Give the rest of your pets access to this flap with additional [Cat Mate's Collar Magnets] (https://www.chewy.com/cat-mate-cat-collar-magnets/dp/103184).
Bought this for my bathroom door because my catbox for my cat is in there. So now my cat has access but my roommates cat does not. No longer have to worry about cleaning up after two cats instead of one.
I’m using this to let my one cat into a room that the other cat is not allowed in. My one cat needs his alone time and his own litter box to be happy. This works great for that. However the magnetic charm is way too difficult. It has to be hanging just right in order to work. I don’t know why they didn’t just make the entire magnet charm work all around the charm, instead of only on one side of the charm. The charm sticks to the tags so I had to hang it on the side of the collar where the tags aren’t, and hope his collar doesn’t turn throughout the day which would make the magnet charm not lay properly to function. This is a great idea, but could work better.
Chewy warranty only lasts 1 year, even though the product is warranted from the mfg for 3 years. I'm stuck dealing with the mfg. Not happy.
i had a really old (20+ years) version of this in a steel exterior door. The magnetic feature hadn't worked in ages, which was fine because our cats at the time hated collars, kept shedding them, & new magnets and collars get expensive after awhile. But recently a stray cat started coming in several times a night. I turned the selector to in-only so the next time it came in it couldn't get back out & I could scare it a little. Well after I chased it around the kitchen it hit the door so hard it broke the flap in 3 pieces. This is almost a direct fit; just drilled a few new screw holes and it fit the existing cutout. Chester and Casper don't mind their collars and I love hearing the stray bumping it at night but failing to get in. Pay attention to the front and back on the collar magnets - it makes a difference.
The magnet and the locking mechanism are a joke. It can even be opened by a cat pawing at it.
The latch that catches the door to prevent the door from opening for a stray, gets hooked on the door if something without a magnet pushes on the door or if your cat tries to get through to quickly. Ones it's hooked the latch won't release even with the magnet. Also, the door is harder to push open than a regular flap so if you have a timid kitty or an unmotivated kitty they may just give up. So between being more difficult than their previous cat door and unreliable, our cats won't use it on their own. I'm really disappointed.
I ordered this door for my cats. I was leaving town a lot & finally realized that while I was gone, I had several strays coming in my house through the old cat door, hanging out, eating my cats food, etc. Yikes! I read some reviews on this and was skeptical. I LOVE THIS DOOR! The only thing we had to adjust was putting a small weight on the inside of the flap because it wasn't shutting completely after the cats would come in. Easy peasy. It works like an champ & now only MY cats can get in and out :) Also, the magnets on the cats collar are small. My cats are 8 years old, have never had a collar & the magnet does not bother them at all:)
Our Cat Mate cat door was over a decade old, so we were glad to find the exact size we needed on Chewy. Took about 5 minutes to install. The winter wind isn't blowing right in anymore. It took a few tries for the cat to figure out that he had to push a little harder since the magnet is so strong on the new one, but he got it.
The magnetic release is simple technology but enough to secure the flap from unwanted critters such as raccoons or even other cats (who aren't also wearing magnets on their collars). The only thing that I'd like to see, that is standard on a lot of other cat and dog flaps, is a solid cover that you slide on that completely covers the flap. There is a 4-way locking switch where you can lock the door in both directions, but I hate to see the poor cats banging their heads on the flap trying to get out when I lock it.
I purchased this to allow only two of my three cats to go out into the cat pen. The diagrams sure seem to indicate the choices are 1) fully locked, 2) fully open, 3) exiting only, or 4) entering only. But in fact this will not let you control which animals can exit your house, only which animals can enter. That's fine if all you want to do is keep out intruders. But if you want to control which animals can exit, then this is NOT for you. (Thankfully, I received full refund with no hassle from Chewy.)