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Catster Reviews the Latch’NVent

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catsterA friend recently sent me a link to a host of cool pet products. Scanning them, I stopped cold when I saw the Latch’NVent. Excitement building, I went to the company’s website. It was the product I had been in search of for the past decade.

I live with four rescue cats, three of whom are long-haired. All of them like to nap in dark, out-of-the-way places, such as my closet. I never leave the house without cat hair somewhere on my clothes, but I draw the line at wearing an item that is literally coated with it. I had to somehow keep my cats out of my closet while at the same time keeping the door ajar so as to let the tiny room and its contents breathe. I say, who wants their clothes to smell like stinky shoes and dirty laundry?

latchnventOver the years I’d ad-libbed temporary fix-its while searching hardware stores for a solution. Most recently I’d been using a rubber bumper at the top and a cute Scottie doorstop at the bottom, requiring me to bend over each time I wanted to enter the closet and again upon exiting. While this helped add some much-needed exercise to my day, it was an absolute bother. Now perhaps the answer was finally at hand.

I liked what I read about Latch’NVent online. It is high-impact plastic, and appears sturdy. The product comes with three extensions (2 inches, 3 inches and 4 inches), which I realized would solve my second problem — that of keeping the bedroom door locked into a semi-open position at night so my cats could come and go but still keep my Scottish Terrier in the room with me. I was going to have to order two.

Sad to say, the item was out of stock; either it was immensely popular or just the opposite and off the market. I fired off an email to the company immediately asking when it would be available, and received a response within a couple of hours.

“One to two months,” was the answer, but they could spare one now if I was interested. I jumped at the offer and sent them my mailing address.

Whooo-hooo — and it only took 15 minutes to install (plus another 5 for photos)!

With a simple push of a button, I can easily switch extensions to adjust the opening size or to remove it to shut and latch the door normally. I did find that I needed to tighten the screws in the striker plate a bit more so the door would shut completely and not hang up. (The instructions cautioned, “Do not over tighten,” so I didn’t.) I will probably never shut the closet door all the way, but it’s nice to have that option.

I’d happily been using the closet Latch’NVent for about a month before I was able to get my hands on another one.

This one I installed on the bedroom door jam using the 4-inch extension.

I pop the extension out during the day and back in each night so as not to snap it off accidentally when walking by. (One of my nicknames in college was Klutz, so you get the picture.) It takes but a second and is much easier than dealing with the similar temporary wedge-and-doorstop I’d been using.

For those of you with hefty kitties, I can tell you that my four run about 12 pounds each, except for Tweety, a Manx. At 14 pounds, she is short-bodied and round but she has no problem with the 4 1/4-inch opening created by the 4-inch extension. It actually holds the door open wider than it had been wedged at before. This should cut down on the black smudge mark buildup on the doorjamb as cats go in and out — another bonus.

Kerry Swink, inventor and company owner, shared a story with me. A satisfied customer wrote to him about her senior cat who wasn’t getting her blood pressure and liver meds because the dog kept eating the dosed food. Latch’NVent solved the problem and likely saved both the cat and the dog.

I’m already wondering what other doors in my house need one of these. I love the room ventilation aspect of the product. Even though I live in California, I do not have air conditioning. When it gets hot for an extended period of time, I try to capture as much cool night air as possible, after the sun goes down and before retiring for bed. Simply propping an outside door open is not an option as my Scottie is a runner given the chance, and my cats are indoor-only. A Latch’NVent on my kitchen/garage door in the summer would create a nice draft, which would really help with evening airflow yet keep my fur kids inside.

I just love sharing cool products with the pet world when they work for me. Oh! And the Latch’NVent price is an affordable $19.99. I hope you find your own uses for this award-winning gadget.

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Dogster Reviews the Latch’NVent

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dogsterThis device attaches to doors, letting you set the opening width — perfect for keeping a dog out of a room a kitty needs to get into and for other uses. Enter to win one of three we have to give away!

