PET DOORS OF THE PAST
Did you know that pet doors are not a twentieth century invention? Admittedly, the pet doors of our forefathers were not the sophisticated draught and rain-proof devices that Staywell provide today, but even in the Middle Ages, pet owners realised that their animals needed both indoor comfort and outdoor freedom.
One amusing story concerns the English scientist Isaac Newton. He was a great cat lover and in order that his cat could sleep in the warmth of his barn, he cut a small opening in the door, so that she could come and go freely. Soon the cat had kittens and Newton cut a smaller hole in the barn door for the kittens to use. It is possible that Newton may have been conducting an experiment on cat behaviour, but it is more likely that he simply had not realised that the kittens could have easily used their mother’s ‘pet door’.