Post by Penny
scrawled in the dust...
Post by Steve Hague
Wofe has seen how our cat manages to unlock the cat flap. You would
think an opposable thumb would be neccessarey to turn the knob, but he
sits there rapidly and repeatedly tapping one side of it until it turns
to the right position. He doesn't seem to be the brightest of cats, but
I appear to have underestimated him.
Mine had no difficulty unlocking the cat flap by just scrabbling at it.
We had some problems with strange-cat-invasion at one time - the local
vet's bullying ginger tom would chase and attack other cats - my lovely
little (neutered) lad would lie beside the cat flap and attempt to fight
him off if he stuck his nose through the flap. For general peace of mind I
rigged a bit of curtain wire in a V shape - 2 hooks at the top and one in
the middle at the bottom - to stop the flap being pushed open from the
outside and our cats stayed indoors for the night without fear. The invader
never learnt to lift the flap open as mine did if he had failed to twist
the lock far enough to free up both sides.
When we moved to this house we found that the previous owners had
installed a cat flap in the garage door (not the only strange thing we
discovered about them )
We never managed to get our first two cats to even go through it - after
all, there was little comfort or fun to be had in the garage and if it
was raining they could sit in the porch until one of the four people in
the house noticed them and welcomed them in through the front door.
 But nothing compared to the friends who found that the previous
occupants of their house had put in built in wardrobes with doors that
could only be secured from the inside...
Laura (emulate St George for email)