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Posted - 02/11/2012 :  1:51:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit foxtail22's Homepage  Reply with Quote
We have two cats that love to go into the garage. Knowing when they were ready to come back in was always a problem. We decide to set a motion detector by the steps which is triggered when the pets come up to the door. The unit I am currently using was for driveway sensing, and came from Harbor Freight. It is a unit with a receiver for the inside of the house and provide a notifying beep when the detector is set off. An Insteon Wireless detector could also be used to set off a tone device located in the house.

This system works great. We also use sensors at out outside doors which let us know someone is at the door even before they press the doorbell. Outdoor detectors should be place in shaded areas to avoid false triggers from clouds blocking the sun briefly. They also need to be positioned so dryer vents are not in their path.

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Posted - 07/18/2016 :  02:53:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I too have a cat at home but she stays in most of the time.But motion sensors are really useful, it gives more security.Thanks for sharing that tip about placing the sensors.
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Posted - 11/06/2016 :  10:18:49 PM  Show Profile  Send Kathy100 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
That was a useful tip. My cat will never stay inside our home. It just loves to run around. This tip will be really helpful for me.
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Posted - 02/28/2017 :  01:03:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cats or any pets do not always stay inside the home. They should be free to roam around and I always let them go around. Anyway the idea sounds good.
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I believe in freedom for pets, but not if they won't return. Our neighborhood has lots of roaming coyotes. If you allow your pet to roam, then say goodbye.

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Posted - 06/16/2020 :  04:51:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit RobbyD's Homepage  Reply with Quote
This is really helpful if you happen to stay in a bungalow or a mansion, but not really helpful for pets in apartments. It is a tool I could suggest to some of my friends, thanks for sharing.

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