When we took in Jara we did already have a cat flap installed in our back door. It was there when we bought the house and although we had no need for it, it wasn’t as though we could just fill in the hole in the door, so we left it! When Jara came to live with us she had been an outdoor cat for the most part and was used to being out and about most of the day. We didn’t want to stop that but we also didn’t want any other cats to be able to come in and out through our cat flap! When we had the opportunity to review the SureFlap microchip pet door connect from Sure Petcare recently, I was excited. I didn’t even know cat flaps as fancy as this existed.
We received the microchip pet door connect as well as the hub to go with it. The hub connects up to your router at home and then to an app on your mobile phone. This then allows you to control the pet door remotely. To start with, the hub has shiny green ears and looks like a cat, so that was a plus for me to begin with. The instructions advised to set up the pet door and app before installing it into our back door. After a bit of basic measuring and marking out and some drilling/ sawing, the pet door was in and ready to go.
One of the amazing things about the SureFlap microchip pet door connect is that you can set it up so it only reads your cat’s microchip, stopping stray and neighbourhood cats from entering your house. Jara isn’t microchipped yet but the set comes with collar tags which allow her to enter and exit the pet door. Setting this up on the app was very simple and it only took John a couple of minutes. We tested out the collar tag quite a bit to make sure Jara would be able to come in and out easily without having any problems.
John, Erin and I have been away quite a lot this year and that was one of our worries for having Jara come to live with us. We do have a woman who comes in to feed her while we’re away and give her a fuss etc. but there has still been that worry about her being out all night and not coming back in. The SureFlap microchip pet door connect can be put on a schedule via the mobile app so you can set the door to open and close at certain times. You can also receive notifications to see when your pet comes in and out of the door and you can these choose to either lock or unlock it. So, we could get a notification of Jara coming in the house at 8pm and we could then choose to lock the door for the night to keep her in and safe again until the morning when she would get fed.
The SureFlap microchip pet door connect really helps to put our minds at ease and feel like Jara can be safe both when we are home and away. We can also share the app with our catsitter so she could control it too if she wanted to!
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post. All opinions are our own.