Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-14-2006, 03:16 PM   #1
3 Rivet Member
Turtle's Avatar
2004 16' International CCD
Arcata , California
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 247
Images: 5
Pet Door Lock Switch

I'm looking for a way to lock and unlock our cat door at night from my bedside and I know someone in our Airstream family can help me out on this. On very rare occasions the neighbor cats like to use our cat's door at night to eat his food. He's an alley cat that adopted us a few years back and he's so use to his freedom that I don't want to shut him in and I don't want to switch to a magnetic door for numerous reasons. We move his food at night to right outside our bedroom and the other night we saw a strange cat eating from it. My solution is to put an electric switch on the cat door that I can operate from my bedside that will block the door from opening when we know he's in at night without having to get up. I realize the other cats can still get in while Pyewacket is out but life isn't perfect, now is it? Long setup, but the question is: What is it I want and where do I get it? I picture a device that just extends a small rod to block the flapper from swinging in. Thanks, Jamie

Turtle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2006, 03:27 PM   #2
2 Rivet Member
Mookie's Avatar
1992 21' Sovereign
Oakland , California
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 82
Images: 60
Here's one solution...

Hi Jamie,

Our friends had a similar problem - raccoons were coming through their cat door and invading their kitchen. They got this:
The cat wears a collar that unlocks the door via an infrared signal. It works for them - you may want to check it out.


Mookie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2006, 03:37 PM   #3
1977 31' Sovereign
davidh's Avatar
Kalispell , Montana
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 276
You could use a fuel shutoff selonoid for a Dodge cummins deisel engine kind of spendy but that would work, it's 12 volt. it has a, about a 1/4" rod that moves in and out, the rod is about 4'' or so long that has threads on the end so you could make it any leangth you needed. I use to have a cat and it's name was Piewikie. I like the infrared idea better you could even rig up a security light on the door for the cat with that.
1977 31' landyacht Sovereign
davidh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2006, 04:02 PM   #4
3 Rivet Member
Turtle's Avatar
2004 16' International CCD
Arcata , California
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 247
Images: 5
I may have to get over my reluctance for the magnetic or infrared door. I'm just too lazy to cut a new opening. Jamie
Turtle is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New battery selector switch FrankR Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 6 02-08-2013 06:34 PM
2 speed wiper switch has no low speed rdm Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 6 01-09-2003 08:47 PM
igniton switch and the mystery of the dead battery Curtis-79MH Airstream Motorhome Forums 3 10-25-2002 02:58 PM
Rotary Light Switch 74SovereignInt. Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 20 10-15-2002 06:31 PM
What the heck is that switch on the wall??? TRAPEZE Airstream Motorhome Forums 7 09-10-2002 04:05 AM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:50 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.