If you are a follower of mine on social media then you may be aware that recently we have had a new addition to our family, in the form of another fluffy four-legged creature! We now have two cats in the house and thanks to SureFlap and their DualScan Microchip Cat Flap, life has been made so much easier.
We have had Bella, our older cat for almost five years now and so she is well accustomed to going in and out of the house as she chooses. There has been no need for litter trays (save for the time she had to have a cone of shame!) and so we got by with a basic cat flap that was activated by the magnet on her collar.
However, enter Miranda, an eight-week-old kitten still waiting on her second injections and far too tiny to be leaving the house, we had a little problem on our hands. Bella needed to be able to continue to leave and return to the house whenever she wanted to and Miranda needed to stay put. If we kept our existing cat flap Miranda would have been out like a shot with no way of getting back in, and quite frankly we don’t want her outside any time soon. She’s so tiny.
I came across the SureFlap DualScan Microchip Cat Flap when I was researching solutions and it seemed like the perfect solution. The microchip cat flap is activated by your cat’s microchip. There is no need for magnets (which quite frankly is a godsend in itself because the number of times Bella lost hers was becoming infuriating!) and it means that other cats can’t get in if they happen to have a magnet.
The microchip cat flap is programmed to each pet that you want it to be activated for. So in our case, we have activated it for Bella, but not for Miranda. This means that Bella is free to come and go as she pleases and Miranda stays safe inside. As soon as we are ready for Miranda to venture out into the big wide world, we can activate her microchip so that she is always able to get back in after her adventures.
The cat flap is of standard size so we only had to remove our old one and replace it with the new one, so there was minimal fuss. We have a wooden door but they can easily be fitted in windows or walls as well. You programme the catflap just by getting your cat to put her head in the cat flap – easily done with a little treat as blackmail and then you’re good to go.
The cat flap has a battery life of up to 12 months and when the batteries are running low there will be a flashing warning light. It can hold up to 32 pet identities in its memory – not that I can imagine having that many cats, but if I ever did turn into a crazy cat lady, I’ll be sorted!
I can’t tell you what a difference having the microchip cat flap has made. Before we had it, Miranda was still in her pen overnight because it was the only way to stop her getting out at night. This wasn’t ideal. Not only did it feel cruel but we didn’t appreciate being woken up by her miaowing every morning at 6am! Now she is free to sleep where she wants and we all get a reasonable waking time in the morning.
The DualScan Microchip Cat Flap really has been a gamechanger for all of us. Bella is happy that she’s not trapped in the house and Miranda is happy that she’s not confined to one room and we are happy that our cats are happy! Now we just hope that they become good friends sometime soon!
It wouldn’t be fair to end this post without featuring the Prima Donna of the household. The Queen of the residence. The vainest of cats. Miss Bella. I have learnt during the writing of this post that there has never been a truer word spoken than that of ‘never work with children and animals’ because I have never had so many blurry shots of a cat in all my life! What can I say, she didn’t want to play ball and have her photo taken by her new cat flap, so here she is looking beautiful (and boy doesn’t she know it!). And who says black cats aren’t photogenic?!
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I was gifted the SureFlap DualScan Microchip Cat Flap by Sure Pet Care in return for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own.
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