cat flap advice

Cat Flap Advice - What Cat Flap To Choose?

Allowing your cat to come and go as they please is the primary benefit of cat flaps or pet doors. Not only can it make your pet’s life a lot easier, but it is hugely beneficial to you the owners as well! No more loss of sleep from constant meowing and scratching at the door…

After years of fitting various pet doors, the ones listed below are the only ones that in our experience we believe to be the best in terms of robustness, durability, length of warranty & value for money. 

We are cat flap fitters and not the cat flap manufacturer, Therefore we have included a link to each cat flap so that you can gain further knowledge.

When deciding on which cat flap to buy, it is good to consider the personality of your cat and how urban your neighborhood is. What is the age of your cat? Older cats are naturally less active. Do you have a dog? Usually, dogs can be a repellent for other cats entering your home.

It is important to bare in mind how many cats you have in your home – it is not unusual for an owner to own more than one cat and each cat has a different personality. You must consider the greater good when purchasing your cat flap.

We don’t know your cat, so please be sure to select the most appropriate cat flap for your cat’s size, weight and needs –  We also recommend that customers use the flap sizes to cut a hole in a cardboard box to see if the cat/dog will fit through it OK. 

Often cat owners misjudge why a microchip cat flap is made deliberately small. We urge you to read our blog on the subject here- No, A Microchip Cat Flap is Not Too Small for Your Kitty!

As cat flap fitters, we are often asked about draughts & cat flaps you will find more information here – Draughtproof Cat Flap?

Pet Tek Glass fitting Clear Cat flap

The advantage is that as it has no battery pack or scanner attached to it, so it is sleek, and looks lovely in glass. Due to its slimline features, it is also compatible with sliding doors.

Beware of counterfeit cat flaps which are made of inferior plastic and do not carry the `Catwalk – New Zeland` logo on the flap.

We are cat flap fitters and not the cat flap manufacturer, please click the link so that you can gain further knowledge on this product –  Pet-Tek Glass Fitting Maxi Slimline

Cat Mate 210w Glass Fitting Cat Flap

The  Cat Mate 210w was at one time the go-to cat flap of the double-glazing world.

It is still one of our favorites because it’s made from super-tough plastic making it highly durable.

It is also in our opinion the best weatherproof cat flap on the market, due to its strong magnets and brushed seals.

We are cat flap fitters and not the cat flap manufacturer, please click the link so that you can gain further knowledge on this product – Cat Mate Cat Flap

PetSafe 4 Way locking Manual Cat Flap

Perfect for wood and UPVC doors – The Petsafe Manual Cat flap is in our opinion one of the best made and weatherproof cat flaps on the market. Its silent closing and two magnets make it a super choice. 

For years we would discourage anyone from purchasing a Petsafe cat flap due to their poor quality but since its launch in 2020, the new Petsafe cat flap is a very good cat flap. 

We are cat flap fitters and not the cat flap manufacturer, please click the link so that you can gain further knowledge on this product –  PetSafe Cat Flap

Sureflap Standard Microchip Cat Flap

The most notable thing, of course, is that this cat flap works by reading the microchip within your cat. Because the chip is unique to your cat, it will then only allow access to your feline and prevent other cats from coming in.

Whilst it is not necessary for your cat to be micro-chipped to use a microchip cat flap, if your cat doesn’t have a microchip you will need to use an RFID tag on their collar, which is battery operated.

We are cat flap fitters and not the cat flap manufacturer, please click the link so that you can gain further knowledge on this product – Sureflap Microchip Cat Flap

This is a flap size of 142mm(W) x 120mm (H).

DualScan Microchip Cat Flap

The DualScan from Sure Petcare is one of our favorites, but we think it is misunderstood or overlooked and isn’t as popular as it perhaps could be. It offers great functionality – its greatest strength is that it scans microchips both ways through the cat flap! With an ordinary microchip cat flap, any cat can get out of the house through it, but only ones registered to it can get back in again – with the DualScan, only cats registered to the cat flap can go out and come back in again. Really handy if you have a house cat for example that needs to stay in, or a cat that needs a vet visit and must stay in so you can get them to the appointment.

