new magnet arrived in the mail. I went to the nearest Office Depot and purchased several small, powerful magnets and epoxied one to a paper clip and attached it to her new collar. Worked perfect. I'll probably never spend $20 to replace these magnets again.

    (Posted on 9/15/2014)

  • Versatile! review by Janet
    5 5 Versatile!

    Love this door! Works great, and once the neighborhood bully cat quit coming in, I could set this to normal operation, take the collar off my cat, and his neck could be free!! Great value!

    (Posted on 5/17/2014)

  • Your answer was just review by Maurice
    5 3 Your answer was just

    Your answer was just what I nedede. It's made my day!

    (Posted on 2/28/2014)

  • Not the best design for a cat door review by Dan
    5 2 Not the best design for a cat door

    I purchased one of these and it was expensive for me by
    the time I got it into Canada with customs charges and shipping.
    Upon bench testing (before installation) I found that this
    door while large for larger cats, leaves a lot to be desired.
    The colour magnet (key) is very strong and will pick up nails
    and even a kitchen fork. Because the electronic design is
    a placement of 3 magnetic reed sensing switches, the magnet
    practically has to be dragged across the floor of the housing
    and there are two spots between the reed sensing switches that will not activate the latch to release it. This will frustrate
    the cat after a couple of tries. The akaline 9v battery will only
    last a couple of months and there is no low battery warning
    indicator. So other than the large size, I would not recommend this door..if your cat is smaller the RFID tag
    cat doors are much more reliable.

    (Posted on 6/22/2013)

  • This Ideal Door is truly Ideal! review by CatWoman and CatMan
    5 5 This Ideal Door is truly Ideal!

    We replaced a very old Ideal Cat Door with this new Electronic one, and are very pleased! Took us less than 30 minutes to take out the old one, and replace it with the new door. The cats that are permitted to come indoors, learned to use it within a few hours. The cats and possums that are not permitted indoors can no longer get inside! Kicking ourselves that we did not install the Electronic Cat Door years ago! Thanks so much.

    (Posted on 1/19/2012)

Weight 3.0080
Manufacturer Ideal Pet Products
Your Maximum Pet Size Cats, Large Cats
Controls Access From Outside Only
# Collar Keys Included 1
Operates On Battery
Flap Opens Pet Must Push
Flap Type Single Flap
Color White
Rough Cut 7 3/8" w x 11 3/4" h
Frame Material Plastic
Flap Dimension 7" w x 9" h
Flap Material Polycarbonate
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 2-Way Lock
Number Pets Unlimited
Activated By Magnet
Can Be Installed In Aluminum Door, Hollow Core Door, Solid Core Door
Warranty Period Limited Lifetime
Return Period 30 days
Manufacturer's Restocking Fee 0

Ideal Electronic 'E-Cat' Cat Door

Tools Needed:
Hammer and Awl (or Nail)
Drill and ⅜” Drill Bit
Sabre Saw
Phillips Screwdriver
Wear Safety Goggles

1. Center the template in the middle of the door and tape in place. Make sure to place the top of the template to be at least one inch above the pet’s shoulder.

2. With the template in place, use a pencil to draw around the inside edge of the template onto door. You can use a nail mark the screw holes.

3. Drill four outer screw holes

4. Mark and drill 4 starter holes on the inside corners. Using a saw, cut along inside edge pencil line.

5. Insert outer frame into the exterior opening(frame must be flush with door surface).

6. Place the inner beauty ring into opening from interior door and hold in place. Install screws and tighten until snug.

7. Using the red dial on the door, you can adjust the locking mechanism as needed.

How to connect and/or replace the battery:

1. Remove screw on battery panel and remove the panel

2. Insert the battery supplied into plug, and then into compartment

3. Replace panel and reattach screw It is recommended to change your battery every 6 months.

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Ideal Pet Products Limited Lifetime Warranty

We believe that our pet doors are the most durable on the market. That's why we were the first to offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty in workmanship and materials. All defective parts will be replaced free of charge. Limited Lifetime Warranty applies to the original purchaser only, with proof of sales receipt. Excludes flap or breakage of the glass panel.

A replacement part will be sent when we receive proof of purchase and a check in the amount of $10.00 to cover shipping and handling, payable to:

24735 Ave. Rockefeller
Valencia, California 91355
Attn: Pet Products Warranty Dept.

This warranty is void if damage to material is due to improper installation or intentional abuse.

As with any home improvement project, if you do not have the tools or skills to properly install your pet door, we suggest using a professional handyman or licensed contractor.

Ideal imposes a 15% restocking fee on all returns.