Locking Cat Flaps – The Main Types

July 11, 2010

in Cats

All cat owners know how adorable and mysterious their feline friends are. Cats are not just fluffy pets – they are also true predators who like going out and hunting, socializing, climbing trees, running in the tall grass or sunbathing lazily in your backyard. If your neighborhood is quiet and safe for your kitty, don’t deny her the independence she deserves – allow her to be a true feline and enjoy her favorite outdoor activities!

The first thing you need for implementing this ‘cat independence project’ is a cat flap. This little pet door will allow your cat to circulate freely without disturbing your work or your sleep so you would open the door for her.

Which is the best cat door? The online market is the perfect place to search for a model that will suit your particular needs. The wide variety will help you make the best choice – after all, you can browse hundreds and thousands of cat flaps, each having its own particularities and operating systems.

The most common model is the simple wooden or plastic cat door that swings on a hinge whenever pushed by your kitty. Your cat will definitely enjoy it – after all, it provides her with all the freedom she needs. But, unfortunately, this kind of pet door will not protect your house from other little animals like small dogs, neighboring cats or curious raccoons.

How can we keep these ‘guests’ out without locking our kitty inside the house? The technological advancement allowed the manufacturers to come up with three ‘intelligent’ types of cat flaps – with magnetic, infrared and microchip locking systems.

How does the magnetic cat flap work? In order to unlock, it needs to receive a magnetic signal from the transmitter placed on your kitty’s collar. However, if your furry friend has the unpleasant habit of losing her collar, you will have to replace it (and the transmitter) every now and then. A nice advantage of this type of flap is the fact that it can be set to allow exit only, entry only or unlimited access from both ways.

The infrared operated device is also opened by a unique key that you can attach to your pet’s collar. This system is perfect for those cat owners who can’t install a magnetic flap because of the interferences it might have with a metallic surface. If you have a few cats, you will have to buy a key for each of them, ensuring that all the keys have the same color. Why is it necessary?

If more people from your neighborhood have infrared cat flaps installed, you have to buy infrared keys that have a different color. Otherwise, all the cats with a transmitter on their collar will be able to enter your house!

If your pet doesn’t like to be collared, then you should consider installing a microchip cat flap. The most difficult thing you have to do when acquiring such a model is planting the microchip on your cat’s body. Don’t forget to consult with the vet before purchasing the flap – he might have useful suggestions! Thanks to this cat door, you won’t have to worry about your kitty losing the collar or even worse – the collar being stolen by thieves. The microchip flap has another advantage: being the most ‘intelligent’ model of cat flaps, it can be programmed to recognize all your pets – cats and dogs – up to 32 individuals!

These three types of cat flaps have several benefits. First of all, their locking system will protect your home from uninvited visitors. This way, your house will become more secure not just for you, but also for your pet. At the same time, your cat will have all the freedom she needs, without bothering you to open the door for her every time she wants to go out and enjoy the sunshine.

If you want to buy a cat door for your adventurous furry friend, check out Tina Alberts’ blog about the petsafe cat flap and its benefits.

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