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Old 06-15-2008, 10:16 AM   #1
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Need a cat-proof latch

We were going to take the cats with us on a three day camp out at Roaring River State Park, until we discovered (before we left home, thank goodness) that our too-smart-for-his-own-good Abysinnian figured out that by inserting his paw in this certain spot, and leveraging it a little, the screen door would pop open and he could make his escape. Does anybody have any good ideas for a screen door latch that that darn cat can't open? No room for a hook on the outside, maybe on the inside, or something better?

They have to stay home this time, but we would like to take them with us in the future.
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:24 AM   #2
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We have the problem also; Max opens the sliding piece of plastic on the screen door and goes through the opening.

We attach a steel clip to the rail on the screen door so the plastic cannot be slid.

Luckily we caught Max before he got too far from our trailer; he was bird and squirrel watching.
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:25 AM   #3
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maybe a wire tied to the inside and out? can they untie knots?
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:28 AM   #4
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We had a problem with Gracie (Yellow Lab) going through the screen door. I solved that by putting a door guard over the screen. Now she just pushes it open with her nose. I too am looking for a solution...
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:39 AM   #5
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maybe a wire tied to the inside and out? can they untie knots?
It will have to be something that is easy to open and close everytime we go in and out, a knot would be a pain. I am thinking maybe a hook on the inside that we can hook and unhook just opening the slider when we enter and leave. Don't know what to do about the slider, he hasn't figured out that yet but it is just a matter of time. This is a cat who figured out how to use the lever door latch on the French doors in the house to let himself out. He might even be able to figure out a knot, we haven't tested him on that yet!

If somebody could come up with a better plan, I would surely appreciate it. I'll be thinking about it too, maybe all our brains working on it can come up with a good solution for everybody!
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:44 AM   #6
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I will post tomorrow, a photo of a screen door latch, that Airstream used many moons ago.

You must release the latch, in order to open the screen door.

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Old 06-15-2008, 11:38 AM   #7
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I will post tomorrow, a photo of a screen door latch, that Airstream used many moons ago.

You must release the latch, in order to open the screen door.

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Thanks, Andy, I'll check that out when we get back. Do you have such a critter in stock that I could order from you?
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Our Kee Kee has learned to push the slider. Check out the picture of our little escapee on Dave Winick's door guard page (cool stuff.) custom vintage airstream travel trailers

I was thinking strong velcro tab might hold.
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I was thinking strong velcro tab might hold.
is the velcro for the cat or the door? LoL
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:04 PM   #10
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Thanks, Andy, I'll check that out when we get back. Do you have such a critter in stock that I could order from you?
Latch photo as promised.

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Old 06-19-2008, 11:02 PM   #11
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Does that go on the inside or outside of the door? And what does it cost? Because when we are not inside the trailer, or asleep at night, we don't want him escaping if it can't be fastened from the outside and inside as well.
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Old 06-20-2008, 04:22 AM   #12
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Our Kee Kee has learned to push the slider. Check out the picture of our little escapee on Dave Winick's door guard page (cool stuff.) custom vintage airstream travel trailers

I was thinking strong velcro tab might hold.
A small Velcro patch works well on our slider and completely frustrates our Tonkenese. She has yet to try manipulating the door latch shhhhhhh.
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Old 06-20-2008, 06:14 AM   #13
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I have the latch on my 1978 Argosy. It's on the inside and works very well. The Sovereign doesn't have one which surprised me, but our little Poms can't push the screen open on the Sovereign, so as long as we push the screen completely shut, we don't have a problem. I think I'll order the latch anyway, since I travel with my husband who sometimes doesn't shut the screen. (Oops did I say that out loud?)
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Old 06-20-2008, 11:08 PM   #14
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We are going to take a good look at the screen door and see what we think will work the best, possibly order that latch from Andy. That cat hasn't tried our slider yet, but I am sure that is only a matter of time so we are going to try to get ahead of him on that one. We will also take a good look at what we can get from the hardware store first, maybe some kind of childproof lock might work also. We'll keep you posted what we find.
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