About the company
SureFlap was founded in 2008 by Dr Nick Hill, a scientist at Cambridge and a cat owner. The story that preceded and effectively initiated the launch of SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap is captivating and inspiring. He and his beloved cat named Flipper had been experiencing unwanted and frequent visits from the neighbouring cats terrorising poor Flipper.
In response to this bullying, Dr Hill has invented a revolutionary technology and patented use of the cat’s microchip as key to the responsive electronic door. Since then, company has been expanding and now providing safety via coded door to over 500,000 happy pet owners who no longer have to combat local intruders. Till today, the brand has augmented its pet related products to pet feeders and accessories that simplify everyday life of pets and their owners. The full product review for SureFlap Microchip CatFlap has been detailed below.
Average user rating (4.7 / 5)
- Internal memory stores up to 32 registered cat identities even after batteries have been removed.
- Fully compatible with all standard 9, 10 and 15 digit microchips.
- 4 way manual locking system (In, In only, Out, Out only).
- Fully compatible with RFID collar tags for cats that have not been microchipped (RFID collar tags can be purchased individually).
- Selective entry allows any animal to exit the household due to the microchip reader placed on the outside. However, only registered pets are allowed in upon microchip or RFID collar tag identification.
- Manual lock allows you to choose the in or out option according to your preference and time of a day, i.e. if you want your cat to stay at home overnight, you can select in only feature so once he is back he no longer will be permitted outside.
- Battery life up to 12 months ( 4 x AA) – purchased separately.
- Low battery indicator flashing red light promotes early detection of the batteries running low.
- Fully compatible with Mounting Adaptor and Tunnel Extender – sold separately.
- Equipped with a brush seal to keep out drafts.
- Easy Installation allows CatFlap to be mounted on the walls, doors and glass.
- 3 Year Warranty.
Internal Memory 32 different cat identities – Easily programmable and very reliable feature that allows you to register multiple pets for your household without having to worry about the space. Compatible with any standard 9, 10 and 15 digit microchips.
Easy Installation on Walls, Glass or Door – You can place the cat flap anywhere you like. Product comes with an installation manual and manufacturer’s videos online guide you through the assembly process. If the surface is wider than dimensions of a microchip cat flap, you can use single or multiple Tunnel Extenders stack together with each extender adding 5 cm length to provide the desired tunnel that fits any wall. If you have a garden and would like to give some freedom to your favourite feline, why not consider a combination package of an Outdoor Cat House with a built-in SureFlap Microchio Cat Flap. If you would like to try your DIY skills, you can also fix it in any of our top best 5 outdoor cat houses.
Compatible with RFID Collar Tags – The model allows you to use SureFlap even if your cats have not been microchipped. Whether temporarily or permanently, you can get the RFID Collar Tag and enjoy the perks of a microchip cat flap.
Only reads microchips for cats coming in – This model detects identity of the registered microchipped cats entering the house from outside only. This means that any pet can be let out through the cat flap unless you change the 4 way lock to entry only.
Initial cost – Noticeably dearer than basic cat flaps sold at around £50. If you have not microchipped your cat yet, you will need to take into account this additional cost and it’s advised to do it rather sooner than later as microchipping your feline will benefit you and your cat in the long run. Alternatively, you can purchase a RFID Collar Tag which is fully compatible with this product.
- Dimensions (cm): 21 x 10.2 x 21 cm
- Weight: 0.9 kg (1.3kg inc. shipping)
- 3 year warranty
- SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap
- User manual
- Installation screws
Despite the considerably elevated initial cost compared to conventional cat flaps, investing in this product is totally worth every single penny spent on it. Sureflap Microchip Cat Flap has been selling worldwide and receiving incredibly positive feedback from cat owners.
What you will like about this cat flap model is the eye-catching and sleek design combined with sturdy material. These features make the device very easy to install on various surfaces, such as glass to wood to metal. Your options will not be restricted to any particular length dimensions thanks to the innovative application of a tunnel extender and mounting adaptors. Additionally, you will be provided with an easy to follow installation manual. For your convenience we have put up a video below which will help you familiarise yourself with mounting it if you are new to DYI.
Whilst this device is still suitable for the non-microchipped cats, you may want your cat to undergo microchipping in the future. This way your cat’s entry is unconditional and will not depend solely on your cat wearing the tag. The RFID collar tags are unique to the SureFlap brand and even if your neighbours’ cats may happen to be wearing them too, their tags would need to be programmed and synchronised with your own cat flap in order to be let in.
If you are conscious whether your cat is too big or whether he can be trained to use the microchip cat flap, there is enough room for large cats and eventually even the most change averse cats will break the ice and start using the cat flap for its numerous benefits.
In terms of durability you are given solid 3 years manufacturer’s warranty and the 4 x AA batteries which this model runs on will lasts up to just under a year. Perhaps 32 different cat identities are not exactly a prerequisite to determine whether to opt in or out for the purchase but you can be certain of its undisputable reliability as the device runs smoothly.
The SureFlap brand is all about the customer satisfaction. Up until this day, the company has released a few related products to enhance its existing product line. The Cat Flap Front Frame Upgrade Kit is designed for the older models launched before 2011, the mounting adaptor for seamless installation and the tunnel extension for surfaces too deep for the cat flap.
The tunnel extension will require you to cut out space of around 17.1 x 16.5 cm, be sure that the favourable design where the flap with a magnetic latch has been placed inside the door will forestall any unwanted visitors from numerous attempts to open the flap. You can remain calm as the magnetic latch will keep the flap in place even during rains and heavy winds.
Numerous videos can be found online like the one above which prove that whether you live in a densely populated area with other neighbouring pets or a remote place that attracts local wildlife (such as raccoons or dogs), the chances of outsiders visiting your household will be totally eliminated leaving you and your feline with a Cheshire cat smile!
Average user rating (4.7 / 5)