SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap
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- SELECTIVE ENTRY CAT DOOR: Uses RFID to read your cat’s implanted ID microchip, allowing your cat access without letting in stray animals. Learns up to 32 IDs; RFID collar tags sold separately for cats without chips. SIMPLE ONE BUTTON Programming.
- MICROCHIP COMPATIBILITY: Works with 9 (Avid Secure), 10 (FDXA) and 15 (FDXB) digit microchip numbers; if unsure of your pet’s microchip number, you can check with your veterinarian, pet shelter or animal rescue
- DOOR OPENING: The Microchip Cat Door Flap opening is 4 3/4” (H) by 5 5/8” (W) and can be installed in doors, windows or walls – accessories are available from SureFlap.
- BATTERY POWERED: Uses 4 AA non-rechargeable alkaline batteries (not included); estimated battery life up to 12 months depending on use. LOW BATTERY INDICATOR: Light flashes red when batteries are low and indicates batteries will need to be replaced soon.
- PERFECT GIFT: The SureFlap Microchip Cat Door is a great gift for pet lovers and cat lover’s – making safe spaces and homes for their cats. Three Year Warranty.
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PERCT GIFT: The ureFlap Mhip Cat Door is a gat gift for pet lers and cat lover’s – making safe ses and hoes for ther cats. Thee Year Warnty.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 21 x 24 x 12 inches; 1 Pounds
- Item model number : SUR001BR
- Department : Mens
- Batteries : 4 AA batteries required.
- Date First Available : January 3, 2011
- Manufacturer : SureFlap LLC
- ASIN : B005NGOJY4
- Best Sellers Rank: #58,835 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
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As the other reviews I read (either on Amazon or another site) said, the click is loud and can scare the cat. I was not expecting my cat to be frightened of this but she was. But after a day or two she was quite content with her door.
There have been no other break-ins by other cats! We have had this occurrence a few times. Once or twice it was a cat fight inside the house, another was some cat eating my cat's food. Regardless, and probably stating this obvious, this has not been a problem since we installed this door.
I love that it does not swing loose like our earlier cat door! In the winter, cold air just came drafting through the door. In the summer, the heat. Well, this is not the case with this; it is sealed around the edges with a little felt or something and this is definitely more energy efficient.
Looks like we also had an unexpected perk; Flopsy, our kitty, apparently cannot get large birds or rats through the door... I believe her full mouth stops her head from getting all the way in so her chip cannot be read. Therefore, we get little moths or small (more manageable) mice. Believe you me, this is great; the amount of huge birds and rats she used to drag through her old door was not appreciated (yes, I KNOW they're gifts!). :) I do not know if this is true, it's just that since we installed the SureFlap, no huge birds or rats have been dragged in... If this changes, I will update this review but so far, so good (it's been about 6 months).
The battery has run out a few times, or at least gone low, and, though I know this defeats the purpose, I tape down the little latch if I need to run out and get batteries (just in case it gets so low it stops working for Flopsy and she gets locked out).
Love the feature that you can lock it three ways; only out, only in or completely locked. While my other door had this feature, that broke within a few months so it was just hanging loose. This one is very sturdy and has held up. We've had to lock her out when we were painting once and lock her in when we were getting some external concrete poured and it is a very sturdy little latch and holds up well.
If you have a larger cat, I do not suggest getting this door; the opening is definitely smaller than our other cat flap.
It is loud when it closes but I like this because I like knowing when my cat goes in and out. Others may not appreciate this.
I do recommend this door though, makes me feel better about leaving my cat at home alone, knowing that other cats and animals will not get to her. :)
Update: January 2015 - still no large birds or rats. Just small mice and birds. Ah, what can you do; it's in their nature. Still loving our SureFlap Cat Door. Been very cold as of late and it does keep the cold out. The felt or whatever it is has not worn out and overall, still very happy with this product.
I was having an issue with the batteries draining way too fast (within days of replacing them!). I thought it was the batteries. I would tape the latch down for weeks at a time. I replaced one batch and there was a little battery juice (like the batteries had leaked). I did not clean the connections. So the next batch ran out really fast. So taped the latch down once again. I finally replaced that batch of batteries about 4 weeks ago. This time I look wipes and thoroughly cleaned the connections and the battery compartment and then waited until completely dry (I waited probably an hour or two) and then replaced the batteries. That fixed it; no more fast-draining batteries! Cool thing is that the door has a little light that flashes every 5 seconds when the batteries run low so I always know.
I do not think it was the SureFlap Cat Door that was the problem; I believe it was a bad batch of batteries that leaked and then cause any other batteries placed in the compartment to run out fast. Regardless, if you ever have this problem, fully clean out the battery compartment before the next batch of batteries are used and see if this fixes it.
Again, very pleased with this product and I highly recommend it.
Top reviews from other countries
The whole purpose of this type of cat flap purchase was to stop a bully cat next door from attacking our cats but this design flaw meant our poor cats were often stuck outside and unable to run away from the bully. When I told customer services about the poor design they just said that I could make a product enhancement suggestion on their website!
The white version of this model doesn’t need a sticker so doesn’t have the same problem. The company should take this brown model out of production until they find a way of reflecting the signal without needing a sticker that can be damaged so easily. Have they never seen a cat pawing at a cat flap trying to get in, which is precisely the quickest way to damage the sticker!!!
Since our cat was already microchipped and we already had an existing cat tunnel and cat flap it was a no-brainer to buy this. The unit doesn't come with batteries so make sure you have 4x AA batteries to hand. I put the batteries in, pressed the learn button and then put it on the floor and enticed my cat through the flap with some treats. As soon as the cat went through you heard a noise and the light flashed and that's it, programming complete. I testing two more times with my cat passing through the flap before fitting it, this not only helped her get used to the mechanism but also reassured me that the flap was reading her chip correctly.
The existing cat tunnel was from a different brand but fortunately it fits with this, I just had to trim a very small portion of one of the existing tunnel extenders and it all went together well.
The motor/mechanism to release the flap is very quiet. We had a chip reading cat flap about 10 years ago which needed special chips on a collar and made a lot of noise which scared the cats. This is incredibly quiet and doesn't scare our cat when it releases.
It's done the job, we've witnessed the intruder cat trying to get in without success and backing out of the tunnel (and then scent marking it in frustration).
Highly recommend this cat flap to anybody worried about intruder cats.
The cat flap is using 3 x 4 duracell batteries per week and so Im looking at around £30 a month in batteries!
Either I will receive some help with this or I will eventually have to remove it which will not impress my 4 cats !
I await a response ....