Scat Mat Safety
The energy dispensed by the Scat Mat is extremely small. It is common practice
to test or demonstrate the device by placing the heel of one's hand across the
mat. The output of the unit at the lowest level was described by Dr. Harry Rowsell,
Executive Director, Canadian Council on Animal Care in 1988, as follows:
"My experience in the demonstration of the Scat Mat was one of a tingling
of the finger tips and the skin on the more sensitive parts of my hand and forearm.
I considered it an experience which one would want to end by removing the hand,
however, there was no lasting effect or sensation of tingling after removal."
The output is increased by 50% for the Medium level, and doubled for High.
Medtronic Canada, a manufacturer of pacemakers, reviewed the output characteristics
of the product [prior to the addition of the two higher settings] and concluded
that under normal usage, the Scat Mat presents no problem to any person wearing
one of their devices, even if he should accidentally contact an energized mat.
If a small child should come into contact with the mat, he or she will recoil
away from it, just as an unsuspecting adult would do. Older children will consider
the Scat Mat an unusual new plaything.
Upon demonstration of safety and effectiveness, in compliance with Canadian
law, the Scat Mat was issued Registration Number 20897 by Agriculture Canada
under the Pest Control Products Act. Scat Mat manufacturing facilities are also
registered with the Environmental Protection Agency in the US(EPA Est. No.59392-CN-001