As a pet owner, we expect (sometimes unreasonably) our animals to be able to hold themselves for as long as we need them to. Sometimes it’s 8 hours, sometimes it’s “5 more minutes”. Whatever the reason, we can all agree that this is a less than ideal situation. Many people have alleviated that problem by adding in pet doors, amounting to large holes at the bottom of your door with a flap to allow the pet access in and out. However, this solution posed it’s own set of problems: stray animals coming in, unwanted animals going out. The solution you ask? Electronic pet doors.
Electronic pet doors are the newest rage in pet door technology. There are several variants powered by differing technologies, but the bottom line is they are designed to only open for desired pets. These units are generally powered by battery, and work in conjunction with a “key” that is attached to your pet’s collar. When your pet approaches the door, the door automatically opens, and the same when he returns. If a stray or other animal without a key approaches, the door does not open. electronic shops hoodi
Installing electronic pet doors will pay off dividends nearly immediately. Not only will your pet love you for giving them the freedom to relieve themselves whenever they need, you’ll never have to get up to open the door for them! No more waking up groggy and disgruntled at 3am to open the door for Fido!
There are three general types of electronic doggie doors: RFID, magnetic, and infrared. RFID tags are the newest rage, and it’s application in this case is genius: they offer better range than magnetic keys, and each RFID tag is unique allowing customization for higher end units. Magnetic chips work by having a small magnet on the inside of the key, which causes a reaction when it approaches another “receiving” magnet. Finally, infrared keys work using the same principles as your garage opener. Magnetic and RFID tags work without batteries, if that’s important to you.
Most electronic pet doors for small and medium sized pets are not that expensive, ranging from as low as $60 to around $200 for most units. You will also need to be fairly handy with tools in order to install the pet door, or installation costs will add to the final bill.
Getting an electronic pet door is a win-win situation: your pet no longer has to wait for you, and you no longer have to get up for your pet. These doors also protect against outside animals, giving you peace of mind. If you really want to spoil your animal, this is the way to go.