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Cat Mate Electromagnetic Door
 


Review summary: The Cat Mate is a well built unit and has been reliable. The Cat Mate is recommended as a good value, but you may prefer the extra features and sensor range if you have the budget for one of the more expensive electronic pet doors.

   
 

Cat Mate Electromagnetic Cat Flap
Dog Mate Electromagnetic Dog Door

Model "Cat Mate" (reviewed), "Dog Mate" (similar)
Manufacturer: Ani mate
List price: $99 (Cat Mate), $160 (Dog Mate)
 
Editor's Rating:
3 stars
 


Pros: Hard plastic door, keyed locking design, good seal, works on thin doors

Cons: Collar key must be very close to door to unlock, raccoons can get in

 

The Cat Mate is a one of the lowest cost locking doors. The collar contains a magnet that hangs down from the collar. As it gets close to the sensor, the door unlatches with a click and the pet can proceed in. The electric lock only works in one direction (coming in from the outside) and the pet has free access to go out anytime.

The door is made of clear hard-plastic and holds up well. The rest of the body consists of hard plastic and is well made. Dirt can accumulate inside the the latch area, but it doesn't seem to affect the operation. There is a plastic knob that mechanically fully locks the door, locks it in one direction, or leaves it open for the automatic locking method. The Cat Mate can be installed in all types of doors, including metal doors.

Because the door does not automatically lock in the outgoing direction, those smart raccoons are able to lift the door up from the outside and crawl in.   No cat or dog should be able to figure this out, so it's fine at keeping stray pets at bay.

The Cat Mate runs on a single 9v battery, and ran for at least 6 months on a single alkaline battery. The manufacturer indicates it should run for about 9 months, which seems about right. A test button (which may not be on all versions) will unlatch the door and a red LED lights to confirm the battery is ok. The LED will not light when the battery needs replacement (although the latch may still operate).

The package includes two collar magnets. The magnet is attached to your pet's collar (not supplied). It hangs down a bit but is sturdy. It is necessary for the magnet to get within 1.5" of the sensor, located at the outside bottom lip of the door. This is a much shorter range than other electronic doors we reviewed, and might pose a problem for some situations. It worked fine for us.

This system is not keyed, meaning that any other pets in the neighborhood that use the same magnetic collar system will be able to get in. On the good side, it's inexpensive to add more pets and/or replace the magnet.

There are multiple door sizes made, but some may not be available in the US. The "Cat Mate Large" seems identical to the "Dog Mate" in size. The standard Cat Mate door opening is a bit smaller than most, but this is may help to keep out unwanted pests such as raccoons. Note that Ani Mate makes non-electronic versions sold under the same Cat Mate and Dog Mate labels, so be sure you are getting the Electromagnetic versions.

     
 

Where to buy

 
 
  Cat Mate
Electromagnetic
Amazon: Animate Electromagnetic Cat Door
  Dog Mate
Electromagnetic
Amazon: Dog Mate Electromagnetic Small Dog/Large Cat
 
     
 

Details - Cat Mate Electromagnetic Cat Flap

 
 
  Door opening 6" wide by 6" high
  Pet Weight not stated
  Thickness range 1/4" to 2 1/4" maximum
  Cutout opening 6 5/8" wide by 6 1/2" high (confirm with manual before cutting)
  Total Size 7 5/8" wide by 9 1/2" high
  Flap material Hard clear plastic
  Enclosure material Plastic
  Enclosure color White; Brown and Gray may be available
  Warranty 2 years
 
     
 

Details - Dog Mate Electromagnetic Dog Door

 
 
  Door opening 8 3/8 " wide by 10 " high (estimated)
  Pet Weight not stated
  Thickness range 1/4" to 2 3/8" maximum
  Cutout opening 8" wide by 10 1/2 " high (confirm with manual before cutting)
  Total Size 9 1/4" wide by 11 3/4" high
  Flap material Hard clear plastic
  Enclosure material Plastic
  Enclosure color White; Brown and Gray may be available
  Warranty 2 years
 
     
 
Reviews are conducted by our editorial staff and are the result of at least 3 months of real-world use.
 
 
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