Ideal "E-Cat" Electronic Panel Pet Door

SKU# 01RI08

  • The most economical sliding door choice to keep stray cats out
  • Magnetic cat door allows your cat with the key to enter and keeps all others out
  • Clear rigid flap is easier for cats to use
  • Generous flap dimension makes it good for even large cats
  • Has a 1 year warranty
  • PLEASE NOTE: This product ships directly from the manufacturer and may take 3-5 business days before it actually ships.

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Ideal "E-Cat" Electronic Panel Pet Door
Ideal "E-Cat" Electronic Panel Pet Door

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  • The most economical sliding door choice to keep stray cats out
  • Magnetic cat door allows your cat with the key to enter and keeps all others out
  • Clear rigid flap is easier for cats to use
  • Generous flap dimension makes it good for even large cats
  • Has a 1 year warranty
  • PLEASE NOTE: This product ships directly from the manufacturer and may take 3-5 business days before it actually ships.
Flap SizeStep OverFlap SizeOverall Panel WidthRecommended
Pet Height*
Stock No
Cat Flap4"7" w x 9" h11"8"-11"01RI08

*measured from the ground to the tallest point of their back 
The recommended pet width is generally 1-2" added to the width of the flap.

Still don't know which flap size to get? Here is a measurement guide to help you out

Height Adjustment Ranges

  • - B: Shorty 75" - 77 3/4" (additional cost)
  • - C: Regular 77 5/8" - 80 3/8"
  • - E: Tall 93 3/4" - 96 1/2" (additional cost)

Custom Height Add-On Extension is Available  If your sliding glass door track is not accommodated by one of these height ranges, you can special order a height extension for either the Regular or Tall panels.  

Please note that all custom options including custom step-overs render the purchase a final sale, not returnable. A height extension purchase is not returnable though the associated patio pet door is if there is not a custom step-over option chosen for it.

Caution If your measured track height is near the bottom of the adjustment range then you should review A Note of Caution

The 'E' Cat Patio Panel incorporates the Ideal 'E' Cat Pet Door.

"E" Cat Pet Door for Patio Sliding Glass Doors

This door combines the "E-Cat" Electronic Door with an Ideal "Fast Fit" Patio Panel.

If you want to let your own cats in but not the neighborhood cats then you'll need an electronic cat door. Sometimes the only place to put the pet door is in the sliding glass door. So here's an electronic cat door mounted in a panel designed to insert into a sliding glass door frame.

This one has a particularly large 7" x 9" opening. A 2-Way lock is included in addition to the electronics (there is a 3rd setting as well that disables the electronics. This may be a useful feature for training). It consists of an Ideal "E-Cat" electronic pet door combined with an Ideal "Fast Fit" patio panel.

Frame thickness is 5/8" at the bottom and about 7/8" at the top because of the height adjustment mechanism. The uprights are notched at the bottom to fit over a typical rail no more than about 1/4" wide and 1/4" tall. If the rail is wider than this, the panel will not be able to straddle it.

Since this panel will not mate with an existing slider door lock, Ideal supplies a pin lock. This does require drilling holes, so if you're a renter and do not want to put holes in the slider, then we suggest using the old "broomstick in the track method" or a Charley Bar.

Please refer to the important information contained in patio panel FAQ and patio panel comparison

The manufacturer recommends against the 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.

PLEASE NOTE: This product ships directly from the manufacturer and may take 1-3 business days before it actually ships.


A Note About Height Extension . . .

If your sliding glass door track height is more than 80” but less than 93 ½” or greater than 96” up to a maximum of 106”, then the 'off the shelf' versions of the Ideal 'Fast Fit' patio pet door will not fit your track height.  However, you may add an Ideal Height Extension to get the height that you need.  Purchase the 'standard' height 'Fast Fit' patio panel and add an extension to get to the range more than 80" but less than 93 1/2".

PLEASE NOTE: This product ships directly from the manufacturer and may take 3-5 business days before it actually ships.

Customer Reviews

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  • Great for summer use review by Juliana Y
    5 4 Great for summer use

    Simple panel - super easy to install and also take out when we need full use of our door. The electronic cat door itself is an inexpensive alternative to some other electronic models out there (although I admit, not as great as the expensive model we had previously installed in our wall). The cat has to get pretty close to the door for it to unlock, but for now it'll do.

    (Posted on 1/12/2018)

  • Good solution for my Sliding Glass Doors review by Neil
    5 4 Good solution for my Sliding Glass Doors

    This light weight panel was a good solution for my Sliding Glass Door since it was the only place I had to put a pet door. The magnetic lock took a bit of time to train my cat because the magnet needs to touch the plate at the bottom of the door.

    (Posted on 12/28/2017)

  • Inconsistant review by Gail
    5 3 Inconsistant

    The key only gets close enough some of the time, cat goes through paw first so it doesn't always work.

    (Posted on 12/22/2017)

  • Does the job review by TomY
    5 4 Does the job

    This door worked fine and did the job I was looking for it to do. No more unwanted guests for dinner. It took a little getting use to for my cat because of the firm door verses the flexible one he was use to. All well now.

    (Posted on 3/11/2016)

  • Yucky review by Nothappydoor
    5 1 Yucky

    Doesn't work at all!!!!!!!

