By Gary Bogue
Friday, August 24th, 2007 at 7:25 am in Raccoons.
Raccoons slipping through your cat or dog door at night and raiding your kitchen cabinets?
The traditional pet door goes high-tech.
I just received the following press release. It sounds like this product might be the answer to an all-too-common raccoon problem:
** PetSafe, the company that introduced the first wireless fence back in 1998, has invented the Electronic SmartDoor — a battery-powered pet door that allows up to five dog/cat collar key codes, a smaller flap size, three modes and a weather tight seal. Using radio frequency, the Electronic SmartDoor identifies your pets, allows them to freely enter and exit your home while keeping other animals out.
A lightweight “SmartKey” is worn on your pet’s collar. It communicates through a radio frequency and unlocks the door as your pet approaches and relocks automatically as the pet enters or exits. It works like a garage door opener. The door comes in small and large sizes and fits standard doors from 1.5 inches to 2 inches thick. It’s not cheap ($149.99 for the small door and $229.99 for the large), but neither is the cost and effort of regularly cleaning up your kitchen after a raccoon has finished rummaging through your cabinets looking for something to eat.
Good luck! /Gary