A high tech solution.
Here's the low-tech solution.
Thought I'd share this one as we've had a month or more now with a local cat sneaking in and helping himself to food and bullying our two cats...
We've had a magnetic staywell cat in the past but frankly it was a complete waste of time with our cats losing their magnets or dragging back all manner of metal stuff.
Anyways, found this today and decided to bite the bullet.
It keys off the microchip and you have to wonder how the heck the main flap manufacturers missed this little opportunity for so long..
I'll feedback on how well it works out after a couple of months...
Rawns (10th February 2012)
I was looking at one of these because we have a persistent cat that is coming in through the catflap and helping itself to all the grub.
I'd be interested in hearing your experience of it - how is your cat finding it? It looks like it might be a bit tricky going out one way because the chip reader is further away
I'll probably wait til the warmer weather to get one because I'll have to make a bigger hole in the wall for it :-)
A word of advice, make sure you seal any gaps or after a while the moisture can set it randomly off! Also, it is a slightly different size to the staywell ones so it isn't a straight swop unfortunately
contink (16th March 2008)
At our old house we used to come home to find this:
Ps this is not one of our cats!!!!!!!!
As for bringing stuff home on their magnet, one of mine once came home with a spent shotgun cartridge round his neck
Reckon they do one to fit a 21 year old woman? (Mostly interested in the night mode).
A family friend has the same one, the purchased it after they had problems with a fox letting himself in. They havenít had any problems with it.
I think a giloutine (sp) should be used for unauthorised access
What is the distance from the sensor on the outside? A friend of mine has one of the magnetic ones, and if the cat comes running in above a certain speed, it doesn't always open in time which isn't ideal (although is quite funny! )
We had the infrared staywell one, but it never worked really well. (Had 5 cats and 1 dog over 10 years - don't ask)
The best was the catmate large magnetic cat flap but it was important to follow the instructions on what height to put it in at - worked for our dog and bigger cat but not the little cat. In the end he just used to pull it open - at least the other cats in the area didn't learn that trick!
That was installed after the bigger cat, which was a stray, adopted us actually !
Well our brand spanking new catflap arrived today and after much swearing and sweating it's now installed... Have to say I rather like it but much hilarity has ensued in the first few hours.
1. Both cats disappeared before I could scan them through as "friend" so the thing would let them in so I had to "borrow" next doors cat to test the thing
2. Oscar, our Ginger tom, decides he doesn't like the new porch which holds the detection kit so he tries to open the flap from the side which surprisingly doesn't work...
We've got the thing currently on "open house" till they get used to it but all in all I'm hoping this puts an end to our late night dinner guests... :P
so I had to "borrow" next doors cat
as you do.....
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