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Installation for the Kit and Assembled Unit


This is a sample Cat Faucet installation I recently did. Now…. not all faucets are constructed the same, so your faucet may be different, but view the video, it should give you some idea of how you might install the Cat Faucet on your specific faucet / sink.

First and foremost determine how you are going to run the water tubing and the wiring for the sensor(s). You need to place the automatic valve so that the input tubing (the frosted, stiff tube) can be easily connected to the water supply and the output tubing (the clear, flexible tube) can be run into the sink. The Cat Detector needs to be positioned such that a cat, when drinking is within 6-10″ of the front face of the sensor. Don’t forget you also need to place the solenoid valve/controller unit within reach of power!

When placing the Cat Sensor, make sure the faucet and/or the water stream are not in direct line with the Cat Sensor otherwise the reflection off the faucet or water may fool the Cat Sensor. Also try not to aim the sensor directly at light sources as this may also cause false triggering. Finally be aware of what is directly across from the Cat Sensor. A shiny, white, highly reflective surface will be picked up at a much greater distance (perhaps 18″) than a dark colored, fuzzy cat. So try to keep the area the Cat Sensor points at, clear of other non-cat obstacles.

Properly aiming the Cat Faucet sensor

Properly aiming the Cat Faucet sensor

Once you have everything located, drill any necessary holes for routing the tubing, wiring and power. Then run the tubing, run the wires and Sensors. If you need to disconnect the sensor cables to run the wiring, do so, but remember the correct connection order; Pin 1 = Green, Pin 2 = Red, Pin 3 = Black.

The Cat sensor includes individual female pin connectors on each wire. Being wired individually makes it a bit easier to run the wiring though small holes. The CAT connector on the controller for the Cat Sensor Pin 1 is the control signal (green wire). Pin 2 is +DC power (red wire). Pin 3 is ground (black wire). Note make sure pin 1 and pin 3 on PEEP connector are shorted together.

Connecting to the house water supply you must make sure that you attach the frosted, stiffer, water line to the house water supply. The clear, flexible output tubing is not pressure rated and would eventually burst if connected to the house water supply. You must have some kind of valve between the water supply and the cat faucet valve to control the water flow. The cat faucet valve is not meant to control the amount of water, it only to turns the water on and off. The included saddle valve in the full kit and assembled unit accomplishes this nicely.

After you have connected the water; but before you apply power, please turn the water on and make sure there are no leaks!!. If you have an assembled unit with a box, please remove the top of the box and ensure there are no leaks inside the controller box as well. We check the assembled units before we ship, but you never know what happens in shipping or during installation. So no matter what, make sure you do a leak test before you leave the cat faucet unattended.

At this point, connect the power, the LED should start flashing a very quick flash. After a few seconds it should slow down to about one flash a second. Then wave your hand in front of the Cat Sensor, the solenoid valve should open and stay open for a few seconds after your remove your hand.

Read the Assembled Unit install notes AssembledInstallMKII.

Cat Faucet Angle Adapter install

Here’s how I installed the Cat Faucet Angle Adapter on one of my sinks. As you review the images note that in this case the sink has a flexible line rather than a stiff copper tube. Because the angle adapter needs to be inserted in-line you need a bit of flexibility to move the existing …

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