SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap is an electronic pet door. This door uses microchip technology. The implanted microchip under the skin of your cat – works as an identification key to unlock the door entrance. You can pre-program the door to sync with the specific chip. As a result, the neighbor’s cat and other unwelcomed animals won’t have the door access.
We all know that most of the cats hate wearing a collar, especially when a magnet is attached to it. How convenient! With this cat flap, your cat won’t have to wear a cumbersome collar tag. On the other hand, some of the cat owners don’t like the idea of implanting a microchip on their cat. In that case, SureFlap also offers collar tags (that you’ve to purchase separately).
This door unit is an excellent fit for multi-cat households. The door can store up to 32 cats information in the electronic memory.
At the same time, it has a centered central-magnet that keeps the flap from swinging in the wind. Besides, the sealing around the door flap is tight enough to ensure sound room insulation.
“Selective Entry” is the name of the game!:
The “Selective Entry” is one of the cornerstone features of this fabulous cat door. Simply put, any unwanted cats and animals can exit but can’t be able to enter the house without the microchip authentication. Only the exclusive entry!
Also allowing you to control the door with four different manual options. The 4-way locking system is there just for this purpose.
All in all, SureFlap is a smart solution, especially for your cat. Keep your cats away from getting bullied around. Now the neighbor’s cat won’t have the chance anymore to come inside and do all the shenanigans! You and your cat both stay safe and live happily ever after.
All the Features You Can Have with SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap:
1. This door uses RFID microchip technology as a key to operate the flap.
2. Also, includes a 4-way locking system (manual): The 2-way, Fully locked, entry-only and exit-only.
3. It syncs up with your cat’s existing microchip implants.
4. This cat dor is compatible with 9, 10 and 15 digit microchips. But won’t work with ten digit microchips beginning with the codes: 000, 010, 020.
5. The door can program up to 32 microchip’s ID in its electronic memory system.
6. Your cat won’t have to wear any collar tags around its neck.
7. This cat flap runs on 4AA batteries; not included – you’ve to buy separately. Usually, those batteries last from 6 to 12 months per cat (depending on the frequency of use).
8. Also, has a Low-battery indicator light to give you the heads up.
9. The door has a “Selective Entry” feature.
10. You can register your cat’s microchip by pushing a single button!
11. Two-part design – sturdy and robust build.
12. The installation process is comparatively easy.
13. Also, works with collar tags. Although, you’ve to purchase that tags separately.
14. The door comes with a tunnel design. As a result, other animals won’t be able to pull the door inwards.
15. You will have 3-year warranty support with this cat door.
SureFlap cat door works with the following microchip codes:
1. Standard 15-digit microchips. Also known as FDXB according to Europe.2. North American standard 10-digit microchips. Also identifiable as FDXA. The only exceptions are those starting with the code: 000, 010 and 020.
3. 9-digit microchips (secured and encrypted).
Don’t be scared with those technical jargons! You don’t have to keep it on the back of your mind any of these. And also, it doesn’t require you to remember the implanted chip code either.
Just push the program button of the door and then put your cat through the flap. And that’s it! The scanner of the door will read the microchip number and will register it in its memory device.
What if you have already got a non-compatible microchip number? In that case, consider the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door. That one is suitable for larger cats and small dogs. At the same time, compatible with all the chips with no exception whatsoever.
In case, you haven’t already done the implant; you can try a much safer option. After you’ve got the door, test the microchip by passing through the door flap and see whether it works or not. And then you can go to the vet for the implant. No need to program the synchronization again.
By the time your kitty has got the implant, the chip will already be tested and programmed in the door’s memory! On the other hand, if you don’t have any intention to embed a chip inside the cat, you can consider purchasing the optional RFID collar tag along with the door. Plenty more options in your hand!
What are the advantages and drawbacks?:
Let’s see what the pros and cons with this automatic cat door are. Then you can decide for yourself!:
1. The door uses RFID microchip technology.
2. The 4-way manual lock system.
3. Easy to program the microchip.
4. The door will only allow the preprogrammed cats with individual chips.
5. Rigid and robust plastic flap.
6. You can also use collar tag if you want.
7. High-quality weatherproof sealing.
8. Battery life indicator will help you find out when the battery is low on charge.
9. Strong magnets allow a prompt closing after your can uses the door.
10. Easy to install; comes with a step by step installation guide – the SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Manual.
1. Sometimes the magnets around the flap can be a little harder for weak cats and small kittens.
2. The code doesn’t work with 10-digit microchips that beginning with 00, 010 and 020.
3. The “click” noise during the door operation, might scare your cat at the beginning.
4. The door doesn’t have other alternative power options to keep it running. It’s basically battery powered.
5. Only suitable for small to medium sized cats.
The Magic Behind the SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap (How the door works)!:
Whenever your cat approaches the cat door, a “Reader” on the tunnel reads the implanted microchip. If it recognizes the ID, then door almost automatically unlocks the latch. And you can now push the door with its nose or head to enter inside.
The alternative and passive use is the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Technology). That means the implanted microchip is no longer needed to trigger the locking mechanism altogether!