A couple of months ago, a friend of mine sent me a link to a host of cool pet products. Scanning them, I stopped cold when I saw the Latch’NVent. Excitement building, I went directly to the company’s website to check it out further. It was the product I had been in search of for the past decade!

I liked what I read about Latch’NVent online. It is made from high-impact plastic and appeared sturdy. The product comes with three different extensions (2 inches, 3 inches, and 4 inches), which I realized would solve many common problems in homes with pets

dogs-catsThe door to any cat’s powder room needs to be secured so dogs cannot use the litter box as a snack bar. (Yes, my dog eats poop!) I thought, a 4-inch extension would work there.

Then the bedroom door must be locked into a semi-open position at night so the cats can come and go, but so my Scottish Terrier would be blocked from leaving the room. Another 4-inch extension.

I would use a 2-inch extension on my closet door in order to let the small room breathe but keep the fur kids at bay. Although I wear pet fur proudly, I prefer to gather it in person while interacting with my dog and cats.

Over the years, I’ve improvised temporary fixes while searching hardware stores for a solution. Most recently, I’d been using a rubber bumper at the top and a cute Scottie doorstop at the bottom, requiring me to bend over each time I wanted to enter the rooms and again upon exiting. While this helped add some much needed exercise to my day, it was an absolute bother. Now perhaps the answer was finally at hand.

Sad to say, the item was out of stock! Either it was immensely popular or just the opposite and off the market. I fired off an email to the company immediately asking when it would be available and received a response within a couple of hours.

“One to two months,” was the answer, but they could spare one now if I was interested. I jumped at the offer and sent them my mailing address.

Six days after my initial email, the package arrived!

The contents and directions looked easy enough, so I ran for my tools and got started.

Whooohooo, and it only took 15 minutes to install!

With a simple push of a button, I can easily switch extensions to adjust the opening size or to remove it to shut and latch the door normally. I did find that I needed to tighten the screws in the striker plate a bit more so the door would shut completely and not hang up. (The instructions cautioned, “Do not over tighten,” so I didn’t.) I will probably never shut the closet door all the way, but it’s nice to have that option.

I’d happily been using the closet Latch’NVent for about a month before I was able to get my hands on another one.

This one I installed on the bedroom door jam using the 4-inch extension.

I pop the extension out during the day and back in each night so as not to snap it off accidentally when walking by. (One of my nicknames in college was Klutz, so you get the picture.) It takes but a second and is much easier than dealing with the similar temporary wedge-and-doorstop I’d been using.

Kerry Swink, inventor and company owner, shared a story with me. A satisfied customer wrote to him about her senior cat who wasn’t getting her blood pressure and liver meds because the dog kept eating the dosed food. Latch’NVent solved the problem and likely saved both the cat and the dog.

I’m already wondering what other doors in my house need one of these. I love the room ventilation aspect of the product. Even though I live in California, I do not have air conditioning. When it gets hot for an extended period of time, I try to capture as much cool night air as possible, after the sun goes down and before retiring for bed. Simply propping an outside door open is not an option as my Scottie is a runner given the chance, and my cats are indoor-only. A Latch’NVent on my kitchen/garage door in the summer would create a nice draft, which would really help with evening airflow yet keep my fur kids inside.

I just love sharing cool products with the pet world when they work for me. Oh! And the Latch’NVent price is an affordable $19.99. I hope you find your own uses for this award-winning gadget.

Latch’nVent Featured in Tulsa Lifestyle Magazine

June 22, 2012

Latch’nVent Interior Door Prop was mentioned in the June issue of Tulsa Lifestyle magazine!

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The Latch’nVent® is a unique door latch extension that easily attaches to a door jamb allowing a door to stay in a stationary but open position while preventing some or all pet access to restricted areas. There’s no need to cut a hole in your interior door for pet access. Doors operate normally at all times and it’s simple to install and use. The Latch’nVent® interior door prop keeps most pets in or out of a room while allowing improved ventilation of the room. It allows smaller pets to access rooms and can also be used to separate large pets from small pets. LatchNVent.com.

Click Here to read the press release in their Bits & Pieces section.