• Top 5 Best Microchip Cat Flaps

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    1) Sureflap Microchip Cat Flap 2) Cat Mate Microchip Cat Flap3) PetSafe Petporte Smart Flap Microchip Cat Door4) SureFlap DualScan Microchip Cat Flap, White5) Cat Mate Elite Microchip Cat Flap with Timer Control
    Sureflap Microchip Cat FlapOrder nowCat Mate Microchip Cat FlapOrder nowPetSafe Petporte Smart Flap Microchip Cat DoorOrder nowSureFlap DualScan Microchip Cat FlapOrder nowCat Mate Elite Microchip Cat Flap with Timer ControlOrder now
    Average User Rating (4.7 / 5) (4.3 / 5) (3.8 / 5) (4.5 / 5) (3.8 / 5)
    Dimensions21 x 10.2 x 21 cm24.6 x 11 x 19.7 cm24 x 15 x 23.5 cm23 x 18 x 25 cm24.8 x 14.5 x 26.7 cm
    Weight907 g1 kg1.6 Kg1.1 Kg1.3 kg
    MaterialPlasticPlasticPlasticPlasticPlastic
    Colour- White
    - Black
    - White- White- White
    - Black
    - White
    - Brown
    Battery-poweredYes (4 AA batteries required)Yes (4 AA batteries required)Yes (mains power with optional battery backup)Yes (4 AA batteries required)Yes (4 AA batteries required)
    Special features- External scanner - detects cat and allows instant access
    - Programmable Child Lock keypad prevent children from undoing settings
    - DualScan Technology (exit permissions for each individual pet allowing to keep some cats indoors)- Cat location indicator up to 3 cats)
    Compatibility With Other Devices- SureFlap RFID Collar Tag (for cats without an implanted microchip) - sold separately
    - Mounting Adaptor
    - Tunnel Extension
    - Cat Flap Front Frame Upgrade Kit
    - Cat Mate I.D. Disc (for cats without an implanted microchip) sold separately
    - Glass/Wall Adapter
    - Tunnel Extension- SureFlap RFID Collar Tag (for cats without an implanted microchip) - sold separately
    - Mounting Adaptor
    - Tunnel Extension
    - Cat Mate I.D. Disc (for cats without an implanted microchip) sold separately
    Installation & FittingWalls, Doors, Glass - easy to install (fitting kit available here)Doors (inc. metal), Walls, Single and Multiple Glass panels (fitting adapter kit available here)Wooden, PVC, metal, walls, glass and brick doorsWalls, Doors, Glass - easy to install (fitting kit available here)Doors (inc. metal), Walls, Single and Multiple Glass panels (fitting adapter kit available here)
    TimerNoNoYesNoYes
    DisplayNoNoNoNoYes - LCD Alphanumeric display
    Cat Microchip Compatibility9, 10, 15 digit microchips9, 10, 15 digit microchips15 digit microchips9, 10, 15 digit microchips9, 10, 15 digit microchips
    Keeps stray cats outYesYesYesYesYes
    Suitable For Multi CatsYes- stores up to 32 petsYes- stores up to 30 catsYes- stores up to 25 catsYes- stores up to 32 petsYes- stores up to 9 cats
    4-way rotary lockYesYesYes (Locked, unlocked or in only)YesYes
    WeatherproofYes (when used with Cat Flap Front Frame Upgrade Kit)Yes Yes Check with manufacturerYes
    Warranty length3 year warranty3 year warranty3 year warranty3 year warranty3 year warranty
    Box Contains- SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap
    - Installation screws
    - User manual
    - Cat Mate Microchip Cat Flap 360W
    - User manual
    - PetSafe Petporte smart flap cat flap
    - Optional Tunnel
    - Adapter
    - User manual
    - SureFlap DualScan Microchip Cat Flap
    - Installation screws
    - User Manual
    - Cat Mate Elite Microchip Cat Flap
    - User manual
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    A Guide To The Best Microchip Cat Flaps

    For the nitty-gritty of microchipping and its multifaceted benefits, click on the link here

    Microchipping is no longer seen as a recent fashion fad. In the interview with Owen Paterson, Environment Secretary, BBC has learnt that the compulsory microchipping legislation has been passed and it will be put into force as early as 6th April 2016. Microchip detecting device cat

    Under the new law, every dog owner will be required to microchip its beloved one. The goal of this new practice is to significantly decrease current level of stray animals as well as reduce number of reported lost and stolen pet cases. Essentially, compulsory microchipping is a simple practice enabling successful identifying and tracking down of stranded pets, reuniting them with their owners and ensuring owners’ peace of mind. For full information visit the BBC website.

    Ever wondered why should you microchip your domesticated cat? Despite cats being described as indoor animals, there are many breeds that appreciate their freedom outdoors. Different cat breeds have different personality traits and some like to have more freedom than others, especially when you happen to live in a property with a garden or you own acres of land.

    Microchip cat vet green apronIn fact, microchipping your cat is by far the most effective and what is more important is the permanent form of pet identification. Hence why, in case of becoming lost, the chances of a cat being found and brought back to his owners are much higher since microchips do not come off (unlike collars and tags) and are easily readable by handheld scanners. The latter ones are available at most of reputable veterinary practises with access to microchipped pet databases. What’s more, the pain during microchipping is often compared to the one during an injection procedure and cat’s awareness of an inserted foreign object is quickly ignored and forgotten.

    Also if you’re someone who likes a peace of mind, and usually buys insurance for your cat then some insurance companies will give a slight discount if your cat is microchipped.