There is more accurate detail out there (if you want to dig deep!). The door’s interior frame has two different types of sensors. A motion sensor and a radio-frequency sensor to be exact. Whenever your pet approaches the cat flap, the motion sensor turns on. After that, this motion sensor activates the RF “Reader” sensor to get the reading of the chip. And that’s how the memory device gets to recognize the microchip ID. After this, the system automatically unlocks the latch. When your cat enters the door, the cat flap closes shut automatically with the help of a powerful magnet attached to the door flap.
It doesn’t stop here! You can also deliberately delay the time of shutting down the door. It comes in handy if your cat is in the middle of learning how to use the door. And not yet familiar with the sound of that “door click.” That clicking sound happens during the scanner reading of the microchip. No doubt, it’s a helpful feature to have in an electronic cat door.
What’s your take on SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Problems?:
Unless you have a vintage 10-digit microchip, it shouldn’t be a problem. The door will still work if the chip code doesn’t begin with 00, 010 and 020.
The 4-way locking system – What is that anyway?:
Take control over the door access with four different ways! You can utilize one of those at any time with the “SureFlap Connect.” The visual icons marked on the door frame will help you figure out with ease:
The 2-way control option:
That’s the most usual way to keep the door up and running. The “Selective Entry” mechanism will remain active in this mode of operation.
Entry Only option:
In this mode of operation, the cat can only get in but won’t be able to get out.
Exit Only option:
Any cat can have access to exit but not the other way round. I have seen many owners using this option for various reasons.
No pet can exit or enter the door. It becomes useful when you want your cat inside during the night.
Although, this particular door model doesn’t have a timer feature included. So, you won’t be able to maintain the time span of the door access on your own.
If that’s what you want, there are other cat flaps from SureFlap brand (e.g., SureFlap DualScan Microchip cat door). In that case, SureFlap Microchip Pet Door can be a suitable option. Moreover, you should prefer this cat door if you’ve larger cats or small dogs.
Tell me about the Battery Lifespan:
It all depends on how many cats use the door and also, how often! The user response shows that the dual batteries should last from 6 months to 12 months at least. You might be looking forward to considering the rechargeable batteries. But, according to expert voice, this isn’t a feasible option. Since the performance of the rechargeable battery is not 100% reliable.
The SureFlap cat door has a nifty indicator. It will give you the indication when the batteries go low. You’ll get a small red blinking for the heads up.
The Overall Dimensions:
Door Opening (The Flap) Dimensions: 5.59(W) x 4.72(H) inches / 142(W) x 120(H) mm
The “Hole Cutting” Dimensions: 6.5(W) x 6.73(H) / 165(W) x 171(H) mm
You can cut the installation templet beforehand to use it during the process of making a hole in the main door.
The Exterior Frame Dimensions: 8.25(W) x 8.25(H) inches / 210(W) x 210(H) mm
Tunnel Depth: 2.75 inches / 70mm
Tunnel Thickness: 0.18 inches / 4.5mm
Front Frame Depth (the insider frame): 1.65 inches / 23mm
Overall Weight: 2 pounds.
Just Enough Info about the Microchip Implants:
Steps for Installation:
There are mainly two parts. You have to join them together with screws. The possible tools and materials you need for the installation:
1. A Jig Saw.
2. A 6mm Drill machine (0.25 inch bit).
3. A Screwdriver.
4. A Measuring Tape.
5. A Spirit Level.
6. A Felt Tip Marker.
Of course, the installation process will vary depending on the medium you are going to choose. You can mount this door on wooden doors, metal doors, windows or thick walls. So, it’s not going to be a problem whatsoever.
A Few Helpful Tips for Smooth Door Operation:
Along with “SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Connect,” you can bring the hub. By using the hub, you will be able to connect with the “Sure PetCare App.”
The “Click” sound during the door movement can be off-putting at the beginning. There is a useful hack you can apply. Tape the edges of the flap, and it will lower the sound in a significant way.
If that’s still rattling your cat, you can tape the door open for a while. And let your cat used to the whole scenario. You’ve to be patient here. Sooner or later, your cat will end up using the door.
Besides, you might find that the door flap is not reading the cat chip as it should have to be. There is a good chance the embedded microchip might have migrated down the neck area. Consult with your Vet to fix this.
I’m impressed with SureFlap Cat Flap. Tell me more!:
Yes, you should be. SureFlap did a great job to accommodate all the pet needs you can have. Among those, the SureFlap Feeder is a must!
The Bottom Line:
The great thing about SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap is that it works as advertised. This new and improved version of the door has got significant improvement. Although the door still makes a little clicking noise during the unlocking, it’s much quieter with this latest version of the door. Also, you can use the app for better control over the “SureFlap Cat Flap Connect.” You have to buy the “hub” for that.
If your cat is weighing less than 10 pounds, it’ll go through the flap quite smoothly. Over 10 pounds, it might take a squeeze with little effort to pass through the door. I wouldn’t worry if I were you. Cats are expert in those sort of things! What if you’ve got a huge cat? Then you need other models of the door from SureFlap brand, specifically designed for larger cat and other pets.
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