Caring for pets when you’re not there
When you are absent from home, for example when you go to work or for a short day’s outing most of us consider caring for pets in terms of making sure they have sufficient food and water, toys for stimulation, a dog walker if the day is a long one and they need exercise. However, if your absence is longer we always recommend a pet sitter to care for your pets in their own home. Caring for pets can also mean considering their comfort in your home, giving them access to your garden securely with special access points that are appropriate to your pet’s needs and your local environment. Pet doors can play a major part in caring for pets when you are not there.
– Benefits of Pet Doors for your Home
Today’s electronic doors for pets often incorporate smart features that are designed to simplify life for pet owners. Check out the following list of five innovative features that are available on modern pet doors.
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Collar Key Fobs can play a major part in caring for your pets
Standard pet doors don’t allow for access control. That means that strange animals can find their way into your house. One time, one of my friends returned home after being out to find not only her cat but also a bunch of other neighbourhood cats in her kitchen.
The best way to avoid this issue is by investing in a smart pet door like the PetSafe SmartDoor Plus. This door is designed to limit access to only your pet. To use it, you just have to attach a special key fob to the collar of your pet. When the key fob is detected, the door will open, allowing your pet to get through.
One drawback associated with this type of door is that it only works if the key fob is attached to your pet’s collar. If you have multiple pets, you need to make sure they all have key fobs. It also can be problematic if you have a pet that frequently loses its collar.
Microchip Pet Doors
If your pet has been micro-chipped there is a microchip door that can help in caring for your pets in your absence. You may want to look into doors like the Cat Mate Elite Microchip pet door. These doors are designed to recognize your own pet’s microchip, granting them access when they approach the door. If you have multiple pets, look for a door at that is capable of recognizing more than one microchip.
3. Insulation on pet doors
Standard doors for pets may not provide adequate protection against the elements. A lot of today’s more advanced pet doors, however, are insulated against the weather. This helps minimize the amount of air that travels through the door, improving the energy efficiency of your home. Doors with gasket seals do the best job of insulating against the weather. The PX -1 Fully Automatic Power Pet Door is a good example.
4. Timed Locking Mechanisms
Some doors come with timer-controlled locking mechanisms. This makes it easy to control when your pet can and can’t use the door.
Depending on how you set the timer, you can either use the door to keep your pet indoors during certain hours or to keep them outdoors during a specific period of time. The High-Tech Pet Power Door, for instance, has different settings for keeping your cat in, letting them out, providing them with unlimited access, or locking the door altogether.
Using the curfew feature on these pet doors, you can program them to lock or unlock automatically at specific times of the day. For instance, if you don’t want to get up early to let your pets out, you can program the door to unlock automatically when morning arrives.
App Control to help in caring for pets
Some of the most advanced pet doors that are available today allow you to control the door using a special app that is installed on your smartphone. Doors like the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door that have this feature make it possible to let your pets out without having to crawl out of bed.
Using apps is also a great way to monitor your pet’s habits. For instance, you can see how often they go out over the course of a typical day. A pet sitter will be able to help you monitor and manage this if they are resident. But in the absence of a petsitter an app is a tremendous support. This information can be useful if you are trying to track the behaviour of your pet.