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EveryDay UX : the Incidental Kitty Door

The magic of Design Thinking  is Insight


I like to let some fresh air inside during the day.  Screendoors are good for that.

My kitties also like to spend some time outside. They usually either

  • Rush frantically through the door as I’m walking in or out
  • Sit obviously and expectantly nearby – and then conspicuously ignore my invitation to enter or leave.  This is generally followed by plaintive yowling after I give up.

Now, the screendoor itself is fairly cheap – so the screen often comes loose at the corners and …

Voila!  The instant Kitty Door

EveryDay UX : the Incidental Kitty Door

the Incidental Kitty Door … in action

The space just below the protective pet barrier on the door is just the right size and in the right position to serve as a convenient pet portal.

Sometimes Good Design is just a Happy Accident

Interestingly, the metal mesh panel that I installed in the door (available at your local hardware store) is marketed as a protective barrier.  It’s intended to prevent cats or dogs from scratching or pushing through the screen.

From a UX perspective:

The protective barrier addresses the limited agenda of one stakeholder (me):  The security of my property.

But it also is a primary satisfier of critical users of the system (my cats): It provides both accessibility and convenience.


My placement of the “barrier” on the screendoor also created a viable Kitty Door, while still providing security.   The cats can go in and out at will during nice weather and I can have the doorway open – but latched securely.

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Wayne Yoshida 13/11/2016 · #5

#4 Excellent John. Thanks for the inspiration

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John Vaughan 12/11/2016 · #4

#3 Yes @Wayne Yoshida: It's sorta a corollary of "Shit Happens"

It happens all the time. But - Do we notice?

Hence: "The magic of Design Thinking is Insight"

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Wayne Yoshida 11/11/2016 · #3

John - Nice and simple. Sometimes the best things just happen to happen.

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John Vaughan 11/11/2016 · #2

#1 " concerned about your kitties' safety" sez @Susan Rooks. Of course. Me, too - as I am about anyone I care for. By the same token, they're adults-with-skills, so I allow them the freedom with which to be responsible. Sorta like my adult-ish kid. Interesting to note that no-one seems to be concerned that I might get hit by a car....

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Susan Rooks 11/11/2016 · #1

I love rethinking and repurposing everyday articles, @John Vaughan! Of course, I'm also concerned about your kitties' safety . . . if my dogs got out of my house, they'd likely be run over by a car. I'm guessing you live off the roads a bit.

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