CAT FLAP ADVICE - WHICH CAT FLAP BEST SUITS YOUR NEEDS?
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 pets life a lot easier, 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, and value for money. We are cat flap fitters and not the cat flap manufacturer. Therefore we have included a link to the official website on each cat flap so that you can gain further knowledge on each product on our advice page.
The Conventional cat flap does not allow selective access. This leaves your home vulnerable to other creatures such as foxes using the door to invade your home and harass your Cat. Most common problem is other cats getting in and spraying your space! The microchip cat flap has a scanner that reads your pet’s chip and gives access to Cats that have been programmed to that specific cat flap. This gives reassurances to owners that only their pet enters and exits the home.
Therefore, when deciding on which cat flap to buy, it is good to consider the personality of your cat and how urban your neighbourhood is. And 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. Do also take a look at our blog posts for further guidance.
Please be aware cat flap hole sizes are not interchangeable should you decide that you need a microchip product or a larger pet door at a later date. You get one opportunity to get the hole size right and we urge you to take this into consideration when making you choice.
So which type of cat flap is best for your cat and your home?
The Conventional Cat Flap
Although cheap to purchase, this has one main disadvantage in that it can allow in unwanted cats. Because it has no microchip facility, any cat can enter your home. 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.
Click to view Pet-Tek Glass Fitting Maxi Slimline
Compared to others, the pet tek, in our opinion, is the best conventional cat flap on the market at the moment – unlike others, it is 4 way locking, looks modern whilst also being robust, and has a large flap size of 195mm (W) x 185mm (H).
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
click on a link to view sureflap accessories
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 prevents 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.
Also especially relevant about this model is that although its scanner only allows your cat in, any cat can exit through it. So if you have a house cat that needs to stay in, this is not the option for you – read on for the ‘DualScan!’.
click on a link to view the Sureflap Microchip Cat Flap
This is the original Sureflap model and is certainly the most popular and therefore arguably the very best microchip cat flap on the market. Sure Petcare own the patent on their technology, hence making it the world number one cat flap. This is a flap size of 142mm(W) x 120mm (H).
‘DualScan’ Technology Microchip Cat Flap
DualScan means you can program this cat flap to respond differently to different pets. Rather than letting any cat exit, you can programme it so that only certain cats can exit. For example, if you have a couple of cats and one of them is due to go to the vets on a particular day you can set up this cat flap so that the cat which is due to go to the vets won’t be allowed out while your other cat will be.
This is a particularly useful feature too for households with a house cat that stays in, or where you may also use this cat flap for a small dog that you may not wish to have the same level of freedom as your cat. Don’t worry, all animals are permitted back in through cat flap should they escape when they shouldn’t!
click on a link to view the DualScan Sureflap Microchip Cat Flap
While the standard Sureflap Microchip cat flap is most popular, the DualScan is an often overlooked cat flap, which in our opinion is superior to its cousin `the microchip cat flap`. This is a flap size of 142mm(W) x 120mm (H).
Curfew Control Microchip Pet Door
Another option is this larger cat flap, better for larger cats and good for small dogs. Unlike the others listed above, 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). The pet door is battery operated, so no untidy wires.
click on a link to view the Sureflap Microchip Pet Door
Probably the best product on the market, pound for pound – it’s larger than the microchip cat flap with a flap size of 178mm (W) x 170mm (H), and offers curfew control and a double Lock Mechanism for increased security
Microchip Cat Flap Connect & Hub, The most advanced cat flap ever,
The app controlled pet door. From anywhere in the world, you can choose when your pet comes in and out. Using your phone or tablet, just use the app to remotely lock and unlock the pet door. You can also receive notifications as to when your pet goes out to explore and when they re-enter the house again. Furthermore, it gives you an insight into their activity – when they go out, how long for, how many times etc. This can also indicate changes in behavior which in turn can be connected to their well being. The pet door is battery operated, so no untidy wires.
click on a link to view the Sureflap Microchip Cat Flap Connect
Lunched in July 2018, this product has all the benefits of the Sureflap dualscan, and the ability to control via app has its obvious benefits.
App Controlled Microchip Pet Door with Hub
Last, but not least, the app controlled pet door. From anywhere in the world, you can choose when your pet comes in and out. Using your phone or tablet, just use the app to remotely lock and unlock the pet door. You can also receive notifications as to when your pet goes out to explore and when they re-enter the house again. Furthermore, it gives you an insight into their activity – when they go out, how long for, how many times etc. This can also indicate changes in behavior which in turn can be connected to their well being. The pet door is battery operated, so no untidy wires.
click on a link to view the Sureflap Microchip Pet Door Connect
Lunched in July 2017, this product has all the benefits of the Sureflap Pet Door, and the ability to control via app has its obvious benefits.
The Importance of Alkaline Batteries
Sureflap Cat Flap works on 4 x AA batteries. The Pet Door works 4 x C Batteries.
Batteries are not included with any Sureflap products they must be purchased separately.
Often we are asked how long will they last before they need changing? It’s almost impossible to know it could be weeks or month much depends on the number of cats using the device the frequency of usage and any intruders trying to enter your home.
We urge you to have a spare set in the event of them running low. Sureflap recommends you to use high-quality batteries that will give a more consistent source of power. This rules out the use of rechargeable batteries or zinc batteries. It is always best to buy alkaline batteries.
Your device will give you hints that it is running low, the red light will flash if running low. Or the mechanism will flick up and down slowly without any cats being nearby. Please refer to your manual for further information.
Changing batteries resolve most issues of the cat flap not working. Don’t fear unless you reset the cat flap to factory settings the cat flap memory will always remember your cats’ chip number after replacing batteries.
See link to sureflap site for FAQ
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.