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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2014
     
    I thought a cat was used to stop drafts
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    And remember if you are looking cat flaps from the US they will be wider than UK cat flaps. Portion control is the key.
    • CommentAuthorTriassic
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2014
     
    Don't fit a cat flap, just train the cat to tap on the kitchen window....... works for our next door neighbour!
    • CommentAuthorskyewright
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2014
     
    Posted By: TriassicDon't fit a cat flap, just train the cat to tap on the kitchen window....... works for our next door neighbour!

    Are you certain it wasn't the other way round, i.e. the cat trained the neighbour? :wink:

    Dog have owners. Cats have staff. As the saying goes...
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    ''.....works for our next door neighbour''

    What, you open the door when your next-door neighbour taps on the window?
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2014
     
    :bigsmile::bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2014
     
    Posted By: skyewrightthe cat trained the neighbour?
    There was a whole article in New Scientist about this very thing.

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21929341.000-more-than-a-feline-the-true-nature-of-cats.html
    • CommentAuthorwillwest
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2016
     
    Car scrap yard - cut roof off something with electric sunroof - nice old jag would do to plush things up. Install under porch so cat has to come through floor (too small for burglars to crawl under) or in wall or door with surrounding animal sized aperture. Install with pressure pad to activate and carefully aimed PIR (sic!) sensor to hold open so doesn't close on loitering feline. Choice of glass or solid Can line with insulation. Choice of glass or solid. Job done!
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2016
     
    Exactly how big is this bl...y cat.:wink::bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorrhamdu
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2016
     
    Has anyone tried a revolving cat door?
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2016
     
    Posted By: rhamdurevolving cat

    I thought it was dogs that chased their tails? :devil:
    • CommentAuthorgyrogear
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2016 edited
     
    We've got 5 cats, two of them will tap on a window to ask to be let in.

    For the others, I built a wooden "cat kennel" out back, they go in there if the weather gets bad, and wait out.

    The kennel has about 65 ACH, but they don't seem to mind...

    Otherwise, no cat flaps on *my* side of the Pecos...

    gg
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    ''Car scrap yard - cut roof off something with electric sunroof - nice old jag would do to plush things up.''

    Leave me the back of the car, please. I'm having a car boot sale.
    • CommentAuthorgyrogear
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2016
     
    ? Jaguar ?

    very appropriate when talking cats...
    (gives that certain feline of déjà-vu ?)

    gg
    • CommentAuthorSteveZ
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2016
     
    We have had an inwards RFID operated Sureflap for our moggie for about a year without any trouble at all. He got used to it immediately, and if you knew Zebedee you would be surprised at that! He's the original scaredy cat.

    It closes against a small plastic peg which stops the flap blowing inwards when the wind is in the East in our case. I suppose it could blow outwards and let our precious warm air out, but I probably wouldn't notice. The seal is not perfect, but at one end of a tunnel with a simple catflap at the other end would cut down any draught enough for all but the most demanding PassivHaus owner

    I see that Sureflap also have a controllable in and out model available for anyone with a mix of cats allowed out and those kept in all the time - clever or what!
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th 2016
     
    Will stop the Beast of Bodmin getting in :wink:
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2016 edited
     
    The old fashioned, cheap type
    http://store.intl.petsafe.net/en-gb/staywell-original-2-way-pet-door-small
    which has a flap hinged within another hinged perimeter frame, each one closing tightish by magnet against a 'rebate' face, one open-in, the other open-out (rather than a single flap with weak brush seal) seems by far the most airtight when closed.

    A pair of them, one ea end of a plywood tunnel thro the wall, is as good as you'll get, other than a power-operated thing with strong bi-directional seal.
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    This continues not to be a problem.

    Shed.
    Catflap in shed.
    Catbox in insulation in shed.

    Our problem is that the bl**dy cat has learnt that its territorial air-siren style miaow is far more effective than its normal civilised miaow at penetrating double glazing, and that if it sits inside the open porch it has a built in amplifying chamber.

    Wanted: humane cat cork.

    Ferdinand
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2016 edited
     
    fostertom pointed out "The old fashioned, cheap type
    http://store.intl.petsafe.net/en-gb/staywell-original-2-way-pet-door-small
    which has a flap hinged within another hinged perimeter frame, each one closing tightish by magnet against a 'rebate' face, one open-in, the other open-out (rather than a single flap with weak brush seal) seems by far the most airtight when closed."

    The not so cheap Freedom Pet Pass works on the same principle and has some certified test results that are not terribly good in an absolute sense but probably way better than most of the competition:

    http://energyefficientdogdoors.com/insulated-cat-door

    It seems to work as claimed. We also have a chip-reading outer flap to keep out the rest of the world.

    BTW, cat flaps are admissible in your VAT reclaim.
    • CommentAuthorrhamdu
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2016
     
    I don't have a cat but I still find this discussion fascinating. Just saying.
    • CommentAuthorjdclemoes
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2020
     
    I'm looking into getting a cat flap installed in a rear extension cavity wall. Has anyone had any experience of this product: http://www.thepetflap.com/
    • CommentAuthorsam_cat
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2020
     
    We have a porch, 2x cat flaps (one from outside into the porch, another from porch into house)
    Never noticed a draft/cold area near that door. Porch is usually cooler than house, but seems to totally kill any drafts.

    And the cat-flaps themselves are pretty good, dont flap around even in the strongest of winds. Cats get in and out with ZERO problems.

    Cat Mate 4 way locking (Amazon)
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000A214NA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2020
     
    Posted By: jdclemoesI'm looking into getting a cat flap installed in a rear extension cavity wall. Has anyone had any experience of this product: http://www.thepetflap.com/

    Sorry, no. I didn't see any statement/claim about airtightness to go with the 'draft-free' notion?

    We also have a porch (well, actually a 'bin store') and two cat flaps. The outer one is a normal 4-way chip-reading transparent model (SureFlap I think) and the cats use this freely. The inner one is an airtight one from Canada - https://freedompetpass.ca/ - and the cats are very reluctant to use that. They know how to and will use it if they must, but prefer to sit by it for ages until we open the adjacent door for them :) :(

    I think the problem with the inner one is twofold. First, it's a bit more difficult to open because of the magnetic seal, and second, it's opaque so they can't see what's on the other side. I suspect the second problem is the more important.

    So the new product seems like a good idea, but I'd like to know how airtight it is.
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