    (Posted on 7/31/2013)

Weight 33.0000
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
Frame Material Extruded Aluminum
Track Width Minimum 7/8"
House Locking Method Pin Lock
Tools Required For Installation Drill for pin lock only
Flap Material Polycarbonate
Flap Design Single, One Part , Rigid, Thin Flap
Flap Colors Clear
Flap Thickness 1/8"
Additional Lock 2-Way Lock
Door Open Type Unlocks for the key signal and pet pushes open
Number Pets Unlimited
Activated By Magnet
Dual or Single Pane Single Pane 1/8" Thick
Warranty Period Limited Lifetime
Return Period 30 days
Manufacturer's Restocking Fee 0

Ideal Electronic 'E-Cat' Cat Door

Used in the Ideal 'E-Cat' Patio Pet Door Panel

1. Release automatic height adjustment by turning knobs located near top of panel counter-clockwise and pressing. Height adjustment panel should fully extend upward (pull up on panel if necessary).

2. Open sliding glass/screen door.

3. Insert E-Cat Panel with knobs facing inside. Place top edge into top track of sliding glass/screen door. Lift up and swing lower portion of panel onto ridge in sliding glass door (or screen door).

4. Slide E-Cat Panel against doorjamb and make sure that top is fully extended, not tilted to one side, and bottom of panel is on ridge in bottom track.

5. Hand-tighten knobs by turning clockwise to lock E-Cat Panel in place.

6. Once sure of the fit install the foam weather seal down the side of the panel that meets up with sliding door.

7. Last install the draft stopper strip along the trailing edge of the sliding panel. If you sliding door is on the outer track then install the strip along the front edge of the stationary panel. In both cases make sure that the edge is just barely making contact with the glass.

To permanently install the E-Cat Panel, you may screw through the aluminum fins that protrude on the existing frame of your door. Drill through the fins into the E-Cat Panel. Install two screws in the top and two in the side by the bottom of door. Do not put any screws into the frame by the glass of the E-Cat Panel as breakage may occur.

Optional permanent placement for fixed panel sliding door. Remove screws that hold fixed glass panel in place and slide over. Insert the E-Cat Panel panel between stationary panel and it's jamb and re-fasten fixed glass panel.

Installing Security Lock (Optional)

1. With sliding door in closed position, place lock in desired location with bolt in the retracted position, pointed toward the sliding glass door or stationary window rail. Leave approximately 1/8" clearance between bolt tip and aluminum rail.

2. Holding lock firmly in place, mark screw holes and center of bolt in rail of sliding door or stationary window.

3. Drill two 5/32" holes for mounting screws and a 3/8" hole for locking bolt. Caution: Do not drill into glass.

4. With sliding door in the closed position (with E-Cat Panel installed), mark position for second set of holes.

Repeat above instructions. Caution: Do not drill into glass.

In Depth Ideal 'E-Cat Panel' Installation

Note: the Fast-Fit and E-Cat Panel are installed the same way

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You would need to measure from the deepest part in the bottom track to the deepest part up inside the top track.

Yes, we recommend this for less extreme weather.

We do have a video under the installation instructions tab, but it is meant for a more straightforward easy install.

You can uninstall this pretty easily as long as you haven't drilled it in place.

It does have a small knob that you turn manually. You can also turn it so that it allows your kitty to come in and not go back out, allows them to go out and not in, completely locked, totally open, and one that disables the electronics all together making it a regular cat door.

The manufacturer includes a pin lock, but if you do not want to drill holes you can use a Charley Bar or a broomstick in the track for added security.

No, this pet door is not raccoon proof as it is just magnetic. If you needed a more raccoon proof option, check out the SureFlap Dual Scan panel.

Since doors that are controlled with a magnet are a little more touchy in how they need to be triggered to work properly we don't recommend this door for dogs.

Nope, you only need a 9-volt battery for the pet door.

Yes, but you can paint is as long as you get the correct kind and do the proper prep work.

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The new and revised warranty that follows this disclaimer supersedes any and all previous warranties of whatever nature or description, whether express, implied or set by law. Any unexpired warranties shall now be governed by the terms of the new warranty for the duration of the existing warranty’s unexpired term.
Ideal’s pet doors are very durable and with the proper care will provide many years of service for you and your pet. Thank you for selecting Ideal for your pet door. However, please be aware the pet doors are not waterproof against inclement weather or any excessive water exposure. The one year warranty set forth below applies to Ideal’s pet door(s). 
This product has a One Year Warranty from the date of the purchase of the product to be free of manufacturer’s defects in workmanship and materials. This express One Year Warranty is limited only to the original purchaser of the product and is non-transferable. Satisfactory proof of purchase must be provided to the manufacturer for this one year warranty to apply.  In that case, the manufacturer will replace at no charge to the purchaser the defective part(s). No refunds will be provided to the purchaser. No service contract is being provided under this One Year Warranty. Proof of purchase so that the One Year Warranty may be honored must be made to:
Ideal Pet Products, Inc.
24735 Avenue Rockefeller
Valencia, California, USA 91355
Attention: Warranty Department
(661) 294-2266 / 1-877-IDEALPET (433-2573)
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This product, or any of its accessories, parts, or attachments may not prevent adults, children, animals, insects, or objects from passing through or using the opening created by the product.
Ideal Pet Products will not be liable for any unintended or accidental usage, misuse, abuse, criminal conduct, water intrusion, acts of god, damages or injuries occurring or accruing from the use of this product except in strict accordance with Ideal's One Year Warranty accompanying the sale of this product to the original purchaser.