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Pet-Tek Pet Door Tips

Tips for your Cat Door or Dog Door including Magnetic Doors

Here are some helpful tips that should be read prior to installation.

Most well adjusted pets may be trained to use a pet door.
However, they do have varying temperaments which need to be allowed for. Some pets are very nervous, others quite placid. In general, pets are happy to have the freedom of access and training is not difficult.

void frightening, or forcing your pet! They may associate the experience with the pet door and avoid using it. Always be patient with your pet and you will find they will accept the doors as a normal means of entry.

Pets co-operate best using reward based training. Never punish your pet. Remember you must also be patient - it can take some pets up to three weeks to train. Do not give up because he has not quite, adjusted to the new method of entry.

Different methods are used for different doors, here are some helpful suggestions.

Standard Doors

  • Place your pet's meal dish where they may see it through the door flap.
  • If he is timid try taping the flap open until he gets used to the door.
  • Make entry easy by ensuring the pet door is not placed too high for your pet to have ease of access. The bottom of the door is best placed 100mm to 150mm from the floor.
  • Train him at meal times when he has an incentive to get access to his meal.
  • If you're pet door has a four way locking system introduce your pet to it slowly. Try to avoid him learning by running into the door when it is shut.

Magnetic or Electro Magnetic Doors

  • Magnetic & Electro Magnetic doors make a slight sound when they are activated. This can spook timid pets. If your pet is timid let him get used to the door first. Tape the flap in the open position until he becomes accustomed to it.
  • You may tape the lock latch to the bottom of the door until your cat becomes accustomed to using the door. Ensure you remove any adhesive residue before re-activating the magnetic mechanism as it will affect the door action.
  • Some pets do not like collars or any foreign object being attached to their neck. However, they do get used to them.
  • Magnetic and Electro Magnetic doors operate when the magnetic collar is approximately ¾" to 1" (20 to 25mm) from the door base. Any further and the magnetic door key will not operate.
  • Place the magnetic collar key on your pet's collar. The collar key is designed to be fitted directly on the collar. Do not attach to rings on your pets collar.
  • Ensure that your pet is trained to enter through the centre of the door and not at an angle, this will ensure that the magnetic field is activated. A helpful hint is to create a tunnel effect by placing a small pot plant each side of the door to ensure your pet enters the door straight ahead and not at an angle. This is only necessary during the training period i.e. 1- 3 weeks.
  • Access height to the door is important with Magnetic and Electro Magnetic doors. If your pet has to stand up on his hind legs to enter the door there is a strong chance that the collar magnet will be outside the recommended magnetic field range of ¾" to 1" (20 to 25mm). If your door has been installed at a higher then normal level, place a little platform of some kind at the door entry to assist your cat enter the door from a horizontal position. It can be of advantage to cover the top 25% of the flap with tape until your cat gets used to the door. This will limit the cat's vision and he will drop his head to see through the door, thereby ensuring the magnet is within the recommend height.
  • Magnetic doors are recommended for cats 6 to 9 months old or older. Do not use on small kittens.