Cat thinkies—opening the cat door

Cat foiled by cat-door thinks, Where is the doorman when I need one?

Despite her genius intelligence, Ursula the cat has never figured out how to get through a cat door. Here she seems to be confused by a reflection. Which is the cat door? Does the handles go left or right? As any UX designer knows, don’t blame the customer when an object fails. Blame the designer. Or the doorman.

11 thoughts on “Cat thinkies—opening the cat door

  1. mpardi2013 says:

    Looks to me like she knows exactly what she’s doing. She’s waiting for a mouse from outside to invite himself in.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Sure, that would be Mighty Mouse on the third storey.

  2. colonialist says:

    Maybe she’d be better off learning, as some of our cats have done causing great acrimony until ‘rumbled’, to open human doors.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Wow. Ursula is competent with sliding doors only.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Clearly she is waiting to be carried across the threshold.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:


  4. colonialist says:

    The one I mention above not only mastered door handles, but finally picked up the skill of jumping up, wrapping paws around a doorknob at an angle, and twisting his body!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Jeepers. Formidable.

      1. colonialist says:

        It caused some furious accusations about leaving the baby’s door open until we caught him at it!

  5. myrak says:

    Has she ever used it from the inside or outside.? ..maybe just the angle of the photo but it looks a bit high for her little legs. I have a little ramp on mine. I think they need to be able to stand with two paws on the ground at each side….do you think thats possible…if not I think its too high and she needs little ramps at each side. myra x

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Nice thought but no, it’s not too high and other cats have had no problem. I have physically aided her but no go, ever. Psst: she is not a clever cat.