     

    Benefits Of Having An Electronic Cat Flap

    First of all, cats have a different nature to dogs. I’m sure the majority of you reading this article will agree with this bold statement that cats need to have it ‘their way’.  Cats are somehow very independent  creatures, some can be very stubborn, moody and perhaps… not exactly good listeners. They may not listen to you but will eventually try to explore new objects on their own.

    Installing an electronic cat flap in your household equals more freedom for your feline. Once they become more familiarised with the new household gadget, they start to discover and explore the great outdoors and unknown till now infinite possibilities of passing their playful time.Microchip cat flap cat

    An electronic microchip cat flap offers you and your feline:

    • More freedom
    • More security – You will no longer need to keep your back door open. You can simply lock your door without having to keep an eye on your cat. You are no longer running the risk of letting intruders in whilst your cat is playing outside
    • Convenience

     

    Breaking Down Cat Flap Types

    To begin with, let us guide you through some basic types of cat flaps and why we chose to focus on the microchipped type more than others. As we progress, you will soon notice that they vary in terms of sizes, features and functionality. To help make your decisions more informed, below you will find them reviewed listing their pros and cons.

    One way Manual Cat flap – Allows you to let your cat outside only. In order to come back in, he has to communicate that to the owner, usually by a scratch or meow.

    This is the very basic and cheap Cat flap. Downside of it is its lack of practicality during months of poor weather conditions where the owner needs to be alert and frequently aware of cat’s whereabouts. Also, cats often change their minds and sometimes they simply want to go out only to see them scratching on the door/window to be let back in a couple of minutes later.

    Two Way Manual Cat flap – Allows your cat to exit and enter the house whenever they feel the need for it. Additionally, you can use the lock in the flap if you do not wish your cat to be out/in. Overall, it is cheap and easy to manage and more convenient for both the cat and his owner. However, be wary of unwanted surprises, such as neighbouring cats who may be curious and follow your cat through the back door. 

    Four Way Manual Cat flap – More access options than seen in the Two Way Manual Cat flap allowing the owner to set the lock to: open, close, entrance or exit only. The main downfall is that it does not keep stray cats out as any cat can enter and exit through the door.

    Four Way Magnetic Cat flap – This model sports features of the Four Way Manual Cat flap boosted with enhanced security thanks to its application of the flap magnet and the magnetic collar key which, worn by the cat, unlocks the cat flap. Although exclusive entry is granted only to a cat wearing a collar key, be aware of the potential risk posed by the neighbouring cats that may be wearing the same magnetic collar.

    Four Way Infrared Cat flap – Considered one of the most reliable cat flaps. Its locking mechanism is activated only by the previously registered infrared collar tag. This significantly reduces chances of unwanted stray cats entering your household.   

    And finally the last but not the least….

    Microchip Cat flap – Also known as an Electronic Cat Flap, they are revolutionary, relatively easy to install and use, some have been equipped with a memory that allows to store multiple cat identities. They are mainly battery-powered that usually needs to be replaced every 6-12 months.

    No need for a collar or tag as this type of Cat flap is compatible with majority of existing microchips. Downside is somewhat the slightly dearer price, usually no less than £50 but is generally compensated by the 3 year manufacturer’s warranty.

    Take a look at our table above which has the top 5 best Microchip Cat Flaps available on the market.

     

    How To Choose The Best Electronic Cat Flap

    Below you will find an explanation of some of the features used in the table that can help you make a better informed decision on how to choose the best Microchip Cat Flap:

    Battery Powered – Most Chip Cat flaps are battery operated and run on 4 x AA batteries. They last on average 6-12 months before they need to be replaced. However, some models may also be operated from the mains power.

    Compatibility With Other Devices – Some brands offer installation kits and product enhancing gadgets on top microchips. For more information on the product compatibility, click on the article of a product you are interested in and scroll to the bottom where some will be listed.

    Installation & Fitting – Microchip Cat Flaps are quite easy to install. Product generally comes with a manual providing step by step instruction on DIY installation which involves using tools as well as hand and eye protection. Cat Flaps usually fit most door types, i.e.  plastic, wooden, glass and even metal.  Cat Flapfitting

    Timer – Timer Control function gives the option to program different access times throughout the day for all the registered cats, such as ‘lock in’ mode set for the night.

    Display – The LCD panel displays location for the registered cats as well as their status (in, out) and time since their last use of the cat flap.

    Cat Microchip Compatibility ­– Before making a detailed product comparison refer to the microchip type inserted into your feline. Majority of Electronic Cat Flaps will be compatible with more than one type. If you are considering getting your cat microchipped, you can choose the correct product based on the microchip compatibility.

    Keeps Stray Cats Out – This feature ensures increased safety by keeping unwanted animals (neighbouring cats, racoons etc.) away from your household. This can be ensured through activation of the magnetic, infrared or microchip built into cat flap.

    Suitable For Multi Cats – Memory of the microchipped Cat flaps allows you to store multiple cat IDs.  

    4 – Way Rotary Lock – Ability to change settings to the four lock modes: Open, Entry only, Lock, Exit Only.

    Weatherproof ­– Draught and Weatherproof feature prevents the Cat flap from outdoor damage and eventuality of malfunctioning in the event of heavy rain, snow or wind.Cat flap in glass

    Warranty Length – Depends on the manufacturer. Additionally, some will offer a dedicated pre and post-sale Customer Service Team who will answer your queries regarding installation, spare parts, compatibility etc.

    Box Contains – Majority of manufacturers provide the product with a manual, some will add spare screws.

    Price – Prices may vary due to the seasonal offers offered by the retailers. You can track the changes and compare current price against other products by clicking on the link in this section.

    The original Sureflap model is rated the best microchip cat flap and offers a very affordable price.  Followed very closely by the Cat Mate microchip cat flap, which offer very similar features.