Pet Doors That Won’t Let You Down

Pet doors are one item that pet owners far and wide puzzle over. There are countless options when it comes to selecting the right door. They’re offered in a variety of materials and installation types and can be electronic doors that magically open when your pet wishes to enter, or conventional doors that your pet physically pushes open. Once you choose either of these categories, there are more decisions to make. Which model should you choose, where should you mount your door and, possibly, the biggest decision of all, which company should you purchase from? Because pets and pet owners are our biggest concern, we want to help you make an informed decision.

Electronic doors come in a variety of sizes and installation types. There are those that install in your wall, your door, and even alongside your sliding patio door. One of the biggest reasons why pet owners decide to buy electronic doors is to prevent unwanted animals from entering their home. Many companies sell electronic doors, but the complaint we hear most frequently from pet owners is that they are flimsy and/or not well insulated against drafts and cold, so before buying, make sure they are built to be fully wind and weather proof with an air-tight sealing system.

Another important design element is pet safety so make sure the door lowers by gravity, so even if your pet remains in the doorway as it closes, it will stop gently without harming your pet.

Finally, make sure it has a high level of security. It should be built of a high strength material to eliminate the possibility of break-ins and should be equipped with a deadbolt locking system that locks automatically once your pet is in or out.

After all of these important features are established, make sure the design suits your taste and will be attractive in the environment in which it will be installed. After all, if you don’t like looking at it, you won’t be satisfied with even the best built door you can buy. Don’t ever invest in the purchase of an electronic pet door if it does not contain this mix of features, style, safety, and reliability.

If electronic doors are not the route you want to take, there are many conventional pet doors on the market and important factors to consider before choosing among them.

What size pet you are buying for is, of course, the first consideration. There are sizes to fit all pets, from the most petite kitty to a 200 lb. dog.

Whatever size pet door you’re looking for, make sure you look for something appropriate to the climate in which you live. For instance, if you live in a cold northern climate, you want to look for doors that are built for cold, rough, sometimes windy weather. Heavy duty weatherized dual flaps, heavy structural foam construction, adjustable frame, a weather seal, and a floating magnetic flap seal running the entire length of each flap to insure reliable closure and good wind resistance are all features that you should look for. Otherwise, you may find that it does not serve much more purpose than cutting a hole in your door or wall.

If your pet is large enough for a person to enter through the pet door, security then becomes a very high priority. Look for one with a security lockout slide that insures that the door can’t be opened from the outside when the lockout slide is in place.

If you’re looking for conventional pet doors for your over-sized cat, there are even doors that are extra wide, allowing weight challenged cats to get safely through without getting stuck.

There are hundreds of pet doors out there, from as many different companies. Because pets are our highest priority, our goal is to give pet owners the insight they need to make a competent, informed decision when purchasing their next pet door.

Why Owners Should Consider GPS Tracking for Protecting Their Pets

In today’s society, 62% of U.S. households have pets. In most cases, those pets are considered a loved member of the family and often treated like children.

It is no wonder that pet owners are doing what they can to take their pets safety more seriously.

With pets being taken and mistreated only to be left astray, owners are looking for more reliable ways to protect their pets.

Animal Statistics

Of the 62% of household pets in the U.S. 78 million are dogs, while 86 million are cats. Just think, there are more than 70 million stray cats roaming free on the streets.

When it comes to companion animals (pets) that are lost each year:

  • 5 – 7 million companion animals are sheltered annually
  • 3 – 4 million companion animals euthanized annually (60% dogs/ 70% cats)
  • 15 – 20% of companion animals are returned to their owners (had tattoo’s, id’s, or microchip)

Benefits to Using a GPS Tracker as Pet Locator

Pet owners are learning there are benefits to using a GPS tracker as a pet locator:

  • Prevent pets from becoming lost or stolen
  • Prevent shelter fees by tracking and locating your own pet
  • Geofence protection can alert you the moment your pet is out of their designated area
  • Software is user-friendly

Reasons Pets Become Lost

Understanding how and why pets become lost is the key to prevention.

The following is a list of the top four reasons pets become lost:

  • Opportunity: Door left open, gate left open
  • Curiosity: Digging under a fence, darting past an owner
  • Panic: Loud noises, thunder, lightening
  • Theft

Making sure you close the door or gate behind you can help to prevent a pet from wandering off.

If you see where they have been digging under a fence, take precautions to fill the hole and provide a barrier preventing your pet from being able to reach the other side.

Try creating as much white noise as possible for your pet. This may help with desensitization.

When your pet experiences loud noises give them a massage to help them to relax.

Doing this while playing a CD of loud noises at increasing volume over a period of days will help your pet to better adapt to the loud noises in the future.

To prevent theft, some pet owners have opted for the chip. Others are touting the praises of GPS tracking using locator collars, while others aren’t quite as convinced.

Past Complaints About Using GPS Devices for Companion Animals

Pet tracking using GPS tracking devices is a simple and efficient way to keep tabs of your furry friends. Some complaints owners have expressed over using GPS technology to track their pets are:

  • Device battery doesn’t last long enough
  • Digital maps are complicated to use
  • Range isn’t far enough

Though this may have been the case years ago, technology has greatly improved over just the last few months.

Improvements to battery life, maps, and data range have made pet locator collars using GPS technology that much more attractive for keeping the family pet safe and sound.

Being able to establish such GPS alerts as geofencing provides owners with the ability to establish a geographic boundary for their pet.

If for any reason their pet goes outside of their predetermined geofence, the owner will be sent an alert by email and/or text.

This will help to improve the chances of recovering their pet before they are picked up and taken to a nearby shelter, thus saving owners from paying unnecessary fees.

Statistical data provided by ASPCA.