We are cat flap fitters and not the cat flap manufacturer, we have included  a link to the Dualscan here

Sureflap Microchip Pet Door

Another option is this larger cat flap, better for larger cats and good for small dogs. , it has a ‘Curfew Mode’: to program the door to lock and unlock at specified times (especially useful if you prefer your cat to be out during the day but inside at night). 

We are cat flap fitters and not the cat flap manufacturer, please click the link so that you can gain further knowledge on this product – Sureflap Microchip Pet Door

It’s larger than the microchip cat flap with a flap size of 178mm (W) x 170mm (H), 

Microchip Cat Flap Connect with Hub

This Smart cat flap is controlled via an app, letting you lock and unlock it remotely, set curfew times, and keep an eye on up to 32 animals, which you add to the app via their microchip.

This cat flap uses the Dualscan technology.

Connect with the Hub which links the Microchip Cat Flap Connect to the Sure Petcare app.

The Sure Petcare app provides you with notifications and reports on your pet’s location and activity.

We are cat flap fitters and not the cat flap manufacturer, we have included  a link to the Microchip Cat Flap Connect here

The world's first app-controlled Microchip Pet Door

App-controlled pet door for larger cats and miniature dogs.

Remotely lock or unlock the pet door anytime, anywhere from the Sure Petcare app.

Know whether your pets are at home, monitor long-term activity, and notice changes in behavior.

This Pet Door does not have Dualscan technology 

We are cat flap fitters and not the cat flap manufacturer, we have included  a link to the Sureflap Microchip Pet Door

It’s larger than the microchip cat flap with a flap size of 178mm (W) x 170mm (H), 

GLASS FITTING INTERMEDIATE DOG DOOR DUAL GLAZE CLEAR

New To The Market the Intermate Pet Tek dog door is designed for installation into double glazing and is suitable for small to medium dogs filling the void left by its Larger version for Medium to Large dogs. 

click on a link to view the Glass Fitting Dog Door

  • Generous flap size: 240mm x 215mm (9 29/64″   x  8  15/32″)
  • Overall size: 340mm x 340mm (13 25/64″ x 13 25/64″ )
  • Application: Suitable for single and double glazing. Glass thickness 4mm to 32mm (5/32″ – 1 17/64″)

 

Large Dog Door, Glass Fitting – Clear

The Dogwalk Glass Fitting Dog Door is manufactured from 100% high quality, It is designed to fit single, double glazing and sliding windows and doors. To reduce the problem of broken flaps, associated with some other brands of dog doors, it has the added feature of the flap being able to swing higher.

click on a link to view the Glass Fitting Dog Door

The generous flap size of (300mm (H) x 270mm (W) makes it suitible for medium to semi-large dogs. The dog door has 4 way locking and additional security clips for added security, the weather seal will reduce draughts and enable a smooth, quiet action.

Sureflap Glass Mounting Adapter

The glass mounting adapter is compulsory for fitting a Sureflap to any glass surface -without it it simply will not fit into the glass. The Mounting Adaptor includes two parts, one for the exterior and one for the interior of your home.

The sureflap cat flap & pet door have different size  adapters and they are not interchangeable therefore it is imperative that you choose the correct adapter.

CAT FLAP adapter can be used with the SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap, the DualScan Microchip Cat Flap or the Microchip Cat Flap Connect. When mounting in glass, this accessory allows mounting in circular holes with a diameter of 212mm (min) to 260mm (max). The total diameter of the mounting adaptor is 285mm.

PET DOOR adapter  this product can be used with the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door and the Microchip Pet Door Connect. When mounting in glass, this accessory allows mounting in circular holes with a diameter of 294mm (min) to 320mm (max). The total diameter of the mounting adaptor is 380mm