Door opens on a new world

Steve Kendall | Bendigo Weekly | 23-Nov-2017

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GLADSTONE my big, brown cat has drawn attention to himself recently, including in this column.

He roams the house at night yelling and cussing, demanding access to rooms he has no need to be in.

Finally the long-suffering Mrs Kendall and I remembered the super-duper flash cat door we had installed a few years ago.

It had been taken out of action because it caused no end of trouble when the two cats we had at the time used to wait until the other was trapped in the door and vulnerable.

At this point front or rear of trapped cat  was bashed with a paw.

Though it may have been a great game for the cats, it was all too much for us, so the batteries were removed.

“Batteries?” I hear you ask. Yes, the super-duper cat flap has a built in microchip reader. Once you have scanned in your cat it has freedom of entry and exit.

The idea is to keep out the neighbours’ moggs and keep yours in or out if need be.

That’s the door explained, now we get back to Gladstone.

I picked up Gladstone as a 10-year-old from the RSPCA, so who knows where he had been, but he was very set in his ways, and very much an indoor cat.

That’s no good for a cat, and with no near neighbours I wanted him out and about

I must admit I had forced him the first time, but gradually he got the idea, trouble was he wanted to go in and out the whole time, and he made very clear and loud noises to clarify he wanted action.

This was tedious in the extreme, especially at night (I live in a curfew-free shire).

To a cat it is quite normal to go out at 1am, come in at 2am and pop out again at 3am.

This is a bit wearing to say the least, so that’s why the cat flap was dusted off.

We only started this week, and after programming him in we set about the real trial.

And trial it was, I thought once his head was in the rest would follow,  but no, each of the four legs found purchase on the frame and made a near-impossible task.

Eventually he tired, and his bulky torso squeezed through.

He then started yowling outside, but I made him work it out for himself, which he eventually did.

So now Gladstone has freedom to come and go as he pleases, and I can have more than an hour’s sleep at a time.

I love technology. 

 – Steve Kendall
twitter: @stevekendall1

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