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Buying a Cat Flap or Pet Door?


Pet doors are beneficial for several reasons. By giving your pet the ability to roam, it ensures they can get fresh air and exercise when they need it, taking the pressure off of you. A pet door also reduces heat loss (very important in the winter) as you don’t have to leave the door ajar, nor do you have to keep opening and closing it to let your pet in and out.

It is important to note that a pet door should only be used for a dog if your garden is completely secure. They don’t have the same senses as cats to find their way home!

Two Way Pet Doors

A two way pet door is the most straightforward of them all. If your cat likes to drift in and out, a simple pet door could solve your problems. This type can only be locked or unlocked. Best suited to those homes where someone stays at home as you can’t change the settings to stop any intruding felines. The PetSafe Staywell Original 2 Way Small Pet Door is a customer favourite in this category.

Four Way Pet Doors

Considered a step up from a traditional cat flap, a four way pet door can be set to lock and unlock, as well as ‘out-only’, ‘in-only’. It is manually changed, so if your cat is out late you can set the flap to ‘in-only’ so that you don’t have to get up in the night.

Four way pet doors are also available with magnetic or infrared activation. The magnetic key is added to your cat’s collar and it means that regardless of the setting you have selected, only your cat can use the cat flap. It won’t open to let in any wandering cats. The PetSafe Staywell Magnetic 4 Way Locking Deluxe Cat Flap would suit.

Microchip Pet Doors

Adding an extra level of control and security, Microchip Pet Doors store your pet’s microchip and only open when your pet approaches. Usually, different curfews can be set and stored for different pets– perfect for multi-pet homes. Like the four way cat flaps, they can also be manually set. If this sounds like you, try the SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap or Pet Door..

Smart Pet Doors

For those that want constant control of their pet door, as well as information about how long their pets have been outside the house, an internet connected pet door or cat flap is the best option. You can set times on the go, as well as remotely lock/unlock the pet door whenever you need to. Several members of the family, and even pet sitters can have access to this. Try the SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Connect or Pet Door to start controlling your pet door on the go.