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A Cat Flap February 13, 2016

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A cat flap is a small flap on a hinge set in a wall or a door to let a cat go in and out.

The door is part of Exeter cathedral.

The cathedral photo, meant to display the fine decorated Gothic architecture, is under a CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license as derivative work by Markus Koljonen (Dilaudid) on a  photograph by Torsten Schneider published at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cathedral_of_Exeter_edit.jpg

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According to legend, the flap was invented by Isaac Newton.  In his street door he  made two holes, a bigger one for the mama cat and a small one for her kittens — forgetting that kittens simply follow their mother.

The story does sound true in every sense, though some scientists came to Newton’s defense and said that Newton never had any pet. However, one of them confirmed that in Newton’s street door there were two cat flaps, a larger one and a small one beside it which must have been for the kittens.

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http://www.petco.com/product/12987/PetSafe-4-Way-Locking-Cat-Flap.aspx

Now  technological sophistication has also reached cat flaps. Some work by electromagnetism via a device in the cat’s collar that responds to a device in the flap, and the idea is to prevent strange cats from coming in.

And for more art conscious cats, there is now a luxury contraption looking like the New York stock exchange or the Parthenon.

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the parthenon in athens

The Parthenon was a temple dedicated to Atena. It became a church and then a mosque and later was used as an arms cache.
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The New York Stock Exchange.
El dibujo de Simonfieldhouse se publica bajo licencia CC Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 en http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:New_York_Stock_Exchange_Simon_Fieldhouse.jpg

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This costs around US$ 1000,– according to http://www.luxist.com/2009/03/05/swarovski-crystal-encrusted-cat-flap/.

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