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Earliest Cat Flap in Existence? — 8 Comments

  1. You don’t see many cat flaps in the USA. But I can understand why people want them. Out then in. In and back out. I can get a workout just satisfying Monty’s desire to be on the other side of a door. Cats deplore a closed door. It’s not so much about being in or out for him sometimes as it is about going in and out. Repeatedly. After about the fifth time I usually put a stop to it and leave him inside.

    I never knew the origin of Hickory Dickory Dock. That is so cool!

  2. Does anyone have a picture of Sir Isaac Newton’s door with the flap in it? There are supposed to be two holes in it, one for a big cat and one for a small one. Don’t know how valid this is though.

    • Hi Laura. I don’t think there is a picture of Sir Isaac Newton’s cat flap. I really don’t. It doesn’t exist anymore, I presume, and therefore there cannot be a photograph of it and I guess no one saw a reason to draw or paint it in Newton’s time. I’d love to see it! I have searched myself without success (for the time being). I may renew the search from time to time. If you see a picture, please tell me 😉

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  4. I saw a cat hole cut into the door of the servants’ attic in the 14th century Aberconwy House in Conway, Wales. Not sure when the hole was cut, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was original.

    • You may have found a cat flap that is much earlier than the one I referred to and still existing. Thanks a lot for telling me.

  5. Hi Ruth, I have a horrible feeling that we might have gone backwards (except for veterinary work but excluding US vets!) since the 16th century with respect to the domestic cat.

  6. How very interesting! I always thought Sir Isaac Newton invented the whole concept of the cat flap, but he must simply have come up with the idea to put a flap on the hole already made for cats to come and go.
    I suppose in those days when rodents were rife inside and around houses it made sense for the cats to be free to come and go to catch them and there would be no litter trays of course so cats would need access to outdoors at all times.
    What a far cry from the life cats lead now, especially the ones kept strictly indoors and totally denied their deep instinct to hunt as they were born to do.
    It seems the more progress the human race makes the more of their natural life the animals lose.

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